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by 598 · about 11 hours ago

In a pinch I've been running in my hiking boots and I know it's terrible. Rather than hop into the first running shoes that feel comfortable, I want to get as close as possible to running bare foot without stampeding across broken glass and... (more)

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RationalGuard 0 · May 26, 2014 at 2:01 AM

I did extensive research on this for the same goal. I ended up picking the Vibram KSO. http://www.vibramfivefingers.com/products/Five-Fingers-KSO-Mens.htm A few reasons: As close as possible to barefoot only comes with the foot glove... (more)

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by 15 · about 11 hours ago

My new job working as a food runner at a restaurant is ruining my efforts toward ankle flexibility. I bought the recommended clunky platform clogs with a non-slip outsole (very very important to avoid a concussion walking on the grease-misted... (more)

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CelticCaveGirl 0 · August 19, 2013 at 6:39 PM

Try Vivo barefoot, should have what you're looking for I've got a pair from leguano and love them but the uppers are generally very thin (mine have wool uppers)

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by 115 · about 11 hours ago

Most threads here seems to deal with American stores in which some doesn't ship internationally. What is the best place to buy Five-Fingers that ship to Sweden?

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Dan_56 0 · May 14, 2013 at 7:17 PM

Suggestion without research, www.addnature.com -Dan

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by 3280 · about 11 hours ago

I got an email solicitation from The Walking Company about their new line which "enables your foot to function as if you were barefoot.": http://www.thewalkingcompany.com/ecco-biom-trainer-dark-shadow/27790 Are these just marketing wiggle words... (more)

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Todd_B 0 · April 17, 2013 at 2:54 PM

The first bullet point says: "Mesh uppers with reinforced support cage provides excellent foot support combined with superb sock-like fit." I think the whole point of barefoot or minimalist footware is that there is minimal to no support. Looks... (more)

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by 5802 · about 11 hours ago

Any great ideas? So far I have tried: -gently handwash and leave in the sun to dry (this works, but it's time consuming) -store in a box of baking soda, with some sprinkled in the shoes (this works a little; they don't smell lovely but at least... (more)

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Meaty_1 0 · February 14, 2013 at 7:19 PM

The best method I've found is to soak them in Oxiclean and dry them in the sun.

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by 915 · about 12 hours ago

I need a little advice please regarding my sons fallen arches. he is 10 years old, tall & lean. His joints have more play than average (as in they hyperextend a little) but he's strong, can walk, climb, sprint, jump..etc comfortably like any... (more)

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Matt_11 0 · December 01, 2012 at 1:33 AM

Mark Sisson blogs about everything on his site, and no surprise, he has blogged about flat feet and what to do about them. See: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/flat-feet-treatment Not an answer, but info. (more)

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by 805 · about 12 hours ago

Yes I been googling hardcore this one I promise, so many choices and the ones that keep coming up are the VFF shoes. Now personally I don't really like the aesthetics of the shoe, and my wallet doesn't like the price tag attached. So between me... (more)

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Alvaro 0 · September 18, 2012 at 5:06 AM

Checkout Vivo barefoot brand

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by 1032 · about 12 hours ago

I'm looking for recommendations for barefoot/minimalist shoes that also offer a bit of protection for toes and the top of the foot as I want them primarily for indoor soccer, where there feet are gonna be on the front line. The soles will need to... (more)

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pookiemoose 0 · March 08, 2013 at 2:15 AM

I have been using feiyue, and they are awesome.

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by 4029 · about 12 hours ago

I'm not a runner, though I used to years and years ago. I have no interest in distance running, though I may add a sprint session once per week. I have zero exercise regimen except the home push-ups, squats, planks twice a week. My daily routine... (more)

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Caleb_the_Hobbit 0 · February 08, 2012 at 1:07 AM

Abso-freaking-lutely. Vibrams, and good old-fashioned barefooting, were part of what got me out of a wheelchair. No amount of therapy was building up leg musculature right, but barefoot walking let nature do its thing. And I'll certainly never... (more)

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by 10 · about 12 hours ago

Ok, so I've been primal for about 3 months now and it's definitely the best decision I've ever made. I've been reading into going barefoot. However, I live in Chicago so bare feet in freezing temps probably isn't a good idea. Are there any... (more)

