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    Minimalist shoes: Some thoughts

    Been walking in minimalist shoes for 2 years now and just started running in them as well.

    Have found that I am less prone to impact injuries such as sore knees because of the mid foot strike. Overall I find it fatigues my core a lot more though and I can't run as far yet - am doing more run/walk. This is probably a good thing as it is exposing weak core fitness and now I can build it simply by running. That's what I assume anyway.

    Don't know if it was my imagination, but it seemed easier to breathe as well....

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    I prefer barefoot over any minimalist shoes. I think the difference going from minimal shoes to barefoot is even greater than going from typical shoes to minimal. I'm not much of a runner, but I walk everywhere barefoot. I even did some backpacking barefoot. When barefoot, I can feel and react to the ground before there is any force of impact. Even in minimal shoes, because my foot is in constant contact with the shoe, I can only react to the forceful impact. That's my completely untested and subjective hypothesis anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by walkerku View Post
    I prefer barefoot over any minimalist shoes. I think the difference going from minimal shoes to barefoot is even greater than going from typical shoes to minimal. I'm not much of a runner, but I walk everywhere barefoot. I even did some backpacking barefoot. When barefoot, I can feel and react to the ground before there is any force of impact. Even in minimal shoes, because my foot is in constant contact with the shoe, I can only react to the forceful impact. That's my completely untested and subjective hypothesis anyway.

    i've been minimalist for about 10-12 months now and love it, but just last week did my first barefoot sprints (grass) and then walked 2 miles barefoot on pavement/grass verge. i gave myself a blister on the walk but the sprints and first half of the walk felt absolutely fantastic. Definitelty going to fit in barefoot stuff where practical

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    I bought a pair of Vibrams a couple months ago and have worn them a hanful of times. I love them and plan to wear them a lot more in the spring and summer( its too cold to be out in them now). Only thing that worries me is I have achilles tedonitis and had to start wearing inserts on my left foot for it. Obviously cant wear em with my vibrams but I havent had any issues yet but i also havent ran in them yet, I mostly just walk around and lift in them. Anyone else that has achilles tendonitis have success with running barefoot?

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    I've been using vibrams for workouts/sprints and vivibarefoot shoes to work. I also started doing long multi-hour walks barefoot. I actually like the vivibarefoots more than the vibrams for every day walking as they have less padding in the heals and are just easier to put on, take off and are just more comfortable.

    I feel like walking has changed radically. I feel much more like a cat even walking around in the office -- much more sure footed and ready to pounce at a moments notice. Really weird.

    I pretty much can't wear traditional shoes any more. Even had to get some Zero sandals to round things out.

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    I've been using Vivobarefoot shoes for a few years. Love them! I had the VFFs, but they start falling apart to soon. I've run in the vivos a fair amount(2 mile run for the army even) and haven't had any issues. Took a little while to get used to though.

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    I've using vibrams for workouts/sprints and vivibarefoot shoes to work. I also started doing long multi-hour walks barefoot. I actually like the vivibarefoots more than the vibrams for every day walking as they have less padding in the heals and are just easier to put on, take off and are just more comfortable.

    I feel like walk has changed radically. I feel much more like a cat even walking around in the office -- much more sure footed and ready to pounce at a moments notice. Really weird.

    I pretty much can't where traditional shoes any more. Even had to get some Zero sandals

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    I've been running in VFF's for nearly 2 years now. Struggled at first with the correct gait but now I have it down. Used to get a lot of ITBS when running in normal running shoes, now I'm injury free. Mileage is going up and up, furthest is 17 miles so far, doing a 20 miler next Sunday then hope to do a marathon in April in them. Then, who knows.

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    Quote Originally Posted by walkerku View Post
    I prefer barefoot over any minimalist shoes. I think the difference going from minimal shoes to barefoot is even greater than going from typical shoes to minimal. I'm not much of a runner, but I walk everywhere barefoot. I even did some backpacking barefoot. When barefoot, I can feel and react to the ground before there is any force of impact. Even in minimal shoes, because my foot is in constant contact with the shoe, I can only react to the forceful impact. That's my completely untested and subjective hypothesis anyway.
    ^This^, even the best minimalist shoes will not give you the benefits of going barefoot. Yes, I have VFF and wear them from time to time but unless I'm at work or forced to go shod due to some silly ass rule, I'm barefoot.
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    I'd be barefoot all the time too, but it's just not possible. Between the train journey to work, being at work and as you say, "silly-ass rules" type of situations, ie; food shops, clothes shops, shops, banks, cinemas, restaurants... pretty much everywhere, it's difficult to go barefoot more than 20% of the time. So my five fingers are a great alternative.

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