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2013-10-08 06:06:39 PM
Seriously no one.
 
2013-10-08 06:57:01 PM
Vibram FiveFingers? is that some kind of hand job?
 
2013-10-08 06:58:31 PM

Riche: Vibram FiveFingers? is that some kind of hand job?


They're toe shoes; gloves for your feet basically.  They're actually quite nice for walking, boating, and exercise, and for getting at least two to three questions a day from people wondering what the fark you have on your feet.
 
2013-10-08 07:04:00 PM

KhamanV: Riche: Vibram FiveFingers? is that some kind of hand job?

They're toe shoes; gloves for your feet basically.  They're actually quite nice for walking, boating, and exercise, and for getting at least two to three questions a day from people wondering what the fark you have on your feet.


Oh, yeah-- those things.

Meh.  Not as ugly as Crocs, at least.

Of course, the only people I've seen wearing those weird shoes were very attractive, athletic young women.
 
2013-10-08 07:07:45 PM
I have freakishly long toes, so I'm pretty sure those shoes are entirely out of the question for me.
 
2013-10-08 07:14:29 PM
And he would still get more women than your typical Farker.
 
2013-10-08 07:56:56 PM
Hugh Jackman... For someone to be THAT handsome AND seem to be a reasonably intelligent, rational, decent fella - it's just not fair. He's like Justin Timberlake, you really, really, really, really, really want to hate him - but you just can't because it's pretty obvious he doesn't deserve to be hated.
 
2013-10-08 08:10:32 PM
I would, but I don't understand how we convince the scooter to wear Vibram Fivefingers.
 
2013-10-08 08:26:55 PM

KhamanV: Riche: Vibram FiveFingers? is that some kind of hand job?

They're toe shoes; gloves for your feet basically.  They're actually quite nice for walking, boating, and exercise, and for getting at least two to three questions a day from people wondering what the fark you have on your feet.


I knew what they were, but I still talked with a guy for about 10 minutes specifically because I wanted to know how he liked them, how well they worked, etc... Unfortunately, they only have one toe sizes, and my darn toes are too long, but despite all of the snark out there, I hear that he people who wear them absolutely love them.

How long did it take you to get used to them?
 
2013-10-08 08:28:30 PM

SultanofSchwing: I have freakishly long toes, so I'm pretty sure those shoes are entirely out of the question for me.


Yeah, I tried 'em on at REI, and my toes were too long. They're out of the question for long, prehensile toes.
 
2013-10-08 08:38:59 PM

KhamanV: Riche: Vibram FiveFingers? is that some kind of hand job?

They're toe shoes; gloves for your feet basically.  They're actually quite nice for walking, boating, and exercise, and for getting at least two to three questions a day from people wondering what the fark you have on your feet.


I know what you mean.  I wear mine every chance I get.  People always ask me: "Are those comfortable?" and depending on my mood I'll answer, "Not particularly, no. Why do you ask?".  In that vein, people who assume I wear them purely as some kind of fashion accessory can go fark themselves.

/curmudgeon in training
 
2013-10-08 08:49:08 PM
When i read the headline i had sort of assumed step-through motorbike scooter. I was sort of surprised by the fact it was a kick scooter.
 
2013-10-08 08:58:04 PM
"Not me, bub."
 
2013-10-08 09:17:06 PM

Mikey1969: I hear that he people who wear them absolutely love them.


To be fair, if someone hated them, they wouldn't wear them.
 
2013-10-08 09:26:00 PM

ArcadianRefugee: Mikey1969: I hear that he people who wear them absolutely love them.

To be fair, if someone hated them, they wouldn't wear them.


No, I meant that they aren't wishy-washy on them, they don't have the "well, they're pretty cool" attitude, or even the "well I spent a C-note on them, I might as well keep them" this, they basically treat them like they are the 'God's Shoes' Al Bundy invented. And it's not like they're drinking the Kool Aid either, it's 'win, twue wuv'...
 
2013-10-08 09:34:58 PM

Mikey1969: ArcadianRefugee: Mikey1969: I hear that he people who wear them absolutely love them.

To be fair, if someone hated them, they wouldn't wear them.

