Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Chicagoland, Southwest Suburbs
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I have a pair of the vibram five-fingers, I don't like them. My left foot is about an inch longer than my right, so after running a few km my toes start to feel pinched and sore. I tried a size bigger but they were too big and I know I would have ended up tripping myself. I really agree with the philosophy behind the whole barefoot movement and I was so excited to try a pair that I ignored the fact that they didn't "fit like a glove" as they are meant to. So my advice would be to really be honest with yourself when you try them on and if they don't feel 100% comfortable don't buy them. I haven't tried the Merrell or any of the other minimalist shoes though so I can't speak for those. I just figure why spend money on shoes that are meant to feel like bare feet, when I could just run for free in my bare feet?
I tried the Vibram as well; I think I spent about about two hours (during two separate visits to REI) trying out the different styles, and maneuvering on various surfaces to get an idea of flexible they were.
Initially I was quite taken with them; they seemed to conform to my foot very well. But there were a few minor issues with the construction, particularly the length of the toe sleeves (they don't account for people with slightly longer toes), so I didn't end up purchasing them.
However, I know people who do have them, and they can't say enough positive things. Just make sure before you buy them that you are honest with yourself about how well they fit. "OK" is not good enough.
Even a minor issue can result in major problems if you're out walking or running for extended periods of time.
The Doctor: I hate robots. Did I say?
Roman Groom: Yeah, and he's not too fond of you. What's wrong with robots?
The Doctor: It's not the robots, it's the people. Dressing them up and giving them silly voices. You're reducing them.
Roman Groom: Yeah. Friend of mine, she made her domestic robot look like a dog.
The Doctor: Ah, well, dogs. That's different.
- Doctor Who, The Waters of Mars
Last edited by Desy; 12-29-2012 at 12:45 PM.