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17 Oct

Vibram FiveFingers

If you are a regular reader of Mark’s Daily Apple you are probably well aware of those funny looking Vibram FiveFingers by now. They’ve been mentioned in our barefoot running post, featured in a Top 10 Ultimate Fitness Gadgets post and showcased in Mark’s sprinting video. What can we say? We’re huge fans! The only thing FiveFingers hasn’t got is its own post. It is high time this performance footwear we love oh so much got the attention it well deserves, so here goes nothing.

How can these foot protecting oddities be described? I suppose if Toe Socks met Combat Boots, fell in love and had a shoe baby you would have Vibram FiveFingers.

Or maybe if Bunny Slippers wooed Climbing Shoes with her undying charm, and also somehow managed to birth unconventional hybrid foot-protection offspring you would end up with Vibram FiveFingers.

Flip flops and waters sock?

Ballet slippers and cross trainers?

You get the picture. They are the best of both worlds. They provide the physiological benefits of going barefoot with the advantage of having some level of armor against the elements. You don’t have to worry about stubbing your toe, or cutting your feet on glass or other sharp objects you are bound to come across in your travels. And you also don’t have to fret over the damage years of sneaker wearing would invariably do to your feet.

They take some getting use to, and Vibram warns you as much. Most people’s feet have been wrapped in leather, supported by padding, constrained by laces, and pampered since the day they were born. Since when was the double-stitched, steel-toed, double-buckled, laser, orthotic boot a prerequisite to human locomotion? (I just threw in the laser for fun. Though, if you know of a shoe with lasers please comment below. I am very interested.) Not long it turns out. Our feet developed without all this stuff, and they are better off without all this stuff save for minimal and basic defense.

You are bound to get some looks and see some heads turn if you walk around town in these. This probably isn’t of much interest to all of our trend-setting and trailblazing Mark’s Daily Apple readers. Besides, I am sure they are looks of envy rather than utter confusion or concern anyway.

Seriously, though. FiveFingers are light and malleable, yet durable. It’s as if Dr. Scholl went crazy and let his foot gels creep up around the heel and toes like a mutant foot-protecting demon. That’s it. FiveFingers are like a mutant demon that protects your feet. Yet also like your grandma, soft and protective.

Sorry. Back to serious. It should be clear at this point that Vibram FiveFingers are multifaceted, and a perfect gadget to help live the Primal lifestyle. If there is any criticism I can offer it is that they are a bit difficult to get the right size via post. They are adjustable and Vibram does offer pretty detailed guidelines on picking the right size, but best case scenario would entail you trying them on in-shop before purchasing. Also, if you have webbed feet these aren’t for you.

Do you have FiveFingers? How do you like ‘em? Hit us up with a comment!

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  1. They look great! How much are they?

    Bradford wrote on October 17th, 2007
    • Sorry but those are just too butt ugly to use..they might be good, but…….pass.

      Nck wrote on December 17th, 2012
      • Vivobarefoot RA shoes are pretty awesome also.

        Everhardt wrote on May 5th, 2013
  2. $70

    I just bought my boss a pair.
    He walks the beach a lot and is on his boat on weekends. He loves them. Although you should have seen the look on his face when he opened his birthday present.

    tatsujin wrote on October 17th, 2007
  3. I really like the descriptions of the shoes. Really funny!

    saconi wrote on October 17th, 2007
  4. Alas, if you don’t have webbed feet but do have a longer second toe than big toe, they’re not going to work.

    Karen wrote on October 17th, 2007
    • I have the long second toe and they work perfectly fine.

      Corina wrote on July 23rd, 2010
    • Terra Plana makes a similar product that is more of a conventional shoe, but only has a 3mm thick rubber sole – so they act as the Five Fingers do. So all is certainly not lost.

