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Anyone own a pair of these? Just bought some yesterday from a friend's recommendation ("barefoot" runner). Seems in conjuction with the SS mentality---simpler = better, less = more, etc. Felt weird and cool walking around the neighborhood yesterday...kind of like the first SS ride.
 

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Wait a few days and I'll have learned to give you the finger with my gloved foot. The really smelly kind.

They're for running (road or trail), and hiking.
 

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Wait a few days and I'll have learned to give you the finger with my gloved foot. The really smelly kind.

They're for running (road or trail), and hiking.
what if you're running from some ******** through a field and you step on dog doo?
What if you step on a nail?
can they help you climb up trees like an angry monkey?
will they ever come out with the SPD version?
When you give me the finger, will it be because you can grab things with your opposable toe?

so many questions...

your toe dexterity will increase, giving you the unnatural ability to text with your feet, paint, even change a diaper. Put all this on Youtube after I become your celebrity status manager.
 

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Sell em and have em, everyone at my shop has at least one pair...we can't keep them in stock!

Ever since "Born to Run" came out everyone is going crazy about barefoot running, walking, hiking....

Their the next "Crocs", they'll be done in a couple of seasons....maybe
 

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I thought about getting some but realized they are not practical for riding, my brother has some and he gets a lot of weird looks from everybody when we go anywhere with him
 

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ernesto_from_Wisconsin said:
what if you're running from some ******** through a field and you step on dog doo?
What if you step on a nail?
can they help you climb up trees like an angry monkey?
will they ever come out with the SPD version?
When you give me the finger, will it be because you can grab things with your opposable toe?

so many questions...

your toe dexterity will increase, giving you the unnatural ability to text with your feet, paint, even change a diaper. Put all this on Youtube after I become your celebrity status manager.
You're pretty inquisitive for a guy that sells his own lube. I'll get back to you in a few weeks. :D

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Sell em and have em, everyone at my shop has at least one pair...we can't keep them in stock!

Ever since "Born to Run" came out everyone is going crazy about barefoot running, walking, hiking....

Their the next "Crocs", they'll be done in a couple of seasons....maybe
The same friend recommended that book, which I'm about 1/3 way through. Interesting read. I'm not sure where this "new fad" will go---I'm just merely trying it out to see if I like it. But Raramuri finishing first/second/third in the Leadville 100 footrace says something. (I know.......---it's not the shoes).
 

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You're pretty inquisitive for a guy that sells his own lube. I'll get back to you in a few weeks. :D

The same friend recommended that book, which I'm about 1/3 way through. Interesting read. I'm not sure where this "new fad" will go---I'm just merely trying it out to see if I like it. But Raramuri finishing first/second/third in the Leadville 100 footrace says something. (I know.......---it's not the shoes).
I'm just teasin' :thumbsup:

I just got done reading Twilight and I feel like a whiner.
 

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Anyone own a pair of these? Just bought some yesterday from a friend's recommendation ("barefoot" runner). Seems in conjuction with the SS mentality---simpler = better, less = more, etc. Felt weird and cool walking around the neighborhood yesterday...kind of like the first SS ride.
What brand are they?
 

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My roommate has them, but he's well past the days where he strings consecutive half miles together on runs. I kinda want a pair, as my legs and feet do better with a flexible sole, but as things are, I head out to the soccer field near my house and just run barefoot in the grass.

I always thought SS shoes were velco strap roos; look swank, simple securing mechanism and everyone wants one, but not everyone can handle the ride.
 

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What brand are they?
Vibram Five Fingers (VFF). KSO model. There are various forms of these "barefoot running shoes", such as the ones on www.invisibleshoe.com. Interesting concept, which my friend swears by.

Now that you've finished up Twilight, pick up "Born to Run". Won't have the Edward-esque charm or sizzling bod-of-Jacob, but plenty of scantly-clad tribesmen. Bumblebee Tuna.
 

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I always thought SS shoes were velco strap roos; look swank, simple securing mechanism and everyone wants one, but not everyone can handle the ride.
One major element of SS shoes I failed to mention specifically (but covered under "etc") - Geek factor. Which the Roos and VFF's both possess. Only thing keeping the Roos out of the running is the double straps (only need single).
 

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I don't get it. I am no orthodicts(sp?) expert, but that can't be good for your feet. I understand it might be comfortable walking around but running? I see feet and back problems in the future. Oh wait it is like SS, we will all have knee problems at some point.
 

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I don't get it. I am no orthodicts(sp?) expert, but that can't be good for your feet. I understand it might be comfortable walking around but running? I see feet and back problems in the future. Oh wait it is like SS, we will all have knee problems at some point.
The premise is that the body is structured for a certain type of gait. Your heel bone is relatively porous and can absorb a bit of a hit. Your tendons, the muscles of your feet all work in controlling your movements and influence the movements of your legs. Modern running shoes provide a lot of cushion and limit the muscles/tendons in a foot to develop, which makes your foot, the conduit between your body and the surface you are running on the weakest link.

As a runner, I had fairly regular injuries- Achilles tendinitis, inflamed plantar fasciitis, etc. I read a couple studies and switched to racing flats for all my runs and never looked back. Less cushioning made me modify my stride, as the heel strike that I was accustomed to kinda hurt on pavement and I actually got faster- so I turned into 7:30 pace time for long distances, 6:30 for shorter. Not bad for 200 lbs monster.

You might have a different experience, but they are a good/great idea and I hope pnut loves the **** out of them. They just aren't as cool as Roos, even with the strap issue.
 

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My question is do they have to make them with all the toes in their own little glove? Why can't the make a nice flexible sole that lools like a normal shoe. That way you can have the optimal running shoe AND they don't look retarded as f*ck!

I think the theory is great, it's just the design that I don't really see they need for. Seems like you could just put some cloth over the toe part and it'll look just like a regular shoe with all the benefits of a barefoot shoe. Seems like a little bit of anatomy mixed with a marketing gimmick...albeit a very ugly marketing gimmick.
 

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My question is do they have to make them with all the toes in their own little glove? Why can't the make a nice flexible sole that lools like a normal shoe. That way you can have the optimal running shoe AND they don't look retarded as f*ck!

I think the theory is great, it's just the design that I don't really see they need for. Seems like you could just put some cloth over the toe part and it'll look just like a regular shoe with all the benefits of a barefoot shoe. Seems like a little bit of anatomy mixed with a marketing gimmick...albeit a very ugly marketing gimmick.
Sure, but without those toes, you'll never learn to masturbate with your feet.
 

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sparkie said:
I don't get it. I am no orthodicts(sp?) expert, but that can't be good for your feet. I understand it might be comfortable walking around but running? I see feet and back problems in the future. Oh wait it is like SS, we will all have knee problems at some point.
Take it up with whoever designed our feet.
 

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GDubT said:
My question is do they have to make them with all the toes in their own little glove? Why can't the make a nice flexible sole that lools like a normal shoe. That way you can have the optimal running shoe AND they don't look retarded as f*ck!

I think the theory is great, it's just the design that I don't really see they need for. Seems like you could just put some cloth over the toe part and it'll look just like a regular shoe with all the benefits of a barefoot shoe. Seems like a little bit of anatomy mixed with a marketing gimmick...albeit a very ugly marketing gimmick.
Actually, there are plenty of options available for "minimalist" shoes. Back in my track/xc days in high school, I ran exclusively on racing flats that had soles made of mouse pads. These are still available today (racing flats)---just go to any running store. Also, shoe companies are starting to make "barefoot" running shoes, like Nike Free.
 
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