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1  General Category / Birthdayshoes.com General Discussion / Re: Barefoot or just minimal? on: July 19, 2015, 04:28:29 PM
For me (and family), I'm naked from the ankles down regardless of the surface for wellbeing.  Miles of walking/running on paved roads, stone drives, and tile floors.  Coverings have their place in our lives, but they are always thin, zero drop and flexible.  It is individual preference and what works for you.  I can be on my feet for a 10-14 hour day at times and I feel better in minimalist foot coverings then in those individuals "Gelling" in their thick soled shoes...  It is just how I am made..  If you are to, embrace it.
2  General Category / Vibram Five Fingers Mods and Repairs / Re: Melted a hole in 3 day old KSO EVO's on: July 19, 2015, 04:20:00 PM
WOW....  Sounds like your water park needs more water on its slides!!!!  My family was just to both the water and amusement park last week and put many wet and dry miles on our KSO's and KSO Evo's.  I'm glad we didn't experience the same failure...  You could put a piece of black Coban and shoe glue it in from the inside...  Where did you buy them?  You'd be surprised of the condition of some of the returns I've seen in the REI garage sales.  Honestly I'd try taking them back and say, "Look what happened to these going down a water slide"...   
3  General Category / Birthdayshoes.com General Discussion / Re: 2016 on: June 29, 2015, 06:18:58 PM
My wife is plenty happy with the black...  Besides, she's the one that prompted the response from Vibram  Grin   
4  General Category / Vibram Five Fingers Sizing and Fit Discussion / Re: Bikila Sizing Question on: June 17, 2015, 09:01:36 PM
Try short walks on hard surfaces barefoot and read your skin.  By short I mean SHORT... Wink  Again, there is a wealth of info here in older posts.  We all started somewhere and had habits to break...  Good luck... Cool
5  General Category / Vibram Five Fingers Sizing and Fit Discussion / Re: Bikila Sizing Question on: June 17, 2015, 07:14:26 AM
I'd expect no better performance from the Bikila on wear until you take care of your form...  There is a wealth of information on here in past posts that can help guide you.  I'd suspect if you go for a walk barefoot on the same surfaces that you will see a "hotspot" develop on the sole of your foot in that same area.  You need to correct that first or the VFF addiction will be a very expensive one for you  Grin  With proper form that fabric between the toes will fail before the soles....  I was into the 1000's with my KSO's before they needed retired...  My now "go to "EVO's" are wearing similarly for me...
6  General Category / Vibram Five Fingers Sizing and Fit Discussion / Re: Bikila Sizing Question on: June 16, 2015, 10:04:53 PM
Welcome Trisman...
How many miles are you getting out of your KSO Evo's?  I have seen no wear on mine or my EL-X's utilizing the same sole. 
7  General Category / Birthdayshoes.com General Discussion / Re: NEWBIE HERE - Crossfit and Vibrams questions on: June 14, 2015, 07:38:13 PM
As with anything being done in any minimalist shoes, time must be taken to allow your body to adjust and develop the muscles now being tasked....  It's also time to hone in your form...  I grew up in old school gyms where back and leg days (calf raises, squats, dead's and CnJ's) were all done bare....  Now much much older, on the rare occasions I crawl under a steel bar anywhere outside my home, it is in KSO's, EVO's or KSO EVO's but that is only to satisfy the ills of this new PC world  Roll Eyes  I still prefer to lift bare...
8  Barefoot Activities / VFF, Barefoot, or Natural Running Discussion / Re: First barefoot run! But blisters... on: May 14, 2015, 09:58:10 PM
oh just saw how old this post was lol! what did you decide to do?!

