I really need new shoes, appropriate ones for when I want to go jogging. I had what I thought was a shin-splint for a couple of weeks, which likely was actually an ischiatic-nerve inflammation.
I hear mixed messages all the time (unfortunately that's so in the media and society in general).
So, here's the question.
Would you recommend Vibram Five Fingers shoes for jogging? Yes or no?
If you have any personal experiences with these shoes, please do share them. :)
Many thanks in advance. :)
Yes, but ease yourself into them. You are using different foot/ankle/knee muscles so wear them 1-2 hours/day for a couple weeks until you used to them so as to avoid injury.
They are very comfy.
Of course, I recommend jogging barefoot or in simple sandals but if you must buy shoes these are a good bet.
Thank you Peter. :)
Really? Jogging barefoot outside (even where stones are sometimes hard to avoid)? No offense, but I can't imagine sandals being any good for that. First of all because they'd likely be broken into very quickly. Second of all, my feet are not quite finished with their "anti-fungus a la 811 treatment" yet. ;p
Regardless, thanks for your advice and any further advice/experiences are appreciated. :)
I was jogging barefoot on roads for a while, and my dad finished a marathon completely barefoot, over cinders and rough sidewalks, and all kinds of crap. I think by sandals he means these kinds: http://www.invisibleshoe.com/store/ I've run in them, and they're actually not bad. They take a little bit of getting used to, but I was fine with them a couple of tenths in.
When I took off my shoes outside for the first time since I was a kid it hurt really bad, I walked on a dirt trail at like 1 mph and couldn't take the pain after about a half mile, 7 months later I can go about 10 miles before I've had enough.
It gets really fun after a few hundred miles over a few months. You'll probably be able to sprint on gravel, pavement, pieces of glass within a year.
Watch this funny video, Deadly Broken Glass Dilemma
Watch the part where the cat doesn't hear the person coming, your near silent while running when you get a smooth form.
I own a pair, and like the other commenter said, make sure you really break them in and let your feet get used to them! Its a little different than running with normal running shoes obviously so take your time and build up endurance to them, because the first time I ran with them I wasn't able to run alot. I have a history of horrible shin splints that kept coming back every time I tried to run again. Everyone kept saying I needed new shoes! I finally took their advice and I haven't gotten any injuries yet with these kicks. So I'd say, if you have frequent shins splints or injuries, this shoe is a very good choice for you!
yes! I love my vibram. I've had 3 pairs. (one pair was lost by a family member, and the second was nearly decimated by a dog attack...) and I've loved them all. like Peter said, I recommend easing into them. once you do get into it, you're never going to want to stop wearing them! sometimes I just wear my vibrams instead of 'normal' shoes, because they're just that much better! :) they're so comfy and they feel much more natural than 'regular' shoes. I also dislike sandals now, because they're very strange on my feet....
Thanks everyone for your replies. :)
While I LOVE my vibrams and find them incredibly comfortable and great to run and hike in I just wanted to let you know I've had them for two months and have put three holes in them. Two holes are in the fabric on the inside of the big toes, if that makes any sense, created by friction with my second toes. The third, was created while walking through the forest, something (still unknown to me) pierced my shoe and my foot pretty badly. I still love them and have just taped them up but it is worth knowing that they aren't made for intensive use. I have the Komodosport model.
ABSOLUTLY! YES YES YES Vibram 5 fingers are the best! for your foot health and awareness, your joints and your posture! get a pair and your love them <3
I bought a pair of VFF Treksports back in early Dec 2011, I used them for transitioning to fulltime barefoot life. Now I just use them when I go into stores, one: so I don't slip on wet linoleum barefoot, two: so the manager doesn't tell me to go find shoes cause of "safety reasons". I also use them sometimes when my feet are too sore to walk around.
Mine got the holes in the big toe where it rubs against the next toe, like everyone gets. These things get smelly if you don't use the toe socks, I don't use the socks tho, I just don't wear them too long. I finally cut the straps off mine and the ear holes for the strap, fits fine and stays on my foot without, more blood circulation, I would just take the straps off I were you, but not cut the holes off right away, go for a few weeks and then see if you still want to cut the strap holes off, depending on the model you choose this might be a good idea or not.
Their expensive if you look in the wrong places, like up to $100 US, I got them on sale at Eastern Mountain Sports for $70, probably can get them for less now, or off ebay, all these minimalist shoe companies are flooding the market and the prices have come down to regular sneaker prices.
Everyone swears by the KSO (keeps stuff out) model as an all purpose shoe.
They have no cushioning, so while you continue to heel step occasionally in the first few months it might hurt.
You will get sores on your feet if you are used to shoes with socks all the time, use moleskin patches (wish I could of found those things in stores, had to settle for bandaids or ducttape).
Go barefoot as often as possible (no shoes at all), It will teach you how your body wants to walk. I spent time hiking barefoot on rough trails, running around town occasionally, running laps in my apartment whenever I felt like it on the carpet. Do yoga or martial arts or gym exercises barefoot. These things will teach you how to move better. Gotta step on some rough stuff, don't just run on smooth surfaces, run on the beach, try gravel, run over some junk on the side of the road if your brave, etc.
Idk as a replcement shoe for jogging tho, their still kind of a fad shoe. They hurt my toes if I run too long in them, that's another reason I run with no shoes.
Definitely get them and experiment, see if you like them, a really thin soled shoe is fun to play with.
But if you can only afford one shoe, then look for good racing flats or something. And still run barefoot occasionally, it teaches you things.