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1  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Can you put your Classics on without using your hands? on: June 04, 2009, 01:05:54 PM
sometimes I can, sometimes I can't. not sure what I do differently. I have issues with my little toes that make it annoying to get them in properly.
2  General Category / Vibram Five Fingers Mods and Repairs / Re: Big toe blow-out on: June 04, 2009, 11:02:17 AM
yeah, didn't see the mods & repairs until after i posted.

I'll try to take some pics tonight.
3  General Category / Vibram Five Fingers Mods and Repairs / Big toe blow-out on: June 04, 2009, 10:36:01 AM
So, I have a problem with my Five Fingers. My big toe doesn't come out straight from my foot, it's more at a 15 degree angle or so, which means that the side of my big toe ends up hitting the ground with the fabric. Which eventually wears through the fabric. I have a pair of classics and KSO's, and it's happening on both of them. It's not a manufacturing problem, really, just my foot.

Anyone else have this problem?

I've been thinking about possible solutions. I tried epoxying some nylon webbing in the right place, but that probably wasn't the best choice (it was what I had on hand, I figured this was going to take multiple integrations to come up with something that works). I discovered that putting something too thick between your toes *really* sucks and is super painful.

My next idea is to find a small-ish inner-tube, cut into a 1" segment that would wrap around the outside of my big toe and the VFF toe, and would use some sort of glue to affix it in place. I just don't know if the thickness would be that annoying. It'd surely be less painful than my toe hitting the ground all the time - and where I wear my VFF's (NYC), there's a lot of nasties that I'd just rather not have my toe grinding against.
4  General Category / General Discussion / Re: "The Vibram's Five Fingers of Suck" on: May 29, 2009, 01:14:15 PM
13:06:17 < mattoly> also, that is some of the WORST WRITING I'VE EVER DONE
13:10:00 < mattoly> I can't believe that post got 52 comments
5  Barefoot Activities / VFF, Barefoot, or Natural Running Discussion / Re: VFF Running on: May 28, 2009, 03:05:34 PM
I don't really run that long of distances these days - maybe up to a mile in an interval, but I do enjoy running in them more than regular shoes. For me, at least, my heels never hit the ground. Yesterday morning to give my feet a break, I wore regular shoes when doing a workout. It was kind of weird trying to run in regular shoes again.

I really really dig plyometrics in VFF's, though. Although the landings can be a bit rough.
6  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Double takes on: May 28, 2009, 03:03:32 PM
yeah, i get them all the time, too. most amusing recent was a guy on the subway who took off his shades to get a better view.

what's more amusing is when people are standing right in front of you and start talking about them like you're not there. I can see your gestures and can hear what you're saying, really!

I'm starting to not notice the double takes, though, and the novelty is wearing off. It doesn't bother me, I just don't feel as 'nifty' as before.
7  General Category / General Discussion / Re: "The Vibram's Five Fingers of Suck" on: May 28, 2009, 03:00:29 PM
haha. i know that guy. too weird.


now i must harass him about it.
8  Barefoot Activities / Barefoot(ish) Activities / Re: Burpees on: May 22, 2009, 03:52:28 PM
okay, going more OT, but, there's some great stuff in here:
9  General Category / New Members Say Hello! / Re: Hello! on: May 22, 2009, 03:49:17 PM
went for a walk at lunch today. ended up running as much as I walked and doing a little jumping here & there. pulled my leg funny last week when jumping up some stairs and it finally seems to be getting better. after the run today it was hurting, but yoga tonight should help make it go away.

i live in NYC and wear my VFF's when I walk to work - I ride subway most of the way and then walk about 2 miles to work. Yesterday morning, a guy got on the subway, and noticed my shoes and had to take off his sunglasses to peer further. I'm generally pretty amused with people doing a double-take with them.
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