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The odor is standard (although possibly more acute) bacterial foot odor. Spraying them with Lysol after use will make them go longer without needing washed, as will putting them in a (very) mild bleach/water mixture. Basically anything to kill the odor-causing bacteria (laundry detergent is typically not anti-bacterial), washing them in the sink with an ...


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I would highly recommend checking out "The Definitive Guide to Cleaning Vibram Five Fingers" on birthdayshoes.com I can personally attest to the success of daily wiping of the feet with tea tree oil, and soaking the shoes in a basin with a few antibacterial denture tablets (2 in each shoe for a small basin, more for something larger). For really nasty ...


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The Nike Free 5.0 was one of the first running shoes designed to simulate barefoot running. The "5.0" was supposed to indicate that it was half way between running with a traditional shoe (10.0) and running barefoot (0.0). You might find the 3.0 to be good for regular running. There are lots of minimalist running shoes you just need to decide what it is ...


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http://barefootrunningshoes.org/ has a pretty comprehensive database. My suggestion due to the irregular toe length issue would be the Vivo as it has the widest toe box.


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A callus (or callosity) is a toughened area of skin which has become relatively thick and hard in response to repeated friction, pressure, or other irritation. Wikipedia It is the defense reaction of your body, and, given the circumstances – running barefoot, in Vibram shoes – it's fully normal. I don't know why are you running without socks, but if ...


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Especially in running, I am a firm believer in "If it isn't broken, don't fix it". The whole movement of Chi/Pose and extreme minimalist shoes has grown out of a misconception and bad application of "heel striking". Heel striking does not mean that your heel touches first, it has to do with where your foot is when the majority of your weight falls on it. ...


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I actually run in vibrams, and when I first began my calves were extremely sore for the first week or two. I think this is due mostly to the fact barefoot running forces people to run as nature intended, on the ball of the foot, causing the calf to work harder in order to support the weight. This would also put more tension on the Achilles tendon since it ...


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I've never had similar problems in my Vibrams, but then I wash them after almost every use (if I did something like running to get sweaty - I also love them for weightlifting which doesn't cause me to sweat nearly as much). Think of it this way: you're wearing them directly against your skin and they'll be in contact with any sweat or dampness. Would you ...


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Think like a dancer Dancers (ballerina, tap, etc) obviously put a lot of strain on their feet and deal with blisters on a regular basis. Therefore, I'd trust that they have some pretty good advice on prevention. The following quotes were taken directly from this site. Make sure your shoes fit The easiest way to get a blister is to wear dance shoes ...


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The RunAmocs from Soft Star Shoes are nice. I have a pair which I've reviewed here. Actually my review talks more about the transition to minimalist shoe running than the shoes themselves, but you can get the idea. They are very lightweight shoes with a Vibram 2mm rubber sole. When I first put them on they didn't seem to fit very snug like I'm used to. ...


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Calf tenderness is a common occurrence with barefoot/minimalist running. The achilles is in the back of the leg, from the knee to the back of the heel. It is NOT a shock absorber, but is a stabilizing muscle and propulsing muscle. It works harder when one runs barefoot. Barefoot running is something that needs to be very gradually introduced into a ...


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Minimalist running shoes are shown to increase cadence and decrease stride length. Decreased stride length - many heel strikers become forefoot strikers. This usually allows for more efficient pace because the leg lands under the body's center of gravity. It also means the big muscles are being used for propulsion and the small muscles aren't "braking" ...


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Your improvement makes complete sense. By switching to the Vibrams, you probably changed from a heel striker to a mid-foot striker. You've also traded the stability, cushioning, and restriction provided by the shoes for strength in your feet and legs. You are now stronger and have better form. If the shoes are the only variable you've changed and your ...


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No, it will not go away. Unless you do something about it. Since you've been running in Vibrams for "quite a while" your feet should have adapted by now, and you should be able to run without pain in your feet. The muscles in your feet should have gained enough strength after 4-8 weeks. The joints, connective tissue, and tendons might well take longer; ½-1 ...


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These maybe a little closer to barefoot than you are looking for, but Luna sandals are a good option. Odd size feet are no problem because you measure your foot, send them the measurements, and they custom cut the sandals.


