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196  General Category / Vibram Five Fingers Sizing and Fit Discussion / Re: Fit of Bikilas Vs. KSOs on: May 18, 2010, 02:45:19 PM
I'm a little worried hearing about the Bikila being a more snug. I fit snuggly into W42 KSOs. I want to stick with the W sizing in Bikilas because my foot is narrow, and I have a smallish heal, but I don't believe Vibram has any plans to start making W43 sizes :-(


I just bought my KSO's last weekend--M42 and they fit snuggly, just like you.  The only other VFF's they had in my size were the Bikilas.  I tried them both on and at one point walked around Travel Country with one on each foot.  I found the sizing to be identical and almost couldn't tell them apart when standing still.  I opted for the KSO's for the versatility and price, but left feeling confident that I know my size is M42 if I ever decide to purchase Bikilas. 
197  General Category / Feet and FiveFingers Accessories and Alternatives / Re: Saucony Kinvara on: May 18, 2010, 02:06:08 PM
I feel like these larger shoe companies are at least recognizing minimalist/barefoot running.

All they are recognizing is a new market to exploit.  Any mainstream shoe companies who develop a very structured shoe and call it minimalist are no different than General Mills fortifying Cocoa Puffs with vitamins and calling it "health food."  It's a gimmick.

Eggzactly the point I was going to make!  Corporations are printing vines on hi-tech devices made from who knows how many toxic substances because "GREEN" is in.  Saying in your ad copy that your new narrow-toed heel-padded design caters to the minimalist is just an attempt to lure some market share from products that actually deliver on those claims.
198  General Category / New Members Say Hello! / Epiphany loves company on: May 18, 2010, 01:39:24 PM
Throw another "running pounded my joints" conversion on the fire!  2 weeks ago I had to rely on bicycles (which I love, but which require gear, racks, transport or traffic, etc) for my exercise.  Then a visit to the beach opened my eyes.  I ran barefoot, noticing how light I felt on the balls of my feet.  I ran until my lungs hurt without a hint of back pain and had a blast.  Then my sister-in-law told my wife how much she loves running in her funny new shoes that have toes on them, so she can run "barefoot" anywhere she wants.

I rushed to Travel Country almost in a panic that they wouldn't have any VFF's in my size.  I ended up with a choice of black KSO's or the blue Bikilas.  I opted for the "gorilla feet" and was instantly and blissfully addicted.  I am grinning through relentless (though good-natured) mockery at work.  My calves and feet are still tight and sore as they adjust, but I feel like my body just woke up from a life-long sleep.  I'm connected, I'm tuned in, I'm getting away with something sneaky.  This isn't a "really comfortable shoe," it's a total game-changer.  Of course I'm preaching to the choir here, but hey--epiphany loves company!   Wink

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