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 21 
 on: February 25, 2015, 02:43:33 AM 
Started by brewerks - Last post by nancy
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 22 
 on: February 22, 2015, 07:17:30 PM 
Started by Sablewings - Last post by Sablewings
Hiya Smiley

I have just emailed the store I bought them from, let's see what they say!  I know most other shoe brands you buy shoes, they hurt, that's the end of it, but with barefoot shoes they shouldn't really be having this kind of pain, especially when I can wear their other shoes without issue for years...

 23 
 on: February 22, 2015, 07:06:22 PM 
Started by Sablewings - Last post by nowster
Merrell and VB seem to go for very narrow lasts nowadays.

In other news, my Bikila Evo WPs are now no longer uncomfortable to wear without socks.

 24 
 on: February 22, 2015, 07:05:02 PM 
Started by Sablewings - Last post by barefootin
I noticed the same thing...  They are now too narrow for me...

 25 
 on: February 22, 2015, 06:44:34 PM 
Started by Sablewings - Last post by Sablewings
An update since my last post - I have put a pair of my VB Aquas sole to sole with the Gobis and the Gobis are actually narrower. So that's the second pair of Vivobarefoot shoes that are narrower than their older pairs used to be. It may not affect some people, but I think my feet are EEE width, so those few mils have made a stark difference to me, sadly.

Why Vivobarefoot, why...Huh   Undecided I thought Vivobarefoot shoes are supposed to let your toes spread out, how on earth can they do that if you are going to make your shoes narrower now?

I wonder if a cobbler could stretch/make the shoes wider? Not sure what to do.  Sad

 26 
 on: February 18, 2015, 12:59:16 PM 
Started by Sablewings - Last post by Sablewings
Hello all, long time no see. I went through a long period not buying anything much new shoe-wise, that and I stopped attempting to run/jog/sprint, which accounts for my lack of posts. Hope all are well? Smiley

I have recently treated myself to a pair of Vivobarefoot Gobi 'Soul of Africa' boots with some Christmas money, which are made of kudu (African antelope) leather, but with their regular VB sole. They are such a good looking and cool shoe, easily the nicest pair of VB's I have ever owned.  Initial walking out and about in the first day or so was okay, but one week on and I'm getting some pain and rubbing across the top of my little toe on my left foot when I flex the toes before lifting the foot off the ground. I have tied and retied the shoe laces, tried it tied loose and medium, and even tied tight across the top of the foot, but all come to the same result; pain and rubbing around my little toe.

Now, I've been wearing VB shoes almost exclusively since 2009, about 6 or 7 different pairs, most of which I still use, and apart from an issue with the unusually narrow fitting pair of Off-Road-High walking boots, (which I cannot wear, they are just too narrow and hurt me - I need to sell them) I have not had this little-toe problem in other shoes.  As they are kudu leather they are softer compared to cows leather, but might they still need a breaking-in period?

One difference to these Gobi's compared to my other older VB shoes is that they no longer come with insoles when you buy them. I usually wear insoles as I suffer from cold feet, but these Gobis don't have enough height in the toebox to comfortably wear insoles (As I have discovered when I tried to put some in the other day...)  

I am perhaps also wondering if - instead of blaming the shoes - I may have a slight height/shape difference in my left outermost metatarsal which doesn't cause me a problem when I walk around with insoles, but which flares up when I only have 3mm sole between my foot and the ground?  I have looked at a pair of my well-worn insoles and discovered that I curl the toes on my left foot in a little as I walk, because there are clear toe imprints in the left insole and not on the right! Interestingly it is not so sore when I walk around in them on carpet/carpet tiles, so when there is cushioning on the ground.

If anyone else has had little toe + minimalist shoe trouble, or own leather minimalist shoes and found them sore to wear, have you managed to find a solution? Reckon this is just shoe breaking in time or think my little toe might settle down once it gets used to having no insole?

Thanks Smiley

 27 
 on: February 18, 2015, 12:32:47 PM 
Started by Nimue - Last post by Nimue
Vibram has new shoes for us!  I love the look of the new alitza models.  However, I'm not going to get too excited because the alitza sole just is not very comfortable for me.  It's just so thin, narrow, and so low profile it just does not fit my feet that well.   I also don't like the super low heel counters that the alitza models have- it just doesn't feel secure.

I wish vibram would do shoes with the feminine alitza styling on different soles- like the jaya sole.  The jaya was amazing.  Good thing I stocked up, it doesn't look like it's coming back anytime soon.   Or the kmd sole.  I wouldn't mind a bit of padding either, as long as the sole is still flexible.   I don't agree with the pursuit of the absolute thinnest sole possible.  The lightest shoe does not equal closer to barefoot because if you're concerned with your shoes staying on your feet, that really messes with your mechanics.   

But who knows, maybe the different lacing options will make the alitza feel more secure.  Anything's possible.  Besides the new alitza models, there's also a kmd evo, trek ascent, and trek ascent lr.

 28 
 on: February 09, 2015, 06:29:51 AM 
Started by radon359 - Last post by nowster
Are the soles pretty stiff?  Do you know how they compare to say, the Spyridon in that regard?

Yes, and yes. Don't expect much toe flex compared with the KSOs, which are the most flexible of the older styles. EL-X and KSO EVO are the most flexible, having the thinnest soles.

 29 
 on: February 09, 2015, 06:25:43 AM 
Started by szender - Last post by nowster
Genuine Injinis tend to sell for about 10 a pair in the UK. Intra-EU sales do not incur customs charges.

 30 
 on: February 09, 2015, 06:22:26 AM 
Started by Matej - Last post by nowster
I wouldn't recommend a Spyridon for parkour. The soles are meant for stony tracks, not for grip on concrete.

The publicity materials say that the 2015 reboot of the KMD is specifically designed for parkour activities. I've no idea how durable the soles will be. It will be a trade-off of grip against wear-resistance, like with car tyres.

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