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Review of Vibram FiveFingers Sprint Shoes

OnSugar Blog: My Gorilla Shoes! (aka Vibram FiveFingers)

This post comes from the OnSugar blog Twins that Blog.

So, I had done some reading about these crazy looking shoes called Vibram FiveFingers and apparently they are supposed to be amazing for you and your feet.

From the Vibram website:

The typical human foot is an anatomical marvel of evolution with 26 bones, 33 joints, 20 muscles, and hundreds of sensory receptors, tendons and ligaments. Like the rest of the body, to keep our feet healthy, they need to be stimulated and exercised.

That’s why we recommend wearing FiveFingers for exercise, play, and for fun. Stimulating the muscles in your feet and lower legs will not only make you stronger and healthier, it improves your balance, agility and proprioception.

So basically our feet weren't meant to be cushioned and coddled . . . we're meant to be barefoot. And because we wear cushioning, supportive athletic shoes, we are weakening our feet/ankles/legs/etc. The logic makes sense, right? Right. So, aside from them looking ridiculous, I thought they might be worth a shot. The only thing I was worried about is that I have REALLY long, skinny toes — what if they didn't fit well into these shoes, which seem to have shorter toes than I? Luckily there is an REI a mile from work, so I walked there on my lunch break the other day to try some on! I decided to try on the Sprint version (pictured in this blog post). They are really strange to put on at first, but I got the hang of it, and they fit me, despite my abnormally long toes! On a whim, I decided to purchase said shoes right then and there. The reviews and articles online (as well as the nice sales lady at REI) warned me that they should be broken in slowly, but not to break in the SHOES, but to break in my feet/ankles/legs/etc. because they won't be used to running "barefoot."

To find out what FitSugar user animatedpunk thought of her Vibram FiveFinger Sprints, head over to the OnSugar blog Twins That Blog and read the rest of her story. If you'd like to share your own product reviews, start an OnSugar blog — your posts could very well end up on the FitSugar homepage.

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couturefreak couturefreak 6 years
Love my Vibrams! But I didn't adhere to the warnings of breaking them in and tried to run my regular 4 miles the first day. #FAIL But 4 months in, I love them, and I can get in between 4 - 6 miles now.
animatedpunk animatedpunk 7 years
Hmmmm, well, because I've been gradually working them into my workout, I haven't gotten any blisters. They don't really chafe and mine fit snug. I guess I can't speak for everyone, but I know for me and my sister, we have not gotten blisters from them yet. Are you sure that the socks won't work with the 40's? I think if the 41's are wide, that would probably be a bit uncomfortable..... and the socks are supposed to be pretty thin I think. I haven't tried them though, so I may be wrong. As for the winter weather... I'm not sure about that yet because I live in LA and it really doesn't get all that cold here. Plus, I bought mine in June so I haven't experienced a winter with them yet. My sister is in DC, so she will find out this coming winter if her feet are cold in them or not :) I'm really sorry that I can't be of more help to you!!
Fawness Fawness 7 years
Hey! Thanks so much for the awesome review. I have some Vibram KSO’s on hold right now and need to make a decision. Could you give me some advice? I’m a female and I think the size 40 are perfect, albeit a bit snug, but the 41 seems to have a bit too much fabric width-wise and in the feet. However, if I get the 40’s, there is no way I can wear socks with them-i.e. the Injinji’s. But you say you don’t wear socks? I thought that if you don’t, you get horrible blisters? Does that happen to you? What about in the winter-are your feet cold without the socks when wearing you Vibrams? Sorry for all the ?’s but I need to get back to the retailer! Thank you, Hannah
rbaech rbaech 7 years
I'm wearing the pictured pair right now, and I love them! I've had them since January or February, and they're awesome. My ankle stability has improved dramatically, and I love to walk and run in these. I even wear them to the gym. I have to say - I get asked about them probably at least 6-7 times a week.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
We saw someone at the airport wearing these and they look super-ridiculous, but I've been wondering if there was any merit to getting a pair. Maybe they aren't half bad after all.
mandaleebee mandaleebee 7 years
@Raynne413 - I agree that you should work them into your routine gradually, but speaking with your physical therapist should definitely be your first step. I've read that these actually help with some injuries, but you wouldn't want to risk injuring your ankle further until you've had a chance to speak with an expert.
animatedpunk animatedpunk 7 years
@Raynne413 - Hmmm, well I'm definitely no expert... but I'd say not to risk it if you are currently recovering from an ankle injury, as these give no ankle support. Maybe once your ankle has healed, you could slowly start introducing a shoe like this into your routine... I have pretty thin ankles and used to have to wear an ankle brace when I played sports in college, but I haven't had any problems when wearing these yet. I also have to wear orthotics with my regular shoes or I get knee problems, but I haven't had any knee problems yet while wearing the Vibrams. But I have been introducting these into my routine very gradually, to be safe. You might want to ask a physical therapist or doctor for a more professional answer. :)
Raynne413 Raynne413 7 years
I'd be interested in these, but I'm recovering from an ankle injury and wonder if I NEED the extra support of shoes right now, and if these might aggravate the injury?
runningesq runningesq 7 years
I wonder how long this trend will stay...
inlove23 inlove23 7 years
Makes sense. I defiantly would love to try them!
animatedpunk animatedpunk 7 years
Thanks for posting my blog post, Fit!!! @michlny - Yeah, I thought they looked ridiculous and was a bit turned off by that at first. But after reading reviews and trying them on in person, I just had to have them! Haha. I love them now. @mln410 - I definitely agree that these should be introduced to your routine gradually. My achilles and calves still get pretty tight because they aren't used to running "barefoot" yet, so I am still alternating days with my old running shoes.
mln410 mln410 7 years
I love these for running. My only advice is to take it slow (even though it's hard). Transitioning to this style of running is a slow process, you will use different muscles than you did running in shoes. It took me about 6 months to really get back to improving my running. Also, my feet are not as pretty as they used to be, more calluses.
mandaleebee mandaleebee 7 years
It's okay! We're glad you enjoyed the post!
amybdk amybdk 7 years
:oops: I'm sorry! Didn't realize that my posts would show up on both FitSugar and on your blog.
amybdk amybdk 7 years
Thank you for the write up! Looking forward to what your twin thinks of them!
amybdk amybdk 7 years
By the way, Fit, thanks for giving exposure to some of the newer brands out there!
michlny michlny 7 years
would love to try 'em, just wish they didn't look so odd...
amybdk amybdk 7 years
I saw several people sporting the V4Fs at the Bolder Boulder a couple weeks back. I recently got a pair of Newton's that I'm still adjusting to.... you can really feel a difference in the lower legs.
kittykat83 kittykat83 7 years
I saw a guy running in these yesterday. I'm interested to hear other reviews.
mandaleebee mandaleebee 7 years
I just bought a pair yesterday! I am already in love with them. Will post about the Vibram's from the East Coast Twin soon!
BeautifulHealth BeautifulHealth 7 years
I have a pair almost identical to the ones shown. I love them! I get so many comments when I wear them since they look odd. My boyfriend also loves them and actually has two pairs himself!
TheLittleMonster TheLittleMonster 7 years
Actually, I saw a man wearing these last week.
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