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Bikila Ls Running Shoes

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  • rubber sole
  • Coconut Active Carbon Fibre Upper - Designed to superbly breathable and odor resistant, the Coconut upper improves comfort through dynamic shoe performance.
  • LS - (Lacing System) - The Vibram Lacing System allows for a wider tongue opening for easier step-in and out and the adjustable elastic means you can secure the shoe perfectly to the form of your foot, increasing comfort and
  • 4mm Vibram TC-1 Rubber Outsole - designed anatomically to give the best protection where you need it most
  • Single Hook and Loop Closure - helps pull the upper tight round the contours of your feet so it feels like a second skin
  • 3mm Polyurethane Footbed with Dri-Lex Sockliner - offers cushioning and comfort where you need it most. The footbed is also thickest under the ball of the foot where you will strike the ground when running in a more natural style

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Product Description

MINIMALIST RUNNING / BAREFOOT RUNNING The typical human foot is an anatomical masterpiece of evolution with 26 bones, 33 joints, 20 muscles, and hundreds of sensory receptors, tendons and ligaments. To keep our feet healthy, like the rest of our bodies, they need to be stimulated and exercised regularly. Many experts believe the shoes we wear not only cast the foot in a protective form, but can also weaken our foot and leg muscles, leaving them underdeveloped and more susceptible to injury. And while there are many occasions where traditional footwear is essential for protection, safety, and security, it is equally important to stimulate and exercise our feet in a more natural state on a regular basis. To stimulate the muscles in your feet and lower legs, which in turn can make stronger, healthier and improve your balance then the Vibram Fivefingers could help you achieve this. Use them for training, running and many other activities to see the benefits! The Bikila LS follows the same construction elements as the original model but improves on comfort and fit dramatically.

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    Fits perfect and is very comfortable.
    Of all of the five finger line, the bikila ls is definitely my favorite for road running and these did not disappoint.
    It took a few days for my feet to get used to them, now they feel great.

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    102 of 103 people found the following review helpful By J. W. Mullins VINE VOICE on June 16, 2011
    As some background I was once a very high mile runner with a number of marathons under my belt. As I got older the miles started to cause more pain on my knees and shins and I couldn't just run through it like I used to. My doctor recommended I try these. I was a bit weary at first but after some exhaustive research I decided to take the plunge and I am glad I did. My knee and shin pains is gone. I have friends who have experienced the same relief of pain they had dealt with all their lives, knee, shin, and back pain.

    Now this isn't some magic shoe, but what the shoe does is helps us, as humans, run they way we are supposed to. The way we had run for tens of thousands of years. Keep in mind that footware of all kinds are relatively recent. Long before trainers came about we were running, barefoot or in flimsy sandals and doing just fine. What these shoes do, and similar minimalist shoes like them from New Balance, Merrell and Reebox, is help the body run in a more natural manner. The heal strike that is so common today has come about as we added thicker and thicker cushioning to our shoes. When barefoot it is not natural to strike the ground with your entire weight on the heel of your foot. A good example of natural running is to go watch kids run barefoot, before they are taught the 'correct' way to run they run the natural way. Which is to land more gently on the forward part of your foot and role the foot front to back, instead of hammering your heel into the ground.

    With that in mind wearing these shoes takes some time to retrain the foot so start building up slowly. I found that just having my toes separated felt very odd but after a few days of wearing them around the house I had gotten used to it.
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    23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Allhooligan on June 17, 2011
    Color Name: Black/GreySize Name: 43 M EU Verified Purchase
    It took awhile to get used to putting on the shoes, and I've learned that wearing toed socks restricts the blood flow in my toes to the point of numbness, but bare foot these things are great. I use them lifting weights and without adding leg exercises my calves and ankles have grown from my toes being engaged in my stablity. Running is a whole new experience. And they take up so much less room in my luggage when I travel. Love 'em.
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    45 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Mike on July 18, 2011
    Color Name: Black/GreySize Name: 44 M EU
    I have heard so much about the benefits of barefoot running but wasn't willing to run barefoot so I decided that the next best thing would be a shoe that gave me that barefoot feel. The VFF bikila did that. It fits real well, it looks cool (at least I think so), and it was like running barefoot. Like any other shoe, you first must get them to fit you. I did this by wearing them and running in them for short distances. After owning this pair for a little over a month and wearing them maybe every other day or so, I noticed that parts of the sole that runs up the toes were coming off. I began looking further at the sole and saw that it was being worn down pretty quickly. They looked as if I had had them for six months and wore them every day.

    I really like my Bikila LS' but would not buy anymore Vibrams Five Finger shoes. They cost too much for too little of a shoe that wears out too quickly.

    Also, this shoe is very slippery when wet and does not dry quickly.
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    11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Hill on April 14, 2011
    Color Name: GreySize Name: 8 D(M) US
    After being very happy with my KSOs, I decided to give these quick-lace shoes a try. I really liked the KSOs, but had two complaints about them. First was that the traction was iffy. The flat bottom with razor slits simply wasn't good enough for my crossfitting and jogging ways. The second complaint comes against the strap. While more comfortable than probably any other shoe I had worn, the KSO's strap was tough to find a sweet spot between tight enough and not digging into my arches.

    Enter Bikila LS. I know other VFFs, like the TrekSport, had better grips than the KSOs, but I wasn't ready to buy a heavier VFF just for that. When I saw the Bikila LS, with it's great grip pattern AND the quick-laces, I purchased them from citysports withing 5 minutes. Ordered the same size (43) as my KSOs, and they slid on like the gloves they are. I was really suprised how much MORE comfortable these were than the KSOs. Don't get me wrong, the KSOs were not uncomfortable, to the contrary they felt great. Wiggling up the laces, the right amount of tightness can be spread across the tops of my feet. One of two issues corrected. The grip was my next point of concern. I've been to a few crossfit classes and some jogs, and my footing is firm. With the KSOs, taking a hard turn around the corner can be unsettling. Not so with the Bikila LS. The grip encourages confidence in the shoe and in your own feet. Not only that, but the materials used inside and out are very comfortable around my ankles and throughout the sides of my feet. Well done, Vibram, for improving on an already great product.
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    10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By E. Saggese on July 12, 2011
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    I have started running many times in my life and always gave up after a short while due to pain in my knees and lack of air.
    After watching some Animal Planet videos I started thinking on why did humans run on their heels while every other running animal ran on their toes (if you haven't noticed what a dog, cat or horse has at half their height is their heels, not their knees, it's just that they don't touch the floor with them).
    So I started trying to run on my forefoot on a threadmill and it felt WAY better than running with a flat foot or, even more so, compared to falling on my heels as it was inevitable with those wedges Nike got us used to.
    So I decided to start running on my toes on the road, to see how it feel, but "normal" shoes got in the way, so after a little bit of research I found the Vibram Fivefingers. They looked awful, yes, and I wouldn't like to be seen on them in a public place, but I assumed that in the woods no one would be checking my feet. So I got them.
    Wow, what a difference! In my first run (first run in fifteen years of not running or even walking over one block) I ran four miles. That night my legs hurt a lot, but they hurt in a good way. No knee or joint pain, just muscle pain. I had minor pain in my second toe, I have Morton's feet so my second toe is much longer than my first toe, which makes most shoes a bad fit. I thought this would be a problem but by my third run that finger socket had streched and I didn't feel any discomfort anymore.
    So I dialed it down a notch for the next few runs. On my fourth run I was already going five miles with no pain and lots of air to spare. For comparison, after three months of running fifteen years ago when I was in much better shape, after the same discance I would feel miserable.
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