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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. I am very interested in trying some fivefingers but am not sure if they will work for me. 8 yrs ago I tore my plantar fascia due to repetitive stress from soccer mostly. It took over a year to heal (lots of casts but no surgery) and my feet have been coddled with orthotics since then. My PF finally seemed completely gone until last year when I was teaching on a hard tile floor. My foot pain recurred and one ortho doc said that the fat pad on my heel has become too thin and I must wear even more cushioning. Now, when I teach, I actually wear these cumbersome anit-fatigue mat strap-on shoes on the bottom of my boots. So, can anyone advise this gal with a supposedly thin fat pad if 5fingers would be a good idea?
    Thanks!

    Cat wrote on August 28th, 2010
  2. I just picked up a pair of the classics and the trek sports.
    Broke my ankle (trimalleolar fracture) May 2nd, and have been wanting to get the ole’ calf muscles back. The classics wear a bit tighter than the kso treks do, and I’m not certain I’ve got the right size, as my big toes come all the way up to the end of the toe bed. I figure I’ll see if they stretch a bit before I take them back though.

    Joe wrote on August 31st, 2010
  3. Hi Mark, Thanks so much for your comments and all the comments after. I have been wearing orthotics now for the past 4 years and recently got a pair of the Vibram Sprints. In the last 4 years with the orthotics, that supposedly are correcting my foot biomechanics I ended up with plantar fasciitis in my right for about a year and then eventually a stress fracture in the left for all the compensation with the first injury. In the year I had the P.F. I did everything they told me to do- no running, jumping, exercises on the toes, wear supportive shoes with orthotics all the time, etc. Needless to say it took forever to heal and now I am starting to feel that foot begin to ache again. So I taking a different approach this time. I have not work the FF’s too much since I got them, but now I am wearing them as much as I can and my feet can handle. My foot feels better in them then shoes with the orthotics. Ceasing the running for now, but still throwing in some plyometrics with my interval training and continuing with spin a couple of days of week. I agree that my feet are now as strong as they should be as they are always being supported by shoes/orthotics. For years I never wore orthotics and was just as active with no injury. Hope this new approach works!

    Kendra wrote on September 6th, 2010
  4. I ran Tabata sprints in mine today after doing a hard and fast P90X legs and back yesterday…I’m guessing my calves will hurt tomorrow, but I haven’t worked out wearing shoes of any kind in years (except running and biking) so we’ll see. In any event, they were a blast to run in and I felt a lot faster in them than I do in shoes (I’m quite slow either way).

    Dan wrote on September 26th, 2010
  5. I just got some.. the flow model. I am trying to break them in by wearing them around the house and such. After two hours of them on (day two) my little toes are RIDICULOUSLY sore to touch and perhaps bruised.
    My little toe tends to curl into the toe next to it, my bones probably veer inward instead of straight forward. The 5fingers are forcing them to align and spread, its killin me!
    Slowly I will break them in!!
    I am a dancer and and I dance barefoot all the time, so I am fine everywhere else.

