questionshave you ever ran in toe shoes?

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I'd imagine you run in them the same way as you would in regular shoes.

Seriously though, I too was considering buying a pair and was wondering what people thought of them.

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I have a pair of Vibram Five Fingers and I love them. I find them more comfortable than regular tennis shoes. I have know idea how good The Fila Skeletoes are, but I highly recommend Vibrams. Also with these shoes, and I believe all minimalist running shoes, you don't run with a heel strike like with regular running shoes. You actually run with a toe strike, landing on your forefoot.

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Not a runner, but love Vibram Five Fingers! As @miyoshinum5 said, I also know nothing about the Fila's.

My son wears Vibrams while sprinting, then fast walking. Repeat. (Odd to watch. It seems he's suddenly frightened or over-energized. Then 'normal.') He also swears they are the best shoes ever. Even wears them to work.

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I have some Vibrams that I wear when going to the gym. I'm not brave enough to wear them running. They do change your stride by a great deal. If you are going to use them for running there are several places (including the makers of these shoes) that give advice on how to work into using these type of running shoes.

Do not, repeat do NOT, just go from running 20 miles a week in running shoes to 20 miles a week in "natural" shoes. You will (not might, will) hurt yourself. Foot injuries, and particularly achilles tendon problems are very common in over zealous changers. Work into using them.

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@miyoshinum5: You really shouldn't be running with a heel strike over any significant distance either way.

Being burdened with super-thin feet, any shoes that expect your toes to be in a certain alignment are straight out for me anyway. As it is, I'm pretty well limited to certain discontinued Adidas shoes. :( They're getting harder to find too.

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I heard an interview with a podiatrist about the massive numbers of people who injure themselves in these minimalist shoes. The biggest issue is that for the last 30, 40 or 50 years you've been wearing a shoe that aligns your foot, supports your arch, and reinforces your ankle. Now, you want to run around barefoot with no support. Your body has gotten used to the added benefits of a real shoe and the muscles and tendons are weakened that would allow you not to need the support. In many cases it is too late for the body to ever re-adjust properly. That was the gist of it. Form your own opinion but he sounded pretty convincing.

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I like Vibrams for walking and exercising, but I don't view them as running shoes. There are also some good comments in this thread and this one.

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If you run correctly, a pair of high quality running shoes, custom to your support needs, will always be better than any brand of toe shoes.

People will argue that running in toe shoes is more "anthropologically natural", and therefore, better for you than running shoes...but since when is it anthropologically natural for a human being to run on blacktop? I'd agree that running through grass or on sand is just as fine barefoot as with shoes, but to slap on a layer of rubber to your foot and say you're all good to slam them on blacktop for 6 miles, that's ridiculous.

I'm a marathon distance runner, and I have a friend that runs both sprinting events and those 100 mile super marathons. We've weighed the pros and cons with both, and can confidently tell you that if you're interested in running, buy a pair of running shoes that are designed for that. Your feet and body will thank you. If you wanna wear them to just walk around in and look like a goober...well, that's no problem :P

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I am so out of things these days. When I saw the question I imagined everyone running en pointe, in BALLET toe shoes!

A different thing altogether.

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I'm with @dmaz. Don't run in Vibrams, especially not on blacktop. I tried it, trained into it, and it really just wasn't working out. Everything just kinda hurt for a while. I will train in Vibrams now (great for plyometrics, imo) but no running short of sprints on grass.

Also, you should know the those Skeletoes things are really just regular sneakers with toes. They aren't minimalist in any form of the word.

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@belyndag: yeesh if this is how quickly your mind goes to mush after retirement I dont think i'll ever be retired. Just Kidding belynda, I'm just jealous ;)

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@belyndag: You're not alone on reading "toes shoes" = "ballet shoes"

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A co-worker with lower back and leg problems switched to Vibrams and says doing so resolved both back and leg pains. She's not a runner at all; she just wears them instead of her regular shoes for work, errands, etc.

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I've been running in toe shoes for awhile. I've found that running in standard running shoes no matter the brand altered my body mechanics just enough to cause issues with my hips or knees. It's possible that for me running on an angled platform of rubber with an elevated heel is the issue. I do know that the wear pattern is markedly different when I compare my regular running shoes to my "monster feet" shoes.

