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teedubya
01-01-2011, 05:38 PM
I got a pair for Christmas, well a couple days before Christmas... and they are by far, the most comfortable shoe that I've ever worn.

I have flat feet, and so standing properly in shoes has always been a challenge... but the way these shoes are constructed, my feet are perfectly in the right place, for like the first time ever.

http://www.vibramfivefingers.com/images/vff-bikila-sole.jpg

http://www.vibramfivefingers.com/index.htm
Our revolutionary design makes feet healthier by allowing them to move more naturally and freely.

The typical human foot is an anatomical marvel of evolution with 26 bones, 33 joints, 20 muscles and hundreds of sensory receptors, tendons and ligaments. Like the rest of the body, to keep our feet healthy, they need to be stimulated and exercised.

So, I've elected to not wear shoe mittens anymore and I've evolved my footwear.

This isn't my review... but I feel the same.

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http://www.vibramstoreshoes.com/PicImages/Vibram%20Five%20Fingers%20Bikila%20Shoes/Vibram%20Five%20Fingers%20Bikila%20Shoes%20Light%20Red%20Palm%20and%20Dark%20Grey%20Grey40-45.jpg

Brock
01-01-2011, 05:39 PM
Are you going to wear them all the time?

Fairplay
01-01-2011, 05:39 PM
"To get fingered toe support is to admit you are gay." - Morgan Freeman

teedubya
01-01-2011, 05:41 PM
Are you going to wear them all the time?

Not at first... but I do wear them most of the time. And since I have flat feet, putting "regular shoes" on feels a bit weird now.

I'm ordering a more conventional black on black pair soon.

Fairplay
01-01-2011, 05:44 PM
I'm ordering a more conventional black on black pair soon.



"This could be a racist post." - Morgan Freeman

Rain Man
01-01-2011, 05:45 PM
I've been tempted to buy them for running because they're supposedly easier on the knees, but then I heard that in long distance running they make one more prone to shin splints. I'm still intrigued, but in running you apparently either have to go with traditional shoes or barefoot shoes, and can't mix and match.

pr_capone
01-01-2011, 05:45 PM
"This could be a racist post." - Morgan Freeman

You realize your Morgan Freeman posts aren't funny, right?

teedubya
01-01-2011, 05:47 PM
I've been tempted to buy them for running because they're supposedly easier on the knees, but then I heard that in long distance running they make one more prone to shin splints. I'm still intrigued, but in running you apparently either have to go with traditional shoes or barefoot shoes, and can't mix and match.

Go try on a pair at a store near you... but MAKE sure to buy socks... they add to the comfort level.

I'm not really a runner, but they my joints and ligaments so 'springy' that I am more nimble and move faster in them.

Here is Tim Ferriss' POV on them.

<iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/3755989" width="400" height="300" frameborder="0"></iframe><p><a href="http://vimeo.com/3755989">Tim Ferriss on Vibram Shoes</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/kevinrose">Kevin Rose</a> on <a href="http://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>

Brock
01-01-2011, 05:49 PM
I do work out barefoot most of the time, I find that it's a more complete workout that way.

rageeumr
01-01-2011, 05:50 PM
I've been tempted to buy them for running because they're supposedly easier on the knees, but then I heard that in long distance running they make one more prone to shin splints. I'm still intrigued, but in running you apparently either have to go with traditional shoes or barefoot shoes, and can't mix and match.

I want to try them. Going to wait until Spring. Dragging myself out the door for a run in 20 degree weather is hard enough with socks and shoes on.

Phobia
01-01-2011, 05:50 PM
I bought them for all my lady friends and gay friends for Christmas. They seem to love them.

teedubya
01-01-2011, 05:57 PM
I bought them for all my lady friends and gay friends for Christmas. They seem to love them.

Well, you are a legendary shoe man. If you say they are gay, must be gay.

Valiant
01-01-2011, 05:58 PM
I bought them for all my lady friends and gay friends for Christmas. They seem to love them.

Dick..

I run barefoot at the park so those were recommended for me, but my feet do not fit in any of the shoes.. Size 13 My big toe is cramped, size 14 and my smaller toes will not even make it to the start of the toes..

