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    Vibram Five Finger Shoes

    Anyone use Five Finger shoes for running? If so, waht style? Been looking at minimalist/barefoot running and thought I'd give them a try but want some input before I buy them. I'm just a casual runner, maybe 20-30 miles a week, but have heard the 5 Finger shoes are good for the knees, IT bands, hips, etc. Yes, they look funny but willing to go with that to save some wear and tear.
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    I have KSO's and Komodo Sports

    I LOVE them, the Komodo's are much more comfortable than the KSO's but weigh more. You have to work your way into them, first by wearing them around for a few minutes then building to really short runs, their website gives full info on proper usage and adapting to them.

    I cross train and run in them, I hate running and they actually make it enjoyable. I was able to build from running no more than 2 miles at a time no more than 2 days a week to 6 miles at a time 4 days a week. Go to a retailer that has a large selection and try on each style they have because they actually each feel very different, also the sizing is a bit different for each style, I wear bigger komodo than kso.

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    I bought a pair of Komodo Sports and got them today. Very weird feeling putting them on but after wearing them awhile they are very comfortable. Will put them to the test on Monday and see what it is like to run in them but if nothing else, I have a great pair of comfortable shoes to wear around.
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    Got a pair of KSO's myself. They are good to run it but definitely wear them in first.

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    I have three pair. I struggled with chronic shin splints for years in the Army, as well as arch pain. Five Fingers finally did the trick and I enjoy running much more.

    You have to ease into it. Your calves will hate you for 3-4 days if you run more than a mile or so in them for your first 1-3 weeks.

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    Found out the hard way about easing into it. Ran in them right after I got them and didn't think it was too bad. Got up the next morning and it felt like my calves were in knots. I think they are going to be good running shoes once I get used to them though
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    You could get the same work out by running barefoot on the grass at the park. Thats what I do at least.

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    I love mine! It really helped with my Arch pain and it actually made it enjoyable to run. I have currently stopped using them due to a knee injury that i am recovering from. I am able to run (slowly) with normal running shoes but when i tried it with the Finger shoes i was unable to run at all after the knee injury. I'm hoping after i am fully healed i can start wearing them again. Before my injury i was running in them at 2-3 miles at a time about 3-4 times a week. It was great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by syphon157 View Post
    You could get the same work out by running barefoot on the grass at the park. Thats what I do at least.

    Or buy the VFF so you're not restricted to one surface.
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    I have the Fila Skele-toes, bought them on a suggestion as I was having leg pain when I ran. They have a little bit more sole than the five-fingers.

    I immediately ran further and longer with much less pain...I love them.

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    One of the best PT items that I have ever purchased. The pain in my legs lasted a few days, just to break in my body after that it was fine running.

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