Well, I'm contemplating buying 1 of 3 shoes: The TPVB Union White Canvas ($90), TPVB Aqua White ($150), and the V5F Spints Castle Rock/Navy Upper, Gray ($80)
From an aesthetic point of view, the TPVB would be the obvious choice because they look like traditional shoes/Vans and have a 3mm thick sole. On the other hand, they are quite expensive, and I don't think there are any retail stores that sell them or let you try them out. They look mostly for walking.
Then there's the V5F sprints, the cheapest choice, razor sipped sole, but you would get lots of looks. I would want to use them for free running, but I already have a pair of V5F Bikilas.
So judging from these categories: they both look pretty comfortable, but which supposedly feels "better", durability for athletic activities, grip and traction, and aesthetics.
Well I'm probably someone who sets extremely high expectations and near impossible goals or suffer from megalomania and delusions of grandeur. My guess is the latter. I WANT TO BE AN IRONMAN! This ridiculous notion was spurred by a former proctor from this SAT prep course. He came in wearing some V5F bikilas. Questions immediately ensued as he tried to justify why he was wearing them. He was a triathlete and was training for the ironman triathlon in Hawaii. Running about 10 miles, 2 mile swims and 50 mile bike rides alternating every other day. Anyway he explained barefoot running and I got into it and bought my own pair of V5F bikilas. After he left, the dream to complete an Ironman triathlon was born! Sounds like just a childish dream, it might be? To be frank, I lead a very sedantary lifestyle, but I want that to change. Let's see 17 years old, 5'4'', 115 lbs (19% body fat), eat junk and fast food frequently, wouldn't mind doing a healthier diet and counting calories. I heard 3000-5000 calories is ideal. I used to be able to run a 6:00 minute time for a 1 mile race, but thats probablt irrelevant. Not sure if this is obvious but I have a fast metabolism or assume I do, since all the skinny people who eat all the time but never gain weight seem to claim, or am I just jumping on the bandwagon? I can't really swim well although my usually excuse is contempt for chlorinated water, how your skin feels weird after a swimming, and the water in my ears although it could easily be remedied with ear plugs right? So anyone that's completed a triathlon what's it like? Training, diet, gear? Thanks.
Ok well after waiting for almost two weeks for my size m40 red and gray bikilas to come in from Halfmoon outfitters, I was quite disappointed. I don't know if this is normal or if this is a product defect, but the tips of the shoes were discolored; like some purplish reddish color. My theory is that the red may have bled through? Or does that sound crazy? Anyway I found that the delivery box was already open? Must be UPS's fault? Anyway to support my hypothesis about the red fabric bleeding through, I wore my gray micro injinjis in the shoe and after wearing them inside the shoe I took them off and noticed that the same discoloration appeared in between the toes of my injinjis as well. Coincidence? Oh one more thing, the red fabric on the out sides of the pinky and big toe seem to be lighter than the rest of the fabric between the other toes. Like all the other toes have that pure red color, while the fabric on the outer toes seem to be a little bleached. Feedback?
I know that there have been a lot of complaints about vibram creating defective shoes, and I did not heed their warnings, so now I've become another victim now
How do you post pictures on your thread because I'd like to show them? besides putting up a link from photobucket
Well I'm just trying to find some cheap no-show toe socks. Ankle socks would be fine but nothing like a tube sock where it goes up to halfway up my shin to my knee lol. These socks will only be for walking around in them. Preferably a gray color. Maybe I can remedy a toe sock. Get a regular pair of socks; cut four lines into them for each toe and finally sew some fabric in between the toes. They would literally look like vibram socks. Match a white sock with some black material. Or you could knit your own toe socks lol.
