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.
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?
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).
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!
Thanks for the photos! She appreciates (if not understands ) my toe shoe obsession, and also told us to buy shoes that are comfortable for dancing in, so I think she might be okay with them. I'll definitely show her the photos, though.
I'm going to be a bridesmaid this fall, and my friend wants everyone to wear gold-colored shoes of our own choosing. So, since I have to buy shoes, I figure, why not another pair of VFFs? For those of you who have seen or own the almond/copper Jaya LRs, what do you think? Are the leather stripes shiny enough to be considered gold, or is that pushing it? Personally, I think they would look cute with this dress, but then most of my wardrobe is yoga pants and tee shirts - http://www1.macys.com/catalog/product/index.ognc?ID=567010&PseudoCat=se-xx-xx-xx.esn_results
I got the original soles, which, according the website, is 6mm Vibram neoprene. It has great ground feel and is a bit squishy, and really conforms to your foot after some wear.
That's interesting about not liking the Equus lacing between your toes. Is it those laces in particular, or just anything between your toes? I've found that they've kind of squished down a bit with wear so they're less noticeable than when I first got them (or maybe I'm just getting used to them ), so if it was that material in particular that you didn't like it might be worth giving them more time.
I got a pair of Luna sandals a few weeks ago (original with Equus laces and no leather on the footbed), and I have to say, they're pretty awesome! The lacing took a bit of getting used to, and I do have to adjust them for different activities (if they are tight enough for running then they are a smidge too tight for sitting around, especially at the end of the day), but due to the convenience of the elasticized laces, that's become second nature already. Also, I was skeptical about the strap between the toes, but honestly, it doesn't bother me at all. And if it does, I've found it just means I have them laced too tight.
As for running, they are amazing! I've used them on pavement and gravel trails, and I love the ground feel combined with the open top. I kind of feel bad for my Sprints, because I'm not sure what I'm going to use them for. Maybe running in really wet weather, since the one time I wore my Lunas in the rain the foot bed got kind of slippery. But then, they were brand new at the time, so now that they've conformed to my foot better they might be fine in the rain (and in fact, the website recommends going without leather tops for wetter weather, which is why I chose that option). Overall, I'm super happy with these, and am glad I went with them instead of Unshoes (which also look awesome), since they're local to me.
Most didn't realize what I was doing, but there was one woman running, too. I met her during one of my running inervals. She saw that I was running barefoot and looked at me as if I was insane
Hee hee...I look at all of the people in my running class who are starting to get hip and knee pain and tingling in their feet and going out to buy more supportive shoes like they're insane. I feel bad that they're experiencing those things and am refraining from preaching to them unless they initiate the conversation, but it just seems so obvious to me now what's causing their pain.
Yes, definitely try going without toe socks! I have a wicking pair (cotton-free) but when it's wet out they do nothing but make my feet colder. Maybe the Smartwool ones would be better, but my polyester pair is awful in the rain. The only time I wear them is when it's cold and dry, and even then they honestly don't seem to help all that much.
Other than that, it might be a matter of acclimating your feet. I'm one of those perpetually cold people who wears fuzzy socks around the house 3 seasons out of the year, and after running in the rain and cold in toe shoes for the last several months I've gotten to the point where I don't even notice it anymore. And no, my feet aren't just going numb. They actually seem to tolerate the cold better, at least during exercise. My cutoff in my Sprints is about 45F (7C), after which point I have to switch over to my Treks. Luckily it doesn't usually get to freezing here, so I don't have to worry that too often. Also, try a hat...I've found that really helps on those borderline days.
If nothing else works, you can also try one of the toe-less minimalist shoes and add a pair of socks. I imagine that they're a lot warmer.
Good luck with the C25K! I'm actually doing that now too because I don't run as frequently as I want to. The accountability definitely helps!
Here is a modification with a hairband, so that the straps are extended and fit great. Not only are they longer, but thanks to the elastic, there's some stretch, so I can pull them snug without cutting off circulation. For anyone else thinking of cutting off the straps, I would try this first - http://birthdayshoes.com/forum/mods-and-repairs/instead-of-removing-the-strap/ The other upside is that now I can tighten the straps enough so that my shoes are no longer velcroing themselves to my pants. Unfortunately it doesn't work so well on Sprints (though I'm using thick hair bands...maybe the skinny ones would work better).
A comparison between newflex and the teva soling. I have 5mm newflex here and it is firmer than the teva I placed the sheet on an uneven surface and you can fell the lumps and bumps more. 10mm would be same ground feel as the teva just a little harder but not as hard as the cherry. I would opt for the 5mm newflex, it will give to the shear forces of your forefoot the cherry will not and you can end up with some blistering as another person stated.
What is about the teva's you don't like?
Thanks! I didn't realize the Newflex comes in 5mm, so I'll have to check that out.
As for the Teva's, they're a little too narrow for my feet, so there's some weirdness with the straps - if I leave them loose enough, then the thick velcro goes through the plastic loop and the straps don't lay flat (I don't know if that makes sense, but I that's the best way that I can describe it ). Also, I prefer a little more ground feel.
I just got a pair of Teva Zilches and am not 100% happy with them. Thanks to the REI return policy, I'm going to keep trying them for a while and see if I grow to love them. In the meantime, I'm going to order a pair of Unshoes Pah Tempes as soon as they become available - http://www.unshoesminimalfootwear.com/shop.html Even if they don't work out, you can't beat the price! My first question is, how thick are the Zilch soles? For the Unshoes, you can choose a sole thickness of 4, 6, or 10mm. The Zilches are a bit on the thick side for me, but I know that for hiking I want something more substantial than Sprints, which I believe are 4mm (please correct me if I'm wrong!).
Second, for anyone who has some Unshoes, how do the Cherry and Newflex materials compare? I'd rather go with the Cherry if possible, but if there's a big difference in comfort I'd be willing to sacrifice some ground feel. I'm going to email the company with this question, but am also interested to get other people's responses. Thanks!
If I could figure out how to buy the Vibram rubber myself, I bet I could make some Huraches-type sandals with dressier straps that i could get away with at work. We don't have a policy against open toed sandals, thankfully.
You should check in with these guys - http://www.unshoesminimalfootwear.com/ I emailed them the other day and they responded in a couple of hours, so their customer service is good, at least. Their shoes are already custom made, so maybe you could send them the straps you want to use.