      James wrote on July 27th, 2010
    • My right foot: oddly short 2nd toe and long 3rd toe AND my feet still feel great in the Vibrams :-)

      Tom wrote on October 1st, 2010
    • Actually you’re supposed to measure for your longest toe, so they actually would still work, your big toe pocket would just be a bit big…. Which could be a bit annoying.. But on their website it tells you to measure for your longest toe, so it is still possible to wear them…

      Matt wrote on February 10th, 2011
      • I have been considering buying these for a while. I read somewhere (can’t find the article ANYWHERE) that some people have had success with buying these shoes fitted for their big toe, the stretching the second toe with heat and a pair of pliers until they got an appropriate fit. I’m one of those aliens with the second toe that is longer than the first, so I was wondering if anyone had heard of this or tried it.

        Mike wrote on May 14th, 2011
    • Incorrect. As stated on the VFF shoes website, if you have a second toe longer than your big toe, measure your foot from heel to the tip of your longer toe. That measurement accommodates fine. Try the new lace up style VFF (Vibram Five Finger)if you’re worried about the shoe fitting sloppy.

      Glenn wrote on May 29th, 2011
    • You measure for the long toe. It says it on the Vibram site…

      Matt wrote on June 8th, 2011
    • Morton’s toe, the condition that is a longer second toe, is fairly common, and not a disfiguration. I’m surprised Vibram didn’t take this into consideration when designing the forms for these ‘shoes’.
      One of the ladies at my CrossFit class wears these sometimes, but she says the absorption of foreign objects is limited at best. Our cold climate, plus uneven sidewealks, stones, small and large, are some of the hazards we face, plus the inflated price Canadians pay for products that aren’t made here.
      I’m still going to look at them, just to see if they would be workable for use at home (at least).

      Barrie wrote on June 13th, 2011
      • They come in several thicknesses of protection under your feet. At the gym, she is likely wearing the thinnest. I have three pairs, each with a different thickness of sole.

        E T Kenny wrote on February 17th, 2016
    • I have the elusive “Monkey toe” as my wife calls it. The way Vibram says to measure you go to your longest toe. I just got a pair and love the fit.

      Bob wrote on March 26th, 2012
    • Thanks for mentioning this. I have what I’ve read described as “the Roman foot”. Don’t know if that’s accurate or not but it is sometimes a problem.

      SueQ wrote on October 12th, 2013
    • I have a longer second toe on both feet, and still Virams work great. Sometimes it’s the only shoe I can wear comfortably (I have plantar fasciitis.) Walking barefoot is the other thing I can always do, so I got Vibrams to approximate barefacedness when I have to go outside. I do not run in them, only walk.

      E T Kenny wrote on February 17th, 2016
  5. I have a pair, love them to death although it seems my left little toe doesn’t appreciate them. I walked 6 miles in them round town and now I have a black toenail! :-( I think it was catching on the top bit of the shoe inner.

    I’m hoping I might be able to wear them again sometime soon. Plus it’s getting cold in the Northern Hemisphere and I don’t fancy freezing my toes off.

    Didn’t find any problems with sore muscles in my feet/legs since I spend an awful lot of time training barefoot in martial arts.

    Jen wrote on October 18th, 2007
    • There is a new style called the flow that is specifically for cold weather and water

      chris wrote on July 26th, 2010
    • The same thing happened to my toenail and I hate to tell you that it might fall off (this could also be because I stubbed my little toe really hard while wearing them). Your little toes WILL get used to it so don’t let it discourage you!

      Katie wrote on June 27th, 2011
    • i have the same problem with My KSO’S But My Treksports stopped hurting aafter a while,i did crouch down on one knee with my toes bent hard on the ground for a few seconds .it seemed to help. i ;love these, shoes!

      ihba wrote on September 23rd, 2011
  6. Karen:

    I wondered about the longer second to but according to the Vibram webite there is a little “wiggle room: (pun intended):

    Standing with your heels against a flat wall
    Slide ruler under each foot and measure the longest toe
    Take the longer of the two measurements
    If your foot length varies by more than .4cm, it will be difficult to get a precise fit for both feet.
    If your second toe is more than .4cm longer than your big toe, it will be difficult to get a precise fit.

