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 on: February 27, 2015, 08:17:42 PM 
Started by yosemitesamiam - Last post by Sablewings

I'm tempted to get a pair of red EL-X, but have just bought a pair of Vivobarefoot Gobis so that will have to wait!

 on: February 27, 2015, 08:12:27 PM 
Started by Sablewings - Last post by Sablewings
Just another statistic to show that there is no abnormal foot shape or construction, just variation. 1 in 13 is pretty common!

Most of us have very rigid feet, helpful for stability, with stiff ligaments holding the bones in the foot together.

When primates lift their heels off the ground, however, they have a floppy foot with nothing holding their bones together.

This is known as a midtarsal break and is similar to what the Boston team identified in some of their participants.

This makes the middle part of the foot bend more easily as the subject pushes off to propel themselves on to their next step.

Here's a page with some very useful photographs of chimp, 'regular' human and mid-tarsal break human feet. This person speculates -

My (strong) suspicion is that the participants in the study had such shoe-weakened feet and ligaments that it allowed their feet to break at the midtarsal region. I really think if they started going barefoot full-time, that would go away. [Of course, it really may be that they naturally have a different positioning of some important ligament, or some other natural anatomical difference. That will have to be determined by additional research

This story was also at National Geographic -

And here's the paper on the study -

Hmm. Makes me want to walk in wet sand now, just to see what my foot does. Smiley  I don't think I have one though...

I wonder whether barefoot shoes help or hinder those with such a variation when they are walking and running...?  (If, that is, it is a true variation and not just down to weakened muscles in a non-barefooter) I can only think barefoot shoes would help them, as a stiff sole would hamper the natural movement of their feet, but I may be wrong.

We might even have someone with such feet on this forum, then my question may be answered! Smiley

 on: February 27, 2015, 05:42:53 PM 
Started by yosemitesamiam - Last post by yosemitesamiam
Look what I go!!!  Anyone jealous???   Grin

Brand new, in the box, with the tags, stickers, ...even the paper in the inside!!!  It's amazing these survived without someone wearing them!  I'll be putting 3 miles on them tonight!  I wonder if I can jump like Kangaroo Jack now?

 on: February 27, 2015, 01:51:29 PM 
Started by Sablewings - Last post by nowster
Interesting... I wonder if trying to "align" my feet better whilst walking will help their arches.

 on: February 27, 2015, 01:51:04 PM 
Started by nowster - Last post by Sablewings
I've noticed some reviews don't load, and the main webpage often doesn't either.

Would make no sense it being a DDOS, would it?

 on: February 27, 2015, 01:29:27 PM 
Started by Sablewings - Last post by Sablewings
This is a curious one. According to this person, we all actually walk with our feet pointed slightly outwards, or point with the big toe, because we all assume that the big toe points forwards, where infact the forwards-pointing line is the outside edge of our feet, not the inside.

If I could talk to all of the yoga teachers out there about biomechanics (and someday, maybe I will!) I would say that the much more accurate and objective straight-foot marker is the outside of the foot, NOT the second toe. Toes are not attached to the foot in a fixed way, where they could be used to determine foot position.

I wonder if this is partly perhaps why my smaller toes are still a bit crabbed, because I walk with my foot pointing slightly out, which twists them. Perhaps true of every single person who has worn regular shoes, are regular shoes responsible for this?

 Of course only if this website makes biomechanical sense, that is! What do others think?  Undecided

 on: February 27, 2015, 01:06:08 PM 
Started by nowster - Last post by nowster
This week some of the "blog" pages have been coming up truncated from time to time... and the contents of notification emails have missing sections.

Is there trouble brewing?

 on: February 26, 2015, 06:44:39 PM 
Started by Sablewings - Last post by Sablewings
Further update to situation - thanks to helpful shop staff, I am now the much happier owner of a pair of black leather Gobi II shoes - men's, I'll add. The men's style was a smidgen wider, which cheered my toes up no end.    Smiley

The Gobi Soul of Africas are both slightly narrower and longer in the toe than the regular Gobis, in both the mens and women's fit. I tried the men's 41's on out of curiosity and while they were super soft and a better fit for me than the women's version, the tip of the shoe was kind of long, leaving me with almost an inch of space in front of my big toe, so I thought they looked odd.

It's a shame that one of their premium models which is made from quality leather and is helping good causes in Africa is a bit of a troublesome fit, I really wanted a pair, but have to admit the black Gobis look better for an office job. If I want to wear something more colourful, I've already got blue Lucys, red Aquas.... Wink

Still haven't worn my VFF Speeds to work yet, perhaps I should one day, just for the comments. Or I could even try and sneak in with my Ninja-toed Freets.  Grin

 on: February 25, 2015, 10:19:47 AM 
Started by AMD64Blondie - Last post by AMD64Blondie
I'm planning on buying a pair of these Russell Huron minimalist moccasins when I've saved up enough money:

Any opinions on them?

(I already own a pair of Whites Centennial Walkers,but i'd like a zero-drop version.The Hurons seem to be the closest I've seen to that.) 

The price is a little steep..but I hope they'll be worth it.

 on: February 25, 2015, 08:43:37 AM 
Started by brewerks - Last post by Sablewings
nancy, why are you resurrecting four year old threads, always to post the same text?

Prob the only bit of English she knows, and that via Google translate. A flurry of support for her friends selling shoe seconds and cloned VFF's.

I nominate nancy to buy a pair of Fivefingers from all of the websites she thinks are selling legitimate Vibram Fivefingers, then give us photo feedback on all the shoes she receives from them. That way we can all be sure. Smiley

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