Well I ran barefoot two days ago in preparation for my vibram bikilas. I used to be in cross country two years ago but I neglected it. But when I heard about vibrams, running became fun again. So I ran about .75 mile and then walked back another .75 mile back to my house. This was the second time I ran barefoot; the first time was on the treadmill where I immediately developed blisters after running 6 mph for 15 minutes. They appeared on the tips of my toes and on my forefoot, specifically the area below my big toe. My pinky toe took the most beating. The skin was completely peeled off; no blister on it. It looked really enflamed. I put neosporin on it, but it was extremely painful to walk around the house. Like I couldn't even place pressure on my forefoot. I had to resort to walking on my heels to avoid friction with ground. The pain was bearable but I tried to avoid as much contact as possible. Should I put it feet in an ice cold or warm water and massage them with body wash soap? Maybe rub some lotion aftewards? I think maybe I'll wrap my entire foot or just each toe individually with gauge or that stretchy, white material that doctors put on your arm when they extract blood samples? I'm a little hesitant about going barefoot outside again, maybe I'll just stay on the treadmill. My mom said I could get tetanus or sick running barefoot and I'd have to take antibiotics. I hope not. I know this is irrelevant, but I heard that a coach for kenyans or Ethiopians instructed his students to get cardboard and use ductape to wrap the cardboard and their feet together. Crazy right?
I think $12 for one pair of socks is an extravagant price. Nevertheless, I bought them anyway with my bikila's. They're the micros. Anyway, I'm pretty sure I can probably get around maybe 6-12 pairs of cotton socks for that price. I mean I have to pay like $84 for one week's worth of socks. Cheaper alternative? Someone mentioned military surplus stores, but then again, who ever heard of tough, hardened marines wearing toe socks instead of tube socks, no offence. Just don't see them taking the time to fill every toe into each of the slots because don't they live in a fast paced environement? Toe socks would only be a liability. Btw I'm looking for some light gray socks similar to the injinji micros. Just hope the cheaper alternatives don't sacrifice quality or durability due to the lowered price. Lol, going to a store just to steal a pair of socks.
Dude that sucks! I just ordered a pair from halfmmoonoutfitters.com and I wasn't sure if they were legit. You see I got the notification like everyone else that citysports restocked the bikila's. I was ecstatic they had the size 40's I desired. Well apparently I decided to hold off one day for some reason because I was busy. Couple hours later I was surprised and disappointed to find out they had disappeared, so I felt pressured to buy from halfmoonoutfitters because I found out it had bikila's stocked up in my size. Then another 24 hours passed and more size 40's appeareed, which was weird because why would they put it up in stock, then remove it, then put it in stock again. I wish I had waited because citysports seems more reliable since I hear a lot of people get their vibrams from them. Another thought, do you think retail stores like citysports ship slightly used or refurbished vibrams? I know in luke's locker, they let customers walk around the store and run on the treadmill to try out the shoes. While these "test driving" feature is great, I just don't like buying shoes that are even the slightest used. I'm pretty sure they sell those "test drive" shoes anyway. I think halfmoonoutfitters may be reliable since I think birthday shoes has listed them in their store section.
I bought one pair of injinji socks for $12 along with my bikilas. And to be honest, I think they're a little overpriced. If I wanted to get 7 pairs for weekly usage, i'd have to pay $84!? I think I can get 36+ pairs of cotton socks for $12 and around 288+ pairs for $84. Are there any cheaper but still effective socks that don't compromise the quality and performance of injinji socks out there? I heard someone mention a military surplus store?
Well I googled those two things and went to their websites. Can their techniques still be applied to barefoot/minimalist runners since they're "forced" to fore/mid root strike due to the lack of cushioning in the heel. Are their methods still effective because they appear to only benefit runners with the traditional/conventional shoe that has plenty of support and cushioning. Also I thought I was insane when I saw the price tag for one of the video instructionals at the chi running website-$100!? Just to learn how to RUN?!, which EVERYONE learns how to do their infancy stage. Absurd! Anyway would like some feedback from runners who use the two aforementioned methods discussed above. Also how do you determine your foot type and pronation level? If you have a certain foot type, is your pronational level synonymous with that? Example-normal foot:neutral pronator, etc? Besides looking at old running shoes. If you don't have a normal foot type that over/under pronates, is it still okay to get minimalist shoes or do I need shoes with support, which as of now I vehemently abhor.