As long as your toes aren't coming out of the toe pockets you should be fine... Try standing and curling your toes. They should remain in the toe pockets. My kids VFF's were always "upsized" for some room to grow and they never had any issues. You can always throw on a pair of socks to snug them up if it bothers you.
Can you, yes.... Should you for mileage or normal routine, debatable..... I do when the weather isn't cooperating and I feel the need to run or walk... It is hard for me to get proper form without a steeper incline. The biggest negative is that you are not using all the muscles needed to carry your body mass as you would on varying terrain. It can lead to strains or other problems when you do decide to enjoy nature. As with any barefoot adventures, read your skin and build up your distance as some belts are pretty abrasive. Again, can you... Yes, but in my opinion not for the "long term"...
If you smell something burning look down as it is most likely your feet
I don't "ultra walk" or "speed walk", but all I and the family primarily wear are VFF's. My daughter runs cross country in them. As a family we hike (just got back from another day of it) quite often. On slight elevations and grass/dirt/stone trails we can average a 20 minute mile. A 10 mile hike is about 3.5 to 4 hours including our rests if needed. Rocky/elevated loose trails are a little slower only for the safety aspect. We pass many "clopping" hikers in traditional foot ware, so I would say once you are conditioned VFF's should have no impact on your "speed". Heck, we can pucker the dog out long before we or our feet are done...
It was a casual day so I went to church in my black EL-X's and then naked from the ankles down while I replaced a master cylinder in my Land Rover and lubed the pivot points on my wife's stubborn convertible top in her Saab... It's functioning much better now so she can go topless any time she wants...
I googled Merrell and found the Flux glove suit what I'm looking for - only it's discontinued. Which pair of Merrell's have you got? I will look into other suggestions as well.
Again, thank you both!
I looked, and they are New Balance Minimus in Leather. I don't wear them often because I like using my toes and they are thicker than I like. I could not fit in any other NB or Merrell's, but being that these were leather I stretched them and they ended up snug but ok. I recently picked up a pair of Patagonia Loulu's for my son. He loves them. I tried on a pair and although I touched both sides of the toe box, they felt pretty good. Although they are thin and flexible, they are too thick for my personal craving to feel every temperature and texture of the surfaces that I'm walking on...
I have Fred Flintstone feet with a EEEE to H width and I wear nothing but VFF's when I'm not bare... I see you are "toe adverse", but for squats and deads I prefer the KSO's, KSO Evo, and EL-x models (if shod) as they give me the best ground feel. I don't hit public gyms anymore, the days of bending bars barefoot in the gym are gone (frowned upon), and I don't conform well to societal norms..... You could try minimalist offerings from Merrell, NB Minimus, or Innovate shoes... I have one pair of Merrell's, but mostly every minimalist shoe is too narrow for me. My kids both have and love the previously mentioned offerings as well as VFF's.
Question: What if I do not agree with the settlement?
If you choose to remain a Class Member, you have a right to object to any part of the proposed settlement. The Court will consider your views. To object, you must send a letter saying that you object to the proposed Settlement of Valerie Bezdek v. Vibram USA Inc., et al., Case Number 1:12-cv-10513-DPW (D. Mass.). Your written objection must include: (a) your name; (b) your address; (c) your telephone number; (d) if you are represented by counsel, the name, address, and telephone number of your counsel; (e) proof of purchase of FiveFingers footwear, such as a cash register receipt, a credit card receipt, or a credit card statement that sufficiently indicates the purchase of the FiveFingers footwear; (f) a written statement of all grounds for your objection(s), including any legal support and/or any supporting evidence you wish to introduce; (g) a statement of whether you intend to appear and argue at the Fairness Hearing; (h) your dated signature (signature from your counsel is not sufficient); and (i) the case name and case number: Valerie Bezdek v. Vibram USA Inc., et al., Case Number 1:12-cv-10513-DPW (D. Mass.). If you choose to object, your written objections must be filed with the Court, and copies must be received by the Court, Lead Class Counsel and Defense Counsel no later than August 15, 2014 in order to be considered by the Court.
