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1  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Zero Drop Flip Flops without Arch Support on: February 03, 2017, 08:45:09 AM
West Swan, Rainbow said they would actually make a custom pair of flips without arch support???  That would be awesome - except for the $110 price.  I've written the company twice to suggest they have a no-arch support version of their sandals but it seems to have been ignored.
2  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Unintentional Minimalist shoes? on: August 18, 2013, 09:55:04 AM
Hey Dino Guy - what was the name of the flip flop you bought from Amazon? I've been looking for a super-thin flip that looks okay on a guy.
3  General Category / General Discussion / Re: How "Barefoot" Are They, Really? on: August 18, 2013, 09:18:19 AM
If you're looking for the most barely-there kind of "shoe," I'd suggest the Xero Connect.  It's just a basic, 4mm piece of rubber held on by the simplest strapping system.  I have several pairs of VFF's and like them okay but the Xero shoes are wide open on top so lots of airflow!  And who can argue with their $25 price compared to VFF's.
4  Barefoot Activities / Barefoot(ish) Activities / Re: Thinking about running a Tough Mudder or Warrior Dash? I have now done both. :) on: May 13, 2013, 06:07:33 AM
I did Warrior Dash last year in my KSO's. Slipped in a couple of muddy spots but never wiped out or anything.  I'm not a runner and just did WD on a whim so my final time was not a concern.  There were a couple peope running barefoot last year and I am thinking about giving that a try next weekend when Warrior Dash returns to Maryland.
5  General Category / Vibram Five Fingers Sizing and Fit Discussion / Re: Custom FiveFingers What Would You Design? on: February 14, 2013, 11:38:26 AM
KSO upper with a MOC sole.  It'd be super-flexible but the styling would be more appropriate for a male.
6  General Category / General Discussion / Re: $37 for KSOs on: February 11, 2013, 07:30:59 AM
Sweet! Thanks for posting!
7  General Category / Feet and FiveFingers Accessories and Alternatives / Re: Huaraches too big? on: December 05, 2012, 09:44:26 AM
I just ordered a pair during the sale and they should be in tomorrow!  From what I've read you can just trim them down with a pair of scissors however you like.
8  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Birthday shoes member spotted in Columbia, SC on: December 04, 2012, 07:14:27 AM
Cool - I was born and raised in Columbia!  I live in Maryland now but in all the times I've visited friends and family in Columbia I have never, ever seen anyone wearing VFF's.  Good to see that they ARE out there though!
9  Barefoot Activities / Barefoot(ish) Activities / Re: What did you do barefoot or in VFF today? on: September 18, 2012, 06:15:42 AM
This past weekend a neighbor and I did two days of circuit hikes in Shenandoah National Park.  All together it was about 15 miles of hiking - some along the AT and some on side trails.  He wore traditional hiking shoes with a thick sole while I sported my KSO's!  My hope was to hike some of the trail barefoot but it was too rough in spots to keep the pace we wanted to make.
10  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Minimalist backpacking shoe recommendations on: August 09, 2012, 06:14:38 AM
I backpack and routinely wear VFF's or go barefoot depending on the terrain.  I use KSO's and they have always worked well for me but I will say that they have proven slippery in a couple of muddy conditions.  My pack weight is usually around 30 pounds which has never been an adverse factor for me when it comes to shoe/foot performance but you may want a VFF with a little more tread to handle the slippery conditions.  If I had to recommend another style it would be the KSO Trek, otherwise stay as minimal as possible.
11  Barefoot Activities / Barefoot(ish) Activities / Re: What did you do barefoot or in VFF today? on: June 18, 2012, 10:06:06 PM
Tasty!   Cheesy

My first thought was "When are McRibs coming back?"
12  Barefoot Activities / Barefoot(ish) Activities / Re: Let me know what you think of my journey on: June 18, 2012, 06:20:00 AM
Nice blog!  I'm not an avid blog reader but wanted to check yours out since you're about two (bare) steps ahead of me on the same path.  You write very well and I appreciate your mix of technical and personal insights.  The photos are beautiful too - you must live in a very scenic area or have an eye for photography.  Keep it up!
13  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Bystander Comments on Your VFFs and Barefooting on: June 04, 2012, 01:45:18 PM
My 80 year-old mother recently visited from out of state to attend our son's high school graduation; she hasn't been here since before we bought our first pair of Vibrams.  Mom likes to stay busy and insisted upon sweeping.  When she got to the corner of the room where my daughter and I tend to throw our VFF's, she paused and then scrunched her face into a perplexed look.  Though she didn't say a word I could just tell what was going on in her head... She poked at them with her broom, shook her head, and moved on.  She didn't ask and I didn't tell (she would never understand)!
14  Barefoot Activities / Barefoot(ish) Activities / Re: What did you do barefoot or in VFF today? on: May 21, 2012, 07:09:09 AM
My daughter and I ran in the Maryland Warrior Dash this weekend!  I wore KSO's and she wore Bikilas.  Neither of us had any problems at all with the obstacles or with slipping - even though my KSO's have the more slick original sole.  I guess I've grown accustomed to their traction limitations and compensate by choosing my footings more carefully.  There were plenty of other VFF's out on the course - I'd easily guess 10-15% which is pretty significant.  I even saw one guy running barefoot.  I thought about doing that myself but the uncertainty of what's buried in the mud made me err on the side of caution.
15  Barefoot Activities / VFF, Barefoot, or Natural Running Discussion / Re: Anyone Else Have Heel Cracks? (Pics inside.) on: May 09, 2012, 10:21:40 PM
Call me crazy, but I use Tim Taylor's (Home Improvement) philosophy... "More Power!"  While my feet are dry, I use an orbital sander with 120 grit sandpaper to knock down the rough stuff.  You've gotta be careful not to go too long or your skin can overheat.  Then while in the shower I use a pumice stone to smooth out my heels - and then I finish it off with Bag Balm.
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