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five finger shoes cheap sale Better than Barefoot I have a pair of vibram five fingers, also mentioned in the linked article, and like them but my feet do tire in them quicker than in regular shoes. posted by devbrain at 10:46 AM on March 4, 2009 Funny you should axe. I have actually thought about posting on Mefi about this. I am a barefoot / unpadded shoe runner, and I run in Five Fingers exclusively, unless I'm somewhere like a gym where I couldn't deal with the staring, in which case I run in some very thin Teva aquasocks. Five Fingers are great. The soles on Chucks and Sanuks are way too thick to be a "barefoot" substitute; wear them if you want, but don't think they are in the same category. I have a pair of Vivos and they are great too, but I personally wouldn't run in them because I have size 14 flippers and my Vivos, while the largest size made, are a little tight. The nice thing about them is that they look like normal shoes, so you can wear them anywhere. I can't wait until they come out with a polishable leather model that I can wear to work. As for foot tiring, that goes away after a while. If you're just walking, do like you normally do. A lot of people smack their heels down when they walk in padded shoes. Of course, if you do that in "barefoot" shoes you'll get a bruise, and it will hurt like hell, so it's not like I need to tell you not to do it. posted by alexwoods at 11:09 AM on March 4, 2009 yeah just to clarify these are for walking not running. ideally I want something I can wear everywhere all the time. posted by zennoshinjou at 11:16 AM on March 4, 2009 Vibram five fingers are great i run in mine. However if you plan on doing any physical activity i would recommend starting out slowly. The first time i ran 2 miles in my vibram my feet were very tender, however after a few more tries around that distance im fine. I really think i run better barefoot, its strange the first time but well worth the effort posted by moochoo at 11:18 AM on March 4, 2009 Take a look in the Mefi thread about that NYmag article, I remember some people talking about the shoe. That's where i first heard about the Vivo shoes as well as other barefoot type shoes. How Shoes Are Ruining the Human Foot posted by aGee at 11:21 AM on March 4, 2009 I love my Vibram fivefingers. I wear them everywhere, including to work. You will get a lot of questions and comments, but if you can have a sense of humor about yourself, it's worth it for the stability and the freedom of feeling barefoot everywhere (without the glass shards and tetanus shots). posted by fiercecupcake at 11:31 AM on March 4, 2009 They take quite a bit of getting used to. They're quite a tough shoe, but your feet will feet very vulnerable in them at first. You will have to learn to walk differently. The normal heel first, roll onto your toe gait is quite uncomfortable in the barefoots, particularly on hard surfaces like pavement. I use them mostly for casual walking about. They're also great Tai Chi shoes. I've not really looked into alternatives. posted by bonehead at 11:32 AM on March 4, 2009 I love my fivefingers, although for those of us with weird toes, they might be uncomfortable. I find that walking around with them in grass is one of the best things ever. posted by arimathea at 11:32 AM on March 4, 2009 [1 favorite] If you want them for walking, and you're not some kind of exhibitionist that enjoys being stared at, then Vivos are the way to go. The sole is impossibly thin (I took out the insole), to the point where you can feel the texture in different kinds of sidewalks. Just be sure to get a pair that fits. I don't know where you are located, but Terra Plana has a store in NYC, on the Lower East Side. posted by alexwoods at 11:36 AM on March 4, 2009 yeah unfortunately I am not able to get to the store. I spoke with someone there who recommended buying one size larger than a conventional shoe since the wider toebox leads to a shorter shoe. posted by zennoshinjou at 11:38 AM on March 4, 2009 Fivefingers for me, I find the elastic a little tight after a few hours, and my recent attempt to play badminton in them wasn't as successful as it might have been (need padding for those fast direction changes). First time I wore them I walked about 5k on offroad gravel, no worries.