dealsvibram fivefingers end of year sale for $49.99

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I love my Vibrams. You have to get used to running in them (no heel striking!), but once I did it increased my stride, allowing me to use less energy to cover longer distances. Anyway, I wore them through Tough Mudder, and they were great. You should give it a try.

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Just got my TrekSports from the five fingers website I ordered on Black Friday at this price. The black ones that were sold out then are now back available at full price, but the bright orange ones I got have sold out...

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My dog ate my vibrams...no seriously. I am quite upset about it. All the toes are torn off.

Really glad this deal was posted.

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Its worth noting that Vibram does NOT cover these under their warranty policy. Their warranty only covers Vibram FiveFingers that were purchased from authorized dealers or their own website. Tanga is not an authorized dealer.

Just be absolutely sure you're choosing the right size and everything. These have a very exact fit so if you aren't sure, go try some on at some store locally to make sure you're choosing the right size. Otherwise your only option is Tanga's return policy.

In case you're wondering why Vibram is so strict with their warranty policy, realize there are loads of counterfeits out there. It seems to be such a big problem that they have a section of their website solely (the puns, so bad) dedicated to counterfeit awareness: http://www.vibramfivefingers.com/counterfeits/how-to-spot-a-fake.html

I just wan't to clarify that I'm not saying this sale isn't for the real deal. I'm just letting everyone know Vibram won't cover these under their warranty.

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@stipo: Funny you say that. I have a pair that I use exclusively in the gym. I use them on the elliptical and I love them. I've never had any problem with discomfort, itching, or anything like that. Since I started my PF has gone completely away: I don't know is that is from the footwear or something else, but I think the more natural gait that these lead to.

I have heard some people get pushback from gym management about them being "unsafe" in a gym. Unless they make you wear steel toed shoes, if some idiot (including yourself) drops a 40 lb weight on your foot you are going to be in trouble, regular gym shoes or FiveFingers, regardless. I joined a new gym a couple of months ago and nobody has even said anything about them.

Sizes are limited, and you probably want to be sure you get the right ones. Here is a link to how to measure your feet for them. It worked well for me.

http://www.vibramfivefingers.com/size_fit/

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Great deal. I know people who swear by the Bikilas as an all purpose model, but my excellent experiences with these shoes have been in the KSO and Komodosport.
If you can, I recommend dropping into a shoe store to try on a few pairs before you snatch these up. Correct sizing is very important, so just ignore any guilt you feel taking up a sales rep's time when you know you aren't buying.

@zetalidan: I usually just throw mine in the wash and then let them air dry. They can get pretty rank if I let them go for a couple months without a wash (or if I introduce some extra-smelly foreign bacteria from rental rock climbing shoes). In those situations I soak them overnight in water with a handful of denture tablets (which are made to kill odorous bacteria and remove dirt/stains). If I'm not feeling lazy I give the footbeds a quick scrub with an old toothbrush and some soap. After that it's into the laundry. I think this method is safer for the shoes than some, and it has never failed me.

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@zetalidan: I spilt some gas on a pair of gloves once. My fiance gently washed them with a water/vinegar solution and then had them sit in a ziplock bag with baking soda for about a day or 2. Not sure if it'll work for these, but thought I'd mention it.

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Vibram owners, what do you do to combat any odor? With any sneakers, I've been able to run them through the wash and be done with it, but someone decided to bag my Vibrams while they were soaked, without my knowledge, and they've got a smell now...

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I love the TrekSports for hiking. I also have a pair of the KSO and Sprint as well, and really like them all. After getting used to them, they feel a lot better than regular shoes.

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@csunwold: Now that your dog has a taste for toes, you probably shouldn't walk around the house barefoot.

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I got a pair of these that I love for trail running (Spyridons) but want something for more casual use. The KSOs are really popular but think the classics might be a bit more suited.

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@publicart: I'll give the water/alcohol thing a shot. Baking soda hasn't done a whole lot, which is odd since it tackles my cat litter pretty well...

Guess at this point, I try whatever seems like it might not ruin them :|

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@zetalidan: I clean mine at the same time I clean my sink. I fill my sink up with bleach water for an hour, which whitens the sink, and I soak my Vibrams in there with the sink water. It didn't discolor them, and it took away all the smell. Then I rinse them with plain water (get bleach out), twist the water out, and throw them in the dryer with the laundry. Make sure the velcro is attached to itself or it'll attach to the laundry.

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@zetalidan: I use goldsbond powder every time I put them on and never have a problem. Any foot powder will work. Put it in the shoe and on top of your foot before you put them on once a day or every other day.

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I have a pair of treksport and they're great for OUTDOORS. If you are hiking or mountain biking outside they're very comfortable. I also went Creekwalking and they do a great job of protecting your feet from sharp rocks.

That said, they're NOT for indoor use. I tried them on the treadmill, elliptical and training bike, and I had to stop 10 minutes in because they just plain itched and hurt. Can't really fault them for this because they're designed for outdoor use and they are amazing at that.

Only other complaint is that the logo / signature kinda digs into one of my feet, the other is fine. My feet aren't even so it's probably my foots fault but it could be a defective shoe, who knows.

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I have a pair of Jayas and wear them ALL the time I am outside! They are great for the beach as well as jogs in the neighborhood. These are the most awesome shoes ever existed! I paid $90 for mine from REI. I am in for two pairs at this price for myself and one pair each for my sister and her daughter. GREAT, GREAT, GREAT Christmas gift!!!!

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My niece had a pair of these when we went white-water rafting and I thought they were very cool. I've always been looking for something more comfortable to wear when I go swimming and to water parks. However, it appears these aren't the ideal, waterproof choice if they smell when wet, etc. At least this sale made me do my homework on them so I could truly see if Vibram had a good pool shoe. Oh, well! I'll have to make another excuse to buy a pair some day!

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I throw mine in the washer. I have used them to hike Mt. Kilimanjaro. Yes, they smelled after that, but now they are fresh and clean. I am not sure what kind of funk you guys have going on with your feet, but my washing machine cured mine...

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@kazz22: If you rinse them and dry them in open air (like any water shoe), it isn't really a problem!

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@zetalidan: When mine got funky I just washed them again and it took care of the smell. Something I do for my face towel in addition to washing again is soaking it in a solution of half water and half rubbing alcohol, rinsing them, then throwing them in the wash. I've heard baking soda can also remove smells? Also, I invested in some toe socks for the toe shoes. You may have to up your Vibram size if you didn't buy them with socks in mind. General consensus on Amazon is that it increases your shoe size by one. Good luck!

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Thanks for the info @jdpman! I had no idea about their authorized dealer policy.

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@zetalidan: Best of luck! More rubbing alcohol won't hurt either. The water is just there to slow down the evaporation of the rubbing alcohol.

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@zetalidan: Hey, any luck with your smelly vibrams?