No, I meant that they aren't wishy-washy on them, they don't have the "well, they're pretty cool" attitude, or even the "well I spent a C-note on them, I might as well keep them" this, they basically treat them like they are the 'God's Shoes' Al Bundy invented. And it's not like they're drinking the Kool Aid either, it's 'win, twue wuv'...


Confirmation bias.

Those things are actually terrible for your feet. There's a reason humans invented shoes, and it wasn't to be fashionable. You need the support and shock-absorbtion, and those shoes don't provide it.
 
2013-10-08 09:47:21 PM

realmolo: Mikey1969: ArcadianRefugee: Mikey1969: I hear that he people who wear them absolutely love them.

To be fair, if someone hated them, they wouldn't wear them.

No, I meant that they aren't wishy-washy on them, they don't have the "well, they're pretty cool" attitude, or even the "well I spent a C-note on them, I might as well keep them" this, they basically treat them like they are the 'God's Shoes' Al Bundy invented. And it's not like they're drinking the Kool Aid either, it's 'win, twue wuv'...

Confirmation bias.

Those things are actually terrible for your feet. There's a reason humans invented shoes, and it wasn't to be fashionable. You need the support and shock-absorbtion, and those shoes don't provide it.


Well, except that we shouldn't need any more shock absorption and support than evolution had already provided us. On top of that, just like Tevas, there are situations were shoes get in the way. I'm not saying these people should be running marathons in these, but I can also see where they are going to work better than shoes.
 
2013-10-08 09:47:37 PM

realmolo: Those things are actually terrible for your feet. There's a reason humans invented shoes, and it wasn't to be fashionable.


Yes: it was to keep our farking toes from getting frost-bitten and falling off.

Until well into the 20th century, shoes had all the shock-absorbing powers of bunch of pieces of leather sewn together, because that's what their soles were. And it wasn't until the 1960-1970 that we began using foam and high-impact materials to deaden the shock.
 
2013-10-08 09:49:14 PM
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I never heard of these.  They look like some sort of super spy stealth gear.  I like them.
 
2013-10-08 09:54:34 PM

Mikey1969: KhamanV: Riche: Vibram FiveFingers? is that some kind of hand job?

They're toe shoes; gloves for your feet basically.  They're actually quite nice for walking, boating, and exercise, and for getting at least two to three questions a day from people wondering what the fark you have on your feet.

I knew what they were, but I still talked with a guy for about 10 minutes specifically because I wanted to know how he liked them, how well they worked, etc... Unfortunately, they only have one toe sizes, and my darn toes are too long, but despite all of the snark out there, I hear that he people who wear them absolutely love them.

How long did it take you to get used to them?


I have the same problem - Morton's Toe, where your 2nd toe is longer than the big toe. I solved the problem by (carefully) using a heat gun to warm the sole of the 2nd toe pocket enough to stretch/form it to my size. Love 'em.
 
2013-10-08 09:54:44 PM

Mikey1969: KhamanV: Riche: Vibram FiveFingers? is that some kind of hand job?

They're toe shoes; gloves for your feet basically.  They're actually quite nice for walking, boating, and exercise, and for getting at least two to three questions a day from people wondering what the fark you have on your feet.

I knew what they were, but I still talked with a guy for about 10 minutes specifically because I wanted to know how he liked them, how well they worked, etc... Unfortunately, they only have one toe sizes, and my darn toes are too long, but despite all of the snark out there, I hear that he people who wear them absolutely love them.

How long did it take you to get used to them?


That's like asking how long did it take for you to get used to gloves?  You put them on and your toes go into the toe part and... off you go... there no "adjustment"
 
2013-10-08 10:02:07 PM

skinink: And he would still get more women than your typical Farker.


You're not exactly setting a high bar for him to clear...
 
2013-10-08 10:03:11 PM

AeAe: Mikey1969: KhamanV: Riche: Vibram FiveFingers? is that some kind of hand job?

They're toe shoes; gloves for your feet basically.  They're actually quite nice for walking, boating, and exercise, and for getting at least two to three questions a day from people wondering what the fark you have on your feet.

I knew what they were, but I still talked with a guy for about 10 minutes specifically because I wanted to know how he liked them, how well they worked, etc... Unfortunately, they only have one toe sizes, and my darn toes are too long, but despite all of the snark out there, I hear that he people who wear them absolutely love them.

How long did it take you to get used to them?

