Hi, I'm starting to get frustrated with the 5-fingers and I'm not sure if I can find ones that fit me. I'm a woman who usually wears size 6.5 although in taking lots of measurements I think I maybe should be wearing 7.
I first tried the Alitza in size 37. Too small. Since found out that the Alitzas specifically run small so I wasn't sure what to try. Taking measurements and using vibrams sizing chart, I thought I should be a 38 normally and a 39 in Alitza.
Next tried a 38 classic. This was too large. It felt nice, but constantly slipped around and so it eventually chafed my heel. Tightening the elastic a lot made this somewhat better but it still slipped some unless it was so tight it pinched.
Next tried a 37 KSO. I'm trying to figure out what I think. It feels a bit too tight on the ankle hole, but livable, but my big toe feels like it's jammed up against the front. I can't figure out if it's jammed too much.. It feels ok sometimes, but if I flex my toes up then it's way too tight. However the rest of the fit of the 37 (other toes, width) feels great. Like a second skin. Just I can't flex my toes.
Should I try a 38 KSO and give up on classics? Should I try a 37 classic? Is the difference between my big toe and the other toes too great for me to wear vibrams? The other toes are swimming around in their pockets on both the 37's and 38's.
is there a trick to walking quicker? I feel like i'm just leisurely strolling and struggle to walk any quicker without feeling like i'm a goof ball or something. is there a technique? or just practice makes perfect?
So, my job generally runs towards business casual, and my Vibram Five Fingers are fine to wear around the office. However, since it's an engineering firm, I do occasionally have to go to worksites where work-boot worthy stuff is happening. (One time the contractor outright refused to let me on site until I went to a nearby shoe store and bought a pair of boots, and they fit poorly enough I'm just gonna give them to charity.)
So, despite the fact that minimalist shoes and work boots are meant to do opposite things, is there such a thing out there that might be a useful compromise between my comfort and my safety?
all week long i've done almost all my running in vibrams. since monday I think it was I've done over 20 miles in vibrams alone. I changed my approach to a more midfoot strike with 0 push off or at least trying to not do that. and a lift my foot appraoch.
as a result all my pains are subsiding my feet are healing up and things are feeling pretty good maybe in a few more day I'll be as good as new. and I'm happily runnig in vibrams with an even higher cadence utilizing this approach.
Ok dont wanna jinx myself so fingers crossed that I figured this whole thing out.
yeah that is what i have heard and read there has always just been a disconnect with the whole push off aspect. I will hear lift the foot from one group but then hear something like oh its like doing a ton of calf raises from another which tells me they must pushoff.
yest i did the lift and place approach while it felt foreign to me to some degree things worked out much better i'm going to keep practcing. I got done yest and thought if this is the part iw as missing then geeze i could run for ever in vibrams if i run like this!!
that feeling feels rather foregn to me and i notice somtimes when i get going its like i just sorta bounce off my feet like a fall where i just roll ove rmy feet.
but what about if you where to sprint? but then if to sprint you push off and put all this excess force on your forefoot then why would you wanna do that in a long 10 mile run?
this explains a lot nowster but for the life of me i feel like if i was in say a race or trying to go as fast as possible i'd pushing off?
I might need more practice with this but this also could explain my foot pain and stress issues.
I also notice it feels as if my feet are flatter having worn vibrams if this makes sense.
I know i read all the time tho as soon as that foot hits the ground yank it back up not PUSH OFF FULL THROTTLE ENGAGEING YOUR CALF. its way less force to just do what i did today and left the foot up and keep going way more gentle. I"m going to try this approach this week in vibrams and in my other 0 drop shoes and see how it goes.
I'll figure this crap out sooner or later! i certainly cant go back to heal striken!