    Lauren wrote on October 18th, 2010
    • I have the treksports which are mostly mesh, but I also have the flows as well and theory are EXTREMELY tighter than the treksport. I think it has to do with the neoprene that they are made out of… It seems to be tighter than the other, because they have sort of a wetsuit type fit to them… I am hoping mine will stretch just a bit in the toes to relieve some of the pressure, because I love how the flows are made AND I cant return them since they are worn now, obviously. I bought my treksports in a size 41 and they are a bit loose in the heels, but i was not aware of the fact that you are supposed to “nestle your heel all the way into the heel cup”, so i was pusing my foot forward into the toe pockets when i tried on the treksports… And they felt fine… But after a week of wear, the part that runs up the back of the heel just under the pull loop, started to sort of fold down because it wasn’t against my foot, I suppose… I really need a 40 in the treksport because of that so I went to rock creek outfitters and tried a 40 in the flow but they were so insanely tight that I couldn’t stand it! So I had to get a 41 in the flow also… Mainly because of the tightness of the neoprene toes… Honestly even in the 41 they are still a little tight, but its only been two days, and I’m hoping it gets better because i love the style and the fact that they don’t get water in them… I have walked through snow (i live in tennessee so its not 3 feet of snow or anything haha) in the treksports and because of the mesh they get wet pretty quick, but it just snowed about an inch today and I was wearing them outside walking the dog and with the exception of the bottom of my feet being pretty cold after a few minutes, my feet actually stayed dry, which is great! If you want a pair that doesn’t squeeze your toes much and has even more grip than the bottoms of most V5F’s the treksport is certainly worth looking into! Once they are broken in, they are super easy to get on and very comfy! Just make sure they fit to the heel so they don’t fold in the back like mine did. Also the Injinji socks helped with making my treksports fit a little better, but I tried them with my flows and it makes them even tighter…. My problem is that the flows rub on the backs of my heels, right in the middle,very badly and it’s extremely painful…ANYONE ELSE HAVE THAT PROBLEM WITH THE FLOWS?? I had to put band aids on the back of my heels to relieve the pain, that’s why I tried my socks with them, but they awfully tight now… I’m trying to find some super thin toe socks if anyone knows a place or a website that would be awesome! Until then I guess I’m just gonna stick with band aids!! I love em too much not to wear!!

      Matt wrote on February 10th, 2011
      • Oops! “they”‘are extremely tighter than the treksports.. Stupid spell corrector!

        Matt wrote on February 10th, 2011
  6. I just bought my first pair of VFF yesterday in the hopes that I would be able to start running again. I have bad PF and when I tried to run last year ended up crippled for weeks. I am a cyclist and wonder if you have a reference site on cycling causing or exacerbating PF. I use top of the line SIDI shoes and Look cleats (under the belief that look would distribute the pressure point more evenly). Appreciate any feedback you can offer – I just want to run again!

    Rob G wrote on November 12th, 2010
  7. I love my VFFs and they have helped me correct my running form so my own bad cases of PF have vanished. I hope you have the same success. I’ve read that cycling is recommended for runners down and out with PF, I haven’t read anything on it making it worse. Just remember to start slow and only run a few miles with the VFFs, its easy to strain your achilles when first starting out :-)

    Sarah wrote on November 12th, 2010
    • I got a the VFF Trek, which is the trail model. So excited that I over did it the first time out (4m) Now, I am paying for it. First I had pain on the outside of my foot a few days and now it’s on the inside and feeling like the PF I had years ago. I’ve read that wearing VFF helps PF, but it doesn’t going “barefoot” actually put more stress on the fascia?

      Pam wrote on November 21st, 2010
  8. Last May I ran the slowest 1/2 marathon of my life. When I finally crossed the line in 2:33, knees sore, back sore and ankles ready to explode, I was ready to call my running career over. The following month, a friend of mine turned me onto VFFs.

    I decided to give them try. After about 6 weeks of different types of pain (Calf muscles, achilles tendon soreness, etc.), I noticed I was starting to enjoy running again. The new pains were subsiding, and the old pains were gone.

    Since August, I have run 4 more half marathons, all under 2 hours with a PR of 1:51 and a sub 48-minute 10k. These are times I hadn’t seen in almost 15 years. The only difference in my life was the shoes I was wearing. VFFs deserve 100% of the credit for any improvements. VFFs Rock!!!

    Eric wrote on December 9th, 2010
    • got a pair last summer and went out and pounded out weeks of off trail backcountry, rock climbing, 14er summiting, technical climbing,winderness trekking, etc around Summit county and it was great and rather intense. Yes, it feels like you are walking the wilderness barefoot. Some heel pain, but proper preparation and acclamation is in order before doing what I did. Although I spend all my time up there. Only problem…. the space between toes is fabric and pricklies poke into the side of the toe. Would be perfect if the sole wrapped up between toes , even if thinner material, to avoid this…. also, watch out for rusty nails etc, around old mining sites etc…Not for everybody, but if you are typically more adventurous than most…. buy em !

