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Old 08-06-2012, 02:32 PM
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Jason runs primarily in his VFF's which are falling apart (they are the original from several years ago), so I bought him new ones this weekend. He goes back to Nike's just to "remember how" to run in shoes.

He tells me that running in shoes is running on a squishy platform which is awkward for our forms and that is why twisted ankles/shin splints etc happen.

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When I was doing C25K I ran exclusively in my VFFs - no pain, unlike when I tried running in regular shoes.
I run agility in my VFFs as well and I'm considering doing it more regularly. I am aiming for a half-marathon in November and just bought a new pair of VFFs so I might try them for running. Especially since I get a lot of pain - shin splints, flat feet, bunions - but I've always, always had that so I thought that was just part of running...

ETA: I am also barefoot as long as I possibly can be and go everywhere I can without hurting myself. The VFFs creeped me out but now that I've tried them, I love them!
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Old 08-06-2012, 02:39 PM
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FG - I got horrid shin splits wearing regular shoes for running, no matter how gradually I started or how goo the surface. I also ended up with achilles tendonitis frequently. Neither have come back with the VFFs, even when I run on asphalt, so I think you should def give them a try - it may be your gait, not your actual structure!
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Old 08-06-2012, 03:22 PM
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OMG, I don't know how you could run barefoot. How do you not get prickers and pokers and slicers in your feet? I would be so focused on where I was putting my foot that I would for sure end up twisting my ankle or running into a signpost or something.
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Old 08-06-2012, 03:27 PM
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I boycotted the VFFs for a long time cause I think they're ugly too but omg, totally worth it. No more blisters, no more rolled ankles, no more shin splints. Bliss.
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Old 08-06-2012, 04:11 PM
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I am laughing so hard right now

But yeah, I've only been going barefoot in places that I walk the dogs everyday anyways so I know what's there and am careful. But, putting a nail through my foot years ago never got me to put on shoes I'm not sure what could
I almost ripped off my pinky toe playing around outside barefoot years ago. Foot doctor repeatedly said "WEAR SHOES!". I'm still almost always barefoot

I run agility barefoot almost always. I just can't find shoes that are as comfortable to run in as running barefoot. I run barefoot on rubber matting, artificial turf and outside on grass...and sometimes sand.
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Old 08-06-2012, 04:21 PM
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I run barefoot in agility a ton but I do have a pair of the New Balance minimalist shoes that I absolutely adore. Sorry VFF wearers, they creep me out. As far as regular running, I had to quit to mend some really bad reoccurring shin splints from a new pair of traditional running shoes a month ago. When I start up running again I'll be wearing my minimalist shoes.
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Old 08-06-2012, 04:37 PM
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FG - I got horrid shin splits wearing regular shoes for running, no matter how gradually I started or how goo the surface. I also ended up with achilles tendonitis frequently. Neither have come back with the VFFs, even when I run on asphalt, so I think you should def give them a try - it may be your gait, not your actual structure!
I'm glad you said that about pavement - I was thinking VFF for hiking/agility/flyball and my Nike's for pavement but maybe I'll just try the VFFs!

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I boycotted the VFFs for a long time cause I think they're ugly too but omg, totally worth it. No more blisters, no more rolled ankles, no more shin splints. Bliss.
Me too I roll my ankles a LOT. I have very weak ankles and I struggle with that always - weak knees too...I'm basically a mess from kneecaps down!

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I run barefoot in agility a ton but I do have a pair of the New Balance minimalist shoes that I absolutely adore. Sorry VFF wearers, they creep me out. As far as regular running, I had to quit to mend some really bad reoccurring shin splints from a new pair of traditional running shoes a month ago. When I start up running again I'll be wearing my minimalist shoes.
I'm about sold on this!
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Old 08-06-2012, 04:40 PM
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i wanted to look into barefoot. I tend to twist my ankles and knee's all over the place without shoes so I wanted ones that would kinda keep me safe when I bought mine a few year ago, so far no pain and I've done a lot of km's in these ones.
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I used to run/walk/do everything barefoot. haha....
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LOL I forget my cityness until these kinds of threads pop up and I'm like.. WHA?? PEOPLE GO OUTSIDE BAREFOOT?! LIKE..OUTSIDE OUTSIDE?! THERE ARE LIKE..THINGS OUT THERE!
I don't even walk in the grass at the park barefoot. I have this thing with dirt lol and I'm always scared there are things hiding in the grass haha

Oh and I'm just gonna go ahead and say it. I don't like VFFS or minimal running shoes because I can't get over the fact that I think they look..well..ermm.. bad lol oddly enough, I don't even think they look bad on other people but the idea of ME wearing them makes me cringe.

I love my nike freeruns. They work for me, no pain..and I think they look AWESOME haha
oh and they are also personalized hufflepuff colored.
Hell yea.

I'm a toe striker I think it's called. I stand on my tippytoes a lot and they are the first thing to hit the pavement.. which gives me sort of a weird "bounce" run but otherwise lol my running is fine
I grew up in the country and spent a lot of time outdoors barefoot. When I moved into town I pretty much stopped that. I see crap that ends up on the sideway, have seen people spit on the sideway in front of our house and just....no. When we were on vacation last week at the water park there were a disturbing number of people who went into the public bathrooms barefoot. *shudders*
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