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    How long did it take for you to get used to your Vibram 5 Fingers

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    Im just curious how long did it take for you to get used to your Vibram 5 Fingers

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    I never had a problem wearing them all day right away and thought they were awesome and comfortable right away.walking or hiking all day - no problems. I don't run so don't know about running in them. That's just my experience...

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    Took about a month wearing them walking/running/wearing them about town before I didn't feel soreness in my feet when I woke up. The exercises on the VFF site really helped. I did have to stretch the big toes out a bit to make them more comfortable. Now they are like a second skin.

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    About a month as I recall. The skin gets thicker and you discover a whole host of muscles and tendons you were barely aware of before. Just take it easy when making the switch.

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    I've never gotten used to how sweaty they make my feet and the weirdness of having so much fabric between my toes. As for the flatness, I went with exclusively flat shoes for all activities several years ago and I think it took maybe a year or so to not do silly things like crash my heels down too hard or resort to running when I'm just trying to walk fast. I am not a runner but I did try running now and then and the calf soreness was bad at first, but everything worked itself out in that year or so. In the end, I've found that I prefer a little bit of cushioning to facilitate walking fast and provide insulation against hot or cold ground.
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    I never got used to how ugly they look.

    But I got used to walking around in them right away. I bought them for running and felt fine running in them. I didn't even experience any calf soreness! But then I got plantar fasciitis and couldn't walk for 2-3 weeks! (Okay, that's an exaggeration--I could still walk, just with a limp.)

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    For ordinary wear, around a month.

    To become fully adjusted to them (i.e. so I can do everything I'd want to do, from walking around city streets for a day, to hiking, to running a 5K): 8-9 months.

    If your feet were trapped in work boots like mine were for a quarter century, expect it to take a LONG, LONG time to fully adjust. (Now I wear almost nothing but.)

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    It didn't take long for me, mind you I only use them for walking. It did take me a while to get use to putting them on, I'd often end up with toes in the wrong spot or toes trying to share spots.

    I seldom wore dress shoes or heels, and most of my shoes where flat sneakers like converse, ballet flats and sandals. I think that might have helped in the transition.

    I walk almost everyday for at least an hour (thats my commute to work ) and I seem to be fine. Occasionally I will feel soreness in my leg muscles but it is a nice kind of work out sore

    The one thing I am still trying to get use to but it is getting better are the stares. I mean they are pretty funny and odd looking shoes. :P

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    It took me about 18 months to acclimate to running in them (4 miles x 3-5 times/week). During that time I battled plantar fasciitis, achilles tendonitis and calf cramps. I would hobble into work every day. All of a sudden when I hit that 1.5 year point all the problems disappeared.
    I think many of the studies underestimate the transition time for runners.
    On the flip side I would never go back. The sheer joy of running almost barefoot was worth all the pain.
    YMMV - I began the transition when I was about 58 years old...
    When I go in for massage therapy the therapists find my calf muscles interesting - hard as rocks.

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