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Nance 0 · December 09, 2011 at 5:57 PM

Other manufacturers may do this as well, but I've found some great compromise shoes at Merrell. The pair I'm wearing this winter have full suede uppers but feel as if I'm walking around in my stocking feet--no sense of shoe at all. There's no... (more)

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by 1078 · about 12 hours ago

Summer's coming here in Australia. I wear my VFF Sprints everywhere, but sometimes the concrete underneath my feet can feel really hot. Not scorchingly hot, but enough to be uncomfortable. What shoes provide maximum insulation against heat while... (more)

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Happy_Now 0 · February 28, 2012 at 11:23 PM

Check out Luna sandal company. http://lunasandals.com/ I don't own a pair yet, but I plan to get some this summer. It looks like there are a lot of combinations for sole thickness if you need more insulation from the ground. They seem like... (more)

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by 2227 · about 12 hours ago

No joke, I've damaged half (i.e. five out of ten) of my toenails from running trails with my FiveFingers. I've lost three of them, which grew back. And the other two have blood sitting underneath the nail. Anyone else have this happen to them?... (more)

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Dorado_Galore 0 · November 10, 2011 at 4:07 PM

Agree, try a bigger size. My big toe used to poke through the mesh of whatever running shoe I was wearing. It took me an embarrassingly long time to realize I needed bigger shoes. Love my 5F's, by the way. My full-time running shoe at this... (more)

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by 1373 · about 12 hours ago

This is more of a general question about marathon training, but I'd like to hear from the paleo community about it: Can a very fit, but over-running-injury-prone person get away with 5-6 crosstraining sessions and one long run per week and train... (more)

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Masochist 0 · September 04, 2011 at 2:11 AM

Pre-attempting paleo, I was a chronic endurance runner for a decade, a high-weight 60+ miles a week guy with no strength training and a crappy diet. I don't mean typical endurance athlete diet that's horrifying-to-paleos, I mean Hohos and Taco... (more)

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by 10 · about 12 hours ago

Hi Everyone, I've been walking barefoot for a while now and am loving it. I used Vibrams for a while and then transitioned to fully barefoot. While walking on trails with small sticks and rocks I built up some relatively thick callouses.... (more)

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JCB 0 · November 29, 2011 at 10:58 PM

FWIW - I have found that damp conditions make my feet more sensitive on concrete than when it is drier. Barefoot walking shouldn't really result in calluses if you are picking your feet up rather than scuffing slightly like a lot of people tend... (more)

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by 1626 · about 12 hours ago

I started running barefoot and in my vibrams last summer. I didn't play sports much - just tennis a few times. It was very weird playing barefoot and in my vibrams although If i did it over and over again I may have gotten used to it. What do you... (more)

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MF 0 · February 10, 2011 at 4:51 AM

Kids all over the world play team sport barefoot. I think the field is even though when you factor in everyone playing is barefoot as well. I nearly broke a toe playing ultimate frisbee when I was younger because I was barefoot, but the guy who... (more)

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by 25 · about 12 hours ago

Hi Guys, I've recently started playing weekly football (not american) where most players are wearing football boots with studs on the bottom. I only run barefoot or in Vibrams these days and really would rather not have to move to a elevated... (more)

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Carl_Stawicki 0 · January 11, 2011 at 3:39 PM

I wonder if you can take a hefty piece of cowhide and fashion your own uppers that slip over the VFFs. Maybe add some loops that slip over your toes to hold them in place.

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by 7821 · about 12 hours ago

As I've gone through the questions related to barefooting, I've found a lot about barefoot running but not so much about barefoot walking. Everyone seems to concur that running should be fore/midfoot, but walking doesn't appear to have a consensus... (more)

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Mama_J 0 · June 15, 2010 at 10:58 PM

I have spent most of my time barefoot for the past 3 years (since my first son was born and I have transitioned from work outside the home), and wearing nothing other than FiveFingers or thin moccasins when I do need shoes. My observation is that... (more)

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by 22913 · about 12 hours ago

For 30 years Ive been moving myself around conventionally with heavily padded footwear I strike with my heel to walk, even jog. Only when I lean into it an run full speed do I shift into forefoot striking I've shifted to barefoot running and... (more)

