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Vibram FiveFingers Bikila LS Shoes - Women's
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- rubber sole
- Claimed Weight: [single, size 38] 4.8 oz
- Closure: speed lace
- Upper Material: stretch nylon, TPU toe cap
- Recommended Use: road running
- Footbed: 3mm PU insole, Dri-Lex cover
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Wearing heels throughout high school may not have been the best idea, but then again, neither were sky-high bangs, neon eyeshadow, and cone bras. Years have passed, and you've gone from teetering around to flats, loafers, and minimalist fitness shoes. The Vibram FiveFingers Women's Bikila LS Running Shoe fits nicely within your footwear line-up, smartly filling the running shoe gap. Designed specifically for road running, the Bikila LS addresses the needs of a forefoot-focused gait pattern and maintains a true minimalist 0mm heel-toe drop. Barefoot road running creates an intimate relationship between all of the bits and pieces in your foot, leg, and back, often called the kinetic chain. Like most relationships, at first the lines of communication lack clarity, and pain ensues. Just take it slow at first, and after an acclimation period, your foot will freely speak with the rest of the chain for a more efficient forefoot-striking posture. Notwithstanding, your paw requires protection from rough-and-tumble road surfaces. Individual toe slots make each toe work alone, and TPU toe caps shield your tootises from run-ending scraps and stubs when you're hopping over potholes and busted curbs. The 3mm polyurethane insole adds a whisper-thin layer of protection between your foot and the ground, while the Dri-Lex covering moves moisture away from your foot. Hot dogs aren't happy dogs. On the bottom, deliberately situated anatomical pads offer plating to protect impact zones from the jarring pain of pebbles or general road debris without compromising ground feedback. EVA arch construction follows the natural lines of your instep for arch support without adding weight to the shoe. Up top, stretch nylon quickly conforms to the intricacies of your foot when you pull the speed-lacing system tight. A hook-and-loop tab secures the laces, and the padded collar cushions your heel.
- Product Dimensions: 12.3 x 5.3 x 4.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- ASIN: B004HGHXZI
- Item model number: W358-42
- Date first available at Amazon.com: August 8, 2005
- Average Customer Review:
Top Customer Reviews
Firstly, the shoes are very well made. The materials are of a very high quality and the colours very vibrant. The reflecting fabric on the sides make the shoes suitable for road running at night. The fabric upper of the Bikila LS is buttery soft. The shoes are very lightweight. If you've never tried on Vibrams before, get ready for a struggle. The first time I tried getting them on, my toes went crazy. I was pulling on one end, while my boyfriend was trying to squeeze my toes into the individual toe pockets. I got a bit worried that it might be too much hassle to put them on every time I want to go for a run. Instructions are included, you're supposed to get your toes in first, then gently slip the heel cup around your heel. I am happy to report that my brain seems to have caught on to the technique, as subsequent fittings were no trouble at all. They slip on so easily now that I am willing to take them off to show others. That's another thing you need to be aware of, people will comment on your shoes. Expect a lot of questions and even people touching your toes!
I used the size guide on the Vibram FiveFingers website. The fit is perfect. I opted for the LS style, because the adjustable lacing system seemed to offer a better chance of a good fit. I went out for a jog in them as soon as I got them. It felt amazing. I'd been running barefoot for a while to prepare myself and get used to using the proper technique (you use a forefoot strike when running in Vibrams, never land on your heel!).Read more ›
I started the C25k training in February 2012. By the time June came, I was ready to quit. I could not get past week 5 day 3 (in retrospect, the anxious waiting for the tone to put me out of my misery was more of a hindrance...another story for another day). But something else was happening.
When I first started, I bought the best pair of Brooks I could find. The running guy told me I was an over pronator and needed the support. After a good 2 months of 3 day a week running, I would get frequent spasms in my back, my feet would ache badly after a run and in the morning (plantar fasciitis), and my knees felt like they were slowly falling apart. Of course, the curse of being fat set in and I was convinced that this running thing was too much for "someone like me". Besides, everyone I saw running were skinny anyway. I started a serious stretching regimen before and after a run....it didn't help.
In July, I bought a groupon to a local running shoe store. The groupon was for my mom, but she didn't like the selection, so I had to use it. Of course I tried on another pair of Brooks. I saw the Vibrams and on a whim decided to try them on. I hopped on the treadmill in the store and immediately noticed that I was not landing on my heels, but on the ball of my foot. The guy in the store told me to take it slow. He explained that running barefoot had little to do with weight, but patience, and endurance.Read more ›
This shoe is sized accurately to width and length. I wear a solid 41 in EU size(look on the tounge of your favorite athletic shoe in the EU section for this number).
I like the tread on this shoe for running. Just enough variance to make good traction on most road conditions.
I like the simplicity of the design. The patterns are just printed on the material, not sewn. Less points of potential blister rubs.
Clear toe rubber abrasion protection ontop of your toes.
Velcro strap to adjust fit.
Light breathable material.
Snug fit to the material itself.
While I have skinny feet, people with normal to wide feet might find the tightness of this design troublesome. My hubby liked this shoe the best look wise, but had to opt for the LS version(laces) because the material was just too tight on the top of his foot. And his feet seem pretty normal to me size wise.
I find these shoes to be exactly what they should be & nothing they aren't. A good, solid running shoe that fits like a glove with good, all weather tread for road running. While they aren't my favorite in my stable of VFFs, they are like that old reliable car that gets you to work everyday & yet never gets any afterthought. You don't think about it because it just is perfect.
There really is nothing I would change about these shoes, which says something.
A note on fitting the odd toes....
I have a second toe that is longer than my first, by alot actually. In every other shoe I own, this causes me to need to size up a half size in US(so one number in EU). VFFs are no different.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good shoes, but they're just not for me. It's rather pointless to use barefoot-type shoes on a treadmill. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Sherry Kefauver
They do take time to get used to. I have a high arch and they are pretty tight.Published 6 months ago by Mindi M.
I wear these on a cement floor all day and my legs do not get sore. You have to retrain your feet and legs to wear these. These are better than any other shoe that I have had.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Used these for my trip to Cancun and they were amazing. Hit the streets, the beach, and even the skies with these.Published 7 months ago by Sergio
These are my second pair of Vibram Bikilas. I workout and run in them and go through a pair a year. If you like being barefoot, you'll love strapping these puppies on your feet. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Love my vibrams, Ive almost worn them out at this point and am ready to purchase another pair. They have replaced my sneakers completely.Published 8 months ago by KTRogers
Great shoes for the gym--weight training. Takes a little getting use to at first and requires some breaking in. I started by wearing them around the house and shopping in. Read morePublished 8 months ago by C.C.
i love five fingers I have been trail running in them for 5 years, and they have changed my life. I love the discontinued Bikila LS so I have been snapping them up in 39 and 38, I... Read morePublished 8 months ago by pauline