That's like asking how long did it take for you to get used to gloves?  You put them on and your toes go into the toe part and... off you go... there no "adjustment"


Yes there is, since people wear shoes and socks that keep the toes as a single unit their entire lives. People sometimes don't even get used to toe socks, let alone shoes that do the same thing.
 
2013-10-08 10:05:32 PM

Hantavirus: Mikey1969: KhamanV: Riche: Vibram FiveFingers? is that some kind of hand job?

They're toe shoes; gloves for your feet basically.  They're actually quite nice for walking, boating, and exercise, and for getting at least two to three questions a day from people wondering what the fark you have on your feet.

I knew what they were, but I still talked with a guy for about 10 minutes specifically because I wanted to know how he liked them, how well they worked, etc... Unfortunately, they only have one toe sizes, and my darn toes are too long, but despite all of the snark out there, I hear that he people who wear them absolutely love them.

How long did it take you to get used to them?

I have the same problem - Morton's Toe, where your 2nd toe is longer than the big toe. I solved the problem by (carefully) using a heat gun to warm the sole of the 2nd toe pocket enough to stretch/form it to my size. Love 'em.


For some reason, I initially saw you modifying your toes for some reason... It took me a second to realize that you were talking about the Five Fingers...
 
2013-10-08 10:15:55 PM
sold.

::clicked::

...meh
 
2013-10-08 10:28:40 PM

Mikey1969: AeAe: Mikey1969: KhamanV: Riche: Vibram FiveFingers? is that some kind of hand job?

They're toe shoes; gloves for your feet basically.  They're actually quite nice for walking, boating, and exercise, and for getting at least two to three questions a day from people wondering what the fark you have on your feet.

I knew what they were, but I still talked with a guy for about 10 minutes specifically because I wanted to know how he liked them, how well they worked, etc... Unfortunately, they only have one toe sizes, and my darn toes are too long, but despite all of the snark out there, I hear that he people who wear them absolutely love them.

How long did it take you to get used to them?

That's like asking how long did it take for you to get used to gloves?  You put them on and your toes go into the toe part and... off you go... there no "adjustment"

Yes there is, since people wear shoes and socks that keep the toes as a single unit their entire lives. People sometimes don't even get used to toe socks, let alone shoes that do the same thing.


I suppose.  Anyway, I have several vibrams and I don't recall having to adjust to wearing them.  So from a sample of 1, I had no issues with them and didn't feel weird at all.
 
2013-10-08 10:30:33 PM

Mikey1969: KhamanV: Riche: Vibram FiveFingers? is that some kind of hand job?

They're toe shoes; gloves for your feet basically.  They're actually quite nice for walking, boating, and exercise, and for getting at least two to three questions a day from people wondering what the fark you have on your feet.

I knew what they were, but I still talked with a guy for about 10 minutes specifically because I wanted to know how he liked them, how well they worked, etc... Unfortunately, they only have one toe sizes, and my darn toes are too long, but despite all of the snark out there, I hear that he people who wear them absolutely love them.

How long did it take you to get used to them?


A half hour to an hour, for me.  But I'm fat and don't run.  And I wear sandals about 3/4 of the time. I use them primarily for bike riding (DO NOT DO THIS, I'm a moron, and only ride a mile or two, it makes sense for me given my ride and conditions, but seriously, bad idea, mucho uncomfortable), and weight lifting.

They're actually ideal for weight lifting, beside flat-sole shoes. No compression means all your lift goes into the weight, not your shoes. I'd do it barefoot if allowed (and if I trusted the gym floor).  Others have mentioned this, but if you're going to run in them, you will want to work up to your normal routine, since you're going to be training and strengthening bits you haven't used before.
 
2013-10-08 10:35:28 PM

Riche: Vibram FiveFingers? is that some kind of hand job?


He's an important character in the next Game of Thrones novel.

Til he gets tortured to death, of course.
 
2013-10-08 10:46:05 PM

AeAe: Mikey1969: AeAe: Mikey1969: KhamanV: Riche: Vibram FiveFingers? is that some kind of hand job?

They're toe shoes; gloves for your feet basically.  They're actually quite nice for walking, boating, and exercise, and for getting at least two to three questions a day from people wondering what the fark you have on your feet.

