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Vibram FiveFingers or Fila Skele-toes??

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by Nalapombu, Jun 16, 2012.

  1. Nalapombu

    Nalapombu Millennium Member

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    Hey all,

    Every time I see someone wearing a pair of these kinds of shoes I get it in my mind that I would like to try them. I've never worn anything even remotely close to them. I am also NOT a fitness nut either. I am NOT going to be out jogging or running trails with these shoes, or ANY shoes for that matter. I may do some walking and mountain bike riding though.

    Which one would you pick and why? Do you get any laughs when you wear them out? I see they also come with the socks that go with them, which I would use. Do you use them?

    Can you tell me which model in both brands are the most rugged and able to withstand some light mountain biking or some walking in the woods on the way to doing some bass and catfishing in some of those ponds that are off the beaten path? I wouldn't want the ones where I could feel a blade of grass when I stepped onto the lawn.

    Lastly, how goofy would they look with some khaki shorts and a polo shirt?

    Curious about these and would like to hear your stories and experiences.

    Thanks for the help.

    Nalajr
     
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  3. prism

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  4. Nalapombu

    Nalapombu Millennium Member

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    prism, that's what the other half of my mind thinks when I see a pair of them on someone....

    Nalajr
     
  5. Huaco Kid

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    The mountains in Texas?

    You're biking on the mountains in Texas?

    Don't let the locals catch you with those shoes on.
     
  6. SEARTraining

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    http://www.vibramfivefingers.com/products/Five-Fingers-Speed-Mens.htm

    I love mine. I got the black and white pair last year for a packing trip to Australia. I wear them to just kick around the house, work out, play with the kids, drive, almost anything. They take some getting used up, about an hour to break in, and your feet feel funny when you take them off for a fee mnts. Overall i really enjoy them. I am looking to getting another pair for the summer.

    Make sure you go to a shoe store that knows how to measure your foot, they are different sizes than reg shoes. Read and follow the break in/foot adjustment guidelines. They do strech out a bit with wear. I machine wash them like reg clothes, that cleans them up and shrikes them back down. Don't machine dry them. Some foot powder or spray will help keep the moisture down, and anti-fungal spray is a big plus.

    I tried the other brands including the close toed and they felt like you an inter-tube around your foot. Uncomfortable, sweaty, suffocating.



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  7. Breadman03

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    I love my Five Fingers. I have these:
    http://www.vibramfivefingers.com/products/Five-Fingers-BikilaLS-Mens.htm

    The tread on these is more aggressive than their other offerings. I use them for around town (yes, people do notice. I've gotten one negative comment for every 100 positive.), mountain biking, hiking, fishing, and pretty much any activity. I have to admit that I love them for fishing and hiking.


    They are pricey, but mine are about a year old and holding up well. I expect to get at least another year out of them.
     
  8. canis latrans

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    I have to admit I've thought about them, too. If it was socially acceptable, I'd rarely wear shoes, except in winter.

    but, I'm one of those freaks with longer second toes, so it looks like I'm out of luck (fit-wise)
     
  9. Engine30

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    I've got Morton's toe and I wear Fivefingers. If you want to figure out what size you should be, should you order a pair online, just measure from the back of your heel to the tip of your longest toe.

    As far as Fila vs Vibram, I'd opt for the Vibrams. They're more flexible and give you better feel of the ground (closer to being barefooted).



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  10. SGT_Calle

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    I have two pair of the Vibrams and I really like them. I don't run much any more because it generally makes my lower back hurt but I can run in these on a treadmill with significantly less pain. I use the socks as well and find that they make the shoes just a little more comfortable.
    I do get odd looks at times but not as much as at first. I have 6 or 7 friends at work who have also started wearing them and are all happy users.
    I have recently been considering some of the offerings from http://www.vivobarefoot.com/us/. They offer the same "barefoot" benefits in a traditional shoe style. They have a ton of different models. I'd be surprised if you couldn't find a pair to fit your lifestyle.
     
  11. CDR_Glock

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    I have Vibram 5 fingers. I only use them when I'm in Karate class. They're comfortable and I have great footing. I like them so much that I'll likely get some for hiking. Many people were very curious when they first saw them in my class. They've gotten used to it. They wanted to buy a pair until they found out how much I paid.
     
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    If my work allowed me to wear them, I would be rocking the Vibram FiveFingers.
    They are not allowed because "they look funny and are not professional looking".

    A few years back, I did try them out when I was on vacation.
    It took me about 2 weeks to get use to them.
    (Was told it may take up to a month for a person to adjust, YMMV.)


    In 06-2011, the US Army banned the Vibram FiveFingers because they "detract from a professional military image".

    The ban happened because some Special Forces units were using them and other conventional units started to emulate.

    Pic was taken before the ban. Notice the footwear.
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  13. SGT_Calle

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    Same here Quiet. I bought mine about a month before that ban and wore them a few times in uniform. Now, if I want to exercise in them it means doing it after hours, in addition to unit PT. Unfortunately, I rarely have the extra time in the day, lol.
     
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  15. BobCZ

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    Vibram Five fingers for me. This morning was deadlift day, they are the best platform for deadlifts, squats and kettle bells, all work outs.
     
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    :rofl:
    I will admit thought I kind of wanted some until I saw the "type"at the gym that was wearing them.
     
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    or barefoot - see old pictures of Arnold
     
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  18. GreenDrake

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    I wear the Vibram FF KSO's and absolutely love them. Yes they look goofy and EVERYONE notices them but I could really care less. Until you work out in them or just wear them for an afternoon, you have idea the comfort level.
     
  19. NeverMore1701

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    I've worn my FFs extensively for a couple of years now. They're fantastic. I use them to run, hike, climb, and just wear around. They get a lot of looks, but the only comments have been positive, and that's in freaking Amarillo Texas. Can't say I really give a crap what other dudes think of my choice of footwear anyway, but apparently some people do :dunno:
     
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  20. BobCZ

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    Exactly, but can't go barefoot in the gym I go to. At home I workout barefoot quite often.

    There are all "types" at gyms. I don't concern myself with others, get my work in and leave. At 6 AM Saturday and Sundays only a few seriously dedicated people there. During the week I train at home.
     
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