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They're machine washable, just wash them regularly. Vibram FiveFingers® footwear is machine washable. Use gentle, warm water cycle with liquid or powdered detergent. Hang to air dry. From: http://www.vibramfivefingers.com/faq/


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As others have said, WEAR SOCKS if you can. (Personally I can't wear the socks while running because they wedge painfully between my toes.) Two unorthodox yet natural cleaners of my VFF's: 1) The ocean. Wear your VFF's surfing or otherwise have them in the ocean for some 30 minutes, and they'll be clean as a whistle. 2) Playa dust at Burning Man (a.k.a. ...


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I wash in a low-water front loading washing machine every few days (1-2x per week). I also use a Tea Tree Oil liquid for the soap. I use a pre-wash cycle with the tee tree oil in both times and no other detergents. Once done they come out and go right in front of a fan to dry. I've been doing this for a year with my shoes as well as my two daughters' and we ...


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I too have had to look at ways to combat the odor. First, I just ignored the problem and continued to wear my VFF's while running and working out at the local gym. It was until one day a trainer recommended OxyClean detergent. She kindly made the comment about my VFF's could be washed using this detergent. I've been washing them once a week, and it seams to ...


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Aqua socks (aka Water Shoes or Beach Shoes) are a very cheap alternative, though you are paying for what you get. They don't last for very long before they start to fall apart (a few months perhaps). Fit tends to vary greatly depending where you get them, but if you can find something that's snug enough to run in, then they will do the trick to protect ...


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This is how I clean my five fingers, it's my little secret and it does not smell afterwards. After each wear of five fingers, I always blow at it with a fan. It will help dry up the sweat much more quickly and will slow down the bacteria build up. Once it start to stink or have odor. Usually 1-2 months of wear. I do the following. I put dish washing ...


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The most likely cause for the blisters is the forceful rubbing of the Vibrams on your foot during the run. The fact that the stitching matches where you got the blisters supports the fact. In order to prevent the blisters, you have a couple options: Keep causing them until your foot develops callouses to provide a natural barrier Add your own barrier ...


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Although flat-soled shoes are traditional for weightlifting, I really like Vibrams for this. Of course there is the strengthening component that everyone talks about, but the real bonus is the extra stability and "grip" you get on the ground when doing deadlifts, squats, etc. I even notice a difference when doing bench press (yes your feet should be ...


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Uh, no, they aren't worth your ROI. The main purposes I see in Vibram Shoes is to strengthen the supporting lower leg muscles and to change your running gait to put you more on your toes. Vibram shoes are training tools within themselves. The shoes should be worn progressively similarly to how you would progress a workout -> maybe 10 minutes a day ...


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Had a very very similar injury. Was running for months in the Vibrams and then all of a sudden had similar pain. Probably because I increased the mileage too fast week to week, from about 20 to then 25mi/week. Diagnosis ended up being an inflammation and to just rest and take prednisolone (pill form) for 2 weeks. Almost no improvement in 4-5 days, and ...


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For what it's worth, I've been a minimalist runner (mostly in Vibrams) for the past few years. At first, there was a lot of pain as my feet and "spring" built strength, then things settled down. I did notice that as I slowly increased the mileage, I would often hit a wall and flirt with some pain like you describe (sometime underneath in the plantar ...


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Think of it this way, if you have poor technique and then correct it don't you think your performance will go up? Less wasted energy, better movement, etc. Do they force you into better form? they can, but you can still run with less then optimal technique wearing any type of shoe (or going barefoot).


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Wow, VFFs are so environmently unfriendly if they need a machine wash so often, plus all that effort after the wash. I sweat well above average, and have experienced the same stink issues with my Komodo Sport VFF. I have hit upon an environmentally friendly solution that actually works, thanks to Grandma :) I just wash them in tap water after every use, sun ...


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My solution was to buy the KSO Treks, even though I don't like the soles as much. The kangaroo leather just doesn't stink up the way the synthetic materials do. Trek LS would also work, although again, same issues with the sole bein unideal. I'm not sure why they don't make a kangaroo leather model with their traditional sole. So far, and I've had my pair ...



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