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Vibram Finger Shoes- Thoughts?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 01, 2011 at 10:45 PM

So I bought my vibram shoes about 5 months ago and am amazed with how comfortable they have been to walk in.

I seem to get alot more attention with those as a lot of people just look in amazement with how someone can wear a shoe that fits all toes individually.

I've used it mostly for cross-fit and running. Works wonders as I don't ever twist my knee anymore while running- as I used to in the past.

What's your experience with them? Is the wear/tear and life span of them a pretty long time?

http://www.vibramfivefingers.com/products/Five-Fingers-Komodo-Sport-Womans.htm

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(3259)

on September 02, 2011
at 06:39 PM

Great tip - I was just about to play my first game in VFFs.

E7a462d6e99fec7e8f0ddda11b34a770

(1638)

on September 02, 2011
at 05:03 PM

Y'all need to go to a dive shop and get some of the enzyme cleaner that they use on their gear after dives. Just soak the shoes in it for a bit and hang them up to dry.

100fd85230060e754fc13394eee6d6f1

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on September 02, 2011
at 02:23 PM

That is, not really "coming apart", but they have holes on the top in various places.

100fd85230060e754fc13394eee6d6f1

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on September 02, 2011
at 02:22 PM

Mine are coming apart at 18 months, but I have worn them everywhere, gotten them wet many times, even in the winter I wore them inside for fitness classes. They recently developed a hole on the sole on one side. I'm thinking of using a bike tube patch kit on it.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on September 02, 2011
at 12:18 PM

At first, it's a royal pain to get on- I totally agree...After a few times, you get used to it, and it's not too bad! They are comfortable tho!

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on September 02, 2011
at 12:17 PM

Yeah I just throw mine in washer and then let them air dry. If you buy Dr. Schools foot spray on your feet, that also works well to keep them from an odor.

8c5533ffe71bd4262fedc7e898ead1ba

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on September 02, 2011
at 10:48 AM

I know some guys that have put 1,000+ miles on VFFs. Since there is not EVA cushioning, there's nothing to breakdown.

74c1777d7d39b053ca64c065dcdb0072

(713)

on September 02, 2011
at 10:40 AM

Mark my words. Washing will get the funk out for maybe a month or two.( I wear my all the time)

De641ff2accb4975e1f42886b43009db

(2227)

on September 02, 2011
at 03:57 AM

You could just put them in the washer.. I've had mine for 7 days and I've already washed them once.

F46d472ee4e097afd7e0081ed6f6ab21

(745)

on September 02, 2011
at 01:56 AM

Got my first pair a week agon too- totally hooked!!!!

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

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on September 02, 2011
at 12:33 AM

I've noticed shin pain when I wear regular shoes too. Not fun :(

De641ff2accb4975e1f42886b43009db

(2227)

on September 02, 2011
at 12:15 AM

Yup, point taken. Day one will consist of 7.5 miles with no pack, which is when I will test them out. If I'm feeling sore the next day I will switch to my Merrells. Thanks :)

De641ff2accb4975e1f42886b43009db

(2227)

on September 02, 2011
at 12:13 AM

Point taken! The trip will be broken into several days, so if I'm feeling sore after day one I will switch to my Merrells.

C5c3a1fb34a486366e45afbb5eaaca05

(453)

on September 02, 2011
at 12:08 AM

Be careful backpacking if you haven't been wearing them long. I got a metatarsal stress fracture from one day of overuse with a minimalist shoe because I hadn't properly transitioned into them. I can't imagine weight + increased mileage + uneven terrain would be best for an untrained foot.

De641ff2accb4975e1f42886b43009db

(2227)

on September 01, 2011
at 11:03 PM

Oh absolutely, my dog and I run about a mile until we get to the beach.. jump right into the water and swim a bit, and then run right back to the car! However, they wont dry out overnight unless you get them out in the sun for a few hours.

De641ff2accb4975e1f42886b43009db

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on September 01, 2011
at 11:03 PM

Oh absolutely, my dog and I run about a mile until we get to the beach.. jump right into the water and swim a bit, and then run right back to the car!

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on September 01, 2011
at 10:57 PM

I've had them for 6 months and they still look fairly new, so durability is great...I'm wondering how much longer they will be like that until you replace them. I have a friend who had his for a few years before he got his replaced after holes finally breaking in.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on September 01, 2011
at 10:53 PM

You were them swimming also??? Hmmmm, never thought about that!

