Minimalist Footwear

Minimalist Footwear

Minimalist Footwear Questions

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by 30 · about 13 hours ago

Which have you tried and particularly which ones are good all-purpose models (that I can use for road/trail-running, walking around, and going to the gym)? Any advice would be helpful. Thanks, all!

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JasonAC556 0 · November 03, 2012 at 12:13 AM

I have worn Bikila, KSO, Treksport, and Komodosport over the past three years. I run, train, and every day wear my Five fingers. Of the ones i have tried, i highly recommend the Bikila and Komodosort as the most versatile and user friendly shoes... (more)

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by 805 · about 13 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 644 · about 13 hours ago

I am wanting to try barefooting. Certain facts: I am about 330 down from 386 in December. I also live in a part of Alaska that gets as cold as -55F. Around my house and yard I am truly barefoot. Walking about my village is a bit harder. The... (more)

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Matthew_Caton 0 · May 26, 2012 at 8:55 PM

Vivo barefoot is a great brand. The soles are made of Kevlar, and they are only 3 millimeters thick. You can feel everything underneath you feet, but it is certainly dulled and won't be painful at all to walk on rocks. I also like them because... (more)

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by 724 · about 13 hours ago

I am wondering if anyone has some suggestions for minimalist hiking boots or something of the sort. I have seen some things online, but my main concern is that I will be walking around a lot in an area filled with mesquite (I live in West Texas)... (more)

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paleohacks 0 · March 21, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Rather than risk being painfully stabbed I would just wear heavy leather hiking boots and watch where I stepped...simpler than dealing with healing a foot or walking on it while it is injured.

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by 4029 · about 13 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 4111 · about 13 hours ago

http://www.russellminimalistfootwear.com/ http://www.indiegogo.com/the-Primal-Professional-barefoot-dress-shoe I'm starting to see quite a few paleo/barefoot dress shoes. Although they all seem to be very expensive. Does anybody actually have a... (more)

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Eric_P_ 0 · February 04, 2012 at 5:32 AM

I actually have a survey up at http://www.dayshoe.com for when I was considering making a minimalist office shoe, but the realities of the shoemaking industry and importation overwhelmed me (especially when dealing with big and wide sizes), so I... (more)

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by 10919 · about 13 hours ago

So, Paleo baby started walking at 10 months (he's 11 months now) and we live in New England so his days of nothing but socks in the park are numbered as soon as it gets a bit cooler. What's your favorite footwear for your wee groks and grokettes... (more)

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Beth_WeightMaven 0 · November 15, 2011 at 2:22 AM

These may be pricier than you'd like given how quickly babies & toddlers grow, but Soft Star shoes definitely fit the bill.

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by 159 · about 13 hours ago

Does anyone have any suggestions for minimalist shoes for kids? I love Vivobarefoot but can't bring myself to pay $75 for a pair of shoes she will grow out of in 6 months.

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Amberlie 0 · November 03, 2011 at 2:19 AM

Why not just let them run around barefoot? Under safe conditions obviously. Although baby feet might be a tad more delicate than I remember.. :)

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by 1186 · about 13 hours ago

Is it more natural to let your feet get cold in the winter-- e.g. "minimalist footwear"? Or is it better to really bundle up the feet and keep them warm-- e.g. fur-lined moccasins? What is your favorite winter footwear and why do they work for... (more)

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Lindenblossom 0 · October 05, 2011 at 5:37 PM

A lot of people swear by Steger Mukluks, made right here in Minnesota. After many winters of wearing thrift store boots of varying quality, hopefully this year I'll be trying the Stegers out too! I am outside a great deal due to using my feet... (more)

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by 35 · about 14 hours ago

Hi all! My bicycle just became my main mode of transportation, after having not ridden one for 15 years. I'll be riding 4-5 miles daily to get to and from school--uphill on the way home. I had my heart set on a pair of Vibram five fingers for... (more)

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Colin_H 0 · August 27, 2011 at 7:18 AM

Vans slip-ons, pedals with straps and cages. A casual cyclist has no need of specialized gear.

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by 5629 · about 14 hours ago

Is it incredibly detrimental to my foot health, and overall health (i.e. posture, joint function, longevity) that I only wear cowboy boots? I love running in minimal footwear. I've been running in these: Teva Sling Kings I would wear minimal... (more)

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barefeet 0 · July 29, 2011 at 8:43 AM

You can have both! If you find the boots start to irritate any body part in any way, wear the minimalist shoes and show off your boots another... (more)

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by 2047 · about 14 hours ago

A couple of weeks ago, I bought a pair of Merrell Pace Gloves and I love them. I used to have a lot of shin pain when I walked and ran, but I have no pain when I wear them. I'm also recovering from a hip injury, which is painful when I wear... (more)

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barefeet 0 · June 29, 2011 at 5:29 PM

