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 on: Today at 09:09:31 AM 
Started by Zarch - Last post by Zarch
No arches, pretty flat footed.

Can't really cope with shoes with medial posts; Asics GT-2000, Brooks Adrenaline, New Balance 860...... add that to my width issues and you can see why i'm struggling for a decent shoe. Sad

Trek Ascent sounds interesting, might have to do some digging, thanks.

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 on: Today at 08:23:11 AM 
Started by Zarch - Last post by nowster
If you have a high arch, I'd go for the lace-up styles rather than the velcro styles. (I'm more flat-footed.)

The Bikila sole is not really designed for running on gravel or dirt.

Trek Ascent (out next month) might be more to your liking.

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 on: Today at 06:37:06 AM 
Started by Zarch - Last post by Zarch

I have wide feet and nearly always need to buy 2E running shoes, which in the UK gives a very limited range.  It annoys me that this is different in the US where virtually every shoe is available in 2E, but that's another rant for another day.

I'm a midfoot/forefoot runner, so i'm hoping i'm halfway there if I decide to go with my first pair of VFF.  Although I do appreciate there will be a learning/pain curve during transition.

I'm struggling to find a 2E decent trail shoe, so my investigations have lead me to consider VFF as I was lead to believe they are wide friendly.  Despite being wider than most, my current D width Mizuno Wave Harrier shoes are pinching on the little toe and giving me some grief, which then carries over when I go back into my road running.

I popped into a store today and tried both the Spyridon MR and TrekSport.  I preferred the fit of Spyridon with its wider midfoot and overall feel.  Would a Bikila fit wide like the Spyridon?  The Treksport seemed rather narrow across the arch.

The problem with the runs i'm planning is that the trails I go on can be a good mile or two away on tarmac pavement, plus can have stretches of tarmac within the trails.  So on a 5 to 8 mile run, a third upwards could easily be on tarmac.  So i'm worried that the Spyridon would wear quickly on those runs?

Is there another model I could consider that would be better suited to a road/trail mix?   Or do I just take the hit on the wear?  Is it going to be that bad? 
I primarily a road runner in general, with trail/off-road when the weather suits, so I doubt i'm going to be doing 100's of trail miles in them.

I'd love it if VFF could be the solution to all my 2E woes on both road and trail.  I'd love to find a shoe that would work on trails, but would also allow me to transition on road.  Does such a shoe exist?

Thanks for listening, any help or advice would be very much appreciated.

 4 
 on: May 02, 2015, 11:33:59 AM 
Started by Zarch - Last post by nowster
If the Treksport work ok on a mix of roads and trail, I think they might be a good starter/introduction to VFF, especially at that price?

My first Vibrams were TrekSports. I've never run in them, but they were originally marketed as trail running shoes.

The advantage of the Spyridon is the extra "rock block" in their very much stiffer soles.

 5 
 on: May 02, 2015, 06:25:23 AM 
Started by Zarch - Last post by Zarch
I've used TrekSports in such a mixed surface environment.

(I'm also in the UK)
Thanks for the reply.

Sportsshoes currently have the Treksport at 55 which is swaying me somewhat compared to 100+ of Spyridon or Bikila etc.

If the Treksport work ok on a mix of roads and trail, I think they might be a good starter/introudction to VFF, especially at that price?

 6 
 on: May 02, 2015, 03:55:34 AM 
Started by evac - Last post by nowster
I find the KSO and TrekSport lasts are about the same length, but my foot shape is narrow.  I don't have the Sandal.

 7 
 on: May 01, 2015, 08:50:19 PM 
Started by evac - Last post by evac
Hello I have a pair of the Classic KSO in a size M41 and a pair of KSO EVO also in a size M41. So should I get a treksport also in a size M41 or are they sized different.

 8 
 on: May 01, 2015, 12:10:26 PM 
Started by Zarch - Last post by nowster
I've used TrekSports in such a mixed surface environment.

(I'm also in the UK)

 9 
 on: May 01, 2015, 09:21:13 AM 
Started by Zarch - Last post by Zarch
Hello from the UK, VFF newbie here.  Tongue

I have wide feet and nearly always need to buy 2E running shoes, which in the UK gives a very limited range.  It annoys me that this is different in the US where virtually every shoe is available in 2E, but that's another rant for another day.

I'm a midfoot/forefoot runner, so i'm hoping i'm halfway there if I decide to go VFF.  Although I do appreciate there will be a learning/pain curve during transition.

I'm struggling to find a 2E decent trail shoe, so my investigations have lead me to consider VFF as I was lead to believe they are width friendly.  Despite being wider than most, my current D width Mizuno Wave Harrier shoes are pinching on the little toe and giving me some grief, which then carries over when I go back into my road running.

I popped into a store today and tried both the Spyridon MR and Sport Trek.  I preferred the Spyridon with its wider midfoot and overall feel.

The problem I have is that the trails I go on can be a good mile or so away on a tarmac run, plus can have stretches of tarmac within the trails.  So on a 5 to 8 mile run, a third upwards could easily be on tarmac.  So i'm worried that the Spyridon would wear quickly on those runs?

Is there another model I could consider that would be better suited to a road/trail mix?   Or do I just take the hit on the wear?  Is it going to be that bad?  
I primarily a road runner in general, with trail/off-road when the weather suits, so I doubt i'm going to be doing 100's of trail miles in them.

I'd love it if VFF could be the solution to all my 2E woes on both road and trail.  I'd love to find a shoe that would work on trails, but would also allow me to transition on road.  Does such a shoe exist?

Thanks for listening, any help or advice would be very much appreciated.

 10 
 on: April 22, 2015, 03:18:32 PM 
Started by louiscyphere13 - Last post by nowster
First use Vibram's own chart with a measurement of your foot's longest dimension: heel to longest toe.

Then try that size on. Your toes should almost be grazing the ends of the pockets with your heel firmly in the back of the shoe. If you've more than a quarter of an inch (6mm) of space, size down; if your toes are pressing at the ends, size up.

If you have narrow feet, you might get away with a smaller size in some styles. Conversely wider feet might need a larger size in some styles.

The only way to find out your true size is to try them out I'm afraid.

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