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Question: whats the VFF model you'd recommend for first timers?
classic - 2 (6.3%)
komodosport - 6 (18.8%)
kso - 15 (46.9%)
bikilia - 5 (15.6%)
spyridon - 3 (9.4%)
other VFF/brand - 1 (3.1%)
Total Voters: 26

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« on: March 14, 2012, 01:25:12 AM »

Hello everyone!

After a couple of months going into this barefoot thing, and having some love/hate moments with my cheap skeletoes, I've decided to move on to the real thing. I'm planning to buy only one pair, since I'm short on cash

I'd like you to give me your advice on what would be the best pair of Five Fingers for first time users. Knowing that I already have some calluses thanks to my $40 Skeletoes 1.0 Tongue

To give you some background, I'll use them for my everyday running and for ocasional light/medium hiking. I have a narrow and slim feet.

So, what would be your ultimate advice for helping me choose my flashy new minimalistic shoes? Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2012, 08:53:20 AM »

Either the Spyridon or the Bikila LS.

Peep the following posts:

http://birthdayshoes.com/forum/birthdayshoes-com-general-discussion/bikila-ls-a-good-starting-point/msg59483/?topicseen#msg59483

http://birthdayshoes.com/forum/birthdayshoes-com-general-discussion/treksport-spyridon-or-bikila/
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« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2012, 01:25:29 PM »

If you have narrow feet you may want to consider regular Bikila rather than the LS version.
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« Reply #3 on: March 22, 2012, 09:04:05 AM »

I vote for the Bikila. Although my preference is the LS, because of the lacing system. Im not a big fan of velcro.
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« Reply #4 on: March 22, 2012, 11:04:44 AM »

The KSO remains my favorite style and is extremely versatile.
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« Reply #5 on: March 27, 2012, 12:31:14 PM »

My favorite of my 6 pairs is my original Sprints, though I find that my KSOs are more versitile for year round and office wear.  I have found that both of these models have worn well and have great durability with one of the two pairs on my feet whenever I have to wear something for the last almost two years.  That being said if you are looking for something with a thicker sole (Some people don't like mountain hiking with the original sole) I have a Bikila and a Komodo Sport that I use exclusively for running or really cold days.  I prefer the Bikila overall except that they are less breathable and warmer in the summer.

I hope this helps and happy hiking!
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« Reply #6 on: April 09, 2012, 06:49:07 AM »

VFF Speeds for me all the way - they are versatile because they look good for casual and street wear, and are also good for road running. I also find them much comfier to wear and due to the laces much quicker to put on than my KSO's!

I have a pair of white and blue speeds, but would love a dark blue or black pair too.
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« Reply #7 on: April 25, 2012, 07:52:55 PM »

I started with the Skele-toes too then got a pair of KSO's which are a great pair to start with and are pretty much good for anything. I got the KSO treksports shortly after which I like even more and are much better for trail running but I think the KSO's are awesome too. you'll probably throw away your skele-toes or they wil just sit unused after the vibrams. thats how it was with me anyhow. I may give the skele-toes away. lol
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