      Colorado High Country wrote on February 6th, 2011
  9. Used mine for the first time. I ran for 3 miles. Got blisters on the side of my feet and under my big toes… Will it get better? Should I still try to use them? Feel my knee a little bit and my calves a really tight!

    Carla wrote on February 20th, 2011
    • Sounds like a bit too much to be running when you’ve just got them… I think walking around in them for a few days to get used to it would be easier on your feet… Then slowly start using them more… But everyones feet are different so some people may be able to just put them on and go with no problem…. I wore mine a lot for the first few weeks, like everywhere I went but no running in them really… My feet did ok but it’s definitely an adjustment, and I think they say if you go too hard in them right off the bat, then you can injure yourself… Basically after wearing thick sole shoes your entire life and then changing to V5F’s, take some adjustment in how you walk, like landing more on the ball of your foot… So I was told, not sure. I know when I was wearin the flows I had to walk more on the ball of my foot, because it was hurting a bit… That made it better but u have to always think about how ur walking until u start doing it without thinking…. If u want a pair that may bother u less, get the trek sport… I didn’t think it was that big a difference but when I got the flows it was totally different… You can feel WAAAY more in the ones that have a smooth bottom… That’s been my experience anyway…

      Matt wrote on February 20th, 2011
  10. I got a pair of the bikilas at Christmas. I eased into running in them and had been running 2 miles routinely throughout the week. I have done 3 miles in them the last 2 Saturdays, with no problems.

    However, this week I did 4 miles and the last 1/4 of a mile I starting having pain in the outer portion of my left foot. It goes from the very bottom of my little toe to the heel and runs along the outer edge of my foot. 2 days later, it has gotten better but not completely.

    I am training to do a half-marathon at the end of April and was really looking forward to running in my VFFs. I have loved every minute of them until this week. Now I’m wondering if my feet will able to take running that long in them? Has anyone else had this problem?

    Jessie wrote on February 21st, 2011
    • I had some pain when I first bought my Vibrams. I would wear them while doing rounds (I’m an RA on a small College campus), and thought it was due to Vibram not making the small toe box long enough. Eventually it went away.

      After having had them for over a year now, I have done a 5k race in them (with lots of trail running) and had several hot spots at the end of the race. If you’re planning to run a marathon I would suggest a different minimalist shoe, like the RunAmoc’s made by Soft Star Shoes, a US based company. Or there’s the INOV-8 f-lite 195s, which are less barefoot feeling but still more minimalist and would correct form.

      Neither of them will give you the exact same feel as the Vibrams, but the RunAmocs (I’ve heard, I don’t own a pair) are supposed to mimic that free feel since it’s basically a perforated leather bootie with a thin vibram sole. That way you won’t have to worry about constricted toes or hot spots! Good luck!

      Aleksis wrote on February 21st, 2011
      • Thanks. I think I’m going to get a pair of the Nike Free’s to run in while I get better broke into with the VFFs. I probably won’t try to run the half in the VFFs for fear of not being able to finish due to the pain. It was almost unbearable the other day and I limped around for several hours yesterday.

        Jessie wrote on February 21st, 2011
    • I’m not a trainer nor PT, but it is my understanding that it is important to increase the distance by no more than %10 per week. From the sounds of things, you jumped up the increase too quickly. Gradual increase is so important to allow the body to adjust and respond to the strain. We crawled first (hopefully) before we walked. This is the same principal.Good luck and be gentle with yourself.

      Paul wrote on February 21st, 2011
  11. I had that pain after 4 miles too! It did go away, but I had to lay off running. When I did start running again, the pain shifted to my posterior tibial tendon. I now know I had very weak ankles and needed to break the shoes in slower. I’ve been doing ankle exercises since to strengthen the area,

    Pam wrote on February 21st, 2011
  12. I use Vibrams to lift, I find that I get more of a range of motion when I deadlift with them on.

    Romeo wrote on March 3rd, 2011
  13. I hate how expensive they are in the UK! I’d want to get KSOs or at least Sprints, but they’re over £100 ($140 or so?).

