I find news anchors to be a touch annoying. They slam Vibram FiveFinger shoes (which they never actually call by name throughout the whole clip) just a touch, but at least in the end the anchorwoman doing the piece explains that with correct form you don’t need all the additional padding provided by traditional running shoes. Pretty funny that she calls them scary though!
More and more people are taking to the barefoot running trend. I came across this video and thought I’d pass it along. Good, solid advice for the general public on taking it easy when training to run barefoot, or in barefoot running shoes such as Vibram FiveFingers. As an owner of the Vibram FiveFinger Bikila, I have to say I am not a fan of the Bikila LS, simply for the aesthetics. Perhaps the lace-up method is really helpful though? ... Read more >>
Updated June 27, 2011: I added some pics from the gym so you can see what the spinning set up looks like.
Here in our island home I teach a spinning class at the little local gym, and although this week I am stuck at home with a twisted ankle (darn these Third World roads) last week I decided to head to the gym in my Vibram FiveFinger. I brought along my tennis shoes, because I imagined that spinning wouldn’t work so well with Vibram feet, and I was right.
I spent the first part of my workout downstairs lifting, then headed ... Read more >>
Over the last couple months I have been doing extensive research on Vibram Five Fingers for running, and VFFs in general and I have come across a lot of really positive reviews. I have a friend who swears by his KSOs and another who practically sleeps in his Treks. (Strange, I don’t have any female friends who have converted to Vibram FiveFingers yet.) However, I am the only person I know who has Bikilas, which I bought specifically for the purpose of finding a running shoe that contributed to proper form, lessening back and knee pain. So far, and mind you, it’s only been just over a week of running in Five Finger shoes and about a month of barefoot running, I am pleased with the results. I am a fan of Bikila FiveFingers for running, and I know I’m not alone.
However, recently I came across two reviews of Vibram Five Fingers that specifically focused on the ... Read more >>
My first run with my new Vibram FiveFinger Bikilas was a week ago today. The run felt good, although I was a bit concerned about the big toe on my right foot being hard pressed against the front of the toe pocket while I ran. I was, after all, running in a size 38, two sizes down from what the official “how to size Vibram FiveFingers” guide told me. Still, the shoe felt good, and by the end of the first run I was mostly convinced I was wearing the right size.
Fast forward two days later, I took my Bikilas back out for another spin at the park. This run felt really good. I felt light on my feet, only a little sore in my calves and there wasn’t a trace of the slight blister the run on Monday had left me with. I didn’t really notice anyone looking at my feet as I ran around the park at Centro Leon, a couple blocks away from my apartment, but then again I ... Read more >>
For those of you that missed my dismal post on receiving my first pair of Vibram FiveFinger Bikila running shoes only to find out they were too big you can check it out here. I knew buying online was a gutsy move, but I didn’t have any other option. Thankfully, I was able to reorder my VFFs in what I hoped to be the right size, get them shipped to a friend in New York, who brought them down to my little ... Read more >>
To be quite honest I hadn’t thought about looking up where Vibram came up with the name Bikila. So, when I got a gmail chat from a friend asking, “Have you seen this yet?” and including the Wikipedia link to Abebe Bikila I was pleasantly surprised. My new shoes are named for a two-time Olympic marathoner from Ethiopia, who just so happened to win his first Olympic marathon barefoot.
Now my wife can stop faking when she talks about how great Vibram FiveFingers are!
I finally got around to scouring the internet for just the right place to buy from. She had already checked out a few of the bigger sites like REI.com and EasternMountainSports.com which carry the Bikilas in the color she wanted with the standard $99 price tag. They even offered free shipping! But I was convinced I could find the same price but with a ... Read more >>