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    Question Minimus Vs. Vibram

    I recently saw the video of Mark endorsing the Vibram five finger shoes, talking about how good they are for your feet and everything. I like the idea, but the five fingers are not really an option for me as they don't fit my toes quite right. So I was wondering how the New Balance Minimus stack up against the five fingers?

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    I have both, there is a big difference.

    Minimus-Like sex with an ultra thin condom
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    I should add that the angles and pronation and everything else thats "bad" is simply "different" than a normal shoe. I dont know if different = bad. I dont care about vibrams so I didnt delve too deep into it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kingofturtles View Post
    I should add that the angles and pronation and everything else thats "bad" is simply "different" than a normal shoe. I dont know if different = bad. I dont care about vibrams so I didnt delve too deep into it.
    The angles are different, if I walk any distance in "normal" shoes my ankles start hurting because of the unnatural angles they, the shoes, make them, my ankles, work in.

    As for running will heel lift? my knees say ouch just thinking about it. I've had tendonitis in both knees, strange how it went away when I got rid of heel lift...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kingofturtles View Post
    new studies are coming out that vibrams are bad for your knees if you run. Even your ankles. Causing fast snap like pronation and bad angles. The one thing that they sell, no cushion, is the thing that hurts them. Vibrams arent for everybody. This site is full of people who decide not to believe things. Its like once they found out that the CW diet was a hack, everything became a hack. There are lots of people against Vibrams. I dont know who to believe, but its worth some looking into on your part. Remember, Mark probably gets a pay cheque to endorse these grok looking shoes. He IS a business man.
    I'm not an avid runner by any means, but I play a fairly high level of basketball. I wear Merrell's barefoot shoes all-day, everyday. Work or sport. I use to wear standard Nike fare - good ankle support, bulky soles - and must have rolled and sprained my ankles at least 15 times. I haven't done so once since minimizing orthopedic support. I understand that our bodies aren't use to running on asphalt/concrete and I'm sure many other environmental factors come into play. But it's fairly obvious that the over-protection of our feet are causing their muscles to not play as critical a part in their self-preservation. People should be running barefoot, it's what we do, the only difference is now if you do get injured (hopefully less so) you're not likely to be eaten by a predator

    Regarding Vibram's vs Minimus - love the Vibram's, haven't tried the Minimus. Can't where Vibram's around the office, so Merrell was better than the next local option, 'Vivo Barefoot'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wanderlust View Post
    I have both, there is a big difference.

    Minimus-Like sex with an ultra thin condom
    VFF-Like sex without a rubber
    HA! What about regular shoes? like sex with a sock?

    to OP, I'm a HUGE fan of Vibrams over the other shoe types. Are you sure about the toe thing? Or did it just feel weird when you tried them on? If you buy at REI they will let you bring them back within 30 days. I'd buy a pair and give them a real test.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buffdv View Post
    HA! What about regular shoes? like sex with a sock?
    More like terrible sex. Just lie still and wait until it's over. Blah. DEATH TO TOE CORSETS!
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    new studies are coming out that vibrams are bad for your knees if you run. Even your ankles. Causing fast snap like pronation and bad angles. The one thing that they sell, no cushion, is the thing that hurts them. Vibrams arent for everybody. This site is full of people who decide not to believe things. Its like once they found out that the CW diet was a hack, everything became a hack. There are lots of people against Vibrams. I dont know who to believe, but its worth some looking into on your part. Remember, Mark probably gets a pay cheque to endorse these grok looking shoes. He IS a business man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kingofturtles View Post
    new studies are coming out that vibrams are bad for your knees if you run. Even your ankles. Causing fast snap like pronation and bad angles. The one thing that they sell, no cushion, is the thing that hurts them. Vibrams arent for everybody. This site is full of people who decide not to believe things. Its like once they found out that the CW diet was a hack, everything became a hack. There are lots of people against Vibrams. I dont know who to believe, but its worth some looking into on your part. Remember, Mark probably gets a pay cheque to endorse these grok looking shoes. He IS a business man.
    Yeah, that makes total sense because our feet and knees are designed to walk/run in cushy shoes with 1" heels.

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    Care to cite these "new studies," this sounds like old news and I call BS on all the above.
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