Everyone that I do know that wears them loves em... Very popular shoe right now for natural runners..

teedubya
01-01-2011, 06:03 PM
I do work out barefoot most of the time, I find that it's a more complete workout that way.

you will love them then. It is like mini-armor for your feet. Right on the important parts of your sole.

http://birthdayshoes.com/media/blogs/bdayshoes/FiveFingers_Bikila/Red_Bikila_BirthdayShoes12.JPG

Saul Good
01-01-2011, 06:04 PM
Rex Ryan loves them. That's all the endorsement I need.

mlyonsd
01-01-2011, 06:06 PM
I was around some friends during the summer that wore them in and out of the water at the lake.

I thought it looked like we were heading back to ape status but they loved them. At the time I thought yeah, like you'd admit you made a mistake buying them but they seemed sincere.

mlyonsd
01-01-2011, 06:07 PM
Rex Ryan loves them. That's all the endorsement I need.ROFL

CoMoChief
01-01-2011, 06:14 PM
You realize your Morgan Freeman posts aren't funny, right?

I thought they were, I laughed.

Bwana
01-01-2011, 06:14 PM
Umm, not going to happen.

Phobia
01-01-2011, 06:20 PM
Well, you are a legendary shoe man. If you say they are gay, must be gay.

Heh. Just legendary. Period.

rtmike
01-01-2011, 06:38 PM
Rex Ryan loves them. That's all the endorsement I need.


As I was going through the posts I was amazed it took until the last post of the 1st page for a Rex Ryan/Mrs. reference.

The Planet's slippin'.

Gracie Dean
01-01-2011, 07:10 PM
My kid has a pair and she loves them

teedubya
01-13-2011, 11:51 PM
I have had these for nearly a month now... I walked probably 25 miles in them in Vegas at the CES conference... and the ONLY time my feet REALLY hurt, was when I put on my black Kenneth Cole dress shoes with some nice black dress socks.

My feet literally got a blister on the ball of my feet from the dress shoes.

When I put on the Vibrams, the pads on the shoes make your feet stay in contact with the earth with the right part of your feet connecting to the ground. You are gently coerced into walking correct with nearly perfect posture.

These things are amazing.

I bet I had 50-60 conversations about these shoes at the conference. Everyone was bitching about their feet, but my feet were fine, except when I wore a traditional dress shoe...

KcMizzou
01-14-2011, 12:02 AM
This is the silliest shit I've seen in ages.

Guru
01-14-2011, 12:08 AM
This little piggy went weee weee weee all the way home.

SNR
01-14-2011, 12:11 AM
Shit I was going to make a Rex Ryan joke.

Whatever, not like it matters. This thread will probably come up in his search results tonight when he's looking for fap material.

KcMizzou
01-14-2011, 12:14 AM
This little piggy went weee weee weee all the way home.His name is Maxwell.

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WV
01-14-2011, 12:14 AM
This little piggy went weee weee weee all the way home.

I love this commercial....funny as shit!

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KcFanInGA
01-14-2011, 12:27 AM
My brother has been wearing these for about a year...I have been thinking about trying some myself. I, like the OP have flat feet, and if these give some relief, that would be great.

-King-
01-14-2011, 01:12 AM
Is there a specific reason why they are toed? I don't understand how that can really help. If they weren't toed, they wouldn't look as gay.

Silock
01-14-2011, 01:19 AM
I had a pair for a while, but I'm between sizes, and they gave me massively uncomfortable blisters in between my toes on the soles of my feet.

I liked them, but couldn't deal with that.

teedubya
01-14-2011, 02:29 AM
I had a pair for a while, but I'm between sizes, and they gave me massively uncomfortable blisters in between my toes on the soles of my feet.

I liked them, but couldn't deal with that.

I think each pair fits a bit different. On one pair that i got, that I am returning... my right little toe doesn't fit it well... my other pair, the Bikila, fits amazing.

teedubya
01-14-2011, 02:31 AM
This is the silliest shit I've seen in ages.

Yeah, I thought so at first, until I tried on a pair... and having worn them for a month, they could be clown shoes and I'd still rock them.

teedubya
01-14-2011, 02:32 AM
Is there a specific reason why they are toed? I don't understand how that can really help. If they weren't toed, they wouldn't look as gay.

regular shoes scrunch your toes and push them together.

There are 33 bones in the foot. These shoes have pads and treads that help optimize each area of the foot for optimal walking, balance and posture.

Plus, they help strengthen your metatarsal arch.

