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- Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 5.7 x 5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- ASIN: B007KD1NYC
- Date first available at Amazon.com: February 7, 2013
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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.Read more ›
I heard about barefoot running over a year ago when my friend bought his first pair of Vibrams and sung their praises. I immediately thought they were a fad, never once considered them, never once imagined myself being seen in public with these gorilla-like things on my feet, and was sure that my friend would be injured shortly and swearing the day he bought them. Instead, my friend bought another pair. Time passed and I started seeing interviews from doctors who actually endorsed the notion of barefoot running. The first I assumed must be a quack, but the second, third? Doctors are by nature conservative with their prescriptions and don't jump on fads (unless, of course, being paid by a drug company). When a competitor to Amazon had these shoes at 50% off (sorry Amazon, I truly love you, but my wallet is quite fickle), I bought a pair. I've since bought 3 more pair. Now I feel like I've had a great conversion experience, a "Saul on the road to Damascus" moment, and I can't ever foresee myself going back to traditional running shoes.
First, Fit: as many people recommend, it's probably best to go to a brick and mortar store to buy your first pair and get sized properly. The shoes are measured in centimeters, and the conversion charts they give for US sizes aren't very accurate. In US sizes, I wear a 10.5 Nike and an 11 North Face shoe. Using the conversion chart, they say that is equivalent to a 42, however I lived many years in Russia (which measures in centimeters) and knew that I was always a 43 when I rented skates, snow shoes, etc.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
These are my favorite shoes to walk around in. The feedback of foot-on-ground can't be matched by a conventional shoe. Read morePublished 2 months ago by j
These are the greatest shoes ever! If you have back or knee problems, have to walk a lot or stand for long periods you need these shoes! Read morePublished 5 months ago by Zenas Hubbard
Used the Trek model while deployed to the desert; they worked fine over the rough terrain. Decided to give the Bikila model a try almost two years ago... haven't looked back since! Read morePublished 8 months ago by Jason Lord
I keep buying these, they wear out in 6 months and then I think the next pair will be better. They literally fall apart. And they smell. My feet don't smell in any other shoes! Read morePublished 9 months ago by Joe T.
love these shoes, once off duty I put these on and do my workout running a few miles to doing crossfit.Published 10 months ago by Jose Villa
a bit tight maybe too small for me 。should be very comfortable if size fit.Published 11 months ago by Henry Luo