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How to Transition to Running in Vibram Five Fingers — Let Your Skin be the Guide!

How to Transition to Running in Vibram Five Fingers — Let Your Skin be the Guide!
NOTE: Before you take off in your brand new Vibram Five Fingers, seriously consider going barefoot first. Build stronger feet and diminish your risk of injury.

Guest post by Michael Sandler and Jessica Lee of RunBare.com

Chances are you’ve just purchased your first pair of Vibram Five Fingers, or are considering getting a pair. They’re a lot of fun, and you’ll likely soon find yourself with a near permanent case of the ear-to-ear grin.

But this is a double-edged sword, because if anything, Vibrams are too much fun.

If you don’t learn to go slow in the beginning, sooner or later the perma-grin you’re experiencing may be replaced with a perma-ouch.

Running in Five Fingers feels so much like being a kid all over again. They’re just so much fun we can’t help but overdo ourselves. We go too far, and too fast, before our feet our ready, and then BLAMMO, we hit the dreaded ‘setback’.

But this doesn’t have to be the case. If you go slow, and let your skin be your guide (more on this in a minute) you’ll build the strongest, healthiest, happiest feet in the world, capable of mile after mile of near effortless enjoyment, fast and free in or out of your Five Fingers.

But first, we need to wake things up slowly. Unfortunately, modern shoes have weakened our feet. ...

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Classic Vibram Five Fingers — the Definitive Guide to the Original Barefoot Shoe

A pile of the open-topped Classic Vibram Five Fingers, the original "barefoot shoe" from Vibram and the most minimal, outdoor-use VFF available.
A pile of the open-topped Classic Vibram Five Fingers, the original "barefoot shoe" from Vibram and the most minimal, outdoor-use VFF available.

The Classic at a glance —

The Vibram Five Fingers Classic (thumbnail)

  • The Classic is the original Vibram Five Fingers model.
  • The Classic retails for $75 making it the most inexpensive style for men and women.
  • Easiest to put on and most minimal outdoor-use VFF due to open-top.
  • Used most for casual/everyday wear, running, and travel.

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Pants on the Ground? A cheap and quick fix to stop jeans from dragging behind your heels while wearing Vibram Five Fingers and other Minimalist Shoes.

A side-by-side comparison of me wearing jeans with my KSO Vibram Five Fingers.  These jeans would be the right length for normal footwear, but with KSOs, they drag behind the heels.  By using an S-Biner, I'm able to keep my pants off the ground!
A side-by-side comparison of me wearing jeans with my KSO Vibram Five Fingers. These jeans would be the right length for normal footwear, but with KSOs, they drag behind the heels. By using an S-Biner, I'm able to keep my pants off the ground!

A common problem for those who have switched to wearing minimalist shoes such as Vibram Five Fingers or Terra Plana Vivo Barefoots is that the wearer quickly discovers that lacking the lift provided by the copious heels of their regular shoes results in their pants or jeans dragging on the ground behind their heels. Next thing you know, your jeans are covered in dirt, wet, and fraying.

This can be an annoying problem*. Though it's great to feel the ground beneath your feet, it's irritating to feel the hem of your pants under-heel.

Fortunately, there is a cheap solution — under $5 — that's accessible to anyone.

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CEO Tony Post talks about the Vibram Five Fingers Bikila, Women's KSO Trek, Increased Production, and Sales Growth

The Vibram Five Fingers Bikila in the grey and red (tween the toes) color combination for men.
The Vibram Five Fingers Bikila in the grey and red (tween the toes) color combination for men.
The Vibram Five Fingers Bikila in the grey and bright green (tween the toes) color combination for women.
The Vibram Five Fingers Bikila in the grey and bright green (tween the toes) color combination for women.

Above, two previously unseen stock photos of the Vibram Five Fingers Bikila in grey/red for men and grey/bright green for women!

05.06.10 - The Vibram Five Fingers Bikila is out!

The CEO of Vibram USA Tony Post published a note on facebook yesterday concerning "Product Availability, the Bikila, and What's Next." Good stuff from the super nice You may recall meeting Mr. Post last summer when he gave an impromptu interview at Vibram HQ to Raw Food World.

Anyway, go read Tony's message, or just check the highlights:

On the Availability of Vibram Five Fingers

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