Vibram 5 fingers shoes - page 4

by sarahbellum

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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 have KSOs and Bikilas. I wear them walking, running (to include trail running), indoor rock climbing, and kayaking. THey're great. Perfect for the gym. I love them for running- I'm a severe over pronator, have knee & hip issues- and I reduced my aches and pains by about 90%. The alternative is 140$ running shoes which wear out in 6 mos or less.
    I don't think I would feel comfortable wearing them at work, esp in the OR.
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    Love the idea of these, but don't think I can wear them. I have a Grecian foot (second toe longer than big toe), and they wouldn't accommodate
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    I have a Grecian foot with a second toe a bit longer and wear Vibram Five Fingers and love em. I have been wearing KSOs for running for about a year, and they have been great I bought a green funky color pair, and actually just bought a pair of Bikilas and intend to try them at work (floor nurse). We'll see how it goes, but I dont think having a second toe longer than the big toe is a limiting factor from my personal experience.
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    i asked at the ltc that i work at and they had to find the shoes first before they could give me an answer on whether or not i could wear them at work. i was told no, they don't offer adequate protection from being run over or having things dropped on your foot.
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    My husband bought these shoes. I find them ugly and creepy looking but he loves them and said he feels like jumping when he has them on. Claims they are super comfy for standing and walking all day...I doubt they would be accepted in a hospital though unless they can make some alternations to make them "safe".He is insisting on buying me a pair but I wouldn't wear them so it's a waste.
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    I own a pair and recently took them on a 10-mile hike (I thought it was going to be 1-2 miles so that I'd have a test session). I really enjoyed wearing them, and I felt secure like I wouldn't fall. They helped my toes and feet feel every little bump and crevice in the trail. I did have sore feet afterward, but only for a little while- I soaked and scrubbed my feet in a hot shower afterward.

    They did let mud seep into the spaces between my toes, and I don't think they'd protect you at all from hazardous spills at work. I also think they'd be awful for standing long hours on hard floors. Shoes of today seem to be designed to protect your feet from the hard, solid floors that are so unnatural to humans.

    I really think they'd lead you to getting hairline fractures, especially if you walk heel-to-toe at work. They have good traction, but I would opt for a cushiony, thick, highly padded shoe.

    I would, however, recommend getting a pair and trying them out for exercising and hiking- maybe even running if you have proper form. They're fun and a funky, unusual addition to any shoe collection.
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    I know several people who wear these at my nursing school (not at clinicals but to lecture) and they all swear by them saying they are the most comfortable shoe ever. The ones I saw were leather, and they mold to your feet like a glove to give you the support you need.
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    So they just came out with the new speed, It comes in white... I just got excepted to nursing school and I only wear vibram's, and sandals... Im afraid if I wear regular shoes Ill be dying in clinicals. I cant wear regular shoes even just putting them on my feet hurt. Can some one check them out and let me know what you think I should do... THANKS PS the Jaya also comes in white but I dont think this model will accommodate my feet... I wear mostly the KSO trek
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    Quote from Shaneprestudent
    Ricecakes...thanks for the link, I had not seen that one! Loved the book Born to Run...I'm planning on running the Leadville 100 in 2012 in my Vibrams.

    Obviously this is not a running forum so pardon my tangent.

    ...but I now wear one pair of Vibrams all the time, I own several pair and they are extremely easy to get used to just by wearing them around the house, driving, etc. You don't HAVE to run in them to use them. Even when you've stubbed your toe and it's swollen and throbbing, wearing the Vibrams feels less painful because it is less restrictive versus standard shoes!

    Vibrams has just come out with a new shoe, the Bikila, and was wondering if anyone has worn a pair, they seem to maybe be a bit more protective, has anyone noticed this? I don't know only what I've seen online.
    Let me know how this goes!
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    I love the shoes, but when I ran 4 miles in them for the first time, my right heel hurt and still troubles me a bit to this day. I would advise anyone who try them out to run very short miles to get used to them before attempting loger miles. Your transition to the more natural shoes, I was told, should be slow.


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