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Old 06-04-2010, 06:39 AM
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So I am hearing that your typical running shoe (Nike, Adidas, etc.) are not good for your ankles & knees. They have always hurt my feet anyways.

I read an article on barefoot running & how that is the best for your knees & ankles but there's no way I'm gonna run barefoot & have black feet & step on glass.

So, the alternative is Vibram 5 Fingers. Has anyone tried these?



They look so awesome!
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Old 06-04-2010, 08:34 AM
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Those are cool but I don't know that I would wear them....maybe for running since my feet would be moving fast. I can't run because of shoes so maybe I should invest in a pair of these.
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Old 06-04-2010, 09:38 AM
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I have the Nike Free 5.0 and I love them for running or doing anything b/c they are so comfortable.

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Old 06-04-2010, 09:44 AM
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You should go to a running specialty store (where they have a treadmill) and get fit for tennis shoes specifically to your gait. Most knee/ankle problems come from wearing a shoe not designed for your gait motion. I mildly over pronate and when I wear shoes for underpronation, my knees and ankles get sore and I am more prone to foot cramps. But, when I wear shoes designed for neutral to over pronation, I have happy feet and legs.

those may be a good option, if you are ONLY going to run. But usually, getting fit involves crosstraining and thus you would probably be better off with a shoe fitted to you.
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Old 06-04-2010, 11:08 AM
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I've never tried them, but I did see a lady at my gym wearing them. I didn't know what they were, though.
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I haven't used them, but I have read quite a bit about them lately. If you try them, be sure to tell us how you like them.
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You should go to a running specialty store (where they have a treadmill) and get fit for tennis shoes specifically to your gait. Most knee/ankle problems come from wearing a shoe not designed for your gait motion. I mildly over pronate and when I wear shoes for underpronation, my knees and ankles get sore and I am more prone to foot cramps. But, when I wear shoes designed for neutral to over pronation, I have happy feet and legs.

those may be a good option, if you are ONLY going to run. But usually, getting fit involves crosstraining and thus you would probably be better off with a shoe fitted to you.
+1! It's always the best idea to get shoes specific to your running style. If you have any feet/ankle issues, these "shoes" are not for you. They don't offer support. My dad (a marathon runner and triathlete) has a pair that he bought just out of curiosity and he doesn't like them much. They are super grippy on the bottom so they would be good for hiking and climbing, but IMO not for serious running. My dad made the mistake of wearing his on the treadmill and the grips on the bottom of the shoes stuck to the treadmill with each step
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i don't think i could run w/ those. no support =/
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Old 06-11-2010, 04:14 PM
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I am a sucker for running shoes so I bought a pair of Sprints. I am kinda lucky I found a pair since they're sold out everywhere locally here. I love them already but only cause I prefer feeling like I'm barefoot all the time, we grew up not wearing shoes in the house. It does take some time getting used to though. I still haven't fully broken in my five fingers yet but when I do, I'll update.

I also have a pair of Nike Free 5.0s and Nike Free Run+ and those are great also. They have more support and my Run+ can also track my runs with Nike+. They are so soft but I really hate nike for having crappy slippery shoelaces. They always come undone and it messes up my runs.
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Old 06-11-2010, 04:56 PM
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my ex was hyped up and wanted to try these, so i looked into it for a while. there is not any actual research to prove running in these or traditional shoes is beneficial. all of the claims are made by affiliated sources and therefore have less credibility (aka they make money off of these). But just like anything certain people have certain preferences. Im also curious to hear of more peoples' experiences
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My husband runs in the KSO model. He says it's definitely feels better on terrain rather than on asphalt. He predominantly runs on asphalt roads. Usually 5 miles or so.

He really, really likes it.

His dad hikes a lot so we just ordered him the KSO Trek model for Father's Day.
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Those look weird... are they open inside or do they fit like toe socks?
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i have been interested in trying these too!! i run on a treadmill though.... after reading emily's comment i don't know if these would work for me then!!
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My husband runs in the KSO model. He says it's definitely feels better on terrain rather than on asphalt. He predominantly runs on asphalt roads. Usually 5 miles or so.

He really, really likes it.

His dad hikes a lot so we just ordered him the KSO Trek model for Father's Day.
What is KSO?
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Old 06-12-2010, 02:22 PM
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KSO = Keep Shit Out

lol, not exactly, it actually stand for "Keep Stuff Out". Keeps gravel, etc. out of the shoe while running, walking, etc.

Vibram FiveFingers: KSO - Male



Actually, my husband just ordered the new FiveFingers Bikila which is more geared towards running. Was difficult to find in stock. And also Injinjii socks.

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omg.. i thought this was a pervy thread from title.
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Old 06-12-2010, 02:31 PM
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honestly, it still pops in my head and I know what it is
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^I was thinking that too

This shoe would probably not fit me very well because my second toe is longer than the big toe and I have more of a diamond-shaped foot (the "European foot") along with serious flat arches...

Ah well. At least the name is lulzy.
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Lol!

Thanks! I'll have to try those. I'll find a store & try them on first.
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I have some of those, but not for running. I use them for going to the gym and yoga; sometimes for walking. For running I need inner arch support so these won`t work for me.
But definetely try them on in a shop; I think you will like them.
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The manuf. suggests that when measuring one's feet for sizing, to measure the longest toe, whether that be the big toe or second. Having the second toe longer is rather common.

Works for my DH whose second toe is longer.
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Hmmm Ive been thinking about getting these for walking.My crosstrainers will be toast if I keep wearing them for working out and walking.
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If you aren't a runner, I would suggest getting the nike free 5.0 or 3.0 first, or else building up to mileage in the Vibram 5s very slowly (like, not running more than 1/4 mile the first time)...many people end up injured in these just because they try to do too much too soon.
They are basically working muscles in your feet that are never used, so just like you wouldn't do a 10 mile run your first time running, don't do much in these at first to give your feet time to adjust.
I've incorporated minimalist/barefoot running into my training just to strengthen my feet and ankles and prevent injury, it has been great for my form.
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bumping this thread as Mike & I were discussing

definitely heed jessani's advice

my husband didn't work up to conditioning his feet for running in these

he ended up with a stress fracture
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I just saw this thread and thought I would give my input. I have a pair of these that use to do massage in because they have a really good grip, but there is no way in hell that I could run in these. As someone has already mentioned they are good for running on bare ground and not a hard surface. It actually feels good to walk on bare ground with these though. The human foot was not designed to run on asphalt so IMO these would cause nothing but trouble unless you run in the woods.

They are great shoes, but can be hard to put on for someone with a high instep. Sometimes it takes me 5 minutes to get them on. If you have a high instep get the ones that look like mary jane shoes so the top is open (the picture in the first post). You have to get your toes in first and then struggle to pull the back part over the heel. Its not easy at all.

Oh and these are HIGHLY FAKED.
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