Comment from: Sol [Visitor]
Sol

Tim
Cool post, congratulations!
I've also been running almost exclusively in SeeYas and training for my first marathon. I've only ever used gem without socks. What do you think are pros and cons? Would you have been able to finish without the injinjis?

08/23/12 @ 11:04
Comment from: J [Visitor]
J

Why SeeYas over Bikila?

08/23/12 @ 17:30
Comment from: tim [Member]  

Hi Sol--I think it comes down to personal preference. I know that Justin rarely wears socks with his VFFs.

I found out the hard way a couple years ago that after about 6 miles or so I start to develop blisters without socks. I suppose if I had tougher feet, or a more stubborn will to build up callouses it would be fine. Leah commented that she had some issues with rubbing across the top of her foot--which others have echoed.

I guess another benefit to wearing socks is that I've found I don't have to wash my VFFs nearly as frequently because they don't get as stinky as wearing them without socks.

08/23/12 @ 17:40
Comment from: Steve [Visitor]
Steve

Great job Tim! And a fantastic result. Congrats on reaching your 'reach' goal - despite sucking down a bee! Truly amazing.

I am training for my first marathon in Oct (will race in Speeds) and already have an interest in doing an Ironman one day.

I also am one of those ppl that suffer from blisters on top of my foot from the SeeYa's but will have to try them out with some Injinji's as that might just resolve the issue.

Thanks for the write up!

08/23/12 @ 19:56
Comment from: Gabe [Visitor]
Gabe

Hey Tim, I just wanted to congratulate you on finishing the triathlon.
A great feat i must admit!

I am new to the minimalist scene, and have fallen in love.

Also wanted to say thank you for this great site. If i ever need reviews about a shoe, particularly VFFs, this is the first place i go

08/24/12 @ 01:56
Comment from: rob [Member]  

@Tim: As someone who's run very long distances (including a couple 100 mile races) in racing flats, I wonder how different it really is running a long distance race in VFFs. Have you ever run any long miles in an actual racing flat to compare? To me it seems that there wouldn't be a ton of difference other than the VFFs have toe pockets? I'm just not sure what all the fuss is about; the whole "minimalist" scene is really just racing flats re-invented IMHO. It's great, it's fun but nothing very new; just a new angle. Oh and huge congrats on your finish! Inspiring for sure!

08/24/12 @ 09:01
Comment from: tim [Member]  

Hi Rob--thanks for the congrats. I don't have any experience with racing flats, but my guess is that they are pretty similar in concept. One major difference I would expect, would be that most racing flats probably still have a bit of heel drop. Once you "go minimalist" you can really tell when a shoe has a bit of heel.

08/24/12 @ 15:30
Comment from: tim [Member]  

@J - I've done plenty of running in Bikilas and really like them as well. I choose the Seeyas as I prefer the even more minimal and flexible feel of the soles over the Bikilas.

I found that the Bikilas are great after about 500 miles of use after the sole has been worn down and broken in. The Seeyas start life feeling like that. The Seeya's are also a bit more stretchy in the upper than the Bikilas, which is a nice feature if I'm planning on my feet swelling while running 26.2 miles.

08/27/12 @ 18:35