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« on: February 24, 2012, 11:17:40 AM »

Hello, I became the proud owner of my first pair of VFFs this week. I followed the beginner's manual and chose the Sprint as my first pair. I was between a W40 & W41 on the chart so I got the 41 and I'm glad I did, seemed like a perfect fit except for the achilles area. I wore them around the house a few days and while I got used feeling my toes and the ground feedback (both of which I love) I could not get used to the achilles and experienced some chafing. So which model should I try next? It doesn't matter to me if it's an enclosed model or not, as long as it's a little friendlier on my heel. Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2012, 11:23:36 AM »

If you experience that irritation try one of the models that has a padded backing.  There are a number out now.  komodos, speed, bikilas, spyridons, treksports
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« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2012, 01:24:38 PM »

You' re one of the unlucky people that do not like the heel design. You' re not the only one... personally I have no problems with it, and from personal experience I would recommend Classics as the next choice, they have the same minimal sole and are just great as an alround shoe. But some people have complained about the elastic strap digging into their heel, so be sure to test them out (some people have cut it off without any problems to remedy). My next choice would be the KSO, I have yet to hear about people complaining about these...
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« Reply #3 on: February 24, 2012, 02:45:13 PM »

If there is chafing, there is movement that could possibly be prevented by playing with the heel straps. Did you try to tighten or loosen them?
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« Reply #4 on: March 04, 2012, 11:13:25 PM »

The heel on the Sprint is the reason I ended up going with KSO's as my first pair.  Their heel fits WAY more comfortably and the fitting strap across the back of the heel is directly controlled by the velcro strap on the top of the foot, so it just fits better.  Though if I were choosing a first pair right now, I'd probably try the Jaya's.  But maybe that's just because I REALLY want a pair of those Tongue
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