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 on: April 22, 2014, 06:37:55 PM 
Started by vffjeeper04 - Last post by barefootin
On business in the Midwest, a beautiful breezy 47F and I managed to get a short barefoot run in.  I did however manage to gain multiple stares and one turn around in the development I was running in for another pass of gawking at my bare feet Grin 

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 on: April 22, 2014, 04:39:54 PM 
Started by RN2014 - Last post by Mr. Leigh
I don't own the Vivo barefoot EVO.  They look like they might be a little narrow for my liking so I have not tried them.  I cannot speak to the Merrell's, as I know for a fact that those are too narrow for me.  I tried several on when they first released and none were wide enough.  I can say that the lems are great.  I have an original pair, and they are still going strong. 

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 on: April 22, 2014, 04:04:59 PM 
Started by RN2014 - Last post by RN2014
If you are able to wear Vibrams or Altras, then I assume that aesthetics aren't a huge concern.  I'd recommend Lems footwear or Vivo Barefoot.  If you go with Vivo Barefoot, I will caution you to avoid anything with a trail sole.  Their trail soles are aggressively lugged for trail use, and wearing them on concrete, asphalt etc. can lead to the lugs wearing off. 

I do have a pair of vivobarefoot neos.  However, i dont find them comfortable or aesthetically pleasing in the slightest.  Aesthetics are not that important.  but i dont care for the neos.  how are the evo's?  The couple of shoes i am considering are merrell bare access 3, vivobarefoot evo, or lems primal.

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 on: April 21, 2014, 10:48:05 AM 
Started by RN2014 - Last post by Mr. Leigh
If you are able to wear Vibrams or Altras, then I assume that aesthetics aren't a huge concern.  I'd recommend Lems footwear or Vivo Barefoot.  If you go with Vivo Barefoot, I will caution you to avoid anything with a trail sole.  Their trail soles are aggressively lugged for trail use, and wearing them on concrete, asphalt etc. can lead to the lugs wearing off. 

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 on: April 21, 2014, 09:11:55 AM 
Started by RN2014 - Last post by RN2014
I am looking for a new shoe for work.  Zero drop.  More support than vibrams.  I bought altra instincts but they are already falling apart and they hurt.  I can wear vibrams but after 9 hours on my feet they hurt too.

I was looking at merrell but i dont know what the difference is between the models.

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 on: April 21, 2014, 09:05:30 AM 
Started by AMD64Blondie - Last post by AMD64Blondie
Hard to believe.. but tomorrow marks a month and a half owning my True Linkswear Tours.

Doesn't feel like it's been that long already.

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 on: April 21, 2014, 05:33:52 AM 
Started by Mr. Leigh - Last post by Richard
When I joined last year, there were new topics/posts almost everyday. The section under "recent posts" was all from that day. Now I log on, and there hasn't been a new post/reply, let alone a new topic, in days.

That being said, this site is still great. You can spend a bit of time and have all your questions answered. How long does it take to adjust to VFFs? Answered. Can I run barefoot on tar? Answered. Which shoes are suited for which terrain? Answered. Any advice for a Warrior Dash, Spartan Race etc? Answered. BirthdayShoes still is very useful, even if the posts and views are on the decline.

I must admit I don't access the site a lot anymore, maybe once a week, but that's just because I've already had everything I ever wanted to know about minimalist/barefoot running answered through this forum.

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 on: April 20, 2014, 02:50:34 PM 
Started by dirkverelst - Last post by vfftriathlete
I was told by a fellow runner the other day that her feet felt cold just looking at my feet in my Xero's and another guy asked if I could run in those, those flip flops.

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 on: April 17, 2014, 06:27:21 PM 
Started by sgp2012 - Last post by Mr. Leigh
 If you are going to be doing a lot of walking, and have not previously done so in VFFs, then you will likely have calf pain, among other pains.  If you are very acclimated to wearing them, then you may be able to go for miles without a problem.  


So are you saying that as long as you are used to them and it is dry, VFFs are all good for sustained travel? My sister planning a trip to America in the Summer (so long as this handy website here helps her get a greencard), hoping to take as little as possible and wasn't sure what their durability was. Is there a particular edition any of you would recommend?


Sorry, didn't intentionally ignore you.  I missed this inquiry for some reason. 

If she is coming to the USA in the summer, just about any VFF should be fine as the overall climate will be decent.  I prefer Classics myself, which are discontinued but still available from a few vendors and also eBay.  One must be very careful on eBay, as there are also a lot of counterfeit products floating around.  Depending upon what she intends to use them for might change the recommendation.  Just general walking about, Classics are fine.  If she is doing activities with a lot of lateral movement, maybe consider Komodosport. 

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 on: April 17, 2014, 05:29:03 PM 
Started by Mr. Leigh - Last post by Mr. Leigh
I'd say traffic is down in general, not just on here...  I'm still here for you Mr. Leigh Grin

I don't participate in any other on line forums, so I cannot speak to forum traffic elsewhere.  When I emailed Justin, he said searches related to minimalism and footwear in general were down overall.  It stands to reason if people aren't searching for topics that will generate birthdayshoes to be in their search results, the site isn't going to see an influx of new traffic.  I'm surprised by how many registered members with high post counts have seemingly fallen off the face of the planet.  I used to rather enjoy the race stories and shoe experience stories and now it seems they've nearly ceased.  I do know of a few people, as I mentioned in my initial post, that just grew tired of answering the same newbie questions over and over. 

I hope nowster is right and that it is merely seasonal and that more people will post once the weather changes. 

Thanks barefootin, good to know that someone is here for me.  LOL

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