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 21 
 on: February 15, 2016, 05:48:52 AM 
Started by azkev1 - Last post by nowster
Don't start big... just start by walking round the house and yard barefoot. The bonus is that it's the least expensive option.

Things must have been bad if you needed surgery. I endured corrective insoles for 25 years before going minimalist.

Where are the pains?

 22 
 on: February 15, 2016, 05:44:28 AM 
Started by nubs - Last post by nowster
Have a try of the EL-X. They're probably the most flexible of the bunch, and also the least expensive.

The thicker the sole, the stiffer the shoe will be, and the less ground feel/feedback you'll get.

If your running technique is good (and if you've been running barefoot for years it probably will be) the shoes will not wear out quickly.

 23 
 on: February 15, 2016, 01:51:27 AM 
Started by nubs - Last post by nubs
SO..
got some questions, hopefully there are some answers out there Smiley first ill give you a little back story so you can see where im coming from.
i used to hate running, but then i moved into a house next to the beach in northern California (around the Oregon border) and i started doing just little jogs through the dunes, but my shoes would get crazy sandy. so i decided to try barefoot running, the idea of running the way we evolved to appealed to me. i ended up loving it, but it was WAY more tiring and worked my legs in ways they hadnt been before. after some practice, and muscle training, i got to the point where i would run up to 10 miles each time i would go out. then i moved on to running barefoot on dirt trails (was very different than sand) and then concrete and asphalt. needless to say, i got crazy callouses that i actually had to grind down just a little with pumice so they weren't all scraggly and gross. the only way i could do this semi safely though was because it was a small town that was very clean, no broken glass in the streets or pieces of metal or plastic that i had to worry about (i defiantly still got foot injuries even while keeping a keen eye out for sharp rocks and the like. thats just barefoot running for you). i just recently moved down to central California, and although im not in a grungy city, there is simply a higher volume of sharp trash on the ground, due to the higher population. i dont want to loose all my specific muscle training because i dont want to be barefoot any longer, so im in the market for a shoe that will mimic the ergonomics of barefoot running, yet have the protective qualities of the conventional running shoe. vibram is obviously my nest step, yet i know nothing about them, or anyone that does. so my questions are, to bring this biography to a close,

1. what style of vibrams have the greatest likeness to barefoot running (as most of the info i could find was just for people coming around to minimalist gear running) and
2. what styles of vibrams are the toughest (will last the longest, the highest quality, not provide the most protection for my feet. my foot can take thorns and sharp rocks with barley any blood, but glass and metal... i want that extra layer for my ease of mind as well as protection)

Ha, sorry i went on for a bit there, im just interested in getting the correct product the first time, especially when im spending $80+ on it

Cheers!

 24 
 on: February 14, 2016, 09:37:37 PM 
Started by azkev1 - Last post by azkev1
Hi forum, i have a bit of a story for you.  I had flat feet for the longest time until 2 years ago i got surgery on both feet to have arches.  The bad part about all this is that my feet still hurt after 2-3 hours my feet hurt just about the same.  I wear shoes that barely flex or twist so they stiffen my feet so bad.  I want to buy minimalist shoes, but my parents won't listen.  They only see the foot specialists point of view.  What can i do to show them my point? Huh

 25 
 on: February 13, 2016, 10:22:19 AM 
Started by barefootin - Last post by barefootin
For those who were waiting, Classics and FREE shipping at Vibram's website...   Grin


 26 
 on: February 07, 2016, 04:18:39 PM 
Started by Draco - Last post by Piemaster
Almost all the time. Even in winter I tend to kick the shoes off and drive in socks.
Don't find any problems at all with feet slipping, as I can wrap my toes around the pedals I'd say it's less likely for me. Better feel too.

Only car that i don't like driving barefoot much is my wifes and that because the pedals seem to be a long way from the floor. Have to have my foot at quite a sharp angle between foot and shin. It would probably work well if I started wearing heels.

 27 
 on: February 03, 2016, 07:40:23 PM 
Started by Draco - Last post by nowster
I would suggest not to, having had my feet slip off the pedals when trying once or twice. That said, KSOs are great for driving in...

 28 
 on: February 03, 2016, 07:39:34 PM 
Started by Draco - Last post by barefootin
Most of the time...  Is there another way...?  Grin

I have enough toe spread that I can "power brake" one footed. Tongue
 

 29 
 on: February 03, 2016, 03:54:04 AM 
Started by Draco - Last post by Draco
just wondering if some of you gals and guys prefer to drive bare foot, for me it's more comfortable and natural and gives me a much better feed back from the vehicle,  once the engine warms it i quite prefer to drive pare foot when even i can, and in most states is legal, makes no sense for it being Gilligan anyway

 30 
 on: February 03, 2016, 03:50:24 AM 
Started by dirkverelst - Last post by Draco
i new for my self i may get notices wearing body glove branded shoes, they have a toe box rather the toe pockets, odd this body glove has great traction on a  roof
and i prefer to wear when on a roof, they have more traction then boots but do wear out faster but still my preference, they seem to be as flexible as vibrium but cheaper, less life but the do for me work well

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