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Danny 0 · June 12, 2010 at 11:45 PM

First off, start with the premise of what feels natural when you are relaxed and barefoot. People have become a bit obsessed with the forefoot strike in recent times with the publication of Born to Run. I know I used to be. I used focus on walking... (more)

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by 22913 · about 12 hours ago

I'm getting serious big toe blisters when playing in VFFs or barefoot I'm not building callouses because it's literally tearing off skin each time when I do get a callus it tears off next game Help! I don't want to stop playing or give up... (more)

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Allie 0 · March 25, 2011 at 3:55 AM

Alright, attempt # 2. First off, the picture you've posted looks like you have a blood blister. I may be wrong, but if this is the case. This NEEDS TO HEAL first. Otherwise, callus, irritation, blister, possible infection, repeat. (Yeah yeah ...... (more)

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by 353 · about 12 hours ago

Several months ago I pushed the barefoot envelope too much and developed a mild, but annoying, case of PTT. I continue to run barefoot (6-8 miles once or twice a week), but do all other exercises including my weekend long run in stability shoes. ... (more)

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Pieter_D 0 · June 11, 2010 at 8:05 PM

Tendons that are a problem don't like to be used in a elastic/explosive way. Static or slow movements on the other hand are often no problem (even though the load is quite high). Tendinopathies also don't like compression. See research of Jill... (more)

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by 130 · about 12 hours ago

Background: My first Vibrams (Classics) arrived yesterday, and I'm now wondering whether I may have ordered the wrong size. I've Googled for the specific fitting problem I'm having and I'm coming up a little short on answers. My issue is while... (more)

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PrimalChat 0 · May 11, 2010 at 2:13 AM

I own the KSO Trek. I would strongly recommend anyone trying VFF's for the first time to try them on in person. The sizing is the biggest hurdle to overcome in my opinion. Once you get the size right, order from the best dealer. Mine did feel... (more)

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by 383 · about 12 hours ago

Hi everybody, I recently started to live more paleo and I'm very interested in incorporating the barefoot paradigm into my life. Now I'm still very much obese (100 lbs too much) and also have flat feet. My feet are pronating when I walk/run. Is... (more)

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ScottMGS 0 · May 09, 2010 at 4:29 PM

I've been flat-footed since I was a kid. Last year I was 140lb overweight (25, now). I bought some VFFs to do martial arts on the grass - too slippery for barefoot and tore up the grass too much with the lugs on the shoes - and they were... (more)

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by 7063 · about 12 hours ago

I go barefoot as much as possible in the summer months on grass, but I want to extend this to include other surfaces and possibly other seasons. Does anyone have any honest advice on Vibram's five-finger shoes or similar barefoot simulation... (more)

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Neil 0 · March 11, 2010 at 4:42 AM

I wear Vivo Barefoot brand shoes every day, and I love them. (no affiliation to the company, I assure you.) I have two pairs, one casual for weekends and one dressier for work. I will not wear traditional healed or padded shoes any more. I... (more)

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by 952 · October 21, 2014 at 4:38 AM

For everyday walking and occasional running / mixed activities (frisbee, urban hills, etc)1. Vivobarefoot Stealth or 2. Innov8 F-Lite 230 / BareFX 210 / BareFX 260 (are they wide enough)? 3. Merrell Men's Barefoot Trail Glove / Vapor Glove4. New... (more)

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Barefootal 0 · June 07, 2014 at 12:28 PM

You might try some of the Vivobarefoot models as they fit a little differently. Some are much wider than others. Most come with an I sole that gas some cushioning. Merell makes good shoes but they are on the narrow end - comfy for some and not for... (more)

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by 0 · October 21, 2014 at 4:20 AM

This might be a weird question but since I started sprinting my right food has been having these waves of heat. It's not painful just a strange feeling. It's usually occurring while I'm sitting at my desk. It also feels as though I need to "pop"... (more)

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Ang_3 0 · April 28, 2013 at 11:46 PM

Thanks for all the answers. I actually found out I have a pinched nerve in my foot. Basically I need to chill out for a bit on the sprinting until I can figure out how to fix this.

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