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1  General Category / Birthdayshoes.com General Discussion / Re: life of the sole of the shoe on: August 15, 2016, 01:36:24 PM
I have never worn a sole out on any pair of VFF's...  Over 1000 miles on a pair of KSO's before the fabric between the toes came apart to the point I couldn't patch them anymore.  Close to 600 miles on my KSO EVO's with no visible wear yet...  It is all based on form and breaking form that causes wear.   
2  General Category / New Members Say Hello! / Re: Hello.... on: June 19, 2016, 10:24:45 PM
Welcome!!!!   Cheesy
3  General Category / Birthdayshoes.com General Discussion / Re: driving bare foot on: June 19, 2016, 10:23:52 PM
Just drove barefoot to the park to run after church this morning, of course ran barefoot, and drove home barefoot as well...  Yep, just checked still barefoot....  Grin
4  General Category / Vibram Five Fingers Sizing and Fit Discussion / Re: Size Difference Between Men's and Women's VFFs? on: April 23, 2016, 08:20:47 AM
How much is the difference lengthwise? I've ordered a W42 Spyridon mr which is too short and I wonder how much the M42 is longer or should I get M43? Or somehow lengthen the big toe a bit? On the right foot it's almost perfect, it hurts a bit just on the left.
OR maybe i should keep it and somehow break it in (maybe put something inside overnight?)


M41 would be the size in between a W42 and M42.  Reference the chart in the link above.  The lengths have not changed, styles still vary slightly in their fit.  They should not hurt.
5  Barefoot Activities / VFF, Barefoot, or Natural Running Discussion / Re: Humour on: March 06, 2016, 03:40:18 PM
Same reaction I have to this crap at work or even while performing the task....  Been at it for years, and did it as a child...  Sweeping ones eyes every now and then to see what is in the path ahead and relying on reflexes goes a long way...  One might just enjoy it.  If foot pads are developed and proper form is utilized (placement and no twist) most pieces of glass, thorns, and other sharps will not penetrate/cut to the point of injury.  Are there times I put coverings on my feet, yeah I'm not stupid...  I can also say that in all my years doing it bare, I've never had to use the med kit I carry around...  

This article sums up the same society that buys a high powered rear wheel drive car and thinks "I'm a drifter like on Fast n Furious".  They proceed to wrap it around a pole or put it into a tree and then blame the car.  Roll Eyes  

GO NAKED, FROM THE ANKLES DOWN ANYWAY. Grin
6  General Category / New Members Say Hello! / Re: are vibram's for me? on: February 15, 2016, 05:04:38 PM
El-X (run a little small and take a while to break in), Original KSO (available again), or my new style favorite KSO EVO if I must be shod...  This will give you the best "barefoot" feel out of all the models.  They are thin enough to get a stone bruise every now and then (more often then when totally bare since they dull your natural reflexes) as well as thin enough to feel ground texture changes.  The KSO EVO does have better traction in mud/wet then the original KSO.  My biggest negative for the EL-X (besides break in) is that I find them to be very hot...  My feet rarely sweat, but even in 30F I can sweat in them...  I hope this helps...  Also check out some of the reputable retailers listed on this site like Travel County, you can save $$ to buy more.  They are addictive.... Grin       
7  General Category / Birthdayshoes.com General Discussion / Classics and FREE shipping at Vibram's website... ;D on: February 13, 2016, 10:22:19 AM
For those who were waiting, Classics and FREE shipping at Vibram's website...   Grin

8  General Category / Birthdayshoes.com General Discussion / Re: driving bare foot on: February 03, 2016, 07:39:34 PM
Most of the time...  Is there another way...?  Grin

I have enough toe spread that I can "power brake" one footed. Tongue
 
9  General Category / Birthdayshoes.com General Discussion / Re: Vibram has officially re-released the Classic and KSO! on: January 27, 2016, 11:22:37 PM
My wife is ecstatic...... Grin
10  General Category / Birthdayshoes.com General Discussion / Re: Need help finding replacement shoes for my New Balance Hi Rez on: October 13, 2015, 09:16:31 PM
The Inov-8 bare series as an alternative to "toes".  My daughter uses these for cross country running as an alternate to her VFF's....
11  General Category / Birthdayshoes.com General Discussion / Re: etrade ad featuring fivefingers ... on: October 13, 2015, 09:09:03 PM
Yep, My wife and eye saw this twice over the weekend.

12  General Category / Birthdayshoes.com General Discussion / Re: Is it normal for Bikila EVOs to have color bleeding? on: September 30, 2015, 08:04:19 PM
No it is not normal, but I have seen it on KSO EVO's as well.  My daughters one pair bled and turned her feet and bottom of her pants pink.  Even before they were washed their first time there was little color left and the red had bled into the grey.  Even the yellow footbeds were stained pink....  I'd advise taking them back or contacting VIBRAM...  From experience, they will continue to bleed...
13  General Category / Birthdayshoes.com General Discussion / Re: Disappearing Kid's Barefoot/Minimalist on: September 21, 2015, 08:00:52 PM
Yep...  There are limited options...  My kids besides VFF's wear Chuck Taylor Thins and my daughter has a few pair of "Rocket Dogs".  They are not "minimalist", but a couple of their options are thin soled, flat, and have a wide toe box....
14  General Category / Birthdayshoes.com General Discussion / Re: For us nothren folk, what do you wear in the winter? on: September 17, 2015, 06:22:39 PM
I also have a pair of steel toe work boots that were modified by a cobbler if I really need .  The inner sole, outer sole and shank were removed and the sole replaced with a VIBRAM 6.5mm sole.  They are water proof, zero drop, and quite flexible... 

I've heard about getting boots modified like this, and its definitely something I'd consider, since I can't seem to find any weatherproof boots without a stiff sole and heel. What would one need to look for so that the sole could be removed and the conversion to zero drop would work well?

Typically it needs to be a boot that has a sewn on welt and sole, not one that is bonded.  They are out there in the higher quality brands.  If you find a pair, next check is removing the insole and looking at what is under it...  Some now have the heel area carved out for "comfort" sole area and will not work for the conversion.  I'd talk to your perspective cobbler first and look through the catalog of available soles..  I guarantee he will be reluctant and will not understand why you want the cushion or shank removed...  Here are mine, I forgot to mention they have composite metatarsal protection (I Met) and composite steel toe also..
15  General Category / Birthdayshoes.com General Discussion / Re: For us nothren folk, what do you wear in the winter? on: September 16, 2015, 09:46:22 PM
I actually found the KSO EVO's were quite warm last year with Injinji's as well in non-wet circumstances as my feet are more mobile. 

What would you wear during wet weather? I'm curious. Last winter in the US I wore VFF and Lems during heavy rains, everything getting completely soaked in yucky urban puddles I inevitably stepped through.

My Trek LS and Bormios with waterproofing do good for typical water and snow.  If I need to do a lot of walking through slush (like going into work), I have a pair of rubber "over shoe boots" (like old time "slickers") that I slip on over my VFF's and take them off once I am inside. I also have a pair of steel toe work boots that were modified by a cobbler if I really need .  The inner sole, outer sole and shank were removed and the sole replaced with a VIBRAM 6.5mm sole.  They are water proof, zero drop, and quite flexible... 
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