    Chris wrote on March 8th, 2011
    • Chris try doing a search for a coupon. I managed to get my sprints for £75 online with a discount coupon

      lorez wrote on March 8th, 2011
    • Heck yeah! They are crazy expensive over there!! I wanted the speeds, which WERE only sold in UK, but I wasn’t payin that crazy price! Can you payy the US price if you get some from a US website? I’m not sure how all of that works on your end… But they’re around 100 USD on rockcreek.com, travelcountry.com, or citysports.com…. Maybe email them and ask, or go through checkout and see what it says when you put in your country, that is of course if it gives you the option of choosing a country!! Good luck!!

      Matt wrote on June 13th, 2011
  14. I recently tried the VFF originals, KSOs and a sportier version I believe the Komodo. I found them restrictive on my big (size 12) feet. While length was OK, I’m afraid I might suffer from fat toes… Enter Fila Skeletoes. They fit like a dream and while not quite as flexible as the KSO, they are as flexible if not more than the Sportier versions. They also have a EZ slide, combining your pinkie and your this little pig had none toe. Overall I’m very pleased. I’m hoping to see more big shoe names enter the market as competition can only improve things for the consumer.

    Bill wrote on April 17th, 2011
  15. Do you ever know about the funny vibrams five fingers and what do the vibram five fingers looks like?Do you realize the making principle and function of vibram five finger shoes? Now I am very happy to talk about vibram five fingers shoes with all of you because I just know somewhat about five fingers vibram.The rubber sole of vibram fivefinger shoes are quite soft.You may feel strange when you wear vibram five fingers shoes at the first time.But you will feel very comfortable after you wear vibram fivefingers several time.Then you are supposed to know that vibram five fingers can protect our feet to a great degree.

    vibram five finger sales wrote on April 18th, 2011
    • DO NOT GO TO THIS POSTS WEBSITE!! THESE ARE FAKES!!!! As if it’s not obvious… You need to find someone who speaks better English there buddy!!! Pathetic…

      Matt wrote on June 13th, 2011
  16. I just got them. Having an issue with small toe on each foot getting into the slot.

    Ted h in ct wrote on April 23rd, 2011
  17. I have a pair of VFF Treks that I have only worn a couple of times. I tried them on in the store and they felt great. They still feel great when I put them on. However, after wearing them very long the balls of my feet start burning. Does anybody know what would cause that?

    Beth wrote on May 22nd, 2011
  18. @Beth – I have the same problem with lots of my shoes. I think its the skin rubbing on the bottom of the inside of the shoe? Maybe your vibrams are too big? I have had definite issues with sizing, and ended up with ones that were too big and giving me blisters. I have since sold those and bought several new pairs in the correct size, but sometimes I’m a 40 and sometimes I’m a 41 – depending on which style of shoe it is. I sometimes get burning after a lot of walking in my Jaya’s, but never in any of the others. I think the Jaya is more flexible so my foot may move around in them more.

    Tiffany wrote on June 8th, 2011
  19. I bought a pair a year ago (in your presence actully as you visited us at our health fair in Miami). I haven’t put on a pair of sneakers since.

    Tony Pearsall wrote on June 8th, 2011
  20. I love my vibrams. I first started wearing them 2 years ago before they were known around my area. I still get strange looks and asked plenty of questions about them especially from girls. (chick magnet!!) I run, workout, fish, play sports, chill, and do pretty much everything in them.

    Josh wrote on June 9th, 2011
  21. Also don’t know if anybody has commented about fixing the stench that inevitably develops but I find that denture tabs dropped in a bucket of water work wonders. Soak your vibrams for a few minutes then let them dry.

    Josh wrote on June 9th, 2011
    • Go to birthdayshoes.com , they have a forum I believe, kind of funny to have a forum for dealing with smelly shoes!! But it’s necessary! Actually it may be more of just a page with suggestions from people, and things they have tried… But it’s a great site too and you should subscribe to emails from them.. They send info on new vibrams and other news! Very helpful site for sure..

