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.
SO I have search and search the boards and I can't seem to find anyone who has answered this yet..
I was looking for a pair of Classic SmartWool and I been noticing that A LOT of the retailers have been offering deep discounts on all of the VFF Classic's and with that comes a severe limitation in size, I've really only sizes larger that what I need (which is 42-43) and that got me thinking...is it just a matter of supply and demand? Can Vibram not keep up with the amount of orders? or is the Classic's style being discontinued?
I was able to find a very reasonable set of Classic's (not SmartWool but that's ok) from River Sports Outfutters and snatched them up before they were gone.
but now I'm curious, why the deep discounts and reduction in stock in so many places?
So while I've been a lurker since like April of 2011, the amount of Information I've gotten from the site has been invaluable and awesome! So far my collection includes a pair of Black KSO's (My very first pair) and a pair of classics which I should be getting this weekend. and I also have a pair of Lemings which I use for work (I work in a warehouse and the safety team gave me that..."eh we're not so sure about those" look)
I mean really the only actual shoes I really wear anymore are my motorcycle boots (but I will always wear boots to ride, I've known too many people who got injured by road debris and all they were wearing were shorts and flip flops and I pack my KSO's along with me for when I'm off the bike)
I had Achilles tendon reconstruction surgery about 10 months ago and I cannot begin to tell you how much quicker and easier my recovery and rehab has been since losing the shoes! not to mention the back, hip knee and ankle relief that has disappeared.
SO I say thank you to all who offer information and work to keep this place as great as it is and I look towards moving forward the right way now!!