    Dave C. wrote on October 18th, 2007
    • The website directions are pretty good for fitting VFF’s. I also did some research online on any other tips when it comes to sizing these great shoes and came across this article which is worth checking out:

      Finding the right size vibram fivefingers shoes

      JohnRiley wrote on September 28th, 2009
  7. have a par – Classcs -and love em – should have got the sprnt ones cos gong fast n the classcs s not easy. F you want to sprnt get sprnts. Szng -go to the snuggest sze you can manage eg my shoes are usually Euro 43 but my choce was a 42 and they are perfect. PS am worng on a eyboard that has 2 eys broen the letter after h and the ltter after j – am not a moron or dyslexc

    Huw wrote on October 19th, 2007
    • This is either serious comic genius, or simply the best ‘actual’ post by a person with 2 broken keys! Laughed ’til I cried.

      Mike wrote on January 20th, 2012
  8. My wife and I each got a pair each this summer and love them. They have been super for trail running and it is such a different feeling running in them as opposed to my Nike Free’s. The calves get an incredible work out when I run in the fivefingers. My wife feels it more in her adductors. Amazing how our individual structures call on different demands than from others.

    If you can get to a place where they have them in stock, i’d recommend you try them on for size and walk around in them to get a feel. We drove 90 minutes to the nearest dealer but it was well worth it.

    Paul wrote on October 19th, 2007
  9. Got mine about 2 months ago after reading the original post here. After doing more research, I went with the Five Fingers Sprint. Such a good choice. Had to order them from the US because they still aren’t carried in Canada (MEC in Vancouver is supposed to carry them eventually), but it was definitely worth the extra money for shipping.

    I’ve been trail running in them and they are incredible. I felt the extra strain in my calves at first, but it wasn’t bad stress… just the feeling of muscles that weren’t used to being called on. My little toes definitely required some coaxing to appreciate them, but my feet are used to them now. I definitely get some strange looks wearing them as well.

    I’d highly recommend the Injinji socks with them. I found the top of the Vibrams would chafe and the Injinjis stopped that right away.

    My ONLY complaint was that the only colour they had available in my size was red on black. Otherwise, one of the best fitness purchases I have made.

    Derek B wrote on October 19th, 2007
  10. Oh, and my second toe is slightly longer than my big toe and they fit fine. I guess it depends on how much longer it might be…

    Derek B wrote on October 19th, 2007
  11. @Dave C and Derek B,

    Toe two is .8cm longer than toe one, and toe three is .6cm longer than toe one. I guess I’ll have to wait until they start making them for monkeys.

    Karen wrote on October 19th, 2007
    • This sounds like a math question, are we to answer with the correct measurement of toe one?

      Glenn wrote on May 29th, 2011
  12. Wearing the Vibram shoes makes me feel like a kid again.

    I haven’t used them for running, but love them for most of my exercises, plus great for hiking on the trails.

    Coop wrote on October 22nd, 2007
  13. I am curious to try them but I’m a little apprehensive because I’ve had some serious problems in the past with plantar faciitis, and I’ve relied on orthotics since ’91. Also, back in my days of running 50-60 miles a week, I was definitely a heel striker. Landing on the balls of my feet might be one trick this old dog would have trouble learning. But I would like to see what they are like for just taking a walk (I do my interval workouts on a bike).

