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High tech barefoot shoes

Post by stuward » Mon Jun 07, 2010 7:47 am

Does anyone else think that Vibram finger shoes and similar are a waste of money? When I was a kid, I grew up in moccasins. I still wear them when I'm not at work. If I'm at the beach I wear cheap aqua socks. I'm not much of a runner but it seems to me that you don't need to spend a lot of money to transition to barefoot.

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Post by robertscott » Mon Jun 07, 2010 8:29 am

stuward wrote:Does anyone else think that Vibram finger shoes and similar are a waste of money? When I was a kid, I grew up in moccasins. I still wear them when I'm not at work. If I'm at the beach I wear cheap aqua socks. I'm not much of a runner but it seems to me that you don't need to spend a lot of money to transition to barefoot.
I agree, why bother wearing shoes that replicate the feeling of being barefoot when mother nature provided you with a free solution at birth?

The only reason I can see to buy them is that a lot of gyms won't let you train barefoot.

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Post by pdellorto » Mon Jun 07, 2010 9:16 am

They make perfect sense to me if you're out kayaking/canoing/rafting/hiking. You want something that'll protect your feet from getting cut or torn, and help you keep a good grip, but also gives you the advantage of being barefoot. If I did those kind of sports, I'd be all into the vibrams.

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Post by stuward » Mon Jun 07, 2010 9:28 am

pdellorto wrote:They make perfect sense to me if you're out kayaking/canoing/rafting/hiking. You want something that'll protect your feet from getting cut or torn, and help you keep a good grip, but also gives you the advantage of being barefoot. If I did those kind of sports, I'd be all into the vibrams.
So what makes them better value than moccasins or aqua socks?

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Post by robertscott » Mon Jun 07, 2010 9:34 am

pdellorto wrote:They make perfect sense to me if you're out kayaking/canoing/rafting/hiking. You want something that'll protect your feet from getting cut or torn, and help you keep a good grip, but also gives you the advantage of being barefoot. If I did those kind of sports, I'd be all into the vibrams.
fair point Peter, I was thinking about them just in a gym setting

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Post by pdellorto » Mon Jun 07, 2010 10:30 am

stuward wrote:
pdellorto wrote:They make perfect sense to me if you're out kayaking/canoing/rafting/hiking. You want something that'll protect your feet from getting cut or torn, and help you keep a good grip, but also gives you the advantage of being barefoot. If I did those kind of sports, I'd be all into the vibrams.
So what makes them better value than moccasins or aqua socks?
I'd be willing to try all three to find out.

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Post by stuward » Mon Jun 07, 2010 10:34 am

pdellorto wrote:
I'd be willing to try all three to find out.
I'm not willing to shell out for the vibrams. I just see people gushing over them all the time when I do the same thing with cheap footwear.

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Post by KPj » Mon Jun 07, 2010 10:54 am

I love and agree with the concept but not the price tag and agree you can the same thing for less.

There's also the issue of how they look. I'm not a fashion conscious kind of guy but there is a line and I draw them at shoes with little individual toes on them.

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