Pants
01-14-2011, 07:39 AM
Welcome to 2 years ago, bro.

Pants
01-14-2011, 07:40 AM
regular shoes scrunch your toes and push them together.

There are 33 bones in the foot. These shoes have pads and treads that help optimize each area of the foot for optimal walking, balance and posture.

Plus, they help strengthen your metatarsal arch.

LMAO

Are they paying you?

Saulbadguy
01-14-2011, 07:46 AM
How much do these things cost?

Rausch
01-14-2011, 07:49 AM
This is the silliest shit I've seen in ages.

...

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loochy
01-14-2011, 08:00 AM
How much do these things cost?

like a million dollars

Pants
01-14-2011, 08:01 AM
How much do these things cost?

Bout 80.

Saulbadguy
01-14-2011, 08:01 AM
Bout 80.

That seems a tad pricey for just half a shoe.

Jenson71
01-14-2011, 08:05 AM
It seems like the separate toe structure could be an internal design of the shoe, so that it would otherwise look like a regular shoe. Which would look much more socially acceptable.

loochy
01-14-2011, 08:07 AM
It seems like the separate toe structure could be an internal design of the shoe, so that it would otherwise look like a regular shoe. Which would look much more socially acceptable.

I think the point of shoes is that people like this WANT to look different. I mean really, what good is different and progressive if you aren't able to show off to everybody how different and progressive you are?

COchief
01-14-2011, 08:24 AM
Super trendy and completely retarded. Crocs version 2.0, but hey looking ridiculous doesn't matter as long as you're on the cutting edge of every new fashion trend. Just ask all the sheeple air-headed teenage girls wearing stupid looking $200 Ugg boots because some idiot celebrity got paid to wear them ten years ago.

:shake:

Rain Man
01-14-2011, 09:30 AM
Is there a specific reason why they are toed? I don't understand how that can really help. If they weren't toed, they wouldn't look as gay.

I presume it's a branding thing. The whole purpose of these shoes isn't fashion. They're meant to be running shoes, and a different, more natural type of running shoe. If the goal is to simulate being barefoot, it seems like having toes supports that image.

Maybe there's a functional reason, but even if not I think it's a good brand differentiation. Until of course the Chinese start doing illegal knockoffs of it and drive them out of business by stealing their intellectual property.

Detoxing
01-14-2011, 09:37 AM
Glancing over the thread title, I initially thought this thread was about a sex toy.

Anywho....those things are gay. My SIL has a pair of toed socks.....any foot wear with toes is for chicks.

Iowanian
01-14-2011, 10:28 AM
I saw my chiropractor wearing those the other day and laughed at him.


These are what Crocs were a year or two ago....a pending joke.

MOhillbilly
01-14-2011, 10:30 AM
Those are ghey as hell.

reminds me of ninja shoes that you could buy in ninja magazine back in the 80s.

ninja magazine....funny.

Saulbadguy
01-14-2011, 10:32 AM
ninja magazine....funny.

:LOL:

kepp
01-14-2011, 10:36 AM
Those are ghey as hell.

reminds me of ninja shoes that you could buy in ninja magazine back in the 80s.

ninja magazine....funny.

Bah! Now all I can think about is finding my pouch of throwing stars I lost.

lazepoo
01-14-2011, 11:33 AM
My wife got me a pair as well, but I haven't had a chance for extended wear... single digit temperatures and constant snow don't really lend themselves to the barefoot look. I have worn them around the house though, and they feel great. They do make you look a little goofy, but who cares if they're comfortable?

keg in kc
01-14-2011, 11:40 AM
I have extremely narrow and completely flat feet, and I discovered Brooks' running and walking shoes a bit under a year ago. Best shoes I've ever had. Just bought my second pair of Addiction 9's (http://www.brooksrunning.com/Addiction-9/1100711B424.100,default,pd.html?start=4&cgid=mens-runningshoes-controlj) and Addiction walkers (http://www.brooksrunning.com/Addiction-Walker/1100394E221.100,default,pd.html?start=3&cgid=mens-walkingshoes) and I would imagine I'll keep wearing Brooks as long as they make them.

mikeyis4dcats.
01-14-2011, 11:43 AM
so do you have to buy socks with toes too?

Otter
01-14-2011, 12:37 PM
River rats like myself have been wearing these things fo' years yo! They just made them prettier and jacked up the price.