    Dave C. wrote on October 22nd, 2007
    • These actually caused my recent bout of plantar fasciitis. I had no running injuries EVER. I was running although the time and starting to bike all the time as well (5 days a week). I’ve been doing this much physical activity for many years.
      They I saw these VFF and bought a pair of sprints. I absolutely loved them. Perfect biking shoe. Did only small amounts of running in them. Used them mostly for walking and lounging. I thought they were a bit nerdy but I received a dozen comments in the 2 week period I wore them, and they were all POSITIVE!!
      HOWEVER, and it’s a big however… after 2 weeks I one day felt a slight slight tightness in my achilles tendon. Did not even notice it until the next day around 2 pm… I stould up and it felt like my left foot was broken. I hobbled around in sooo much pain for a couple days before I self diagnosed myself with plantar faciitis. It came on so suddenly, from repetitive use and had every single symptom of P.F.. I had to stop wearing the VFF and taped my ankle for a few days, then I bought heel inserts for my shoes…and 10-14 days later my feet are feeling perfectly fine again.

      Although I loved those shoes, I am scared to start wearing them again. Nothing feels more debilitating than having plantar fasciitis.

      Ryan M wrote on June 3rd, 2009
      • The PF might have been from biking in incorrect shoes. The stress that your foot gets from having just the ball of it on your pedals is tremendous. That’s why stiff biking shoes are best (with or without arch support). VFFs are good for running, biking, working out… NOT for cycling.

        Aleksis K wrote on April 20th, 2010
      • PF NEVER comes and goes THAT fast. NEVER. You do not have PF. It’s something that comes on over time, many have it for months or years.

        Jeannine wrote on June 25th, 2010
        • Actuaally I am a long time patient of PF. I CAN come and go so quickly; however, the going is usually just a dormit state until t returns. He story is quite possibly true.

          Nelllie wrote on October 15th, 2011
      • I actually second that entire story – from the two weeks of loving them to the plantar fasciitis development. I’m going to work on changing my strike a little more, but if this horrible feeling keeps up, it’s back to asics.

        Shannan wrote on August 11th, 2010
      • I actually tried the VFFs BECAUSE I suffered from PF. I needed to learn to run very differently. I do not walk in them at all (or stand around since my tendency is to lean back on my heels), but when I go for a run, they are all I wear. The key for me was learning to strike on the forefoot instead of the heel. Once home, I’m back in my custom orthotics and Saucony’s.

        It may sound crazy, but for the first time in my life, I can RUN. :) LOVE the VFFs!

        Christine wrote on October 17th, 2010
        • I also developed PF from my VFFs — and mine is confirmed by medical evaluation. I was wearing mine for everything (I have both a set of Sprints and a set of Performas) but after almost 9 months of wearing them exclusively, I developed severe heel pain through the bottom of my foot. It would be almost unbearable to put any weight on my foot if I got up in the middle of the night, and for the first 1/2 hour of my day or so — and then it would feel better, but get worse again as the day went on.

          I started wearing special orthotics in sneakers, and have some relief now, though I still run into problems when I try to go barefoot around the house. My doc said that it’s because I was wearing them when I was SOOOO heavy (I’ve lost over 100 lbs in the past year), and that it’s likely that if I can get past this hitch, I should be healed and able to go back to my VFFs within 6 months. I can’t imagine NOT going back to them… as soon as I get cleared, I’ll definitely be back in them. I will also start paying better attention to my tendency to pronate, though, since that’s what my orthopedist says causes my PF — noticeable pronation, especially of the right foot.

          Storm wrote on December 9th, 2010
        • I also got PF soon after getting five-fingers. I took a couple weeks off, it went away, and it hasn’t come back. It was all part of the process of learning to run correctly and not land on my heels. And building foot strength.

          You have to start off easy with these things… keep it to a mile or less and run slow. Don’t listen to music or anything that will distract you from paying attention to your feet. It sounds strange, I suppose, but once I started to concentrate more on my running form, I had plenty to keep my mind busy.

          After a couple months of building up foot strength and running form, I was up to three or four miles. I still get some knee pain (I always have) after long runs, but then, I don’t run very often. Still I have been using Five Fingers as my workout and jogging shoe for over two years, and wouldn’t go back. (Sneakers field weird now.)

