I use them for running and weight lifting (especially useful for squats and dead lifts). I typically have pain in my shins, knees, and ankles when running with normal running shoes; however, a lot of that pain seems to be mitigated when using my KSO's.
Your calves will be in a state of constant pain for a while. Even if you ease into running. Even if you do other activities barefoot (e.g. martial arts).
I don't think it would be wise to let your running form "auto-correct". You should actively work on transitioning to a forefoot or mid-foot stride to prevent injuries.
Also, forefoot/mid-foot stride is best for people with normal pronation/arcs. It may be best to consult a doctor if you have severe pronation or flat feet before trying something like this.
I've run and hiked barefoot for my entire life, the clay soil here often makes shoes too slippery and consequences for a slip are dire:
The classics i have are too smooth for the clay although i can still grip with my toes.
I'm gonna pick up a more aggressive pair soon.
Toe-stub resistance is much better than i anticipated.
I will for sure. On day 4 now.
Originally Posted by Robstafarian
Iíve been wearing ortho slides for about a year now. The change over hasnít been too rough so far.
Originally Posted by AMF
No blisters, and I just had a pedicure done on Sunday. So far so good.
Originally Posted by Ming Loyalist
Iím planning on weekend cleaning of them. Hand wash and all. Vinegar and oxyclean.
Originally Posted by Ketsueki
I donít plan on doing a marathon, but jogging maybe a mile a day or so. Iím working on the jogging part a bit a day.
Originally Posted by searcher66071
Iím bigger than the average bear, 6í, 235lbs. So Iíll take your advice to heart. When me and the boy first got them, we were doing the ninja thing all over the house and seeing who we could sneakup on people. On Monday, I snuck up behind on of my video encoders. He wasnít too happy when I kicked over his head.
Originally Posted by WorldWarCheese
Iím looking at correcting posture and fixing my back problem.
Originally Posted by Cowardly Lurker
I already had a lead on this, wearing flip flops for a year. Iím not really noticing my hard heel falls. In fact, my stride has lessened immensely.
Originally Posted by ArrogantBastard
Had my first pinky stub yesterday, I updated my facebook about it. Iím sure more are on the way. Man, thatís beautiful where you live!
Originally Posted by ChenPengFi
While I feel there is definitely something in the minimal running movement, I can't help but suspect that shoes such as the Vibram five fingers is a clever marketing ploy designed to lock the user into buying a particular product.
My suspicions will be confirmed when the next product released by Vibram are five finger socks to go with the shoes.
Originally Posted by Tom Kagan
Originally Posted by Phrost
I can't really say it because, overall, $14 isn't a heck of a lot of money, but I feel a undercurrent of moral reprehensibility for paying that much for a pair of socks.
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Would y'all mind discussing what kinds of surfaces you're using them on?
I usually use mine in the Estuary, which is packed dirt trails. I also use them for beach runs. I try not to use them much on paved surfaces. My feet do alright with them, but I worry about the knees.
Originally Posted by billy sol hurok
I run mostly on the road, but I try to make it out to a park/reservoir at least twice a week now so I've gotten both my KSO's and my Bikila's out on turf and sand as well (personally, I just don't like sand. No matter how good the shoe sand on the inside just ruins the experience whereas sand and barefeet is like a match made in heaven).
Hahaha, yeah my pair of KSO's were all black ones so I HAD to go running every morning in black sweatpants/shirt with the hood pulled up, not to mention the black rashguard; I could'be given Mountain Ninja Nerd a run for his money (Bikila LS's which are better for my fat/wide feet are grey, oh well).
I’m bigger than the average bear, 6’, 235lbs. So I’ll take your advice to heart. When me and the boy first got them, we were doing the ninja thing all over the house and seeing who we could sneakup on people. On Monday, I snuck up behind on of my video encoders. He wasn’t too happy when I kicked over his head.
And with the pounding the ground, I found that in the beginning giving myself a day of rest in between each run for the first week or so was all I needed. You'll feel calf and maybe ankle pain/soreness for a while but so long as you can feel the difference between muscle and joint pain you've got nothing to worry about. Also, I don't know about LA but barefoot/minimalist running is huge in Massachusetts so it was pretty easy to find a sports therapist who's dealt with them before. If you feel joint pain and it doesn't go away after a couple of days with ice then definitely talk to a professional, always better safe than sorry (especially with feet, and big guys).
EDIT: apparently there are two types of Bikilas and only one are good for fat feet (who knew?)
Last edited by WorldWarCheese; 4/06/2011 12:03am at .
Roads, sidewalks, indoor/outdoor tracks, and treadmills.
Originally Posted by billy sol hurok
Harder surfaces probably require greater attention to detail on form.
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