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1  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....
2  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....   
3  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. 
4  General Category / Birthdayshoes.com General Discussion / Re: fall 2015 on: April 09, 2015, 07:41:29 PM
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes........ Grin
5  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...
6  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
7  General Category / New Members Say Hello! / Re: Hello Birthaday Shoes Family! on: March 15, 2015, 05:51:59 PM
Welcome....   Cheesy
8  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....
9  General Category / Birthdayshoes.com General Discussion / Re: Christmas in February!!! on: February 28, 2015, 10:32:24 AM
I'm glad you found what you were looking for!
10  General Category / Birthdayshoes.com General Discussion / Re: Vivobarefoot Gobi leather - toe pain - Breaking-in perhaps required....? on: February 22, 2015, 07:05:02 PM
I noticed the same thing...  They are now too narrow for me...
11  General Category / Birthdayshoes.com General Discussion / Re: Fake Injinjis on Aliexpress? on: February 08, 2015, 07:26:35 PM
Ah, yes...  I forget sometimes how small the internet makes the world....
12  General Category / Birthdayshoes.com General Discussion / Re: Fake Injinjis on Aliexpress? on: February 08, 2015, 09:46:46 AM
I don't know if they are fake or not but the prices are not that good when you consider shipping on some of them...  I pay $7 to $10 a pair at a brick and mortar store and often have discount coupons for an additional 10% to 15% off.  If I buy them online, it is usually 6pm, Travel Country, and even REI when they are having sales and free shipping.  Check out the link below and they always have coupon codes if you google it. 

http://www.6pm.com/injinji~2
13  General Category / Birthdayshoes.com General Discussion / Re: Hiatus, and a new running buddy! on: February 03, 2015, 08:16:48 PM
Good to know. And he is truly gorgeous. But maybe a rescue next time? Just saying. As much as I would love a Bengal cat for example, I can't justify leaving a rescue cat to die if I could take him in. Of course I can't force everybody to do the same, but I am putting the idea outthere as often as I can. Pls don't hate me.

No hate hear either...  We've had our "specialty" breeds, have a wonderful rescue that found his forever home 5 years ago, and also foster/mentor Pit's for our local shelter until they find their forever home.   :-)
14  General Category / Birthdayshoes.com General Discussion / Re: Hiatus, and a new running buddy! on: January 31, 2015, 12:28:32 PM
Awesome looking trail mate!  Enjoy bonding and the unconditional love that follows.
15  General Category / Birthdayshoes.com General Discussion / Re: NB Minimus - Bad Odor! on: December 30, 2014, 06:17:44 PM
Welcome as I see it is your first post...

There is a "sticky" located here... 

http://birthdayshoes.com/forum/birthdayshoes-com-general-discussion/yeah-vffs-are-funky-but-sometimes-not-in-the-good-way/

I hope this helps... 
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