          Nathan wrote on February 8th, 2011
      • I’ve heard of VFF’s helping with conditions of plantar faciitis and was considering getting a pair. Between my PF Flyers, Keen sandals and my Sketchers I have got plantar faciitis. I also have peripheral neuropathy and thought these might help with my foot sensations. We’ll see.

        Glenn wrote on May 29th, 2011
      • I have had the same experience with these. I wore my Five Fingers for years as a kickboxing instructor and loved them… but recently I decided to start training in running in them, and after 3 weeks I have my first bout of Plantar Fasciitis I’ve ever had, and it is one of the worst, most debilitating feelings I’ve ever had. It is causing me to miss games in my present soccer league and I am heartbroken over it with no end in sight.

        Love the Five Fingers, but they should come with a serious warning. They’ve destroyed my feet.

        Pasquale wrote on October 21st, 2011
      • you can get rid of plantars faciitis easily by foam rolling the posterior tibialis and the arch.….

        in the end, it’s a posture issue.

        Kenny wrote on February 6th, 2012
        • been running barefoot style for a year and then developed PF for the first time ever. still strugling with it. haven’t run foer 5 mths and is just getting worse. going to try the trigger point & foam roller – any other ideas welcomed!

          Jennifer wrote on March 11th, 2012
      • I have PF, and it’s the only shoe I can wear. I’ve had PF for two years now. I can either walk barefoot, or wear VFF. The podiatrists scratch their heads. It goes against their theories, because they want to put you in orthotics. But they also admit that I’m not the only one like this. I wish this would provoke curiosity in them to go study it, instead of just telling me “That’s goes against our theories.”

        E T Kenny wrote on February 17th, 2016
  14. Coop,
    That “feeling like a kid again” certainly describes the overall sensation we’ve felt with the FiveFingsers. A renewed playfullness if you will.

    Dave C.

    Check out the web page from their site. This may be able to answer some of your questions. If you’ve had problems in the past with plantar fasciitis then i believe they would recommend you slowly work your way into to wearing them. Do you have high arches, or flat feet? Both can result with variations of plantar fasciitis. If you still have questions, give them a call and speak to someone one on one.

    Paul V wrote on October 23rd, 2007
  15. I’m also a fan – I use them instead of flip-flops in my backpack (I’ve been travelling almost non-stop for 20 months now) and wouldn’t go back to flip-flops.

    Mine have walked the streets of Venice, trails of Slovakia and even most of the West highland way in Scotland.

    My personal review is here and there’s also a flickr group for them:


    Craig wrote on October 23rd, 2007
  16. Paul: Thanks for the link. Looks like I have a couple of things going for me. I have high arches, and I have a neutral gait so I haven’t had to use “motion control” shoes. Mark sent me an email about these in my Apple infancy that I thought I had saved but can’t find. I *think* he said something to the effect that using them could be beneficial in the long run with my PF problem. My main concern is the transition from a 55 year old heel striker to a more flat footed approach. I guess I’ll head to the beach and try it barefoot in little doses and see how I adapt.

    Thanks again!

    Dave C. wrote on October 23rd, 2007
    • I was a runner and when I ran barefoot on the beach I found my running style changed automatically without my even trying. You may find it’s easier than you think! :)

      Robin wrote on January 24th, 2011
  17. Dave: Easing into it sounds like the best approach. Additionally find a reputable PT or Massage therapist who can work with you on specific ways of opening up the lower legs and the bottom of the feet. With high arches, there are usually ways to speed up the process of creating more ease in your step.

    Paul V wrote on October 23rd, 2007
  18. Got ’em! Love ’em! Especially like the looks I get when I wear ’em. I call ’em my “MonkeyFeets!”

    I did notice that my FiveFingers aggravated my ingrown toenails on my big toes at first – and still after prolonged sessions they still do. But mostly this was solved by splurging on a quality pedicure.

