(Closed) Vibram Fivefingers

posted 7 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I have a friend who runs and hikes in them.  She loves them, but I think when she did a half marathon lately, she had to switch over to regular running shoes.  Except for long distances, though, they’ve worked out really well and she’s someone who’d had a lot of pain issues while working out before.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

tried them on in store once. pretty comfy. my serious running friends swear by their vibrams though.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I think they really build up the strength in your foot and ankle because you adapt to support yourself rather than relying on padding.  That’s what my friend says… personally I have massive arches and like the extra padding though.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

The idea is that the human body was designed to be a barefoot runner, so it’s supposed to be better for your joints.  The shoes with the cushioning and supports and bells and whistles are theoretically throwing our bodies out of alignment thus causing orthopedic injury.  Experts say that ultimately running without any shoe at all is the ideal, but that’s difficult in urban areas.  I’ve not run barefoot or with the vibram, but I’ve seen a lot of runners who do wear them in long distance races…I’ve seen barefoot runners at marathons, too. 

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

@Entangled: so the reason why my friends wear them is because running in vibrams is like running barefoot, which is apparently how humans are born to run (don’t ask me how many times i’v heard this spiel. i wear nikes.). the pavement doesn’t hit the heel of your foot and instead hits the ball, which allows the shock to be transferred better to the rest of your leg. also, apparently don’t get the one without enhanced soles because you will feel them on rocky paths.

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I have a pair! I use them for running and hiking, and I love them. I had a nagging leg injury that was limiting my running, but using the Vibrams has helped strengthen and heal my lower leg muscles. As far as I understand it, the benefits are twofold: 1) all that “cushioning” in regular sneakers actually increases the wear on your joints; by removing the extra padding, your foot (built to absorb shock) is free to do its job; and 2) your feet and lower leg muscles become stronger when they are forced to grip and balance on through (nearly) direct contact with the ground. 

My only word of caution: don’t rush out and go for a 3 mile run in them right away. You really have to build up the strength in your feet/lower legs slowly, or you risk straining a muscle or tendon and getting injured. Also, if you wear them hiking, be careful not to go downhill too zealously. The softness of the soles means that if you step down on a rock or other uneven surface with too much force, you can hyperextend a toe and end up injured. (Normally the uber-stiff sole of a typical hiking boot would prevent your toes from moving at all.) This sounds crazy and unlikely, I know, but it happened to me and was quite painful. I couldn’t put weight on my big toe for several months afterward. 

Anyway, despite my warnings, I really recommend them! I’m convinced that they’re much better for your feet than the sneakers we’ve all been wearing for so long. Just remember to ease into it!

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011 - in the woods

AH! I love Vibrams! Get a pair; you won’t regret it! And I think my fiance is going to wear his to our wedding. : )

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

LOVE them. I have the sprints.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

I am in love with mine! I wear them at my kickboxing class and personal training sessions.  Amazing.  I can even run on a treadmill without pain.  These shoes are the best!!!!!!!!!!!!

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’ve never tried them, but I just can’t imagine them being comfortable.

As for the barefoot running, humans really weren’t made to be running around on pavement and cement either.  if you want to go jogging barefoot through the forest, that’s one thing, but simulating barefoot running on really hard, non-absorbent surfaces just seems like a bad idea.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee

I have them and love them!!!! We’re actually wearing ours during our wedding LOL!

Post # 16
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

If you’re nervous about moving to the 5 fingers, I’ve found the Nike Free Runs to be a good transition shoe. They’ve got a crazy flexible sole and very little ankle support, so I like to think of them as a step in the “barefoot” direction.

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