I knew what they were, but I still talked with a guy for about 10 minutes specifically because I wanted to know how he liked them, how well they worked, etc... Unfortunately, they only have one toe sizes, and my darn toes are too long, but despite all of the snark out there, I hear that he people who wear them absolutely love them.

How long did it take you to get used to them?

That's like asking how long did it take for you to get used to gloves?  You put them on and your toes go into the toe part and... off you go... there no "adjustment"

Yes there is, since people wear shoes and socks that keep the toes as a single unit their entire lives. People sometimes don't even get used to toe socks, let alone shoes that do the same thing.

I suppose.  Anyway, I have several vibrams and I don't recall having to adjust to wearing them.  So from a sample of 1, I had no issues with them and didn't feel weird at all.


They felt weird for me for about three days, mostly because I'm often barefoot anyway and so am really noticing what goes on with my feet.  They were very comfortable from early on, though.
 
2013-10-08 10:49:05 PM

kroonermanblack: Mikey1969: KhamanV: Riche: Vibram FiveFingers? is that some kind of hand job?

They're toe shoes; gloves for your feet basically.  They're actually quite nice for walking, boating, and exercise, and for getting at least two to three questions a day from people wondering what the fark you have on your feet.

I knew what they were, but I still talked with a guy for about 10 minutes specifically because I wanted to know how he liked them, how well they worked, etc... Unfortunately, they only have one toe sizes, and my darn toes are too long, but despite all of the snark out there, I hear that he people who wear them absolutely love them.

How long did it take you to get used to them?

A half hour to an hour, for me.  But I'm fat and don't run.  And I wear sandals about 3/4 of the time. I use them primarily for bike riding (DO NOT DO THIS, I'm a moron, and only ride a mile or two, it makes sense for me given my ride and conditions, but seriously, bad idea, mucho uncomfortable), and weight lifting.

They're actually ideal for weight lifting, beside flat-sole shoes. No compression means all your lift goes into the weight, not your shoes. I'd do it barefoot if allowed (and if I trusted the gym floor).  Others have mentioned this, but if you're going to run in them, you will want to work up to your normal routine, since you're going to be training and strengthening bits you haven't used before.


Yeah, it's amazing what I see people wearing on their feet when on a bike. Sandals, flip flops, five fingers, they're all bad ideas, the first time you have to drop your foot to the ground quickly and bend a toe backwards, or scrape a nice rock down the side, you'll see what I mean. Of course, I've seen people wear some pretty stupid shiat on motorcycles, too...

I can see these being ideal for stuff like rock climbing, and weight lifting makes sense, too.
 
2013-10-08 10:49:12 PM
Shouldn't they be called Vibram FiveToes?
 
2013-10-08 10:52:36 PM

AeAe: Mikey1969: AeAe: Mikey1969: KhamanV: Riche: Vibram FiveFingers? is that some kind of hand job?

They're toe shoes; gloves for your feet basically.  They're actually quite nice for walking, boating, and exercise, and for getting at least two to three questions a day from people wondering what the fark you have on your feet.

I knew what they were, but I still talked with a guy for about 10 minutes specifically because I wanted to know how he liked them, how well they worked, etc... Unfortunately, they only have one toe sizes, and my darn toes are too long, but despite all of the snark out there, I hear that he people who wear them absolutely love them.

How long did it take you to get used to them?

That's like asking how long did it take for you to get used to gloves?  You put them on and your toes go into the toe part and... off you go... there no "adjustment"

Yes there is, since people wear shoes and socks that keep the toes as a single unit their entire lives. People sometimes don't even get used to toe socks, let alone shoes that do the same thing.

I suppose.  Anyway, I have several vibrams and I don't recall having to adjust to wearing them.  So from a sample of 1, I had no issues with them and didn't feel weird at all.


I'd love the feel of being able to flex my toes independently, I wish they worked for me, but I think they'd take some getting used to. Of course, so would wearing shoes without socks. I don't understand how people can do that, and I'm not even a sweaty feet kinda guy.

Yeah, I know these are different in that respect, but it's still 43 years of habit...
 
2013-10-08 11:20:15 PM

realmolo: Mikey1969: ArcadianRefugee: Mikey1969: I hear that he people who wear them absolutely love them.

To be fair, if someone hated them, they wouldn't wear them.