You DO need arch support, which is what your natural arches provide if you walk without shoes that let your real arches sit back and go out of business. If you've been wearing shoes with arches forever, your foot muscles in the arch area have... (more)

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by 2297 · about 14 hours ago

Right now my go-to shoes are starting to fall apart, and I'm starting to look for a good everyday shoe to replace them with. What I'm looking for is: under $80 ideally wide toe box looks like a casual shoe I've been wearing New Balance in... (more)

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Wil 0 · May 16, 2011 at 2:08 AM

How about these? I've been using them mostly for running, but they're casual enough to be worn in an environment that is not strict about foot ware. (more)

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by 56616 · about 14 hours ago

I have the classics and they get smelly soooooo easily. Does anyone have any experience with differences between models in this respect? I'm really curious about the smartwools... (more)

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Fearsclave 0 · August 10, 2010 at 12:25 PM

Get some nylon sockettes and some cedar shavings (the stuff they use for hamster bedding) from your local pet store. Stuff the sockettes with some cedar shavings, and simply insert into the VFFs when not in use. Just shake the VFFs out before... (more)

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by 383 · about 14 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 14 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 13983 · about 14 hours ago

I've got a pair of Vibram Five Fingers Sprints. I love them. I use them hiking in dirt and sprinting in the grass fields near my house. Today I was out running (in normal running sneakers) and a man (very likely 50 lbs heavier than me, both in... (more)

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Jaap 0 · February 18, 2010 at 8:25 AM

I think Concrete/modern roads have natural equivalents. Just take a look at a rocky trail/packed dirt. It shouldn't matter much where you would run. It's logical though that you are noticing the hard surface runs if you are just starting to... (more)

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by 6709 · October 24, 2014 at 3:56 AM

Can anyone recommend minimalistic footwear for the office that will be worn indoors and on blacktop/concrete with a lot of walking, in Florida, and during the summer? Basically, Im looking for the ultimate business minimalistic piece of footwear... (more)

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Eric_13 0 · March 26, 2012 at 1:54 AM

I am not a user of it, but would like to try the VIVOBAREFOOT Ra for my next dress shoe. They just need a good deal on them. Minimalist shoe that looks like a classic dress shoe. There is also a brand recently launched or working on being... (more)

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by 1213 · October 24, 2014 at 3:53 AM

I am doing clinical work at a hospital right now, and I'm on my feet half the time, and sitting for the other half. There's a lot of running up and down cold, hard stairs and walking up and down cold, hard hallways. I have to dress... (more)

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Melo 0 · February 28, 2012 at 11:41 PM

I live in Dansko's, Tom's, and Merrell's. Comfortable, casual, and great looking! http://www.dansko.com/Womens/Footwear/View%20All/ More firm and minimalist-like with arch support. Great all day wear. I like these for a more... (more)

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by 1510 · October 24, 2014 at 3:09 AM

One of the classic characteristics of Vibrams are their individual toe pockets. Yet other minimalist running shoes of the similar price, like the RunAmoc and the Evo, don't have individual toe pockets. I was originally thinking that the individual... (more)

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azazel 0 · November 06, 2010 at 8:00 PM

I like the toe pockets because they fit better, causing no collision/compression in the toe box. Personally, I also think they make proper foot striking easier. For the record, RunAmocs also have a wide toe box, but (at least for me) they don't... (more)

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by 4283 · October 23, 2014 at 3:40 AM

http://www.forbes.com/sites/matthewherper/2012/05/16/skechers-proves-we-need-clinical-trials-of-running-shoes/ http://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT01334346?term=vibram&rank=1 It is interesting on many levels that Nike is doing clinical... (more)

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gydle 0 · June 05, 2012 at 6:25 AM

a "clinical trial" for running shoes, sponsored by Nike, in which two of the shoes tested are Nike products? Let me guess. They're going to find lots of problems with the Vibrams and the Nike mid-minimalist and full-support will be shown to have... (more)

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by 360 · October 21, 2014 at 3:36 AM

Zero drop and the whole shoe is one fabric, no stitchings on top.

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Frank_Sabia_Jr 0 · January 13, 2012 at 1:04 AM

Is there a link? I have three pairs of them and LOVE them! I have holes already in my casual walking Minimus shoes. I also have the Crossfit specific version and those are almost worn out as well. I replaced my Vibrams with these as they didn't... (more)

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by 368 · October 19, 2014 at 3:43 AM

I always get callouses on my feet, more so when summer rolls around and all I want to wear are boat shoes... I get a lot of callouses on my toes, especially big toe. I end up compulsively picking at them which never ends well. I have a pumice... (more)

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Karen 0 · June 01, 2012 at 5:20 PM

If your callouses are on the sides of toes or feet, your shoes compress your feet too much. Non-shoe-wearers have a lot of callousing on bottom of foot where it serves as natural protection. My foot care is basically to wear very wide open toed... (more)

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