      Matt wrote on June 13th, 2011
  22. I love mine. Like Vibram, the retailer, and this article warned me, they take a few days to get used to but I’ve been wearing them everywhere for 3 months straight. Couple of caveats for those thinking of them – first, you MUST keep your feet clean. And wash the shoes regularly. Second, when someone says “they take some getting used to” they mean at least in part that your feet will hurt for awhile as they get into shape. Your poor dogs have been useless lazy stumps at the bottom of your legs for almost your whole life and now you’re going to ask them to stand up and do their job. They won’t like it at first.

    My only and I mean ONLY serious complaint is that I wish they were less … conspicuous. I’ve talked about my shoes A LOT in the last 3 months. At first it was a novelty, over time it’s gotten irritating.

    I walk about 3km a day with my dog, ride my bike 30km to work and back, and play volleyball on grass 5 hours a week and these shoes are awesome for all activities. Love them love them love them.

    it used to be that when I was sitting, my legs would twitch. Sometimes worse than others but always. The main physical benefit I’ve had other than healthier feet is that this twitch has entirely stopped. I put it down to healthier nerves.

    Badhat wrote on June 9th, 2011
    • I work retail and people never leave me alone about them because I wear my, treksports, bikilas, and Komodo sports, to work… Depending on my mood, sometimes it’s irritating! But the thing I hate the worst is when they say “what are those?” I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO SAY!! I’m sitting there thinking like Uhhh SHOES!!??!! they’re on my feet?! What do you think??!! If they say “I like your shoes” I’m ok, but its the whole “what are those” thing that drives me nuts…

      Matt wrote on June 13th, 2011
  23. I tried them on in-store and was disappointed. I may be one of the rare beans who can’t wear Vibrams. Despite walking barefoot for years, my feet are flat, wide, with toes spaced close together.

    Got the largest size the store had and no luck. My feet were cramping after 10 minutes of attempts.

    Shaun wrote on July 14th, 2011
    • YOu need to try the LS version of vibrams… They’re for wide feet… They have quick laces… May I suggest the Komodo sport LS… If u can buy them… I’m not sure if they’re out yet… But even still they sell the LS version in other vibrams as well… Not sure how the rest of the shoe will fit but that should take care of the width problem at least!! I hate to see anyone who wants to wear them, not be able to!! Cuz they’re awesome!! :)

      Matt wrote on July 14th, 2011
  24. just got a pair of vibram five fingers and as some people commented, wearing them made me want to move more because they felt good. however, they seem to make me use a ton more muscles in my feet. consequently, i get some muscle fatigue and pain the the muscles mostly on top of the foot and instep. what is a good way to space out the usage of the vibram fivefingers and what inserts are available for arch suppport

    chrhistine randolph wrote on July 27th, 2011
  25. I was interested in these for a long time, but I have very wide feet (EEEE) and … due to not having a store around that sells them … never gave them a shot. That is until I found out a roomate had a pair of Treksports. In an odd coincidence they were the correct length according to Vibram’s website (11.5in = 45), so I asked him, tried them on, and they fit great!!

    I just got my own pair of the new Komodosport LSs from online and they fit as well! Love them so far. The feeling is great, and hopefully they will help splay out my toes a bit (years of tight toe boxes have scrunched everything together and twisted my pinky toes).

    JakeH wrote on August 3rd, 2011
  26. All,

    I really enjoy all the content in this website, so first and foremost I’d like to thank Mark for it. The argument that we shouldn’t be eating things that our body hasn’t evolved to deal with resonates with me. However, I’m a bit puzzled about how this reasoning applies to Vibram Fivefingers.

    We live in a very modified environment, where streets are mostly asphalt. Our body, similarly to how it hasn’t evolved to digest certain foods, surely hasn’t evolved to deal with such an environment. In that case, wouldn’t it make sense to wear something that protects us from this harsh environment? In other words, when dealing with foods, we protect ourselves by not eating them, and opt for healthier choices. But when it comes to walking, by using the same argument, shouldn’t we encourage the act of adapting/protecting ourselves from the environment (e.g. shoes)?

    The whole argument for Vibram Fivefingers (or going barefoot) makes sense when we talk about hiking, or running in a forest or other natural surface, like we used to do in the past. But what about highly-modified, asphalt surfaces?