Inspector
01-14-2011, 02:04 PM
Intriquing...

I have never heard of these before. So, they are meant to wear without socks, correct?

Don't know if I could justify laying out that kind of dough for a casual shoe but if they are really that comfortable, might be worth considering.

Hmmm....

Inspector
01-14-2011, 02:06 PM
My youngest son is a musician and Nike gave him a whole duffel bag full of shoes so he'd wear them on stage. Every pair is different. I don't think he'll have to buy shoes for another 10 - 15 years.

MOhillbilly
01-14-2011, 02:09 PM
My youngest son is a musician and Nike gave him a whole duffel bag full of shoes so he'd wear them on stage. Every pair is different. I don't think he'll have to buy shoes for another 10 - 15 years.

same with my uncle. I get free shoes,socks,shirts,flip flops, ect.

Inspector
01-14-2011, 02:16 PM
same with my uncle. I get free shoes,socks,shirts,flip flops, ect.

I don't get nuthin. He don't share....:deevee:

Inspector
01-14-2011, 02:17 PM
Of course your uncle gets a lot of time on national TV so he gets all the good stuff.

That's pretty cool.

seclark
01-14-2011, 02:48 PM
i have an aunt that works for proctor and gamble. anyone need tampons, send me a smoke.
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MOhillbilly
01-14-2011, 02:56 PM
Of course your uncle gets a lot of time on national TV so he gets all the good stuff.

That's pretty cool.

When he was a nobody he still give me the hook up.

DMAC
01-14-2011, 02:57 PM
I will consider these for my 3-4 day river excursions if/when my Chacos ever wear out.

http://www.buychristianlouboutin2012.com/images/vibram/Vibram-Five-Finger-Mens-Flow-Black.jpg

MOhillbilly
01-14-2011, 02:58 PM
I will consider these for my 3-4 day river excursions if/when my Chacos ever wear out.

http://vegankicks.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/Vibram-FiveFingers-Sprint-Multisport-Womens.jpg

Around here?

loochy
01-14-2011, 02:59 PM
Just put your foot in some plasti-dip.

DMAC
01-14-2011, 03:01 PM
Around here?

Current/ Buffalo

Also been known to head to Cali and hit the Kern.

DMAC
01-14-2011, 03:02 PM
Around here?

Or are you implying that I would get my ass kicked for wearing something like that.

Valiant
01-14-2011, 03:16 PM
I think each pair fits a bit different. On one pair that i got, that I am returning... my right little toe doesn't fit it well... my other pair, the Bikila, fits amazing.

Bikila is what I wanted. Damn them for not fitting to my feet.

MOhillbilly
01-14-2011, 03:27 PM
Or are you implying that I would get my ass kicked for wearing something like that.

Rivers are to rocky to wear what in essence would be an open toed shoe.

DaneMcCloud
01-14-2011, 03:32 PM
This is the silliest shit I've seen in ages.

Jimmy can jump really high

beach tribe
01-14-2011, 03:44 PM
Jimmy can jump really high

Heh, I had some of those in HS for improving my 40 time. Went from a 4.78 to a 4.65. Not saying these were the direct reason for the improvement, cause i did a lot of training, just saying.

I actually think the parachute thingy helped the most.

DMAC
01-14-2011, 03:58 PM
Rivers are to rocky to wear what in essence would be an open toed shoe.

There are soles on the toes though.

teedubya
01-14-2011, 04:38 PM
LMAO

Are they paying you?

Hahaha... I wish. I'm like a fucking commercial for them.

teedubya
01-14-2011, 04:41 PM
My wife got me a pair as well, but I haven't had a chance for extended wear... single digit temperatures and constant snow don't really lend themselves to the barefoot look. I have worn them around the house though, and they feel great. They do make you look a little goofy, but who cares if they're comfortable?

That is my thought as well. When I was young, they wanted to put me in some Forrest Gump type shoes since my arch is all fucked up. I refused. These are the first pair of shoes that actually feel great for me.

So, I got another pair today... Posture is better, energy levels are higher and at the end of the day my feet don't hurt. Win. Win. Win.

rtmike
01-14-2011, 07:17 PM
I tried a pair at the store. I couldn't feel anything. LMAO

Rain Man
01-15-2011, 07:56 PM
My youngest son is a musician and Nike gave him a whole duffel bag full of shoes so he'd wear them on stage. Every pair is different. I don't think he'll have to buy shoes for another 10 - 15 years.


