Five Fingered Shoes

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by Buzzez, Sep 20, 2010.

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Five Fingered Shoes. What do you think?

  1. Five fingered shoes are the greatest advancement in foot wear, ladies dig the guys that wear them.

  2. Five fingered shoes are the greatest advancement in foot wear...but you'll never get laid.

  3. Five fingered shoes are a scam, fad...But the cool kids wear them...

  4. Five fingered shoes are a scam fad and if you wear them in public you'll never get laid, ever.

  5. Five fingered shoes... I have the hammer toe version...

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  1. anonny

    anonny What could go wrong?

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    I know my wife has a set of these in a closet somewhere, as I only seen her wear them a handful of times I can only assume they went as good as she was telling me they were.
  2. Krabill

    Krabill Long timer

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    I've got two pair. I don't care what anybody else says, or who sues who, they are still the most comfortable footwear I've ever put on.
  3. DriveShaft

    DriveShaft Long timer

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    The problem they have is that from a consumer perspective (a typical idiot), whether it's actually going to be more healthful to run in an unstructured shoe is not black or white, and largely dependent on the typical idiot's decisions. How's that going to turn out? You're going to have idiots trying to run ultra-marathons in these things, and in 20 years time they'll be hobbling around with zero soft tissue under their calcaneus wondering whether it was so worth it to strengthen their digital flexors.

    Use it in moderation and within healthful boundaries, and I'm sure vibram's got a sound argument for its benefits. But be a dumb-ass about it and you'll regret it...and so will vibram. The messaging around athletics always runs counter to that though. It's not...be healthy...do things in moderation. It's Be healthy...go do something your body is barely able to achieve....Yes, run a god damn marathon. Oh...you can run a marathon? Great...run two. Muscles...might react well to stress. They grow. Bones...to some degree do as well. Ligaments...Cartilage, Mensisci...these things don't react in the same manner...they wear down. They disappear. A shoe like vibrams will make that a larger dimension of what you subject your body to.
  4. BigIron

    BigIron Tenured Prof - Leghump U.

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    I run on pavement with mine. For me, just better than conventional shoes.
  5. PoundSand

    PoundSand Long timer

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    Nike free v3s are up there in comfort... Some days more comfortable...
  6. Organic Mechanic

    Organic Mechanic Awesome sauce taster

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    still love mine, 5th or so pair I have had. I used to get bad foot pain, but since wearing these foot condoms, gone...been years now.
  7. Junglerot

    Junglerot Hodor!

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    I wear mine to the gym every single week to lift weights. They're fantastic for squatting and deadlifting.
    I have no doubt that the lawsuit is a result of geniuses buying a new pair and hitting the streets for their normal run in them. By all accounts you need to start by wearing them for normal activity, just walking around and such, and then moving up to light jogging on soft surfaces such as grass for short periods, and slowly progressing from there.
  8. SilkMoneyLove

    SilkMoneyLove Long timer

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    I guess too, I don't buy things to make "me" better. I buy things that I can use and sometimes I get a benefit (sometimes I buy beer and just get drunk).

    I think people forget that they have to "do" something to make a product work.

    Buying P90X and letting the DVD sit on the player isn't doing anything for you.

    Buying Vibrams doesn't make your feet stronger, but if you work up to it (like any exercise) you will feel a difference in your feet. Whether your feet are overall stronger, I don't know, but it does feel different and I like to mix it up. I think it is like cross training for your feet.
  9. enduro0125

    enduro0125 Sticks and Stones™..

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  10. broncobowsher

    broncobowsher Long timer

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    Love them in fair weather
    Worthless in the snow
  11. milq

    milq Been here awhile

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    I'd forgotten about this thread. I quit wearing my skele-toes earlier this year, I'd developed tendon pain in my Achilles. The pain cleared up in 2-3 weeks and I put them back on for half a day...next morning the pain was coming back.

    They were comfortable for my feet but not much else.
  12. Tinker1980

    Tinker1980 Long timer

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    I've a pair of these. I tend to walk around barefoot when not on a motorcycle or bicycle. I don't think these shoes will make you a super-runner, but for me, I find that it's like going barefoot in public, only they can't throw you out of places. :lol3

    I have the pair pictured in the OP.

    Other nice things about them - they are safe to put in the washing machine, I don't slip and fall on my ass when wearing them, I can walk quietly in them, and if I have to walk all day (Like a few years back, when the family and I went to Silver Dollar City) my feet don't hurt at the end of the day.
  13. cbolling

    cbolling Here...Hold my Beer.

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    I have not worn mine in a while. I have a 44 but think that I need a 45. I guess that my feet have grown some.

    Who knows? Anyway I am 43 years old so I doubt it.

    I have noticed that I don't see them in stores like I did a couple of years ago.
  14. C/1/509

    C/1/509 Why?

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    Probably a reason for that
  15. AppFan

    AppFan Been here awhile

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    Like crocs or anything else they've run their popularity cycle.
    That being said, I was happy with them before their cycle and will keep a pair in rotation for the activities I like them for.
  16. Shuffler

    Shuffler Hommes Grande

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    They didn't work for me and my hammer toes ... one must have nice, straight toes to get these things on, otherwise forget it.

    Found them to be comfortable but my smallest & 2nd smallest toes kept slipping out of their 'compartments' which was super annoying. Never ran in them ... that's foolish for a +200lb dude.

    So I gave them away to charity.
  17. cbolling

    cbolling Here...Hold my Beer.

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    They definitely can be hard to put on. Especially if you have a beer gut. I found that the more I wore them the better my feet felt overall.

    I like them and may get another pair but I am pretty cheap and just bought a pair of Teva's which will cover most of the activities that I wore the five fingers for.