with all the topics about office approved wear and such that I have seen flying around (heck I've even started one) I got to thinking. it would be nice if VFF's came out with a shoe like LEMings. I have a pair of LEMings and I really enjoy them but they're sole seems SO thick compared to when I have my VFF's on. I'm not knocking them in the least but I miss my 3.5mm sole..
I would like to see Vibram develop a nice shoe that could be considered work appropriate (for those of us being governed at work by non-forward thinking guidelines and rules) and still have the 3.5mm sole and let me have my nekkid pheet feeling
I took the small key S-biners off the key-rack system and I'm using those hooked to the heel loops on my LEMings. the only flaw is I use a kneeling chair at work and my pants pull up higher than a regular chair and the clips keep coming undone so I have to make sure I'm not hiking up my pants. I like the clip idea that Mr. Leigh came up with but I don't know if I could stand having the cord around my ankles (I don't like closed leg sweatpants either) and the metal clip would surly set off the metal detectors at work...
I think that might be the same issue with pants coming lose from the snaps as well I have but i'm going to try it out anyway.
Then i'm going to patent it. market it, sell it and be rich LOL
So, I wound up getting the Key Rack system from Nite Ize. I picked it up from from my local Dicks Sporting Goods for $4.99. I love some of the ideas that people have come up with and it's gotten me thinking about my own mod. I tinker around with leather working in a very amateur sort of way, I'm looking modding my shoes and pants with snaps.
I saw a guy at Walmart about 3 days ao wearing what appeared to be a pair of Bikilas. He looked like he had CP and when I pointed out to him that I "dug" his shoes and showed him my KSO's he just grinned and gave me a thumbs up..
At the dentist a couple of weeks ago (I was wearing my black KSO Treks): Dental hygienist to dentist: Look at her shoes! Dentist: Yeah, they're great until you step on a rock. Me: Well you do have to pay attention to wear you walk.
I had the same kind of conversation today in a grocery store.. Cashier: that must hurt when you step on a rock Me: eh..I tend to watch where I put my feet
I have had the same issue at my work and I had to change to LEMing (formerly STEM) footwear and they have been a great second choice to VFF's. while I have the earth brow pair, I plan on adding the black to my LEMings. I completely agree with Mr. Leigh
so while I love my VFF and LEMings I have a minor issue which has to do with pant length. they drag under my heals, I found the great idea on the forum boards of using the S-biner clip to keep them up and it's a great idea BUT my warehouse has security, we walk through metal detectors before getting to the warehouse floor. I spend my whole work day on the warehouse floor, but I go through security for meetings and lunch and assorted things all day long and yes, it does pick up the S-Biners if you have them on you when you walk through the metal detectors, I've tried already.
My question is does anyone know of a plastic substitute for the S-Biner that I can use in place of the metal one at work? I have yet to find a replacement...
Honestly I was thought about that a lot when I first started going BF, am I doing this right? is my gait correct? The more I thought and wondered about it, the more I realized that the longer I go barefoot or minimalist shoe'd; my body will adapt to and automatically adjust to the correct gait for my body. Now I just enjoy going BF and learning to listen to my feet and body. while I've been using VFF's and Lemings for a bit now I haven't ventured BF outside in nature yet. my ultimate goal is to be able to hike several miles BF!
I go slow, listen to what my body is telling me and enjoy reconnecting (but i'm a n00b)
Honestly, I was excited when i went to buy my Classics because I was aiming for a nice bright and loud color
I guess another one of my concerns is that with the boom in minimalist running, VFF might steer the majority of their product towards runners. and while yes, I do understand that they are not "running" footwear and I can use them for anything I choose to, climbing, hiking, walking, playing. (yep i'm 42 and I still play:P ) there is still the thought that what happens if I go to replace my favorite KSO's in 6-8 months to find that model has been "retired" as well.
personal preference also plays a factor with me, such as I am not fond of the laced model look at all at all and don't see myself ever owning a pair.
with that being said...I very seriously doubt that VFF's will ever attempt to market their product towards only one sport and will always continue to make it their goal to "free your feet"
*Note* that pair of Classics I mentioned in my first post...I got a email from River Sports Outfitters 2 days later saying that the brown ones were no longer available and the only color available....was Black. its a conspiracy I tell ya LOL
I've been wearing mine for a little over a week on polished/waxed warehouse concrete floor. I work 10-12 hours and I'm on my feet 6-8 of those and they have been awesome. They seem to be holding up great. as far as size, I followed the sizing directions and they seem to be maybe 1/8 inch too big, I seem to have just a tad bit to much room at the end, but it does not seem to cause any issues (it's not noticeable) and I would rather err on the side of a tad big than a tad small.
I have the earth brown ones and plan on getting black ones as well.
WOW all but the black? But how am I supposed to be an individual like everyone else if the only color I have to choose from is Black! Don't get my wrong, my KSO's are black and I love them, but I don't run horror of horrors, I just don't like running, but I do enjoy yoga and hiking and camping and all kinds of other sports and activities but I cannot see myself buying any kind of running VFF, of course there are most likely a set of KSO Trek's in the near future.
you know what would be cool? if Vibram could offer a custom generator of certain styles, example: you want a pair of classics and the standard model comes in black but for a slight upcharge you can select whatever color material for different sections (between the toes, etc) most likely to expensive to keep up with and manufacture but it's nice to dream
I have been considered crazy on occasion so that idea is still not off the table yet
People laugh at me when if we reach a very steep descent (and space allows) I start to traverse across the slope & also go slightly downwards at the same time, then turning the opposite way and repeat x times - almost like skiing down. Sure I travel more distance, sometimes take a bit longer than the others but it tends to be easier on the old joints
I grew up in the mountains and that was what we did ALL the time, it seemed to come naturally. It keeps me from gathering up too much speed on the decent, much easier to keep control and balance and I agree that it's WAY easier on the joints.