I did not have any problems switching to the Vibrams other than my shin muscles feeling like they had a real work out after my first run in them, but then I have ALWAYS been a shoes off kind of girl. I adore shoes, but only wear them when I have to go out.
Every one is different. I can only tell you what my experience has been. FYI, I have a mild case of lumbar thoracic scoliosis that's not noticeable to most. It causes a nice but definite "back porch swing" and spaghetti straps to slip off my left shoulder easier. This fact alone may be why toes shoes work better for me.

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@cowboydann: Oh, my brain has been this mushy for YEARS! This particular bit of mush comes from hauling DD to dance lessons and competitions for 15 years and forking out money that would have been more fun to spend on Woot! (And, no, I'm not featured on any episodes of "Dance Mom."

@magic cave: Thank goodness! I guess you and I are just too classy for this uncouth crowd. They should be more couther.

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@belyndag: Gee, that would make you and @magic cave: the couthiest!

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@lavikinga: Yup! Me and @magic cave are the most couthiest Wooters around!

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@belyndag: I suppose that's even better than being the ginchiest (and I had to look that one up. Kookie & his comb were before my time. Jeez, people listen to some odd stuff http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gDT2Xk5-Oo )

@firebirdude: Find a fabulous deal on "toe shoes." If you like them, great. If you don't, at least you haven't dropped 100 bucks on a pair of fancy water/gardening shoes.

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@lavikinga: Lordy! That video was baaaaaaad! (And not in a god way!)

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@belyndag: :::strutting around::: I want a lapel badge that says "Co-couthiest Wooter!"

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@lavikinga: I knew you were [cough] a youngster, but I'm saddened to hear Kookie was before your time. He, his greased-up hair, and his ever-present comb were major heart throbs was I was a tween.

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@magic cave: I'm in the special category of Baby Boomer/Generation X-er. HS class of '79. (Disco died, and for good reason!)

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@magic cave: Will this do?

http://tinypic.com/r/2n7dy8j/6

(Sorry about the quality, but my best desktop publishing/graphics software was left behind in my retirement.)

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@lavikinga: I'm in a similar category, but my COLLEGE class was '79. I had no idea who Kookie was, either, but once I googled him I did remember hearing about the TV show.

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@belyndag: I just laughed so hard I startled my husband and woke up both dogs! I think I'll print out the badge and wear it to work tomorrow. I wonder if I can find my old Badge-A-Minit kit.

College class of '79? I'm surrounded by youngsters? (I graduated high school in 1965. My college years were too scattered to a useful way of dating myself. I am now in the class known variously as geezers and old farts.)

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@magic cave: Glad you liked it! Now that we've hijacked @firebirdude 's question, I double dog dare you to wear it to work, then to come back and post about the reactions you get from coworkers.(I can do that now that I HAVE no coworkers to question my Woot addiction.)

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@belyndag: I thought of ballet also - and it would be fairly awkward to run normally never mind en pointe

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@klozitshoper: I've got this mental picture of a bunch of marathoners running en pointe. Er, sort of.

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@belyndag: Alas, my employer is relatively conservative, and it's best not to make any obvious waves.

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To add to the interview with the podiatrist guy... Being barefoot/ minimalist/ whatever for periods is necessary for proper muscular, neurological, and bone development in the foot. If you're young-ish or just willing to take the time to let your body adapt to new forces put on it the minimalist shoes can be a great experience. I'm 24, bought a pair of vibrams a few months ago, and still can't run in them because it hurts. But, for walking around anywhere they're great, and I'm sure that within a year running will be no problem

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I've had a pair for about 4 months and love them. I bought them to run in (and have been) and started wearing them most of the time. It did take some getting use to (and I'm still adjusting). Particularly, running in them works different muscles than my previous, standard, running shoes. I would note though that I took it easy running when I first started with the Vibram's, I don't run long distance (only about 3-4 miles) and I try as much as possible to run on dirt. I stopped running on asphalt / cement years ago and both my ankles and my knees have been much, much happier. But overall, they're the most comfortable shoes I own and I feel more stable in them walking or running.