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Speaking of buying Vibram Five Fingers, the proliferation of fake five fingers around the interwebs has reached critical levels — Googling [vibram five fingers] yields a whopping 26 fake sites out of the top 50 search results! And at present, BirthdayShoes has found a whopping
88 89 fake five fingers e-tailers out there! Out. Of. Control.
This week's poll is taking a pulse on the popularity of VFFs — be sure to chime in!
Finally, in case you missed them the first time around, be sure to check out the unboxing of the Sky Blue Vibram Five Fingers Bikila as well as the Definitive Guide to Stink Removal a la Vibram Five Fingers of Funk.
After the jump, Vibram Five Fingers news, videos, and links related to barefoot running and a few new Vibram Five Fingers reviews!
Latest Vibram Five Fingers Links
In what may be the fastest marathon ever run in Vibram Five Fingers, Patrick Sweeney, recorded an awesome time of 2:37:14 winning the Palos Verdes Marathon! Barefoot running on sand, Voodoo Glow Skulls, argyle sleaves, and an occasional bottle of two buck chuck, all figure into this ultra marathon runner's training strategy. So, enjoy reading about his truly amazing feat at dailybreeze.com, MahattanBeeachPatch and Patrick's own blog. Also, see his training log at the dailymile.com. Finally, stay tuned for an interview with Sweeney on BirthdayShoes!
Caleb "El Llama", who recently ran the Copper Canyon Ultra, writes a review of Michael Sandler's new book Barefoot Running.
Running coach and marathoner, Todd Byers, was running barefoot before barefoot was cool.
Barefoot running gets some main stream coverage in this San Fransico Chronicle article.
Latest Vibram Five Fingers Reviews
Jimmy Hart, of gobarefooting.com, does a detailed performance review that tracks through his first four runs wearing Vibram Five Fingers Bikilas.
Meghan Hicks, of iRunFar.com, reviews her Vibram Five Fingers KSOs and cautions newcomers against doing too much too fast when making the switch to barefoot running.
Vibram Five Fingers Latest Videos
A cool parkour video where the traceur is wearing Vibram Five Fingers KSO Treks:
Watch this seven-ball juggling cascade. I'd like to see someone try that in your typical sneakers! Major props to Joe on this feet feat and for showing off the Birthday Shoes sticker logo!
Carbonfly's first impressions of his new Bikilas from City Sports. Carbonfly has been previously seen with his cool anatomy tattoo on the Birthday Shoes Forum and can be followed on twitter at @TristanPT. See his wife's pair of pink Bikilas.
Runner's World South Africa gets on the barefoot running bandwagon with this VFF video review.
Thanks for looking and have a good week!