Basically if you submit a claim you don't get to sue separately.
Well there go my plans to be a millionaire.
For me the saddest thing I'm finding is that as a result most of the local stores that carried VFFs are stopping and clearancing out their stock. I dislike buying VFFs online even though they are cheaper because they are so different for each model. Of my 8 pairs I've only bought 3 online. 2 were crapshoots but I couldn't find those models in store and one was a model I already owned but knew I needed a size up on and the store didn't have it. I gave the too small pair away.
I don't know if online stores will follow suit. I hope not. Just in case I bought a pair of Komodo sports from one of the local stores' clearance stocks.
As for whether or not to cash in- yes, the money is already spent. If I don't take my part it goes to charity. I'm cool with that.
I seriously could careless about this lawsuit. I own close to 45 pairs just by myself, and If I sign to any accord about this claim, would be for me to appear in court and tell them that as a Leukemia and Lupus Survivor, These shoes HAVE indeed made a huge difference in my life, to the extent that when doctors said No, I still went trekking on my VFF's and after 3 years of battling illness, today I consider myself healthier than when I started wearing them over 6 years ago. This whole lawsuit is BS. I agree with everyone that dissed those who claim that "will help Vibram by getting the claim money and purchase more VFF's back to givethem their money back because Its the right thing to do." When in my opinion the right thing to do is to stand in court and show in the eye of the beholder that in fact your health may not be better because of the shoes but the hell they have enticed you to work your butt off to get better health-wise and for many of us it has worked.
So if theres something I can say to Vibram in this regard is THANK YOU VIBRAM FOR CHANGING MY LIFE. Mainly for making it better.
Good for you! That is the right attitude and I commend you for it as I wholeheartedly agree!
My suggestion was based on the fact that his pain is most likely due to form and technique. The best way to fix that, is to start over and let his skin be his guide. Running shouldn't hurt. Pain is your bodies way of signaling something is wrong. This could be form, technique, or that the muscles are still not strong enough nor recuperating fast enough doing daily runs to hit the mileage he wants. I'm not a runner, but I like to run. I listen to my body and quite frankly like I've said plenty of times on this site, "I'm too stupid to run in shoes". Even thin KSO's allow me to cheat on my form... Being bare gives me the ability to honest with myself. Whether I go 500ft or miles, I go out the door with the intent to run. When my feet are done, I take that as a sign that my body is done. This philosophy has kept me injury free and enjoying barefoot running... I only answer based on my learnings and learnings of others that I have helped transition. Keep in mind there are some people that need cushioning. It is about finding out what works for you and most importantly, striving to stay injury free. Whether this is done shod or naked from the ankles down, it should be an enjoyable experience.
I feel I should add to Martin's suggestion, that if you do decide to try barefoot, run on grass or a similar soft surface. If you try the same mileage you're used to, but barefoot, and it's on tar/asphalt or some other other hard surface, you'll destroy the underside of your feet. Personal experience here, not a good idea. I only run barefoot now, on roads, but that took a long time for me to get back to the mileage I used to do in VFFs.
I agree with everything but the first sentence... Running on grass or a soft surface will teach you very little. You need the hard surfaces for your body (skin, muscles, tendons, etc) to give your brain the feedback one needs to correct their form. Your first few times bare should be measured in feet (200 or less), learning from your skin. Read your pads and adjust accordingly to eliminate any hot spots. SLOWLY correct your form and SLOWLY increase your distance. If you feel the need to run, throw some coverings on and continue on your way "practicing" or finish off on the softer surfaces Richard mentioned above. Next time out, try what you think you learned on the hard surface first. Also, do your bare part first. If you throw coverings on for your normal run and your feet sweat, you will shred your pads quick as they will soften. Even after a day of work in my VFF's, my pads need a 1/2 to 3/4 of an hour to dry out before I can pound the pavement. I only run bare, when my feet are done the rest of me usually is as well. Listen to your body, it knows best....