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Old 04-17-2011, 04:37 PM   #1
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Vibram Five Fingers

anyone know where to buy these locally?
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Just curious, but are you using them for barefoot running or weight lifting?
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Old 04-23-2011, 03:52 PM   #3
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Just curious, but are you using them for barefoot running or weight lifting?
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was thinking of using it for both jogging and weight lifting o.o
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Make sure you know how to run properly before running in five fingers. I had a friend that was out of commission a few weeks cause he was running incorrectly in his five fingers.
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Make sure you know how to run properly before running in five fingers. I had a friend that was out of commission a few weeks cause he was running incorrectly in his five fingers.
what does "running properly" mean?
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Old 04-25-2011, 01:03 AM   #6
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Google it. You'r feet basically have to adapt to it and your running style, pace...etc as well or you're bound to injury yourself. I still feel safer running with proper running shoes.
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what does "running properly" mean?
Don't quote me on it, since I'm not a runner, but there should no heal strike with each stride.

Better off googling "barefoot running" and "running with five fingers".
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Old 04-28-2011, 05:44 PM   #8
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how does this shoe compare with the nike free? either 3.0 or 7.0
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Haven't tried vibram five fingers as of yet, but I've been using nike frees for the past 3 years. (I own three pairs of 7.0 and two pairs of 5.0.)

I would assume that it is akin to barefoot running. You would need to use more muscles and toes and there would be little to no cushioning to absorb the impact.

I was interested in picking up a pair in the past, but realized that it wouldn't make much difference for me as I would only be using them for weight lifting. (I'm fine with using Chuck Taylors for deadlifting and squatting) Another thing that seems as an inconvenience would have to be wearing/washing toe socks or not using socks all together and having to bare with stinky shoes. :P
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Haven't tried vibram five fingers as of yet, but I've been using nike frees for the past 3 years. (I own three pairs of 7.0 and two pairs of 5.0.)

I would assume that it is akin to barefoot running. You would need to use more muscles and toes and there would be little to no cushioning to absorb the impact.

I was interested in picking up a pair in the past, but realized that it wouldn't make much difference for me as I would only be using them for weight lifting. (I'm fine with using Chuck Taylors for deadlifting and squatting) Another thing that seems as an inconvenience would have to be wearing/washing toe socks or not using socks all together and having to bare with stinky shoes. :P
how are the nike frees? do they feel more comfortable than normal running shoes? have you ever lifted in them? i dont know if i should get a 3, 5 or 7 too..
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I have been running "barefoot" for about 6 years. I run barefoot on my treadmill at home and with minimal shoes outside.

I've owned the following shoes

Nike Free 3.0 v1
Nike Free 3.0 v2
Nike Free 4.0
Vibram Five Fingers
Terra Plana EVO 1
Terra Plana EVO 2
Onitsuka Tiger Running Tabi
Onitsuka Tiger Mexico 66

My Nike Free's would always get destroyed after 200 or so km. It is usually at the toe box or the heel section (fabric behind the heel). That being said they were the most reasonably priced of this type of shoe. They are appropriate to learn how to run barefoot from.

I did not like my Vibram Five. I sold them on craigslist. Here are the reasons why I did not like them, though they are specific to me. Great shoes, though I wonder how long they will last distance wise.

1) Your toes have to "spread" when you transfer your weight during a stride. Having a big toe box is important. The Vibram Five doesn't have a toebox because your toes have their own sections. If you have weird sized toes you get some bunching and it is distracting (hard to keep a steady rate)

2) Cannot wear socks. I just personally feel that my distance running shoes require socks. These are not track spike shoes etc.

3) Hard to learn how to run barefoot with them. If the shoes do not fit you properly, you will start to heel strike. This is what I was finding on myself. I could correct it but it was specific to me.

4) Easy to get small injuries, such as stubbing a toe if you try to correct your stride

If you want to try out a "barefoot" running shoe pick up some water shoes, which are actually great for learning. Honestly if you don't like barefoot running, why waste money. MEC has them for cheap (IIRC ~$40). They also carry the Five Fingers for a reasonable ~$90

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