Hopefully he realizes that when women throw panties on the stage, it's a whole different thing.

philfree
01-15-2011, 08:38 PM
They need to make a pair of boots. Call it the 'Hobit' or something.


http://t1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcS76H8GltdRQwpShzdKSA7EuFAALSHFPJNt1C3joGtvtOAeyHOzyg

They should probably go higher up your leg.

This reminds me of a friend of mine who cut some big feet out of wood, strapped them to his feet and made bigfoot tracks in the mud by the creek.

PhilFree:arrow:

Fish
05-08-2014, 05:18 PM
Ooops. Turns out these are bad for your feet. Causing Vibram to pay out $3.75M...

STUDY (http://unique-sportstime.de/site/wp-content/uploads/Barfuss-Laufen1.pdf)

Maker of Five-Toed Running Glove-Shoe Things is Paying Big to Settle Suit Over "Unsubstantiated" Health Claims (http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2014/05/08/five_toed_running_shoe_lawsuit_vibram_owes_millions_in_settlement_over_health.html?wpisrc=burger_bar )

You know those running shoes, pictured above, that look like sock-gloves made out of a substance you'd use while cleaning a kitchen? They're supposed to emulate the act of running barefoot, and became popular around the same time as other "return to the natural environment" trends like the Paleo Diet. But one of the companies that manufactures them, Vibram, has just agreed to pay $3.75 million and stop making "claims that FiveFingers footwear is effective in strengthening muscles or reducing injury" in a class-action settlement brought on behalf of buyers who felt swindled by "false and unsubstantiated claims about the health benefits" of the shoes. From Runner's World:

Bezdek alleged that Vibram deceived consumers by advertising that the footwear could reduce foot injuries and strengthen foot muscles, without basing those assertions on any scientific merit. “The gist of her claim is that Vibram illegally obtained an economic windfall from her because it was only by making false health claims that Vibram induced consumers to buy FiveFingers shoes, and to pay more for them than they would have otherwise,” Harvard Law School professor, John C. P. Goldberg, told Runner’s World at the time of the original filing.

Customers who submit valid claims are expected to receive somewhere between $20 and $50 per pair. The company does not acknowledge any wrongdoing in the settlement.

For what it's worth, the following passage still appears on a page of Vibram's website titled "Why Barefoot Works":

Just remember, improving the skill of those muscles then practicing and using those muscles in Vibram FiveFingers® will increase both endurance and strength. This will have profound beneficial effects on your body and wellbeing.

htismaqe
05-08-2014, 05:25 PM
They do make you look a little goofy, but who cares if they're comfortable?

A little?

Rain Man
05-08-2014, 05:32 PM
I bought a pair of the toed shoes a couple of years ago. They weren't Vibrams, but they were some other name brand. I can't remember what brand.

They seemed comfortable in the store, but once I got them home and tried to wear them regularly, they didn't work very well at all. First off, the socks were hard to fit, and it seemed like you had to have socks. So I ended up carving up the socks to make them work. Then, they didn't breathe well at all so my feet were getting all hot and sweaty. I wore them perhaps 8 or 10 times and gave up on them. Life is too short to wear uncomfortable shoes.

WilliamTheIrish
05-08-2014, 06:04 PM
They were panned in any good running store. I tried on a pair. Just walking around in the store I could feel the shock tranferred to my lower back.

No bueno

loochy
05-08-2014, 07:22 PM
I wear them for squats and deads. I like the flatness andbthe feeling of being connected to the floor.

Gravedigger
05-08-2014, 07:26 PM
Yeah I have Merrill Trail Gloves, barefoot shoes are pretty boss for working out.

Jakemall
05-08-2014, 08:08 PM
I have a pair...used them for 2 weeks. My toes are too long.

Silock
05-08-2014, 11:59 PM
I still wear them for yoga and doing yardwork. I also have another pair for the dog park and wading in and out of the lake.

teedubya
05-09-2014, 12:29 AM
I do love wearing them... they form fit your foot nicely. But, they suck to go on hikes and shit in. Your feet will hurt. But for water stuff... going for a walk... working out, they are great. Walking on a trail with rocks? Fucking horrible.