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    I thought that barefoot transition stuff was total crap...

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    I normally walk/exercise about 4-5/miles a day. Been reading up on barefoot and 100% bought into making the transition.

    Just got a pair of Merrell barefoots (which I adore) and the advice was to go slow. I decided taking the dogs on a walk qualifies... 1.75 miles later, pardon the pun, the puppies are barking.

    How long did the transition to barefoot take you?

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    2-3 weeks. Well worth it though.
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    I'm developing a callous on my big toe, so I'm going to try a pair of toe shoes. I work for myself and can wear toe shoes as long as I want. Now, just to find a pair that fits well.

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    Been taking it slowly. Months.


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    I run 3 days a week. My feet have been fine in my Merrell Pace Gloves - it's my CALVES that have needed to adjust! But I'm about 4 weeks in and doing much better. I also have Merrell Wonder Gloves (minimalist Mary Janes) that I wear to work as much as possible, and that helps too.

    One tip: Walk barefoot around your house and yard as much as possible. When you don't have to wear shoes or socks, don't. Now that the warmer weather is here (though you wouldn't know it from the past couple of days), I am unshod as much as often as possible. On Saturday I was kicking a kickball around our cul-de-sac with my youngest, and I was on the asphalt in bare feet. It actually felt good.

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    Jaradel - I walk around barefoot most of the time and pretty much live in flip flops now I work from home so I spend more time barefoot than not. The Merrells hurt the balls of my feet, not the calves yet. Maybe I just need to toughen up - give the pedicurist a real job working on the callouses.

    Chatty - not quite there with the toe shoes. My toes are very social, I don't think they would care for the separation.

    Knifegill - months sounds ominous - hopefully I am on TheFastCat's plan!

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    I have Vibram FiveFingers. I absolutely love them. I too, found that my calves needed to adjust when I run more than my feet. The downside is that they are banned from coming in the house. The smell is truly not of this world. They are washable however within 30 seconds of wearing them the smell is back.

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    Took me a couple of months for walking, but took almost a year before I could run any distance in them.

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    I don't know about time-wise, since my excercising is sporatic- but when I'm in my VFFs, my feet are much happier on almost anything but pavement or that half-dollar-size gravel.
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    I started barefoot walking a mile a day (skin on asphalt) about 4 months before I got my vibrams. After I got my V's, I added a mile of walking at a time, and start running in them 3 weeks later.
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