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1  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
 
2  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
3  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....
4  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.

5  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...
6  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....
7  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..
8  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... 
9  General Category / Birthdayshoes.com General Discussion / Re: For us nothren folk, what do you wear in the winter? on: September 15, 2015, 09:20:21 PM
As North as I go is Wisconsin and Detroit MI.  That being said, Leather VFF's with "outdoor" Injinji's for real cold -40F windchills for the last 5+ years.  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. 
10  General Category / Birthdayshoes.com General Discussion / Re: Really Sturdy Barefoot Shoes for Boxing? on: September 13, 2015, 07:33:29 PM
Ah, but I already have stall slabs. They don't stay put.


You wouldn't move mine..  They are close to 85lbs each.  I can't slide them to adjust them on a smooth wood floor when fully unrolled.

If you master levitation, let us know... Cool
11  General Category / Birthdayshoes.com General Discussion / Re: Really Sturdy Barefoot Shoes for Boxing? on: September 12, 2015, 12:44:28 PM
Definitely not linoleum.  It will be way too slippery...  Something to consider would be 1/2" thick or thicker stall mats.  They come in various sizes, most likely wouldn't slide around on you, could be rolled up when you are done, and would provide a little cushion if gravity one out on you...  I have them in my barn, garage/work shop floor, and even cut one up to cover the firewall and floor of my farm truck to cut down on some of the noise and heat in the cabin.  I'm not sure where you are located in the world, but here in the "States" a Tack Shop, Tractor Supply (TSC), Farm and Fleet, etc. usually stock a few sizes.   
12  General Category / Birthdayshoes.com General Discussion / Re: Vibram VFF/ Minimal shoes: Rocky Wet Waterfall/ Beach with slippery moss algae? on: September 07, 2015, 05:46:23 PM
The original KSOs have absolutely no grip in the case of mud. But you have the advantage of being able to dig your toes in which cannot be done in other models..    I guess they might struggle with mossy rocks, not being able to cut through the slimy surface. Yes they do, but again depending on the rock, foot placement, and those monkey footed like myself (and my wife and kids) the advantage of being able to grip with your toes makes a world of difference.. Then again, I've never tried.

I don't think I'd want to walk on large pebbles with KSO Evos. I struggled when wearing KSOs.  
 

We were all made different....  I crave the texture and temperature differences.  For me, I want to feel the pebbles, rocks, hot and cold...  If I can't, it is really hard for me to traverse different terrain.  Even when bare, rarely will I get a stone bruise.  EVO's slightly increase my odds, and a mid thick sole like the Komodo or Speeds are my foe as they are just thick enough to allow the bruise and also just thick enough that my feet cannot flex and react to the stimuli...   Wink
13  General Category / Birthdayshoes.com General Discussion / Re: Vibram VFF/ Minimal shoes: Rocky Wet Waterfall/ Beach with slippery moss algae? on: September 06, 2015, 05:16:11 PM
Not more rock friendly then your KSO's if you are tender-footed, but I find my KSO EVO's are about the best for creek/rock/water fall navigation....  They grip better then the original KSO...  I will say though, that even the original KSO's for me anyway, worked better than the Komodo or Trek soles on slippery rocks..  The EVO's flexibility makes them even better..  What you lack in grip on the sole is made up by the ability to use your toes and natural foot flex to aide in slipping...  The other soles are too stiff in my opinion and have less surface area of contact.  There is a picture of me on here somewhere hanging on a ledge beside a waterfall in a pair of original grey palm KSO's with only my big toes on a 1" ledge....  Just my opinion....
14  General Category / Birthdayshoes.com General Discussion / Re: Really Sturdy Barefoot Shoes for Boxing? on: September 02, 2015, 09:08:44 PM
Understood... Just glad you are active unlike so many others...  Keep in mind that blisters aren't necessarily a good thing...  It's about taking your skin to the limit, letting it recover, and repeating that process...  Eventually the skin will thicken and it will be better than localized callouses...   It is gradual and sometimes hard to see the long term benefit from the slower process, but once you are there you will have more uniform protection vs localized.
15  General Category / Birthdayshoes.com General Discussion / Re: Really Sturdy Barefoot Shoes for Boxing? on: September 01, 2015, 06:28:46 PM
I think your choice of surface over which to mount the Corbag will destroy any foot covering in a relatively short period of time....  The motions associated with the bags use should be able to be done even barefoot on a surface even like semi smooth concrete or paved surfaces with proper pad conditioning....  I don't have any good suggestions... Sorry......
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