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    Alternative to Vibrams?

    Hey guys,

    So I've been wanting the FiveFingers for a long time, but when I finally tried them on, I found them disappointing. My toes felt constricted and the toe thingies were too long for me! The shoes were a lot stiffer than I expected.

    I was wondering if you guys have any other preferences to minimalist shoes that you like for working out? I would really like something that feels more like a glove than a shoe. Don't say socks.

    Thanks!

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    I find them disappointing too. The only thing I really really like are sandals. And not really the huaraches because I don't like fussing with the lacing and the toe thing. I like sandals that you can put on and the straps keep them on (no flip-flops) without you having to worry about them. Free toes, lots of air on the feet. That's the best feeling. Way better than Vibrams.
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    I really like my Teva Zilch sandals. I haver several styles of the Merrell barefoot shoes. Altra Eves are nice too. When I need a little bulkier shoe I wear Nike Frees. I have small feet and when I do TRX, if I wear my Merrell's I have problems with my feet going through the straps, so I wear my Nikes.

    There are also

    http://www.ozarksandals.com/
    https://www.lunasandals.com/
    http://www.invisibleshoe.com/
    http://www.runbranca.com/
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    I have the new balance minimus. I loveee them they feel like socks to me and look pretty nice too.

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    Thanks guys! I'll take a look at all these.

    I'm considering buying a size smaller vibrams too, so the toes fit, but having them pretty snug so they stretch out. We'll see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kcarol View Post
    Thanks guys! I'll take a look at all these.

    I'm considering buying a size smaller vibrams too, so the toes fit, but having them pretty snug so they stretch out. We'll see.
    It seems that the different models of Vibrams have different toe lengths. I have some KSOs and the toes are much longer than the suede ones I have tried on. I really wanted a pair of the suede ones but the short toes simply wouldn't make a shoe I could wear.
    Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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    Merrel barefoot are good as well.
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    I have soft star runamocs, and I absolutely love them.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Seaglassgreen View Post
    I have soft star runamocs, and I absolutely love them.
    +1 on the softstars. I'd get the 4mm soles instead of the 2mm soles. I wore a hole in the 2mm soles after wearing them daily for around 1.5 years.
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    I rock Fila Skeletoes and although the sole is a little stiffer than I'd like, they fit my (sasquatch) feet whereas I haven't had the same luck with Vibrams, and they were also friendlier on my limited budget.

    Good luck!
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