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1  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Recomendation for dealing with long distances on: March 13, 2013, 12:44:07 PM
Thanks so much for bringing this to my attention... the pain described is identical to what I'm experiencing and I get the calluses that they describe as well.

I started looking through the forum and came across this link:

I will try this out this week and post back my results on this thread.
2  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Recomendation for dealing with long distances on: March 13, 2013, 12:24:46 PM
I do ever so slightly, (like seriously 2mm or less longer than my big toe) but it's never been a problem with my running, but that could definitely just be because I typically only run 6-8 miles. Good thought... and I will look up the adhesive padding as well!

I was considering getting a more traditional minimalist running shoe with the large toe box as the small bit of extra padding might be beneficial, but I'm very open to ideas if they help me get down the half marathon with no pain.
3  General Category / General Discussion / Recomendation for dealing with long distances on: March 13, 2013, 12:01:25 PM
Hi, a bit of context:

I am an avid VFF fan and have essentially lived in them for the last 2-3 years. Running barefoot and with vff has been what has enabled me to go from being a couch potato to being a decent runner and I've done a few half marathons and other runs in them more or less successfully (The Seeyas are by far my favorite running shoe to date). Although I'm not very fast at present, I'm getting better and constantly trying to improve.

The problem I'm running into however, is that nearly consistently at about the 10 mile mark, the ball of my foot (in the area where the second toe connects) begins to just ACHE from the abuse. It causes me to have to stop and walk just to deal with the pain. I have tried to get in the habit of landing more on the outside of my foot to lessen the blow, but it feels extremely unnatural. It seems that I just land and absorb impact in this area moreso than the rest of my foot.

What I'm looking for is either a different VFF or other shoe to help distribute the impact across the front of my foot, and yes mute the ground a bit, but coming from a pair of well-worn Seeya's that's not the end of the world. My big issues (and the reason I have never bothered leaving VFF in my daily life) is that I desperately want to keep a zero incline from heel to toe and any form of arch restriction always ends up causing me pain.

Any suggestions are helpful. I'm just getting frustrated that my time and endurance are suffering because of pain in my feet.
4  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Bikila as everyday shoes? on: June 15, 2010, 03:01:19 PM
I wear my bikilas all day every day, and they're incredibly comfortable. As an additional note, here in AZ the pavement has become BOILING and the KSO's and Sprints transfer all that heat stright through. The Bikilas on the other hand have a super breathable top and enough insulation on the bottom that you barely notice the heat. The bikilas are my favorites so far and I can't see myself switching back to my KSO's until it cools down again.
5  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Bday shoes VFF FAQ tshirts! on: June 15, 2010, 02:52:32 PM
I was thinking cafepress or Zazzle as well, prices aren't outrageous and I've had good results in the past, and other people can buy your designs afterwards. I would be down for one of these as well, let's make it happen!
6  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Difference between KSO TREK and TREK SPORT? on: May 25, 2010, 06:22:42 PM

Wow, the Trek Sports are epic! Thanks so much for the info! I can't wait for them to show up state side!
7  General Category / General Discussion / Difference between KSO TREK and TREK SPORT? on: May 25, 2010, 01:29:58 PM
So I keep seeing the model 'trek sport' talked about time to time... I have never seen this model on line nor do I know what the differences may be. Can any one fill me in on the details or drop some links for where they can be checked out?

p.s. the KSO Treks are incredibly comfortable shoes, just super hot in warm weather.
8  General Category / Vibram Five Fingers Sizing and Fit Discussion / Potential defect? toe material too tight across the top on: May 20, 2010, 12:33:43 PM
I've had my KSO's and KSO Trek's for a while and they both fit great, but I got a pair of the Sprints and on the left foot, the material feels REALLY tight across the top, enough so that it limits the movement and after an hour+ of wearing them causes some real soreness in my toe sockets and lower cuneiform (sp?) bones. The right foot feels fine, and upon inspection it really does seem if the left foot is just too tight. Anyone else seen this? I like the fit and the feel of the Spints alot but this experience has been sort of a bummer.
9  General Category / New Members Say Hello! / Phoenix AZ, signing in on: May 20, 2010, 12:24:13 PM
Howdy, my name is Ben and I've been wearing Vibrams and reading birthdayshoes since January of this year. I have never been athletic but decided last year to start doing the gym thing and trying running. Months of shin splints and back pain later, I read about vibrams on's innovations of 2009 article and got the wild hair to go hunt down a pair.

I picked up the KSO's and started wearing them for walking and noticed within days that my back pain was mysteriously less intense. I tried running in them, only to feel extremely weird and want to never try it again after the first attempt... the second attempt happened after another week of just wearing them, and I shattered my current record at the time and felt amazing at the end of it.

So a half a year with no back pain, a solid running schedule and 3 pairs of vibrams later and it's safe to say I'm a convert. I've run my first 5k back in March and now run completely barefoot 3 times a week for 2 miles or more a pop.

So I figured I'd like to say hello and maybe see what barefoot and running opportunities might present themselves in the forums here.
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