Wow!  You chose an old post....
There is a lot of info on here if you poke around.  The key is slowly working into it.  Take your barefoot jaunts in distances of feet and not miles on varying terrain working on form, strengthening muscles, and thickening your pads....  Make sure your feet are not wet or fresh out of shoes from a day of sweating as you will loose any gains you have made quickly.  It is NOT for everyone!  My pads are very thick, uniform, and actually baby smooth to the touch.  I do not have "callouses" to speak of.  Moderation, varying hard surfaces/terrain, and varying surface temperatures are all keys to success.  This happens over many months and years, so don't rush it even though it may feel good to free your feet.  When you venture out carry a pair of whatever you want to cover your feet with for when they have had enough.  Let your skin be your guide.  Again, there is a wealth of knowledge already on here if you search....
9  General Category / Birthdayshoes.com General Discussion / Re: Treksport, Spyridon or Bikila for mixed pavement/trail use? on: May 06, 2015, 07:04:03 PM
First question I'd ask is how tender footed are you?  If you are barefoot adverse on the variety of surfaces you will be running on, then I would stick with Spyridon, Bikila, or Trek soled offerings.  If you enjoy feeling the surfaces and textures that you run on and have a soft enough plant to not stone bruise, then I'd choose the EVO.  Remember, your cushy shoes are still allowing you to cheat, no sole will be your best guide to form improvements.  Thin soles will have some benefit, but will be less forgiving in wear for both the sole and you.  Thicker will mask the needed feedback and it will feel like you are making an easier transition, but you may observe sole wear and wear on the body...  It is a choice that only you can make....   
10  General Category / Birthdayshoes.com General Discussion / Re: Treksport, Spyridon or Bikila for mixed pavement/trail use? on: May 05, 2015, 09:13:01 PM
Keep in mind the transition and the time it will take to strengthen the muscles that your feet have not developed being shod regardless of your running style.  That being said, with proper form VFF's will last a long time.  I have an original pair of grey palm KSO's that have well over a 1000 of on and off road miles and the soles show little wear, the fabric however has started to fail between the toes.  I've had success with little wear on the Trek soled models as well, but again it all reverts to form.  I've taken to wearing the KSO EVO's as my go to when I need to have something on my feet.  Miles are climbing and they are wearing well...  Besides not liking the thicker models, they flex more in the forefoot to accommodate my H width feet (over 4E).  If you start the transition, just take your time and enjoy the new (good) sensations. 
11  General Category / Birthdayshoes.com General Discussion / Re: fall 2015 on: April 09, 2015, 07:41:29 PM
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes........ Grin
12  General Category / Vibram Five Fingers Sizing and Fit Discussion / Re: Need trail shoes, don't like my Spiridons on: April 08, 2015, 07:11:04 PM
It depends on your "tender footedness"...  If being shod is necessary, I've trail run Trek's, KSO, Komodo, EL-X and KSO Evo...  I found the Trek and Komodo soles to be fine on dry surfaces or wet dirt only...  If I'm by water they are a not my choice as there aren't enough points of contact.  The original KSO's actually do better for me on wet rocks then the Trek/Komodo mainly because I can dig in with my toes. Of course if it is really muddy they are lacking in traction...  My favorite go-to is now the KSO Evo, it does well for me on most surfaces and provides me the ground feel/toe flex I crave....  They are thin, so if you are prone to stone bruising or don't scan ahead for foot placement they will not be a good fit...  There are other non-toed options as well that some individuals I know use, but my feet are too wide...
13  General Category / Vibram Five Fingers Sizing and Fit Discussion / Re: Size Difference Between Men's and Women's VFFs? on: March 21, 2015, 10:56:14 AM
Yes there is a difference..  Here is a link to a size chart....

http://www.trail-sports.co.uk/media/wysiwyg/Vibram_sizechart.gif
14  General Category / New Members Say Hello! / Re: Hello Birthaday Shoes Family! on: March 15, 2015, 05:51:59 PM
Welcome....   Cheesy
15  General Category / Birthdayshoes.com General Discussion / Re: how many minimalist shoes do you have so far? on: March 12, 2015, 06:53:47 PM
You are a sick sick man..... 

I've added to my collection, my wife's, and my daughter's also....  Too many to count or list....
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