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241  Barefoot Activities / VFF, Barefoot, or Natural Running Discussion / Re: Stretch those calves on: June 26, 2011, 03:48:28 PM
If you don't already, I would recommend also foam rolling your calves (in addition to other areas periodically like your IT band, etc).  It can really make a big difference.

Personally, I have a really hard time getting enough pressure with the foam roller on my calves (if you have any suggestions, please share!).  My favorite thing to do is take a yoga brick and lay in on it's broadest side, then place a lacrosse ball (about the size of a tennis ball but hard rubber) on top, then set my calf on the ball.  I use a combination of static pressure and slow rolling.  With the static pressure I also plantar and dorsiflex my ankle.  For extra intensity, I rest my opposite foot on my shin.  This is also a great thing to do for your lateral calves, and if you want to add some movement in for that you can circle your ankles around.  Good luck!
242  General Category / Feet and FiveFingers Accessories and Alternatives / Sperry SON-R Feedback on: June 25, 2011, 02:39:14 PM
Anyone know anything about these shoes?  I'm looking for a close-toed sandal or very breathable shoe for work for the summer (I'd love to wear the Merrell Pure Gloves but they're just too narrow Sad ).  My feet sweat like crazy, and my Jayas are starting to get really offensive smelling even a couple of days after washing...I even sprinkle a little baking soda in them before putting them on, but that doesn't seem to cut it anymore.  I have no idea how thick the sole is or if there's much support, but based on the price (relatively cheap) and description, it sounds like they might be better that other options.  Plus, they look really wide, which is a necessity for my duck feet.  If anyone has tried them on I'd love to hear what you think!

243  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Jimmy Fallon and Elijah Wood goofing on "Toe Shoes" on: June 23, 2011, 02:05:43 PM
I don't know who Jimmy Fallon is but I definitely don't like him.  It still boggles my mind that people are so creeped out by feet.  Personally I think we'd look a lot weirder without them! Smiley
244  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Do the Jaya LR almond/copper count as "gold" shoes? on: June 20, 2011, 07:09:33 PM
I'm betting if the bride-to-be is not keen on the Vibrams, she certainly will not be in favor of spray painted bare feet.  It would be funny though.  If you do it, post some pics.

Yeah, great idea, but I don't think it would go over so well. Smiley  No's not going to be a long ceremony, and I'm sure she'll be fine with barefoot at the reception.
245  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Do the Jaya LR almond/copper count as "gold" shoes? on: June 19, 2011, 10:29:04 PM
go barefoot and spray paint your feet gold  Tongue

Ha you know where to find non-toxic spray paint? Smiley
246  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Do the Jaya LR almond/copper count as "gold" shoes? on: June 19, 2011, 01:20:49 AM
Do... not... like... gold shoes. Clearly the bride and I disagree. But those look like a great find for a minimalist person looking for gold shoes. Smiley

My thoughts exactly, though these actually look less offensive on than some gold shoes.  No flowers, bizarro ankle straps, chains, or some of the other hideousness on some of the shoes that I looked at. Smiley
247  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Do the Jaya LR almond/copper count as "gold" shoes? on: June 19, 2011, 12:15:12 AM
Just wanted to add an update.  Found these shoes for pretty cheap -  I was able to pry off the heel with a butter knife with surprisingly little effort (yes, we're talking high quality here), so there's no heel drop.  I don't have much faith in the durability of the strap, but they're surprisingly comfy, so I think I'll actually get $30 worth of use out of them.
248  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Wow! check out these new colors! on: June 15, 2011, 10:43:28 PM
The magenta/orange color is awesome, especially the Jaya on the middle shelf, and I love those purple/lilac Speeds in the lower right.  Also, those two pairs of brown and grey shoes on the right-hand side of the middle shelf look like they're made out of a nice suede-ish material.  Silly boring Americans...I would gladly wear most of the shoes pictured here (although that yellow/green/orange striped Speed is a little too 70's for me).
249  General Category / Feet and FiveFingers Accessories and Alternatives / Re: Love my Lunas! on: June 08, 2011, 01:07:11 AM
Hey Skye, I think it depends on how the doctor goes about removing it. He cauterised mine off after freezing my foot. It was also huge, so it was a beast to get out, and left my foot in a bit of a mess. Hopefully your doc uses a freezing method or is real gentle. It'll be nice to get it off, so the pain was worth it!

