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1  General Category / Birthdayshoes.com General Discussion / Re: Bikila Evo WP - waterproof Evo for snow? on: November 20, 2014, 11:41:36 PM
That may be a long hard wait Grin 
2  General Category / Birthdayshoes.com General Discussion / Veterans Day 2014 on: November 11, 2014, 07:14:23 PM
A big thank you to those who have and are serving in the Military!

THANK YOU!!
3  General Category / Birthdayshoes.com General Discussion / Re: Question about five finger shoes and toe pain on: November 06, 2014, 07:16:33 PM
I would look at your form and back off a little...  There should be no numbness, pain, or tingling...  Consider these warning signs and negative feedback from your body, listen to it.  If it is painful, it won't be fun for long....  If you go to this point and then try compensating you will be risking additional injury as you are most likely changing your form or shifting weight to muscles that may not be ready for those new stresses either...  Your body is telling you something, listen to it...   
4  General Category / Birthdayshoes.com General Discussion / Re: Bormios! Impossible to find! on: October 27, 2014, 07:12:46 AM
I've been looking for a back up pair of Crazy Horse brown ones. They are on "the bay" auction site almost weekly.  I have auto-notification set up that as soon as a pair are listed, I get an email...  Unfortunately, they have been selling for $240.00+... Shocked     
5  General Category / Birthdayshoes.com General Discussion / Re: Transition to running on: October 25, 2014, 06:18:22 PM
Sorry to be blunt, but unless you want to end up injured 4 weeks is not going to happen...  I'd reconsider and perform your run in good ol padded sneakers...  If you really want to follow through with transitioning to minimalist foot coverings, take it SLOW.   

Search on here for TMTS or Too much Too Soon...  For the average person I'd say 4 months isn't realistic based on the number of muscles that need strengthened and time required to learn/adapt form.

There is a wealth of information on here!  I will also say if you take your time, it is a very rewarding and worthwhile path..  Just not a path to take unprepared or without proper preparation....
6  General Category / Birthdayshoes.com General Discussion / Re: Bare Foot Safety Work Boots on: October 09, 2014, 08:39:25 PM
Sorry for the late posting....  
Here are my "custom" work boots and what they started out as....  These are composite steel toe as well as internal metatarsal protection. 
7  General Category / Birthdayshoes.com General Discussion / Re: Bare Foot Safety Work Boots on: October 02, 2014, 09:25:02 PM
Yes, what we seek will most likely never exist...  I've tried to get a couple US companies to pilot some steel toes with a minimalist flat and flexible sole and it all comes down to the $$$ that is needed to apply for certification and do the testing in order to market them in the "safety" shoe realm...  We are just not a big enough niche...  Just a warning, I can't fit in any Redwing shoes regardless of what width they claim they are.  If you don't need metatarsal protection any "sewn welt" steel toe could be re-soled with a flat flexible sole, shank removed, and insole removed for around $70-80 at an old school cobbler shop...  Mine were expensive due to the flexible composite metatarsals.  They MUST be a sewn style not a glued on sole like the one you pictured.  I will get a picture of mine (before and after) and post it as soon as I can.
8  General Category / Birthdayshoes.com General Discussion / Re: Bare Foot Safety Work Boots on: September 30, 2014, 08:47:40 PM
It depends on your budget...  I typically wear Oashatoes over minimalist shoes...  However, when I am on the shop floor around lifts/manipulators I must wear steel toes with metatarsal protection...  I ordered a pair of composite I-Met Steel Toe boots in H width a few years ago and took them to a Cobbler.  He removed the heal, sole, shank and insole per my request and resoled them with a flat 6mm Vibram sole I chose from his catalog.  They must be a "sewn" welt design...  They are surprisingly flexible with ground feel comparable to a pair of VFF's with the Spyridon sole, and about a 3mm heal to toe drop.  It's been a while, but I think I had about $300 into them.  I'd do it again....   Wink      
9  General Category / Birthdayshoes.com General Discussion / Re: Vibram Arch Pain in One Foot on: September 02, 2014, 07:12:46 PM
I'd rest and start from scratch slower....  much slower...  3 miles in 3 months is too fast...  I'd also start bare reading your skin, that foot may be weaker or it is form.  Either way, time is needed to correct the problem.  There are plenty of other posts on here with a wealth of information including books to guide your way.  Do a search on TMTS or too much too soon...   
10  General Category / Vibram Five Fingers Sizing and Fit Discussion / Re: What should I do, my shoes are a bit too big? on: August 27, 2014, 07:00:59 PM
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.   
11  General Category / Birthdayshoes.com General Discussion / Re: Walking and Running Barefoot on the Treadmill? on: August 13, 2014, 07:23:05 PM
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 Wink 
12  General Category / New Members Say Hello! / Re: Hi on: July 13, 2014, 02:18:02 PM
Welcome to Birthday Shoes....! 
13  General Category / Birthdayshoes.com General Discussion / Re: Kind of upset. on: July 11, 2014, 04:59:34 PM
If you mean the lavender as the all "purple", they are still available at travelcountry...
14  Barefoot Activities / VFF, Barefoot, or Natural Running Discussion / Re: Ultra walking in vibrams on: July 08, 2014, 04:51:49 PM
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...       
15  Barefoot Activities / Barefoot(ish) Activities / Re: What did you do barefoot or in VFF today? on: July 07, 2014, 08:07:13 PM
5 mile, 5 Finger family hike.  All of us in VFF's except the dog. 
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