Vibram 5 fingers shoes - page 3

by sarahbellum | 20,291 Views | 39 Comments

What do you guys think of these? I think they are neat and the concept is great, but even though it says you can wear them hiking, I would worry about needle sticks. But then how protective are any soft sided shoe?... Read More


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    I love my Vibrams! You get use to the stares, usually people are just curious and want to know what they are and where to get them. I usually forget that I have them on after a while. I have always preferred to be barefoot so these shoes are perfect. The running took some time to get use to, but my ankles and knees don't hurt anymore during or after a run. I wish I could wear them at work but like Brian said, it wouldn't work out for nurses. The tops are either thin or not there with other models. Too bad, I think my back and feet wouldn't hurt so much at the end of the day!
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    I saw a guy with these on but we were on the river toobin' Not sure about working in them tho. lol
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    I have had a pair of these for a few years, they have all different varieties, I have the sprint model that has the strap across the top of the foot. My only complaint was that I got a size or so too big and they are too pricey to get a new pair.

    They will take some time to get used to having pressure on every single toe instead of the few points with a normal shoe.

    The plus side is that I do not get blisters with these especially between the foot.


    Like someone tried to mention earlier, do not go do a technical hike however, unless you have snake boots, no shoe will protect you from rattlesnakes. I have gone on many 5-7 mile hikes on trails I am familiar with in my five fingers, you do not have any ankle support and lack puncture support.

    Wash them with a load of dish towels to keep from getting Grocery Store foot.
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    I love my vibrams (so much that I want to kiss each rubber toe)!!!

    I have the KSO's and wear them for running and hiking around. I agree with a previous posted that said they aren't as comfortable on hard indoor surfaces. However, maybe if I wore them for a long time on these indoor surfaces I would get used to them and my feet would be super buff? I would love to wear them for nursing! If only they had a white pair for women so I could give this a try. I'm still a student until December, so, maybe by then they will offer some white ones.

    I want to get either the KSO Trek's or the Bikila's for my next pair. I think these ones are a little thicker than the normal KSO's and I won't have to get stone bruises (I got one this week).
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    Quote from wtbcrna
    No, I wouldn't recommend them for work. They offer absolutely no protection from spills/body fluids or something dropped on top of cloth/mesh part. It may seem kinda of counterintuitive but they are actually more uncomfortable on regular indoor surfaces vs. outdoors. The company's shoe instructions recommend you start wearing them for an hour or so a day at home, then transition to walking, and then finally running in them.
    Here is a link about barefoot running for those that have never considered/tried it. http://www.sportsci.org/jour/0103/mw.htm
    if you wear anything but solid leather or leather substituted shoes you probably wont have much protection from spills or needle sticks. I use them for hiking and running and love them, but i defiantly would not use them in a hospital.
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    I like the idea of these shoes but they are kinda expensive. Are there any other brands that might be cheaper? I don't want to spend $100 on the shoes and then hate them.
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    do understand, your feet are connected to the legs, which are connected to the hips, which are connected to the back. NEVER skimp on the good shoes. they will save you from a lot of back pain.
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    I have a pair of Vibrams and love them for feeling like I'm barefoot, but I bought them after reading quite a bit about them helping plantar faciitis. I found that my heel spurs hurt worse as I wore these - no cushion at all. I wore them almost 6 months before having to stop. Has anyone else had this problem?

    I'm still looking for a good shoe after trying several!
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    I worked with a N.P in ER that wore them. No one said anything and he loved it. I bought a pair, but haven't worn them to work.........hmmmmm?
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    So do white ones exist? Has anyone worn them to work? How about for biking?
    Cheers


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