No, I meant that they aren't wishy-washy on them, they don't have the "well, they're pretty cool" attitude, or even the "well I spent a C-note on them, I might as well keep them" this, they basically treat them like they are the 'God's Shoes' Al Bundy invented. And it's not like they're drinking the Kool Aid either, it's 'win, twue wuv'...

Confirmation bias.

Those things are actually terrible for your feet. There's a reason humans invented shoes, and it wasn't to be fashionable. You need the support and shock-absorbtion, and those shoes don't provide it.


This. The whole "barefoot running" thing sounds great until you realize it's propagated mainly by a bunch of new age hippies who are horrible at running.
 
2013-10-08 11:25:37 PM

Mikey1969: kroonermanblack: Mikey1969: KhamanV: Riche: Vibram FiveFingers? is that some kind of hand job?

They're toe shoes; gloves for your feet basically.  They're actually quite nice for walking, boating, and exercise, and for getting at least two to three questions a day from people wondering what the fark you have on your feet.

I knew what they were, but I still talked with a guy for about 10 minutes specifically because I wanted to know how he liked them, how well they worked, etc... Unfortunately, they only have one toe sizes, and my darn toes are too long, but despite all of the snark out there, I hear that he people who wear them absolutely love them.

How long did it take you to get used to them?

A half hour to an hour, for me.  But I'm fat and don't run.  And I wear sandals about 3/4 of the time. I use them primarily for bike riding (DO NOT DO THIS, I'm a moron, and only ride a mile or two, it makes sense for me given my ride and conditions, but seriously, bad idea, mucho uncomfortable), and weight lifting.

They're actually ideal for weight lifting, beside flat-sole shoes. No compression means all your lift goes into the weight, not your shoes. I'd do it barefoot if allowed (and if I trusted the gym floor).  Others have mentioned this, but if you're going to run in them, you will want to work up to your normal routine, since you're going to be training and strengthening bits you haven't used before.

Yeah, it's amazing what I see people wearing on their feet when on a bike. Sandals, flip flops, five fingers, they're all bad ideas, the first time you have to drop your foot to the ground quickly and bend a toe backwards, or scrape a nice rock down the side, you'll see what I mean. Of course, I've seen people wear some pretty stupid shiat on motorcycles, too...

I can see these being ideal for stuff like rock climbing, and weight lifting makes sense, too.


Well, my ride (that I don't make often or at all any more, I bought a motorcycle and just ride it every chance I get, ha) is 2ish miles, down city streets that are well lit, well paved, and not busy. So my ride's about as tame as you can get.  But I mostly do it so I don't have to wear 1 pair of shoes to work, swap to another, and then carry a third for the gym days, since we don't have lockers.  Bear in mind I'm carrying whatever I'm wearing in a bag, so space is limited.
 
2013-10-08 11:25:38 PM

Mikey1969: AeAe: Mikey1969: AeAe: Mikey1969: KhamanV: Riche: Vibram FiveFingers? is that some kind of hand job?

They're toe shoes; gloves for your feet basically.  They're actually quite nice for walking, boating, and exercise, and for getting at least two to three questions a day from people wondering what the fark you have on your feet.

I knew what they were, but I still talked with a guy for about 10 minutes specifically because I wanted to know how he liked them, how well they worked, etc... Unfortunately, they only have one toe sizes, and my darn toes are too long, but despite all of the snark out there, I hear that he people who wear them absolutely love them.

How long did it take you to get used to them?

That's like asking how long did it take for you to get used to gloves?  You put them on and your toes go into the toe part and... off you go... there no "adjustment"

Yes there is, since people wear shoes and socks that keep the toes as a single unit their entire lives. People sometimes don't even get used to toe socks, let alone shoes that do the same thing.

I suppose.  Anyway, I have several vibrams and I don't recall having to adjust to wearing them.  So from a sample of 1, I had no issues with them and didn't feel weird at all.

I'd love the feel of being able to flex my toes independently, I wish they worked for me, but I think they'd take some getting used to. Of course, so would wearing shoes without socks. I don't understand how people can do that, and I'm not even a sweaty feet kinda guy.

Yeah, I know these are different in that respect, but it's still 43 years of habit...


