Comment from: Rachel [Visitor]  
Rachel

You may be my "brother from another mother". I, too, was an athletic high school girl who grew into a sedentary and fat adult. Last winter, I suffered my worst spill ever on an icy sidewalk. I was left with an NBA worthy sprain (without the DL pay) that followed me for the better part of seven months. I heard about VFFs and the barefoot/minimalist shoe movement in early summer and decided to add a pair to my rehabilitation routine...and months later, after a rather hasty and occasionally painful introduction, I can say that ditching heeled shoes was the best thing I've done for my overall foot/ankle/leg/body health in a long time. Slips? My body corrects for wrong footing in time to save me from falls because of the great ground feel. I haven't experienced any joint pain related to being overweight and nearly barefoot. Take your time, and you won't be disappointed.

10/28/11 @ 04:27
Comment from: Craig [Visitor]
Craig

I strongly encougare anyone, especially bigger individuals, to make the move to minimalist/barefoot training. I myself was an offensive lineman in college, I currently weigh 305 lbs. Last year I ran a few 5k's and an 8k in VFFs. Prior to making the transition, I couldn't run a 1/4 mile without having to stop due to shin and knee pain. My no means am I good runner. Really the only time I run is if it is part of a CrossFit WOD, but thanks to the transition into VFFs, I no longer experience the pain in my knees and shins. My feet, ankles, and balance have significantly improved since wearing VFFs.

11/01/11 @ 09:19
Comment from: Dave [Visitor]
Dave

I have flat feet, bow-legs, had shin splints and stress fractures in my legs a few years back, tore my meniscus and was told by the VA I could never run again. I'm up to 50 miles a week now and running an ultra-marathon in February. I started with five fingers and now run in those, other minimalist shoes, or more often, barefoot. I talk about it on a much smaller blog, here: http://doomedrunner.blogspot.com/. The key for me, that really helped the injury was getting my form right. When I started in VFF, I was still heel striking. I went to a barefoot running group I found on meetup, they video taped me and showed it to me. I quickly was able to correct form and have been running injury free ever since!

11/04/11 @ 13:29
Comment from: Karen [Visitor]  
Karen

Total VFF convert here. Originally was interested in the hype a few years ago and then when I realized, after wearing them consistently, that I could stand without wobbling in high heels, etc. I ditched the heels and wear them all of the time, including at work, which leads me to say that the Sprints are probably *not* the best for slippery surfaces.

I work in a coffee house where there are plenty of spills and slick spots on concrete surfaces. Granted they are smoother surfaces, but still. For a while in my Sprints any time I hit a slick spot on the floor, it was a wrestle with gravity. My second pair of VFFs, though, were Bikilas and they have more tread on the bottom which virtually eliminated tendency to slip. Just FYI :)

11/04/11 @ 13:32
Comment from: A. Nuran [Visitor]  
A. Nuran

I started with minimal shoes a couple years back when I bought a pair of Sprints. There was occasional muscle pain for a few weeks as my feet got used to the new way of walking. That is long gone.

Total convert. I have very flat feet which now mirabile dictu have an arch. Not a high arch, but a noticeable one.

Some of the non-toe versions like Vivo and New Balance are worth a look. They don't have the separate toes, but the box is wide enough for most of the benefits. And HR and co-workers don't give you funny looks.

One disadvantage of most of the VFF models is the closure system. The velcro straps simply don't work for people with high-volume feet. Bikila, Speed and a couple other models are better for such.

11/05/11 @ 14:26
Comment from: Ken Bone [Visitor]  
Ken Bone

I have flat feet, I also want to get fitter.
I work as a heating engineer all day and have been used to steel toes and arch supports for year.
Just walking on a stony beach is agony for me.
So here I was just about to order some more arch supports when I started reading some stuff about barefoot running etc, that got me to here.
Ok so i know I'm marathon runner but where do I start, do I through away all my arch supports and my shoes that resemble a sardine can. Should I start by waring Crocs everywhere or at work?. I do have a dodgy ankle due to an injury a few years back will going barefoot make this stronger or make it worse.

03/17/12 @ 19:17