    Rob O. wrote on October 29th, 2007
  19. I own the Kayakshed and we’ve been selling them for a couple years now (I think we were one of Vibrams first stores) Since then, I’ve purchased both the five fingers classic as well as the sprints for myself. I can’t tell you how much I love ’em! They were not what I expected. I thought I would only use them for water applications (Kayaking obviously). Turns out I use them more for all sorts of things including yard work. They are tough to fit. We have a sizing chart on our site that works well. However if you’re in between 2 sizes. Buy both sizes and return the one that doesn’t fit. They are tricky to fit and they do get easier to put on after you have put them on 2 or 3 times. Good luck and enjoy!

    john wrote on November 30th, 2007
    • love your website
      delivery charges is a bomb over to KL and we don’t have any distributors here

      been dying to try those shoes, just really costly at this part of the world

      kim wrote on September 22nd, 2010
  20. I’ve been running in mine for about a month, and found them to be a great training tool. I spent years trying to visualize a softer footstrike, quicker foot turnover, avoiding heel strikes, etc. to no avail (I’m just a slow learner I guess!) After the first week in the Vibrams, all of these form faults improved automatically… I’m proud to say that I no longer look like a combination of Pipi Longstocking and a sack of potatoes falling down a staircase when I run down hills. :-) Also, no more ITB pain.

    I had no problems with sizing following the website guidelines, but perhaps that is because I wear them with the Injini socks.

    Laura wrote on September 14th, 2008
  21. You like the looks of those things??? They are ugly as sin.

    Neil wrote on December 13th, 2008
  22. Just got a pair after watching the beach sprint video and receiving my copy of Primal Blueprint. Already wore them around some this evening and I am loving them!

    Paul wrote on June 9th, 2009
  23. Mark,

    Hey man I am so about to get a pair of these, go with the Sprints ya reckon or the Vivo ones?

    I ran sprints on a rubberized track (and some on grass) on Sunday and my calves are killing me, whew am i sore! But i have not run like that barefoot in awhile, used to all the time when i lived on the beaches of Australia, and try to as much as possible here in houston, but nevertheless think I over did it a bit! 😉

    I guess best is to alternate running barefoot and with Vibrams to strengthen feet, bones, ligaments, etc and for protection on some surfaces aye!?

    Why do u wear em on the beach sand? I love to feel the sand and water on my feet!



    jared maidenberg wrote on June 10th, 2009
    • I wear them at the beach to protect from glass, bee stings and jellyfish stingers.

      Mark Sisson wrote on June 11th, 2009
  24. Great dog in heaven, I love my FiveFingers. I’m so pleased to see you picked these up, Mark. It will do them a great deal to have them touted by someone promoting an anti-fad lifestyle, less someone mistake my FiveFingers for Crocs (RAT B**TARDS!) :)

    It’s only a damn shame that I’m not sure if I can legally wear them to work (Even though I’ve got the KSOs). I’m not entirely certain now Starbucks or the Indiana Department of Health feels about mesh tops.

    Bret wrote on June 10th, 2009
    • Get the Vibram Speeds! Search for them
      On or They have laces and as far as the mesh goes, would they say anything about you wearing nikes? That’s my logic on it.. If i get my toe run over its not gonna hurt any less because im wearing MESH TOE NIKE’s!!! I work in retail and my manager said “are those legal?” and I said, legal? Uhh yeah, I’ve never heard of a law against shoes.. LOL. I just acted like I didn’t know what she meant, but if you look at your dress code policy, I’m guessing it will say closed toe and closed heel…. Which all vibrams are both of those. And the speeds are even more so like a tennis shoe. They are the look of a basic sort of mesh tennis shoe with laces…. And toe pockets!!! I believe according to most dress codes, there’s nothing wrong with them, unless you have to wear dress shoes, or certain color shoes…

      Matt wrote on June 13th, 2011
  25. I wonder if anyone has tried using Injinji toe socks with Vibram FiveFingers. I love my FF shoes, but there’s a seam that catches the tips of my big toes and rubs them excessively. I’ve considered trying to find a very thin toe sock to ease some of the rubbing, but as form-fitting as the FiveFingers are, I dunno how well that’d work…

    Rob O. wrote on June 11th, 2009
    • The socks are ok, unless your vibrams fit very snug… Then they are a bit annoying or even painful… But the socks help with the smell for sure!! Haha!