I have a pair and really like ruining in them. Have to start out running shorter distances since you stay on the balls of your feet. Your calves need to adjust to them as well as the balls of your feet. I still don't run much father than 3 miles in them but I know people that have ran 1/2 marathons in them. If I run father than 3 miles I use shoes with zero drop

For running give yourself plenty of time to adjust to them. At least a month if not longer. As far as walking, I wouldn't think much time at all
 
2013-10-08 11:25:45 PM

Mikey1969: realmolo: Mikey1969: ArcadianRefugee: Mikey1969: I hear that he people who wear them absolutely love them.

To be fair, if someone hated them, they wouldn't wear them.

No, I meant that they aren't wishy-washy on them, they don't have the "well, they're pretty cool" attitude, or even the "well I spent a C-note on them, I might as well keep them" this, they basically treat them like they are the 'God's Shoes' Al Bundy invented. And it's not like they're drinking the Kool Aid either, it's 'win, twue wuv'...

Confirmation bias.

Those things are actually terrible for your feet. There's a reason humans invented shoes, and it wasn't to be fashionable. You need the support and shock-absorbtion, and those shoes don't provide it.

Well, except that we shouldn't need any more shock absorption and support than evolution had already provided us. On top of that, just like Tevas, there are situations were shoes get in the way. I'm not saying these people should be running marathons in these, but I can also see where they are going to work better than shoes.


Have you ever taken cold medicine, brushed your teeth, or used a toilet? Why? We shouldn't need any of that since "evolution" didn't provide it for us, and since we didn't have it until the modern era.

I love people who appeal to evolution as a reason to denigrate technological advances. "We've evolved as a species and a society, so let's stop evolving!" Derp
 
2013-10-08 11:28:35 PM
Also, lifting weights barefoot or in "barefoot shoes" is a horrible idea, at least if you're interested in optimizing your time. Very few people who are serious about weight training lift barefoot. For benching or using machines, sure, but squatting? No way.
 
2013-10-08 11:35:27 PM

Peter von Nostrand: Mikey1969: AeAe: Mikey1969: AeAe: Mikey1969: KhamanV: Riche: Vibram FiveFingers? is that some kind of hand job?

They're toe shoes; gloves for your feet basically.  They're actually quite nice for walking, boating, and exercise, and for getting at least two to three questions a day from people wondering what the fark you have on your feet.

I knew what they were, but I still talked with a guy for about 10 minutes specifically because I wanted to know how he liked them, how well they worked, etc... Unfortunately, they only have one toe sizes, and my darn toes are too long, but despite all of the snark out there, I hear that he people who wear them absolutely love them.

How long did it take you to get used to them?

That's like asking how long did it take for you to get used to gloves?  You put them on and your toes go into the toe part and... off you go... there no "adjustment"

Yes there is, since people wear shoes and socks that keep the toes as a single unit their entire lives. People sometimes don't even get used to toe socks, let alone shoes that do the same thing.

I suppose.  Anyway, I have several vibrams and I don't recall having to adjust to wearing them.  So from a sample of 1, I had no issues with them and didn't feel weird at all.

I'd love the feel of being able to flex my toes independently, I wish they worked for me, but I think they'd take some getting used to. Of course, so would wearing shoes without socks. I don't understand how people can do that, and I'm not even a sweaty feet kinda guy.

Yeah, I know these are different in that respect, but it's still 43 years of habit...

I have a pair and really like ruining in them. Have to start out running shorter distances since you stay on the balls of your feet. Your calves need to adjust to them as well as the balls of your feet. I still don't run much father than 3 miles in them but I know people that have ran 1/2 marathons in them. If I run father than 3 miles I use shoes with zero drop

For running give yourself plenty of time to adjust to them. At least a month if not longer. As far as walking, I wouldn't think much time at all


Also running in these and zero drop shoes has helped with knee pain and hip pain I used to occasionally get. I also don't feel as tired after a run because it's made me a more efficient runner
 
2013-10-08 11:42:39 PM

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Also, lifting weights barefoot or in "barefoot shoes" is a horrible idea, at least if you're interested in optimizing your time. Very few people who are serious about weight training lift barefoot. For benching or using machines, sure, but squatting? No way.


Why not?  Shoes aren't for protection when you're squatting 225.  Support?  I don't see people at the gym wearing ankle supporting shoes .. it's either tennis shoes or, heaven forbid, running shoes.