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F1b39d4f620876330312f4925bd51900

(4090)

on September 02, 2011
at 04:28 PM

Just an FYI -Nothing ruins them faster than wearing them on a tennis court. It only took One time and I had holes in mine. Something about the surface and the movements, just eat them alive. Had my first pair a year and finally they just looked like old dishrags after hiking a ton in hawaii. My komodos have a bit more tread and they are doing great this summer for walking and hiking. (I didn't like the extra tread but it wore off quickly and they are now comfortable).

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(3259)

on September 02, 2011
at 06:39 PM

Great tip - I was just about to play my first game in VFFs.

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4fca5e11d50731edbf4cf2ec38691aa3

on September 01, 2011
at 11:28 PM

I went to Hawaii during Christmas. Friends took me on an eight mile hike up and down hills. I was wearing New balance running shoes. On the way back I began to have shin problems. I have no hills in Indiana. Where I live is flat. I could not walk without shin pain. flip flops were out of the question. I could walk barefoot without pain though. So I put on my vibrams. We walked all over Kona that afternoon and hiked a volcano the next day. I felt very sure footed while leaping over large cracks in volcanic rock on uneven ground. I believe I could have twisted my ankle with out the Vibrams. I wore my vibrams the rest of the week, with dresses and everything. I did not care what anyone thought. If not for the vibrams, I would have been limping around all week.

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on September 02, 2011
at 12:33 AM

I've noticed shin pain when I wear regular shoes too. Not fun :(

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F3176aa8463fe7f416f4da0d04974c1d

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on September 01, 2011
at 11:08 PM

I have two pairs of Bikilas, and I love them! I use one for running/weights/general working out, and the other one for just walking around. I think they're absolutely worth the money, and they're SO comfortable!

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99a6e964584f20f3f69ad3a70a335353

(1334)

on September 02, 2011
at 05:20 PM

I use them for weight lifting. I can definitely tell the difference between them and regular old running shoes when doing squats or DLs.

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218f4d92627e4289cc81178fce5b4d00

on September 02, 2011
at 04:42 AM

Thoughts? ,love wearing them for exercise and hiking, scrambling movnat style motion. Cons, they are a royal pain in the A double S to get on especially when your foot is already Clammy. They are expensive. They don't breathe well in humid climes and result in desquamation of your feet ( well kso do anyway)

As for smell, you people need to source some stuff called Grans foot remedy, its some magic powder created by the odour killing gods that absolutely works on ALL stinky shoes, no ifs no buts, get some, use it and be free of the stink.

For just cruising, you still can't beat birkenstock,

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on September 02, 2011
at 12:18 PM

At first, it's a royal pain to get on- I totally agree...After a few times, you get used to it, and it's not too bad! They are comfortable tho!

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74c1777d7d39b053ca64c065dcdb0072

on September 02, 2011
at 02:48 AM

I have been wearing mine for 10 months and are on their last legs. They have lasted longer than most athletic shoes.

My biggest complaint is they smell bad really easily. I have gone to soaking them in effervescent denture tablets.

De641ff2accb4975e1f42886b43009db

(2227)

on September 02, 2011
at 03:57 AM

You could just put them in the washer.. I've had mine for 7 days and I've already washed them once.

74c1777d7d39b053ca64c065dcdb0072

(713)

on September 02, 2011
at 10:40 AM

Mark my words. Washing will get the funk out for maybe a month or two.( I wear my all the time)

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on September 02, 2011
at 12:17 PM

Yeah I just throw mine in washer and then let them air dry. If you buy Dr. Schools foot spray on your feet, that also works well to keep them from an odor.

E7a462d6e99fec7e8f0ddda11b34a770

(1638)

on September 02, 2011
at 05:03 PM

Y'all need to go to a dive shop and get some of the enzyme cleaner that they use on their gear after dives. Just soak the shoes in it for a bit and hang them up to dry.

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1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on September 02, 2011
at 12:17 AM

I wear my women's Sprints everywhere. I've had them for a year now, and they're holding up great. I'm not a runner, so basically they're worn at work and when I'm out and about. I throw them in with the dark load of laundry every week, and have not seen so much as a loose thread.

I also get stopped a lot in stores, mainly asking how I like them and how my legs feel. I mention that my legs and feet hurt more after wearing low heels or regular shoes than wearing my Vibrams :)

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F5f742cc9228eb5804114d0f3be4e587

(7660)

on September 01, 2011
at 11:47 PM

I love mine, and I'm simultaneously looking forward to/dreading using them in a Warrior Dash in a week. Looking forward to because they will be awesome and dreading because they're going to get worked!

