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 on: August 13, 2014, 09:02:14 AM 
Started by yos - Last post by huub
First of all , welcome ,
nice to hear from somebody else from the Netherlands interested in VFF

i havent tried the KSO's , but own the other two.
the KMD get most of the use , so i would recommend those .
but best would be to try wich model fits best, there are differences in fit.

Just as a warning , with any moisture at all you will have wet feet despite the VFF.
not a problem, they act like a wetsuit, keeping the worst of the cold out
actually i enjoy running through puddles, even if it is just to shock my friends who are running on normal shoes.....
( without telling them i had wet feet anyway)  Grin Grin Grin

 on: August 13, 2014, 12:42:27 AM 
Started by Dino Guy - Last post by Dino Guy
Does anyone here know if it is safe and healthy to walk and run completely barefoot on the treadmill, or is the surface too abrasive for the feet? Is exercising barefoot on a treadmill healthy or not? Thanks.

 on: August 12, 2014, 12:06:34 PM 
Started by yos - Last post by Mr. Leigh
Personally, if I were only able to buy one pair and had to pick between KMDs and KSO EVOs, I would go with the KSO EVOs.  They have a bit more ground feel and are a great shoe.  Very light and decent traction.  If you are concerned about the weather, the KMDs might be a better choice.  Slightly thicker sole, slightly more built up upper.  Good traction as well.  I've worn mine on many a fall Minnesota day with injinji socks.

 on: August 12, 2014, 01:49:25 AM 
Started by valleygirl - Last post by paulr
Theres still a few Bikilas kicking about to buy for the future. I personally don't like the direction Vibram are going so I'm in the process of sourcing Bikila LS's wherever I can. Travel Country have a few of the older models on sale and the Vibram website has Bikila LS for $60 at the mo

 on: August 11, 2014, 06:01:44 PM 
Started by yos - Last post by yos
Hey all,

I recently started getting into running (minimalist) and found this site to be a great resource. Now I've been running on the 6mm Xero Shoes, but there are 2 things I'm not quite happy about. The first is that my cord wears out pretty fast. I use 550 paracord to tie em, which i wear out in about 2 weeks. And as a newbie I don't even run that much yet. (About 10-15k per week). The second thing is the fact that the sandals just feel kinda floppy, they don't feel secure. I've tried a bunch of tying styles but it either feels too loose or too tight, I can't seem to be able to find a sweet spot.

Now add to that the fact that we're going into autumn, I live in the Netherlands (rainy autumns and all) and you won't be surprised that I'm looking for some more secure minimalist footwear. I've been interested in VFF's for a while now, but put off buying them cos, well, they're pretty expensive. the new models being about 135 ($180). Anyways I've narrowed down my search to 3 models: Komodo Sport, Spyridon and the KSO evo's. Going for the lace versions, as I have narrow feet and want to be able to get a nice snug fit.

As of now, I'm gonna use em for Fitness (strength training) and running, on and off road, but not really trail running as we don't have any mountains in the Netherlands. I might start with Survival running once I'm in better shape. I'm leaning toward the KMD's but I wonder if the sole has enough traction for wet roads and is good enough off road.

So I'm calling on the collective knowledge of you guys to educate me a bit Smiley

 on: August 11, 2014, 04:44:34 PM 
Started by marley mission - Last post by daveuk
Same for me, I find Treksports are ideal for cyling, good grip, stiff enough soles and no laces to get caught in the spokes...

 on: August 11, 2014, 01:55:25 PM 
Started by marley mission - Last post by Horse Rider
For me the Treksports are plenty stiff and thick enough, they have become my cycling shoes.

 on: August 11, 2014, 11:20:40 AM 
Started by marley mission - Last post by Piemaster
I've found Lontras fine for cycling into town, shopping, whatever, in. Sole plenty stiff enough on flat pedals and the neoprene cuff stops rain water running down your leg into  your shoe (I'm in northen UK so this may be more of an issue for me than others here).

If I'm taking the road bike out it's SPD's. Thats whats fitted to it  and there won't be much, if any, stopping and walking happening. If I do stop it may well be for a 5k run (triathlon) and it is in places where the shoes will be left behind for a barefoot run anyway.

 on: August 11, 2014, 09:45:25 AM 
Started by panda - Last post by panda
Does anyone know of any barefoot/minimalist shoes with nonslip, oil resistant outsoles?

I know of 3, but haven't decided if I want to actually get any yet.

1) OTZShoes Madlib MV and Moc MV: A minimalist shoe designed for kitchen use. I am not so sure about the durability of the shoe. The only review I could find said that the outsole started coming off after only a few days of light use.
2) Belleville Mini-mil: It has a nonslip, oil resistant outsole, but it is too high profile for my taste. Also, I don't think it is flexible and is not 100% zero drop.
3) Russell Moccasin minimalist shoes: The outsole is perfect (Vibram calls it the "restaurant sole") but they are too expensive. I read a review about them tearing up very quickly so I am not too excited about spending $300 and waiting a long time for the shoes to arrive.

Do you know of any? Even if they aren't available in the USA, please list them. I don't mind even shipping over seas as long as I find a shoe that is worth it.

 on: August 11, 2014, 05:42:50 AM 
Started by echo zero - Last post by nowster
The toes in my KSO EVOs (M46) are the same length as my EL-Xs.

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