I've seen a lot of people use the vibrams on the squat rack.

Do you even lift, bro?
 
2013-10-08 11:51:24 PM

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Mikey1969: realmolo: Mikey1969: ArcadianRefugee: Mikey1969: I hear that he people who wear them absolutely love them.

To be fair, if someone hated them, they wouldn't wear them.

No, I meant that they aren't wishy-washy on them, they don't have the "well, they're pretty cool" attitude, or even the "well I spent a C-note on them, I might as well keep them" this, they basically treat them like they are the 'God's Shoes' Al Bundy invented. And it's not like they're drinking the Kool Aid either, it's 'win, twue wuv'...

Confirmation bias.

Those things are actually terrible for your feet. There's a reason humans invented shoes, and it wasn't to be fashionable. You need the support and shock-absorbtion, and those shoes don't provide it.

Well, except that we shouldn't need any more shock absorption and support than evolution had already provided us. On top of that, just like Tevas, there are situations were shoes get in the way. I'm not saying these people should be running marathons in these, but I can also see where they are going to work better than shoes.

Have you ever taken cold medicine, brushed your teeth, or used a toilet? Why? We shouldn't need any of that since "evolution" didn't provide it for us, and since we didn't have it until the modern era.

I love people who appeal to evolution as a reason to denigrate technological advances. "We've evolved as a species and a society, so let's stop evolving!" Derp


Then, there's all that fancy shock absorbing footwear, yet we're still seeing a lot of ankle, foot, and joint problems that those high-end sneakers are supposed to prevent, contrasted with Kenyans that run barefoot all the time. There's probably other forces at work, though, like the weekend warrior lifestyle (ie: they're desk jockeys that aren't conditioned for that kind of activity, so they are more likely to hurt themselves).

I think running technique more to do with it, though. I was having really bad illio-tibial band problems when I was preparing for a 10K run until I switched from striking the ground with my heel to the ball of my foot, which eliminated the knee problems I was having in previous years.
 
2013-10-09 12:42:11 AM
I run in VFFs and wear them whenever I can, but not while riding my motorcycle. They are very nice once you get use to walking in them.  You need to transition into them slowly or else you'll either get blisters or horrible soreness in your ankles and/or calves.  Once you do transition traditional shoes feel clunky and awkward.  A nice side effect of wearing them all the time is toned calves.
 
2013-10-09 01:43:40 AM

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Also, lifting weights barefoot or in "barefoot shoes" is a horrible idea, at least if you're interested in optimizing your time. Very few people who are serious about weight training lift barefoot. For benching or using machines, sure, but squatting? No way.


So you're the guy doing barbell curls in the squat rack. farking awesome!
 
2013-10-09 04:59:27 AM
don't hate on those shoes.  they feel amazing.
 
2013-10-09 08:05:08 AM

Mikey1969: kroonermanblack: Mikey1969: KhamanV: Riche: Vibram FiveFingers? is that some kind of hand job?

They're toe shoes; gloves for your feet basically.  They're actually quite nice for walking, boating, and exercise, and for getting at least two to three questions a day from people wondering what the fark you have on your feet.

I knew what they were, but I still talked with a guy for about 10 minutes specifically because I wanted to know how he liked them, how well they worked, etc... Unfortunately, they only have one toe sizes, and my darn toes are too long, but despite all of the snark out there, I hear that he people who wear them absolutely love them.

How long did it take you to get used to them?

A half hour to an hour, for me.  But I'm fat and don't run.  And I wear sandals about 3/4 of the time. I use them primarily for bike riding (DO NOT DO THIS, I'm a moron, and only ride a mile or two, it makes sense for me given my ride and conditions, but seriously, bad idea, mucho uncomfortable), and weight lifting.

They're actually ideal for weight lifting, beside flat-sole shoes. No compression means all your lift goes into the weight, not your shoes. I'd do it barefoot if allowed (and if I trusted the gym floor).  Others have mentioned this, but if you're going to run in them, you will want to work up to your normal routine, since you're going to be training and strengthening bits you haven't used before.

Yeah, it's amazing what I see people wearing on their feet when on a bike. Sandals, flip flops, five fingers, they're all bad ideas, the first time you have to drop your foot to the ground quickly and bend a toe backwards, or scrape a nice rock down the side, you'll see what I mean. Of course, I've seen people wear some pretty stupid shiat on motorcycles, too...

