Is this a *safe sex* toe sucking thread?
They are like marmite.
You either love them or hate them.
Did you rob a pair or something?
That's one scary avatar.
Do you need neutral pronation to wear them or can the be used with people with over pronation and a second toe that is longer than the big toe? Cheers
I'm experiencing a conundrum.
I wear customised orthotics normally (pronator, one foot points at a slight angle) - which are as far at the other end of the spectrum to Vibrams as you can go, I suppose.
I'm using the Vibrams for a weekly run (started with 10 mins, built it up per week and am now doing 5+ miles in them). They DO improve your efficiency and are just quite fun in themselves. A weekly 'Vibram Run' is how I'm going to use them.
Perhaps the best thing to do before taking the plunge is do some beach / grass running barefoot and see if you like / survive that.
My second toe is a tad longer than my big toe but it doesn't seem to matter. The advice on the Vibram site is to take a careful measurement of the longest distance between whichever toe and the heel. Worked for me fine.
No issues with mine at all... Vibram Five Finger Bikilas. Definitely none of the ones that you described. Have used mine for running and during water sports as well, not one issue of them rubbing as described or "shrinking".
As mentioned above. Sure they are not fake? I can understand people nto getting on with the barefoot concept but I haven't often heard the quality of the product questioned.
My thought - are they not too small and do you need a larger size?
Shrink - I doubt, not from the material they are made from. You feet are swelling as you run though. Black toenails def a sign that they are too small.
It could just be your foot shape / size. I can't use vibrams as my feet are oddly shaped.
I just received an email saying that someone had responded to my thread. Admittedly I wasn't going to write anything but i felt like i should as in my last post I said that they are good. Well yes they are good but i learnt a valuable lesson. Don't use them too much. I have not worn them for about 4 months now as I now need the support a trainer gives me. The last run i did in them was the city of manchester 10k. I think i just over did it but i had to limp to my car and couldn't walk properley for about 2 weeks. The pain eventually went but it was so annoying to not be able to do any exercise for a long time.
So based on the last 8 months of use with vibrams or so, i have decided to go back to my trainers for the time being.
I hope this follow up helps other runners.
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