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 on: May 18, 2016, 03:08:01 PM 
Started by zrunner - Last post by zrunner
I started transitioning to vibrams and forefoot running back in febuary. I'll try to keep this breif but any advice would be great. I run a lot 50-70 miles a week. But was always a heal striker sick of getting hip pain I decided to give the forefoot running a try. Low and be hold almost all my pains vanished.

BUT I got a lot of other problems instead...

Easing into the vibrams I battled the sore calves and got through that. I also had blisters on top of blisters from these things. and I was also getting them in other running shoes newtons altras etc.. I never had blister problems ever when i heal striked so this was all new to me.

I figured out that 2 out of the 3 pairs of vibrams I owned had the seem issue in the big toe that was running m toe and causing the blister on the side of my toe. Fix? I washed them wore socks and used baby powder also built up quite a callus and dont get that blister anymore. But I now get one underneath my big toe.

The Bakila EVO underneath my second toe I end up with pain almost like I had run on a soft rock the entire run. I believe it due to the the way the sole is As I dont get this issue in the KSO's Or in the Seeya LS that I own. I also get the under the big toe blister.

The SeeYA LS was great but I only ran about 12 miles in those till they where to tight on my left foot and left me just about unable to walk. I've dealt with crippling pain in my left foot ever since (back in feb this started) and its just now getting better to where i'm not afraid to try the vibrams again. I believe it is some kind of tendonitis. SO i'm still terrified to put these back on tho I am pondering them with no socks or a thin sock.

The KSO's seem great but gave me nice new blisters today.

All in all I have about 60 miles logged in the vibrams Initially I felt i was starting to win the battle and really enjoy them till the SeeYa LS put me down for months. (tho i still some how managed to run very painfully in regular shoes).

I wear injinji socks and powder and Do love vibrams when they are working out for me even when they leave me with blisters I still feel I enjoyed the ride and was worth the blister.

Regular 0 drop shoes I've tried newtons too tight int he toe box I feel tho a larger size might work out. Altras totally hate them I have owned 3 diff pairs and every single pair was just down right awful and i had to stop wearing them due to pain in vaiours areas.

Any advice or do I need to just ride this out and it will get better as my feet adapt?

 on: May 17, 2016, 04:25:22 PM 
Started by thecricket - Last post by thecricket
Thanks, maybe I will go for a womens then since I have such narrow feet.

 on: May 17, 2016, 08:10:06 AM 
Started by thecricket - Last post by nowster
The main difference between men's and women's sizes is that the women's sizes are usually narrower fitting with slightly shorter length.

 on: May 16, 2016, 05:43:34 PM 
Started by thecricket - Last post by thecricket
Hello my name is John, I am 21 and through my interests in nutrition and fitness I stumbled upon the bare foot running scene.

Last Friday, I went to a Vibram store and tried on the KSO EVOs. I loved them but the store had limited stock of sizes so I did not get to completely determine my best size. With the help of the store clerks we determined that my best size is either a mens 39 or a womens 41. I have really skinny small feet and keeping my pinky toe in its compartment was an issue. Are those sizes comparable? What are the usual differences in men vs womens Vibrams?

I was also wondering when does Vibram usually hold sales/promotions? I am really eager to buy some, but do not want to regret missing a sale by being impatient.

Finally, do you guys know any other good barefoot shoes besides Vibram that would be more socially acceptable for wearing to work?

Thank you!

 on: April 24, 2016, 03:31:58 PM 
Started by toasty - Last post by skyli
It's strange that my w42 bikilas are just perfect and really longer than these w42 spyridon MRs. I've managed to make it not hurting in one day, bit it's still really tight. I've tried to strech the big toe overnight with a hairbrush and other things inside. Also a hair drier to warm up the rubber and it seems that it's slowly getting longer Smiley the bikila is still some mm's longer but i think this will be a good shoe once it loosen a bit (which i hope) and it need some more streching too. I also have an M41 Kso which is the very same size as this w42 bikilas also needs streching Cheesy it's maybe a little bit wider than the w42 spyridon mr but the length is the same.
I thing these spyridon mr's runs smaller.

Aaha, now i see that size chart and on that, the Spyridons really run 1 size smaller Shocked the chart on the vibram site is different Shocked (

 on: April 23, 2016, 08:20:47 AM 
Started by toasty - Last post by barefootin
How much is the difference lengthwise? I've ordered a W42 Spyridon mr which is too short and I wonder how much the M42 is longer or should I get M43? Or somehow lengthen the big toe a bit? On the right foot it's almost perfect, it hurts a bit just on the left.
OR maybe i should keep it and somehow break it in (maybe put something inside overnight?)

M41 would be the size in between a W42 and M42.  Reference the chart in the link above.  The lengths have not changed, styles still vary slightly in their fit.  They should not hurt.

 on: April 23, 2016, 05:30:42 AM 
Started by toasty - Last post by skyli
How much is the difference lengthwise? I've ordered a W42 Spyridon mr which is too short and I wonder how much the M42 is longer or should I get M43? Or somehow lengthen the big toe a bit? On the right foot it's almost perfect, it hurts a bit just on the left.
OR maybe i should keep it and somehow break it in (maybe put something inside overnight?)

 on: March 27, 2016, 01:23:55 PM 
Started by footfuture - Last post by nowster
I've never washed my Treks, but I do wear socks with them.

 on: March 27, 2016, 09:10:20 AM 
Started by footfuture - Last post by footfuture
I've gone through 3 pairs of leather KSO treks. The first two the leather on the insoles has completely worn away from them getting gummed up constantly, they would feel like wearing greasy socks.  The goo would form up in black blobs on the leather and I would try to scrape it away with a blunt tool only to see the leather disintegrating with it.
Now I think it's a combination of leather fragments, glue, and the evo foam or whatever it's called. not to mention the fabric between most of the toes has separated from the soles.
Now on my 3rd pair i'm runnimng into the same problem with the leather insoles. they stick to my feet and cause my feet to be all dyed brown and i'm gouging the leather again simply by trying to lightly scrape out the black goo.

The leather on the insole feels great at first. But it is hard to keep clean and dry and maintain without it getting gummed up and all torn apart. How do I extract all the sweat and goo out of the leather without ruining it?
I don't mind discoloration of the leather, i just hate when it gets so soggy with sweat and dirt that simply wiping it causes it to fall apart and rip and otherwise get embedded in my feet.

Throwing them in the laundry only seems to wash out the color and make the leather more crispy (without using dryer ofc).

 on: March 11, 2016, 12:37:17 PM 
Started by IndyJarhead - Last post by nowster
If you're merely interested in getting active, a well made cheap pair of ordinary trainers/sneakers that fit you are probably as good as anything at $100.

If you're really interested in Vibrams, find out your size (which might mean getting into a bricks-and-mortar shop), then look on auction sites (eg. eBay) for nearly-new pairs that people have "had bought for me, but can't get on with".

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