I can see these being ideal for stuff like rock climbing, and weight lifting makes sense, too.


I've used my FiveFingers at the gym for the rock climbing wall, and well,  they're okay for my skill level. However, shoes specific to rock-climbing work much better. They have "stick" to them and a stiff pointy forefoot for poking into rock shelves and such. I can see the possibility of rock climbing in FiveFingers 4 hours a day and you develop bat-like toe strength or something, then maybe they might be better.

However, for me, FiveFingers work the best in hiking / trial running /rock scrambling conditions, where you can use your whole foot and toes to wrap around logs and scrabble rocks and such. And you have complete ground feel, so you have a much better sense of balance (compared to hiking boots).

I'm  not sure I'd run a street marathon in them (if I wanted to run in a marathon at all), because you really, really need to concentrate on your running technique on hard surfaces in them (heel-strike BAD!). But for soft surfaces or treadmills where there's some give, and you can get a little sloppy in your technique, they work fine.
 
2013-10-09 09:42:55 AM

snowshovel: However, for me, FiveFingers work the best in hiking / trial running /rock scrambling conditions, where you can use your whole foot and toes to wrap around logs and scrabble rocks and such. And you have complete ground feel, so you have a much better sense of balance (compared to hiking boots).


That's what I thought... I figured they'd be good for that reason.
 
2013-10-09 10:31:10 AM

Toquinha: Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Mikey1969: realmolo: Mikey1969: ArcadianRefugee: Mikey1969: I hear that he people who wear them absolutely love them.

To be fair, if someone hated them, they wouldn't wear them.

No, I meant that they aren't wishy-washy on them, they don't have the "well, they're pretty cool" attitude, or even the "well I spent a C-note on them, I might as well keep them" this, they basically treat them like they are the 'God's Shoes' Al Bundy invented. And it's not like they're drinking the Kool Aid either, it's 'win, twue wuv'...

Confirmation bias.

Those things are actually terrible for your feet. There's a reason humans invented shoes, and it wasn't to be fashionable. You need the support and shock-absorbtion, and those shoes don't provide it.

Well, except that we shouldn't need any more shock absorption and support than evolution had already provided us. On top of that, just like Tevas, there are situations were shoes get in the way. I'm not saying these people should be running marathons in these, but I can also see where they are going to work better than shoes.

Have you ever taken cold medicine, brushed your teeth, or used a toilet? Why? We shouldn't need any of that since "evolution" didn't provide it for us, and since we didn't have it until the modern era.

I love people who appeal to evolution as a reason to denigrate technological advances. "We've evolved as a species and a society, so let's stop evolving!" Derp

Then, there's all that fancy shock absorbing footwear, yet we're still seeing a lot of ankle, foot, and joint problems that those high-end sneakers are supposed to prevent, contrasted with Kenyans that run barefoot all the time. There's probably other forces at work, though, like the weekend warrior lifestyle (ie: they're desk jockeys that aren't conditioned for that kind of activity, so they are more likely to hurt themselves).

I think running technique more to do with it, though. I was having really bad illio-tibial band problems when I was preparing for a 10K run until I switched from striking the ground with my heel to the ball of my foot, which eliminated the knee problems I was having in previous years.


Are we seeing a lot of joint problems because of the footwear, or because the footwear allows people who otherwise wouldn't be running, to run?

For a small fraction of runners, barefoot shoes may alleviate some joint issues. Replace most runners' "conventional" footwear with Vibrams? I bet we'd see a uh higher rate of injury.
 
2013-10-09 10:32:00 AM

AeAe: Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Also, lifting weights barefoot or in "barefoot shoes" is a horrible idea, at least if you're interested in optimizing your time. Very few people who are serious about weight training lift barefoot. For benching or using machines, sure, but squatting? No way.

Why not?  Shoes aren't for protection when you're squatting 225.  Support?  I don't see people at the gym wearing ankle supporting shoes .. it's either tennis shoes or, heaven forbid, running shoes.

I've seen a lot of people use the vibrams on the squat rack.

Do you even lift, bro?


I squatted 510 at my last meet, and everyone at my gym wears squat shoes when they're squatting.
 
2013-10-10 01:14:36 AM
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