      Matt wrote on June 13th, 2011

    Funny post, I have the Classics, love them!

    Run Colorado wrote on June 25th, 2009
  27. Love my Five Fingers!!! I got a pair of classics in April and have worn them ever since. Now my Plantar Facitis is pretty much gone! I no longer have foot pain. I am not a runner but just wear them as my everyday shoes. I get questions almost everyday about them and I can’t say enough good stuff. If you don’t have them – buy a pair!

    Randi M wrote on August 8th, 2009
  28. Well, I gotta say that based on my experience this afternoon these shoes are deeply dubious.

    Inspired by what I read here I set out in Seattle to the headquarters of REI to try on a pair and see for myself.

    The department had them and the salesman got a couple of pair in different sizes.

    First of all, they are extremely EXTREMELY difficult to put on. Even after reading the instructions on the box and with the aid of the REI salesman (whom I assume is trained in such things) it was impossible to get them on.

    Second to that, while trying to put one pair on the pair — new and just out of the box — split between the mesh and body of the shoe.

    Not an advertisement for the construction of the shoe in the first place.

    All in all, a wasted ten mile round trip for a substandard bit of footwear.

    I’ll take recommendations like this a bit more carefully in the future.

    vanderleun wrote on August 13th, 2009
    • Don’t judge so easily… I’ve been wearing mine for months straight and nothing has messed up at all… Except getting dirty… Once you own them and WEAR them for a few or even only one week, everyday of course, they get much easier to put on. Your toes will even start to move apart easier. Mine NEVER moved apart.. Till I wore these… Now all I do is push my pinky toe over, and they slip right in… Many times, I don’t even use my hands, they just slide on! I guarantee you the ripping was ABSOLUTELY not normal… Unless they were fakes, which I hope not, since u were in a store!! They’re not that bad! I promise!! That’s why you heard so many good reviews! Cuz they’re right!!!

      Matt wrote on June 13th, 2011
  29. Vanderleun, getting the shoes on is definitely an acquired skill that takes several wears to master. Sometimes I still find it rather tricky to get my uncooperative littlest toe into place.

    I hafta assume that the construction issues you reported are a fairly isolated example since this is the first I’ve heard of that sort of thing on the FiveFingers.

    Rob O. wrote on August 13th, 2009
  30. By the way, I succumbed to the temptation and bought a pair of Injinji toe socks to wear with my FiveFingers.

    They’re great socks, but the added bulk – even though they are fairly thin – makes my FiveFingers uncomfortably snug on each of my toes. They’re fine with normal shoes tho.

    But as always, your mileage may vary…

    Rob O. wrote on August 13th, 2009
  31. My boyfriend just bought them after reading Born to Run and loves them! His runs are a bit slower as he gets used to it but he feels himself working muscles he never has before. He does get strange looks from people, but he doesn’t mind. (It would probably bother me)

    He does have to use BandAid Blister Blocks and Dr Scholls Moleskin with them though. They cause blisters, but I think he needs to let them heal and the skin will toughen up and then he should be fine in just the shoes.

    Dori wrote on August 27th, 2009
  32. I just got a pair of the sprints and after walking around campus with them all day the tip of my big toe on both feet is killing me! I tried on both size 39 and 40 and both were a little snug at the store in the big toe area, but since the 40s had so much extra room everywhere else I went with the 39’s, but am now worried that they might be too small. Do these normally fit really tight at first? I’ve heard they stretch out, but how much?

    Danika wrote on August 31st, 2009

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