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Postby xrodolfox » Sat Aug 29, 2009 9:44 pm

I got these shoes today. OMG. They rock. Rock Hard.

http://www.vibramfivefingers.com/

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Postby runner » Sat Aug 29, 2009 10:11 pm

will you run on those shoes?

they can be good for walking I think
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Postby xrodolfox » Sun Aug 30, 2009 12:47 am

[quote="runner"]will you run on those shoes?

they can be good for walking I think


I've been walking in these shoes all day. It's been great.

I'm going to go for a trail run sometime later this week. I'll update here.
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Postby crapiecorn » Sun Aug 30, 2009 10:58 am

Be ready for busted calves ;-)
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Postby skoptic » Sun Aug 30, 2009 9:03 pm

I've got a couple of pairs of these and have been using them for the last 18 months or so and they are great... but you have to ease into the running or you will get busted calves like crapiecorn says. I wear them to work and out shopping too (not all the time - but quite a lot in the summer) .. some people get totally freaked out by them! Gets you into some interesting conversations (as if vegans needed that!)

There's a few people out there who have sites about their running in them .. mostly trail runs .. but I think one guy did a US road marathon in them .. so it's all possible if you build up gradually.

I'm planning to run a trail ultra in mine .. eventually. Good luck with it all xrodolfox - what colour did you go for? (my mates say the black ones make me look like I have gorilla feet)
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Postby cyclebot » Mon Aug 31, 2009 2:15 pm

why are they so hard on the calves?
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Postby crapiecorn » Mon Aug 31, 2009 4:00 pm

You can't land on your heel or midfoot without being in pain with these "shoes". The only option is landing on the ball of your feet. Most people don't have the muscles to support this technique and end up with really sore calves/ feet .
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Postby andyO » Mon Aug 31, 2009 5:56 pm

There is a growing number of people saying that the optimum way to run is landing on the fore-foot rather than heel-to-toeing so maybe these would be good for building up technique.

If you make the transition to this style of running it is wise to ease into gradually though.

Would be interested to hear how you are getting on with these Rodolfo.
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Postby runner » Tue Sep 01, 2009 6:46 am

Think it really depends on the distance.. a real heal landing is a bit something from the past. Many trainers aim for flat foot landing. and use the reactive force for the swing of the other legg.

shoes are gething lighter (at least racing shoes).

key might be good technic and a neutral landing.

for people with a troubled technic I would not recomend them at all
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Postby xrodolfox » Tue Sep 01, 2009 8:34 am

Yeah, I've got shitty technique. I heel land all the time, and these shoes were an attempt to feel out good technique, as well as feel like a ninja when to shoe up to go shopping for tofu at the co-op.

I've yet to run in these. But they are really nice to walk around in.
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Postby runner » Tue Sep 01, 2009 9:06 pm

my suggestion would be to use them for walking, guess there is nothing wrong with that.

think the best way to get good technics would be a trainer.

guess like playing an instrument. some people can lear by themself, but most people need a little support.

but thanks for introducing the shoes.

I think they rock!!
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Postby Flaming Monkey » Wed Sep 02, 2009 12:03 pm

I've do all my running in KSOs, including several over fifteen miles. They're great, but you do need to build up.
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Postby JS » Thu Sep 03, 2009 11:50 am

When I first opened this thread I thought WTF - they are freaky :shock:
It's the toe thing I think.

Going to check out the web to read more about them :)
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Postby JS » Thu Sep 03, 2009 11:55 am

CAN I WEAR FIVEFINGERS IF I HAVE WEBBED TOES OR SYNDACTYLY?
Unfortunately the design of FiveFingers does not accommodate webbed toes or Syndactyly. We are unable to make custom FiveFingers to fit specific foot needs.

From the FAQ page - suited my sense of humour :lol:
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Postby skoptic » Thu Sep 03, 2009 2:08 pm

LOL - like the webbed feet thing.

By the way - I saw some in the UK the other day for £85!!!!!!! I got mine from US and got them shipped to the UK ($75 each pair - loads cheaper, or was with exchange rate when I got them pre-crunch) .. I couldn't use a UK card online but I phoned them up and they took my UK card and sent them to me.
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