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Vibram Komodosport LS for Badminton

Commented on February 23, 2013
Created February 20, 2013 at 11:40 PM

So, I was thinking of getting some new shoes for badminton.

While I know about the traditional badminton shoes, I was wondering how minimalist footwear - like Vibrams - would do. The best Vibrams for this appear to be the KMD LS - http://www.vibramfivefingers.com/products/Five-Fingers-KMD-Sport-LS-Mens.htm

So... any suggestions on a minimalist shoe for badminton?

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on February 23, 2013
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I think it's a matter of personal preference. The Vibrams have held up well from all my activities (running, hiking, crossfit, baseball, etc). I think they are great for the types of quick moves required by competitive badminton. However, they are expensive and you might be the only person wearing them on the badminton court. :) My advice would be to go with what you're most comfortable with, and not if you think the shoes will hold up. Also, there is a break-in period for the Vibrams where your feet, calves, and arches will strengthen so take that into account as well.

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on February 21, 2013
at 08:14 AM

Thanks! But I play much more intensive badminton, jump smashing and lots of quick cuts and changing direction. Will the Vibrams be able to withstand that kind of abuse? Would my knees be able to? After all, I could buy a top-of-the-range badminton shoe at the price of the Vibrams.

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on February 21, 2013
at 03:28 AM

I do all my exercising and recreational sports in my Vibrams. They are low to the ground and I don't experience any "rolling" like I do in a workout shoe with a higher sole.

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on February 21, 2013
at 08:14 AM

Thanks! But I play much more intensive badminton, jump smashing and lots of quick cuts and changing direction. Will the Vibrams be able to withstand that kind of abuse? Would my knees be able to? After all, I could buy a top-of-the-range badminton shoe at the price of the Vibrams.

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on February 23, 2013
at 06:12 AM

I think it's a matter of personal preference. The Vibrams have held up well from all my activities (running, hiking, crossfit, baseball, etc). I think they are great for the types of quick moves required by competitive badminton. However, they are expensive and you might be the only person wearing them on the badminton court. :) My advice would be to go with what you're most comfortable with, and not if you think the shoes will hold up. Also, there is a break-in period for the Vibrams where your feet, calves, and arches will strengthen so take that into account as well.

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