Latest Vibram Five Fingers Reviews 6/28/09

Each week I will be making a list of latest VFF reviews. If you read a new review of VFFs (One publ

Each week I will be making a list of latest VFF reviews. If you read a new review of VFFs (One published this week) that I am missing, please let me know so I can add it!

This week’s reviews:

  • Barefoot Running – Vibram Five Fingers Are Worth It at Set Higher Standards dot com:

    I’ve worn the Vibram FiveFingers for about a half-dozen runs and a bunch of walks around town. Already my feet feel stronger. I’ve also worn them in the gym, and I feel much more in control and powerful when lifting – particularly squatting and lunging. I also think that running around in these shoes is helping my balance in yoga practice, so much of balance depends on foot, ankle and toe strength and control.

    If you are a casual or serious runner, I highly recommend checking out these shoes. If you are lucky to live in a place where you run around grassy fields barefoot, that is ideal. Otherwise, the Vibram FiveFingers will keep your feet safe and give you all the benefits.

  • Five Fingers Five Toes at Das Mixture:

    Since I was unable to run, I talked the wife into an early evening walk of about two miles. A splendid idea, especially since I would be able to test a suspicion I had: hot pavement. Specifically, how would these bad boys hold up. Surprisingly, the Five Fingers didn’t heat up during my walk (temperature outside: 90 degrees).

    They were also easily more comfortable than a sandal or flip-flop. It didn’t necessarily translate into a “barefoot” experience, but then again, if I would have walked out barefoot, it would have been a repeating series of “hot, hot, hot” and I think you know what I mean.

  • Vibram Five Fingers Classic Review at

    The first few runs in the VFF were on a rainy night, it was pure bliss running through the wet grass, it reminded me of all
    the reasons that I loved to run. I’ve also been using the VFF to do yard work and for walks around the neighborhood, but highly doubt that I will wear them in public. I already get idiosyncratic looks when I’m out running in them, but if attention seeking appeals to you, you will definitely get it and the questions that follow by slipping on a pair of VFF.

    In conclusion, the VFF are one of the best running products that I have bought in my lifetime. Pick up a pair, strengthen your feet and remember what it’s like to run “naturally” without a big bulky shoe.

  • Vibram Five Fingers Shoes For Hiking and Water Sports at

    Sometimes simplicity and minimalism provide wonderful experiences. The Vibram Five Fingers shoes are excellent for outdoor activities and for working out at the gym. The natural feeling that comes with being outdoors with these shoes enables the wearer to feel one with nature. Walking while wearing these shoes is a sensory experience that allows you to notice and feel the Earth.

And one more review from way back in March that I just found:

  • 350 Miles on Vibram Five Finger KSO’s at Red Rocks Blue Sky:

    I have been pretty impressed with how these shoes handle the the rough Southern Utah desert. I can do things that I could not do in Hauraches, or Barefoot. Even when I was wearing standard trail shoes (Solomon GTX’s as of three years ago). I did start to run with injini socks, but found them to be too hot. The socks however made running on the shale like ruble more tolerable. The secret though is making sure that you are running perfect barefoot form. This is why I start and end each run barefoot on pavement so that I am constantly building the necessary muscle memory.

    Running in KSO’s is a dream as I scramble up and down steep boulder strewn sections of the trail. Even thought the the top of the shoe is not protected like my Solomon’s are, my barefoot training and the stickiness of the rubber allow me to jump and run through these sections of trail without worrying about twisting my ankle.

    Also see Red Rocks Blue Sky‘s follow-up posts Another 50 Miles on Fives and Repaired my Fives.

More in the weeks to come!

By Justin

Justin Owings is a deadlifting dad of three, working from Atlanta. When he's not chasing his three kids around, you'll find him trying to understand systems, risk, and human behavior.

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