Anyway it's 4 days later and I'm doing better than I thought. Should be a fairly quick recovery, fingers crossed!
I'm glad your recovery is progressing well.  That sounds like quite the process!  Mine is pretty small so hopefully it'll be a bit easier to remove.  I wouldn't bother at all except that it's becoming painful to run on - definitely not good!
250  General Category / Feet and FiveFingers Accessories and Alternatives / Re: Love my Lunas! on: June 07, 2011, 11:44:59 PM
Well, despite the strike, my lunas came in today! I got home from work, and they were crammed into my mailbox. Sadly I have two fairly major things currently in the way of doing any running. I'm putting in some overtime this week, working 9 12 hour days in a row. More seriously, I just had my doctor remove an old plantar wart from my foot, making moving around any a chore. Probably a couple weeks before my foot is good to go. That aside, the shell cordovan feels wonderful against my foot. The soles seem a little stiff, but that will likely change as they are extremely thin (2mm). Working on lacing them up just right, but I have them to the point of comfortable at the moment.

I'm excited for my foot to heal so I can get out in them! I'll have more opinion on them when I finally hit the streets/trail in them.

Good luck with the plantar wart!  I'm going to have one removed on Thursday, actually.  Do they really take two weeks to heal? Ouch, not looking forward to that!

It'll be great to hear what you think of the fancy version.  I'm too broke to get that pair, but they sound amazing.
251  General Category / Feet and FiveFingers Accessories and Alternatives / Re: Love my Lunas! on: June 03, 2011, 12:55:10 AM
Official now, Canada Post is going on strike. That and my Lunas weren't in today either. The worst part is that they shipped from Seattle on last Wednesday, so they'll likely be in tomorrow or Monday. The strike was timed perfectly, darn 'Posties'. Ugh.  Angry

*venting over.
Oh no, what torture (not being sarcastic)!  I'll keep my fingers crossed that they resolve it quickly.  Don't they know that people have to have their Lunas?
252  General Category / Feet and FiveFingers Accessories and Alternatives / Re: Huaraches! on: May 31, 2011, 05:10:32 PM
The suede top is super comfy but I'm toying with the idea of getting a second pair with the naked top for wet weather and dirtier activities. I love the stretchiness/flex of the Equus laces but I'm thinking about getting the hemp ones for the other pair because that seems to be the material of choice for damp weather activities.

Hee hee, I don't know what you consider damp, but I ran on a lakeside trail the other day that was mostly mud.  There are also stretches of floating boardwalk ON the lake, with one part submerged several inches underwater, and my Equus laces held up great.  The naked top was a bit slippery, but nothing compared to how slick suede gets when it's wet.  This is the first time my Lunas have been totally drenched, but so far so good. 
253  General Category / Feet and FiveFingers Accessories and Alternatives / Re: Love my Lunas! on: May 31, 2011, 04:57:16 PM
Sort of a novelty "shoe" for me but I plan on working them in to my training rotation with the rest of my VFFs and low drop footwear.

I sort of felt the same way when I first tried them (or I was at least skeptical of how they would hold up, and felt weird wearing non-mass produced shoes), but I seriously haven't worn my VFFs since I got them, except at work where we have to wear close-toed shoes.  Why do you feel like they're a novelty?
254  General Category / Feet and FiveFingers Accessories and Alternatives / Re: Love my Lunas! on: May 31, 2011, 04:53:23 PM
I just ordered a pair of the equus sandals, and am really excited to get them! I liked the sound of that shell cordovan leather, sounds pretty luxurious! They have the 2mm vibram rubber sole, which is a little more dense than the neoprene. I live in a very dry climate, so it's not often that I'd be out in the rain, so the leather top should work out pretty well for me. They should be in next week, so I'll let you know how I fare in them!

Yes, I'd love to hear how they are!  They're a little too expensive for me right now, but maybe something to keep in mind for later in the summer (if we ever actually get any summer here in the NW this year).
255  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Back of heel pain on: May 30, 2011, 01:27:04 AM
I'm doing a couch to 5k class, and ever since starting 4 weeks ago my calves have been super sensitive, and various muscles have been chronically tight and sore.  I think for me it's the increased frequency more than anything.  Even at this point in the class, we aren't running all that much further than I was on my own, but now I'm running 3 days a week plus cross training 2 days, rather than the 1-2 days a week of running plus 1 day of cross training that I was doing before.  I'm really hoping my body will get used to the increased activity.  So far I've barely been able to the keep the tightness under control with massage and lots of stretching.  A couple of things I really recommend are ART and something called The Stick.  Both work really well!  As for the tendon behind the behind your ankle bone, it's likely your peroneals, so be sure to massage and stretch the outside of your leg.  Good luck!
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