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    I bought some in January to wear while reffing soccer. For that activity alone do I wear socks since it is mandatory, but I cut off the foot beyond the heel so it is still I suppose sock free. The socks, I have heard, further separate your foot from feeling the ground. You get decide towhether or not that is desirable.
    I love mine and wear them whenever I can. For soccer reffing, they were outstanding. In prior years, my quads would be knotted up like a crocheed blanket and halfway through the season, my right hamstring would get strained and severely limit my mobility. This season, my legs were never once knotted even a little and my hamstring stayed strong thoughout. Correct running form made all the difference. For some reason that I can't figure, the forefoot striking also made running much much easier. I love them.

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    They've helped me out greatly by "forcing" me into a correct stride. I never realized how badly I was heel striking until I wore the VFFs. The first few "grok" walks (~7 miles) left me pretty blistered up, but my feet have toughened up and I love em!
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    I use my KSO's for walking, sprinting and LHT's and my classics for running errands. No socks. The biggest benefit so far has been a marked decrease in SI joint pain in my hips. I also feel more connected to whatever surface I'm walking on.

    And added bonus is they creep out my coworkers (I keep a pair of KSO's in my desk for walking breaks). I'll occasionally sneak my foot into one of their cubes and wiggle my toes. Gets them every time!

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    I wore them this morning when I walked to work. THEY WERE AWESOME. I have the Komodo Sport LS (I think that's the name of it or it's something similar). I am flat footed (small to no arch) so they helped keep my foot it it's natural position. They were lighter than my normal shoes, I didn't get shin splints and my walk was shortened by 5 minutes (at least). I felt like I was walking properly. No blistering (no socks worn). I did find some cleaning clothes for shoes which I plan to use after each use. I find them super easy to put on as long as you start with the big toe. Takes a few times to get the hang of it. Best purchase I've made recently.
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    I have FILA skeletoes because I'm cheap...in other news, I love to wear them, I guess the only thing it's helped is that my wife looks smoking hot wearing hers.

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    Have a pair of Bikila LS, wear them to work (internet companies, for the win) at times. Get a few comments and stares, but have also tried to spread the word a bit to. I like to wear them when hiking over rocks. Kinda hurts, but, in a good way.

    I always have worn the socks with them, but, yeah, $ 10 per pair of socks seems kinda harsh. $ 100+ on shoes never really bothered me, and I understand due to the complexity involved you can't expect a costco 6 pack for 7.99 but still, that's kinda steep. Will probably try experimenting with cutting down the toes of some cheap ankle socks to see if I can make those work.

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    I bought them last December because I have had knee problems the last few years. They have been great! My knee usually hit with pain after 1.5miles. I recently made it up to 4.2miles with no pain. Also my calves look much nicer

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    I've ordered Jaya lr .. Can't wait 'til they get here.

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    Wow, they came today, very comfy and cute..I got the almond/copper ones.

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    I have KSOs. I wear socks with them because otherwise I get blisters and they get too sweaty. They get too sweaty even with socks so if I work out in them I have to take them off to dry out my feet. I can't just keep on wearing them. When it's cold outside they are very cold to wear, painfully so sometimes. I can't walk across wet grass without my feet getting completely soaked through instantly so they're not good for wet conditions. I hurt my calves every time I go running in them. I can't seem to get the hang of it. When I walk in them my morton's neuroma can be felt on the bottom of my foot in a strange and uncomfortable manner. Sounds like I hate them, huh, but I don't. I feel like I'm having fun when I wear them so I'm even thinking of getting another pair. The best thing is that when I wear them in my core-fitness class I think they really help a lot for the balance exercises. Makes the exercises more challenging and thus improves my balance better.
    Female, 5'3", 49, Starting weight: 163lbs. Current weight: 135 (more or less).
    Starting squat: 45lbs. Current squat: 180 x 2. Current Deadlift: 230 x 2

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