“ Brand: Vibram „
First of all i bought the all black KSO's because i thought they looked the best.
Like many people that buy these I got them because i wanted to take up more free running.
I can run for ever on a treadmill and feel nothing so i wanted to give road running and cross country running a go.
I naturally run with the front of my feet, as opposed to running heel to toe, so i find it a lot harder with conventional running shoes to run properly like I'm used to.
I thought i would give these a go, first of all you may want to measure your feet, I'm usually a size 9/10 but ended up getting a size 8 and these are very snug. Mainly because of the lack of padding.
They are by far the weirdest sensation i have ever had on my feet, and i found myself taking weird routes when i had them on, such as walking on stones, grass, bark etc.
They give you a real sense of feeling of what ever you are running on, unlike normal shoes, you can run on things without being sent off balance by a stone or twig.
Many people have stated that they become uncomfortable after a while because your feet aren't used to being used with a lack of padding, i can say that mine were fine and didn't hurt at all.
I also took up rock climbing and wanted something that would offer extra grip and great feeling.
The base of these are similar to tyre threads, if you bend them you can see it opening up which give it a greater grip.
These are ideal for that.
- Help to build up your under used muscles in your feet/legs due to the use of arched and padded shoes.
- Makes your legs and feet stronger.
- Great for off road running, on road running, walking on sand, in the sea, rock climbing etc.
- Stuck for an all round training shoe? Get these, they do it all.
- Look great in a weird way.
- They have great grip.
- Can be used on all surfaces.
- At about $80/$90 they are roughly the same cost as good running trainers, these are by far better.
- May hurt after a while if you are not used to walking/running in the way they make you.
- Not to everyone's taste style wise.
I cant recommend these enough, they look great in my opinion and you will get people walking up to you just to ask about them, they are a real conversation starter in the gym.
They hand handled everything I've thrown at them and I'm looking for new sports to take up to try them out on those too.
I bought a pair of these as I wanted to give minimal / barefoot running a try, having always found running in traditional shoes slightly awkward and painful (pain in lower back and shoulder if I ran over ~3 miles).
They took a little getting used to, but helped me improve my running style (most importantly maintaining a 180+ cadence, landing mid/front-foot, basically a natural style), resulting in the most enjoyable runs I have ever had. They eliminated the previous pain and noticeably helped strengthen my core muscles.
The sole seems very durable with minimal wear after 40+ miles use.
The upper may be vulnerable to damage though I haven't had any yet.
They haven't given me any blisters, despite wearing no socks.
You get very little grip on slippy surfaces, though the low-profile helps give you really good balance meaning I've never felt like I would fall, and such surfaces are just fun!
Your toes can get wet easily which could be a problem on longer runs if they stay wet.
Overall I highly recommend them for minimal running, the only downside is the price, but they're still worth it.
I saw these shoes a few years ago and only recently decided to purchase a pair. They are quite expensive (I paid £100 in the UK), but they are very durable (Vibram are shoe soles as Goretex is to waterproofing).
Anyone buying them should defiantly try a pair on first as you may need to drop a few sizes to get a snug fit. The idea behind them is that most shoes are unnatural and they make you walk in an unnatural way, but the way you walk wearing Vibram Five Fingers is more like bare foot walking. It increases proprioception of your foot, strengthens your ankle, and makes your posture better because you aren't wearing heels that elevate your heel in a standing position.
I originally got the pair of KSO's to replace sandals for the summer and initially they do feel a bit weird but they really are great shoes. They made my feet hurt when I first started wearing them but it was because I was so used to the cushioning of a normal trainer. I've used them walking, running, cycling, kayaking and climbing. The main advantage of the KSO model is the strap to secure it to your foot and mesh cover to keep stuff out, but it still doesn't keep your foot warm in colder weather. The flow model might keep your warmer or maybe combine with toe socks (Vibram have their own brand Injinji Socks).
The downside which is also common to other footwear you use without socks is that a pair can become smelly after time.
These look quite comfortable and amuseing also when you first see them. The practical side is that the Vibram Fivefingers KSO Barefoot are designed for most out door activies such as hill walking, mountain climbing and even running. These come in all sizes and you can mesure to the nearest cm with a ruler from heal to toe when placeing an order with Amazon.co.uk. These Vibram give the illision of beening barefooted as you can clearly see all five toes or fingers as they are called. The Vibram Fivefingers KSO Barefoot are made with durable rubber, so hard that they will withstand any wheather or tarrain that you may put them over. This product can be put on the foot with ease as it has ajustable straps. The Vibram comes in a wide variety of colours for both male and female so something to suit every one from greys to blues in colour. The price come in around 78 pound per pair so this may be an investment into a healty future.
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