    Could anyone please clarify a bit? Or let me know if this issue has been discussed in the past.

    Thanks.

    Gustavo wrote on August 15th, 2011
  27. I finally purchased a pair before my trip to Maui. I have worn shoes my whole life and am a “tender foot.” I love the VFF’s and can’t wait to wear this pair out so I can buy another pair. I purchased the Bikila LS and they fit great. I prefer the laced versions as I have fairly narrow feet around my arch. The lacing provides a better fir than the velcro strap versions.

    Tim wrote on August 18th, 2011
  28. Been wearing mine for two weeks now. I love them. I bought them as I’ve had PF for a while and though it’s not much better, I have gradually built up to walking 5 mile in them. However my very fashion conscious daughter won’t let me wear them out with her! But I don’t care it means I get to not have to go shopping with her!!!! Other people are freaked out by them, quite common. I’m trying to get my husband to start going barefoot running as he gets injured these days… Near 60 years old, can I get him out in flatties and some baggy shorts instead of lycra and heavy duty trainers….. I’ll let you know.

    jane wrote on September 27th, 2011
  29. Okay, so the vibrams are great. What is another alternative that works for work when you need something a little more professional and dressy?

    I work as a corporate photographer, photographing conferences, tradeshows and the like and often times semi formal cocktail parties after the event. I’m 27, have torn two ligaments in my foot and have achilles tendonitis on both feet. I’m young and in shape 5’4 105 lbs and don’t understand why my feet are hurting so much.

    need a solution that helps me be able to stand on my feet for 14 hr days, carrying equipment, sqatting and lifting, etc without being in pure agony!

    I spent $350 on shoes last week, tried out each pair for a full day at another long event and my feet are still reeling in pain 5 days later! I tried a born leather shoe, sperry black leather boat shoe, and something by aerosoles.

    suggestions! please and thank you and you are all awesome!

    Amber wrote on October 26th, 2011
    • This site has several different styles of barefoot-type dress shoes. I got a pair of the Men’s “Dharma” shoes and have been loving them when I must wear “traditional” dress shoes. They have a very similar feel to the Vibrams but without the toe pockets.

      August Kryger wrote on October 26th, 2011
  30. I bought Vibram Five Fingers about nine months ago, and in the past five or six months have used them exclusively for my three or so weekly runs of 3 miles each. I have been having knee problems, and found the only way I could continue running was adjust my stride and not be a heal striking any longer, but run either flat footed or on the balls of my feet. Vibram’s help me to run on my toes and balls of my feet, to take the stress off my knees. THAT SAID — in the past couple days I’ve developed severe pain at the base of my right big toe. I’m hobbling around all day today just walking into work. It’s a sharp pain, as I bend my foot when I take a step. Anybody else have this issue? And if so, how to combat?

    Charles Boisseau wrote on October 31st, 2011
  31. So, my Sprints came in the mail yesterday. I know I have the right size… but I am feeling some pain in between a few of my toes. I’ve been wearing the shoes a few hours at a time and then taking them off. Will my feet adapt to the toe separation? Do I just need to keep wearing them?

    Genevieve wrote on November 1st, 2011
  32. I went and bought a pair of VFF the other day. I went running in them yesterday and it felt great!
    Now that I have been Primal for a few weeks I have gotten stronger and the running was really enjoyable. Love them!

    Kat wrote on November 13th, 2011
  33. I’ve had vff’s for a few months now, and I wish I had the praise everyone else does. I only use them for running, and while I appreciate the merit behind promises of improved form, my pf shows no sign of healing. I will continue wearing them when I run with hopes that they will one day be comfortable, but they don’t feel very nice after only a few miles. They most I’ve run at one time in them was 8 miles, and the last two miles were uncomfortable. I don’t have perfect feet with nicely formed, straight, correct length, toes for a shoe that mimics a perfect foot. I can see where the VFF would be a good match for people who have feet that look like the shoe, but if your feet are imperfect, as are mine, you may want to consider a minimal shoe with a nice spacious toe-box instead.

    dirtrunner wrote on November 30th, 2011

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