I bought a pair of KSO's in early April. I like how comfortable they are: I had some doubt before I purchased them. What does everyone here think of them? Has anyone seen any benefits by wearing them? Is there anything that you do not like about them?
So far I have nothing bad to say about them. However, I have noticed that I've developed a strong foot odor after about three weeks of wearing them. I have washed them, yet this didn't help the problem any. Has anyone else noticed this? If so, have you been able to manage the odor any?
For odor control, I do 2 things:
Good luck, they are incredibly comfortable (albeit goofy looking!)
the best way to ELIMINATE the odor, not just mask it is to use efferdent or some other denture cleaner, soak them in it for about an our and then let them air dry overnight. these types of solutions actually kill the odor causing bacteria, yet do not harm the shoes, Vibram even recommends this. I have tried this and it works amazing!!
I have a pair of Treks and a pair of Sprints. I've been wearing them a lot; around the house, running errands, a couple of times to the office, while working at home, and walking for at least 1hr/day.
Suffice to say that I wear traditional shoes rarely at best anymore, and that the VFFs seem to work as advertised. My toes are splaying, my soles are toughening (Sprints on gravel roads are a great foot massage and may have to do with the tougher soles), and my feet feel different, somehow; stronger. I've also noticed that walking in VFFs reduces pain from a herniated spinal disc.
In terms of odour management, I wash them. Also, a couple of weeks ago I borrowed some nylon sockettes from my wife, stuffed them full of aromatic cedar shavings from a local pet store, and whenever I remove my VFFs I stuff a shaving-filled sockette into each. It makes a big difference in terms of odour.
Further to this, I've read that sticking them in the freezer for 24 hours also works. I'm trying this tonight with my Sprints, which were due for a wash.
Benefits: I'm convinced that my six-year battle with plantar fasciitis was conquered (in about 6 months) in equal parts due to Paleo (removing inflammatory agents) and going barefoot/VFFs (restoring proper biomechanics and strengthening the feet). My posture has improved. I can walk, stand, run without pain. The benefits are just too obvious to question. I never wear shoes if I can help it.
Odor management: the most effective solution I've found is reply #10 on this Crossfit forum thread
My VFFs are fine for weeks, but they will smell pretty fast if I wear them in the rain. Baking soda helps but doesn't kill everything. The vinegar soak takes care of all odors, at least for me. It apparently kills the bacteria that cause the odors. Thanks to Kevin Thomas for the tip.
These Injinji socks (available at REI) are a perfect liner. I normally wear them with the VFFs. This greatly reduces the odor issues.
I adore my Five Fingers! My feet, which used to give me agony every day (every time I tried to put my weight back on my feet after having them up off the floor? KILLED me) never hurt anymore and my feet, ankle and calf muscles are stronger like WOAH.
I get the odour issues too, so I wash them. It's mostly worked up til now, but it's starting to get worse and hang around longer. I'm going to give the baking soda thing a go. I mean, if it works for fridges, right? :)
I have a pair of Sprints and some Feelmax Osmas. I would definitely recommend minimal footwear for everyone.
Here's some notes:
I just bought some KSO's also and the salesperson told me to was with pet shampoo and really focus on the heal area, she also said a little baby powder before wearing them helps a ton too. FYI - I love mine so far!!!
I bought mine a couple of months ago and love them as well. They're basically the only shoes I wear now. My feet feel stronger and I can curl my toes more than I used to without getting a cramp.
If I wear mine too long without washing, I get the odor problem, too. So far washing has taken care of the issue. I wash mine about once a week.
I haven't been using soap on most of my body since the beginning of the year but started using soap to wash my feet recently to help curb any odor problems. The jury is still out on that. I've heard that putting some baking soda in occasionally can help. I'll try that if I run into any problems.
I wear mine to the gym 5 to 7 times a week. I don't - or rarely - use them as an all-day shoe since I haven't mastered the non-heel-strike method of walking gracefully, yet. Odor hasn't been a big problem (in my opinion!) though I have washed them once when they seemed to be headed that way.
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