Vibram five fingers

Which pair for distance running.

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13/03/2013 at 16:02


Don't take the piss i'm not even sure if i'm going to buy a pair, but i'm considering it... IF SO does anywhere do fitting as it sounds like you are screwed if you get the wrong size and...... if i'm going to get a pair i'll eventually want to try them at upto a marathon distance, which ones do you go for there seem to be so many of them? Are they all pretty much the same or is there a definitive one that is "the one" to go for if you are going to do an on road marathon.... I guess also what's the best for going through a bit of mud the sort of stuff that's only a couple of inches thick same ones, or do you need off road ones?

13/03/2013 at 16:24

Hey Booktrunk, you could try and get some from Barefoot athlete as providing you don't get them messy you can send them back!

I actually did a blog about the five fingers if you want to give it a look....

Its easier than re-typing it! ha ha ha

Sometimes you can find pop up stalls in shopping centres that have them, the last place I saw one was stratford westfield I think?

Hope that helps a little bit!


13/03/2013 at 16:52

Cheers. it helped a little.

Didn't really help with which ones do I go for it I go for a pair


But saying that i'll look at this barefoot athlete site and see what's on there.  Thanks.

13/03/2013 at 16:55

Oh... it may just be me, but barefoot athlete's website doesn't seem to think women exist!! Oh well

13/03/2013 at 16:58

Well I can help with a pair to NOT go for if you want to go big. Dont get the "Sprint" model as they get very thin very fast and they fall to bits when you show them any rough stuff.

They are the only ones I have had as I moved onto sandals, I didn't really like having my toes separated all the time and for me I just couldn't stop the blisters 

13/03/2013 at 17:00

lol good point! Most of them are kind of generic but they did used to have a vivo women's section

13/03/2013 at 21:10

Well I'll keep thinking about them... No idea if I eill ever get further then thinking. it's probably just me being silly!!
13/03/2013 at 22:03
Hummmmm Bikila.. They seem ok for distance running. Anyone agree / disagree they are suitable if I want to eventually do say a marathon in them?
14/03/2013 at 00:08
So chaos where is the cheapest place to get a pair of 5 finger bikila's
14/03/2013 at 10:39

I've got the classics which are one of the most basic pairs they do (no velcro straps securing them to feet, no special grip) and I run in them with absolutely no problems.

I turned up to a special Vibram promotional day wearing them and the Vibram guys were amazed that I ran in them over the more rugged styles, but to be honest, the difference between the Classics and the Bikila or Spyridon is going to be a couple of mm of extra neoprene.

Saying that, I do quite want a pair of the Spyridons ... supposedly for trail running but really because I like the colours

Sports Direct and Sports Pursuit often have Vibrams at reduced rates - check them out!

Re: sizing, I've found Vibrams to be the same as my normal street shoes rather than my running shoes (maybe it's just me, but my running trainers are about 2 sizes bigger than my stilettos and ballet flats).

14/03/2013 at 10:40

Possibly not helpful, but if you know anyone going to the States in the near future ask them to bring back a pair for you. I bought during a holiday to New York and they were about £30 cheaper than they are in the UK.

14/03/2013 at 19:18
Thanks xine
14/03/2013 at 20:58
My right for is a comfortable euro 37 and my left a big euro 38 ;(

Why don't they sell individual shoes
14/03/2013 at 21:42
Sod it!!

I've done it, ordered a pair. Might use them once and eBay them..... Might be my best running decision ever, shrug, who knows
15/03/2013 at 08:49

let us know how you get on! The Bikila is the slightly thicker one right?

15/03/2013 at 08:57

Back2Basics.  I will do Should arrive on Monday.  Regarding thickness, I think they are the slightly thicker ones   I  could be wrong about this, but that's what it seems to say from what i've read with a bit of padding under the ball of the foot compared to the skinnier ones.

I'll give them a little trial as soon as I get them, if I can get my feet into them

15/03/2013 at 10:44
Just out of interest, why have you decided to go down the "barefoot" route?
Also I think I read in another post that you have a marathon coming up. If you are not used to minimalist shoes then I would suggest running in your current shoes until after the marathon and then starting with the Vibrams. It does take quite a long time to transition from normal shoes.
15/03/2013 at 11:19

Why? .... I'm not really sure partially a whim, partially my first real injury.

I'm planning on wearing them out and about walking my dog quite a bit to begin with, and i'm thinking maybe a 5k once a week for the next few weeks. 

I'm not planning on ditching my other shoes instantly

I'm curious as much as anything, I wander around a lot in barefeet including wandering through my local town at times, and frankly I just want to experiment.

It could be an expensive whim that leads to nothing, but I just have an itch, and the only way to stop scratching it is going to be trying to run in a pair myself and see what they are like.

15/03/2013 at 12:03
Good luck with them. Just don't do too much in them too soon as you don't want to wreck your calves before the marathon.
15/03/2013 at 12:16

Yes, good point!!

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