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16  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Fall+Winter 2014 VFFs : Bikila Evo WP on: June 16, 2014, 06:06:06 PM
Fall 2014
17  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Once barefoot...only barefoot? on: June 16, 2014, 05:53:58 PM

I have 21 Vff's and 8 other minimalist shoes. So I wear them a lot, as soon as I need to walk a bit or run. And I workout barefoot. However, I have about 40 pairs of fabulous high heels sandals, pumps and boots. I wear them anytime I don't have a ton of walking to do and it's fine.
18  General Category / General Discussion / Re: CVT Hemp - New VFF due in August 2014 on: June 16, 2014, 02:01:03 PM
Thanks so much! That catalog is great. The hemps are nice in black, but my eyes are on the Bikila Evo WP!! I have been waiting for those since the Lontra which I never quite trusted enough to purchase. But these seem to be what I have been looking for for winter....
19  Barefoot Activities / VFF, Barefoot, or Natural Running Discussion / Re: Best model for hiking? on: June 13, 2014, 03:05:13 PM
Lontras seem to have all the qualities you are looking for.
20  General Category / General Discussion / Re: VFFs for running on: June 03, 2014, 12:14:23 PM
For me it's Bikilas all the way. I am starting my fourth year in my first pair, and bought the Bikila LS to replace them eventually since the LS were becoming hard to get in purple. I tried the LS too and like them even better than the Bikilas, lighter and slightly more flexible upper. Can't wait to burn a hole in my Bikilas (not about to though, with good form they last forever...)
21  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Settlement on: May 23, 2014, 12:49:39 PM
I really have to agree with you tg3895.
22  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Running in Vibrams over a year, still get sore. on: May 23, 2014, 12:38:43 PM
Haha sorry Horse Rider, wasn't thinking.

No biggie  Wink
23  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Running in Vibrams over a year, still get sore. on: May 22, 2014, 12:20:44 PM
I am so glad! It's a completely different way of running from the usual. Basically the propulsion is done from under your body towards the back by your glutes, instead of starting it in front of you, hence the shorter strides. Make sure not to lean forward either, stay centered. It can be a full foot landing OR your heel can touch the ground a tiny fraction of a second after your forefoot. And it should be the softest landing you can manage. You'll get the hang of it after a while. It's still a challenging way to run for your calves, so after a long run it is normal to be a bit sore the next day. But no pain, just healthy soreness.
24  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Running in Vibrams over a year, still get sore. on: May 21, 2014, 01:10:21 PM
Very funny Mr Leigh, glad you remember I am a dudette.  Cheesy
25  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Running in Vibrams over a year, still get sore. on: May 21, 2014, 01:06:19 PM
Richard explained perfectly (by the way Richard, I hope I don't look like a dude on my picture with all that hair, I am not a "He" and never was  Grin). For the "relax your lower leg" part, I mean that we tend to use our lower leg too much in the beginning. We contract it every which way for no reason and push off with the foot rather than the hamtrings and glutes. The lower leg should not participate in anything but absorption of impact. I think of it as almost an artificial leg with shock absorbers that's just there so I don't run on my knees. I know it sounds weird, but it makes a big difference when you consciously relax the lower leg so it does not participate in the propulsion. Let it do its bouncy job all by itself by concentrating on relaxing everything under the knee. I hope it makes a little sense.
26  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Running in Vibrams over a year, still get sore. on: May 20, 2014, 01:04:39 PM
Pain in that area usually means you are not using your heels enough. Land with your whole foot instead of just on the front so your calf does not work so hard. Also, make sure to not lean forward when running. Stand straight and land right below your pelvis with short bouncy elastic strides. Relax your lower leg, dont use it for propulsion, only absorption.
27  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Settlement on: May 13, 2014, 12:03:00 PM
Running injuries in Vff's are not the result of lack of padding so much as bad form (or form not adapted to minimalist shoes) and not transitioning gradually enough. I hurt myself a little in the beginning, because even though I thought I had been gradual with my transition, apparently not enough. And even years after starting, before going on whole day hikes I had to build up my soles' resistance even more, or I would have ended up with the same issue as you did. Minimalist shoes don't forgive, you have to remain constantly vigilant.
28  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Settlement on: May 12, 2014, 03:59:52 PM
Wow, I can't believe someone actually found time and energy to start a lawsuit about this. Incredible. So it's true what I was reading on an other web site (a vet's website) that said that even robbers can sue you if they slip and fall while robbing your house in the US. If Vibram's marketing is considered misleading, there are many more other products that are way more misleading for sure. Well that sure won't keep me away from my Vff's, I think I want even more pairs like UberC5. Those shoes alerted me to something I should have realized myself many years ago: that my feet can adapt much better to the work I give them than thick shoes, and that they cannot possibly perform at their best when restricted. They allowed me to run again, get rid of huge orthotics and develop calves I can finally like.
29  General Category / General Discussion / Re: how many minimalist shoes do you have so far? on: May 08, 2014, 12:28:38 PM
I'm now struggling to fit mine in my profile.

 Cheesy Me too!! I have no characters left and I had to squeeze everything.
30  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Looking for new shoe on: April 23, 2014, 03:37:29 PM
I have the Evo, they are great. It's my winter running shoe. But if you are looking for support, they don't have any. Very minimalist.
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