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Hi everyone,

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. :)

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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.

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

Ditto!

The only way I can jog is barefoot.  I tried using barefoot technique in shoes and I just slam my feet down too hard in shoes, causing pain in my left knee and foot.  Barefoot works okay.  I walked barefoot for a long time and did dancing and aerobics barefoot before I tried jogging, though.

I got a pair of Vibrams ordered over the internet as a Christmas gift.  I could not get my  fourth toe into it's sleeve, no matter how I tried.  I had to return them.  I recommend trying them on at an actual store and getting someone to help you fit them properly.  

Yes. Online is sketchy. Try on and then buy (online/in-person) from a reputable dealer.

I love my vibrams. I would never go back to regular running shoes. However, as others have said, it will take some  time to adjust, and your calves will probably get really sore at first.

I recommend not ordering them off the internet unless directly from Vibram. There are A LOT of counterfeits floating around and they aren't made well. They look JUST like Vibrams but fall apart easily.

http://www.vibramfivefingers.com/counterfeits/how-to-spot-a-fake.html 

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