I've read that they can have some durability issues if you move a lot laterally, like in Ultimate Frisbee or something. But mine are holding up well with hiking, running, and playground workouts.

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386dde6de2e7f33429e9a0ac1ba8ce42

(263)

on September 01, 2011
at 11:21 PM

I have a pair of the KSO TrekSport that I've been wearing out hiking for about 6 months now. Mine are still in perfect condition. My husband has been wearing his out EVERYWHERE for about the same amount of time. He has a few tiny puncture holes from thorny things along the seam of one of them, but otherwise they are still in great condition.

I just ordered a pair of Flow for swimming and going out in wet/cold weather.

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240aba93cf35b459ef1fdaca0fa18b78

on September 01, 2011
at 10:56 PM

I'm hooked on them...I really enjoy doing oly movements in them...I also use them in the ocean when I standup paddleboard over the reef or rocks. They seem to be hanging in there as far as wear goes. I'll definitely buy another pair soon though because they're worth every penny.

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8e1876a74536739ecf7bef97d5d97b76

(747)

on September 01, 2011
at 10:53 PM

Question: Do you feel they wear out slower, faster, or equal to the wear-out rate of traditional athletic shoes?

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on September 01, 2011
at 10:57 PM

I've had them for 6 months and they still look fairly new, so durability is great...I'm wondering how much longer they will be like that until you replace them. I have a friend who had his for a few years before he got his replaced after holes finally breaking in.

100fd85230060e754fc13394eee6d6f1

(18696)

on September 02, 2011
at 02:22 PM

Mine are coming apart at 18 months, but I have worn them everywhere, gotten them wet many times, even in the winter I wore them inside for fitness classes. They recently developed a hole on the sole on one side. I'm thinking of using a bike tube patch kit on it.

100fd85230060e754fc13394eee6d6f1

(18696)

on September 02, 2011
at 02:23 PM

That is, not really "coming apart", but they have holes on the top in various places.

8c5533ffe71bd4262fedc7e898ead1ba

(1724)

on September 02, 2011
at 10:48 AM

I know some guys that have put 1,000+ miles on VFFs. Since there is not EVA cushioning, there's nothing to breakdown.

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De641ff2accb4975e1f42886b43009db

(2227)

on September 01, 2011
at 10:51 PM

Bought my first pair a week ago and I've worn them EVERYWHERE. Absolutely love them. I mainly use them for trail running and swimming (in the same trip) with my dog. Taking them backpacking this weekend, which will be at least 15 miles. Can't believe I never bought a pair sooner...

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on September 01, 2011
at 10:53 PM

You were them swimming also??? Hmmmm, never thought about that!

De641ff2accb4975e1f42886b43009db

(2227)

on September 02, 2011
at 12:15 AM

Yup, point taken. Day one will consist of 7.5 miles with no pack, which is when I will test them out. If I'm feeling sore the next day I will switch to my Merrells. Thanks :)

De641ff2accb4975e1f42886b43009db

(2227)

on September 02, 2011
at 12:13 AM

Point taken! The trip will be broken into several days, so if I'm feeling sore after day one I will switch to my Merrells.

De641ff2accb4975e1f42886b43009db

(2227)

on September 01, 2011
at 11:03 PM

Oh absolutely, my dog and I run about a mile until we get to the beach.. jump right into the water and swim a bit, and then run right back to the car! However, they wont dry out overnight unless you get them out in the sun for a few hours.

De641ff2accb4975e1f42886b43009db

(2227)

on September 01, 2011
at 11:03 PM

Oh absolutely, my dog and I run about a mile until we get to the beach.. jump right into the water and swim a bit, and then run right back to the car!

C5c3a1fb34a486366e45afbb5eaaca05

(453)

on September 02, 2011
at 12:08 AM

Be careful backpacking if you haven't been wearing them long. I got a metatarsal stress fracture from one day of overuse with a minimalist shoe because I hadn't properly transitioned into them. I can't imagine weight + increased mileage + uneven terrain would be best for an untrained foot.

F46d472ee4e097afd7e0081ed6f6ab21

(745)

on September 02, 2011
at 01:56 AM

Got my first pair a week agon too- totally hooked!!!!

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