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Vibram Mens Bikila Athletic Shoe

Price: $47.00 - $201.23
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  • Leather
  • rubber sole
  • Stretch Polyaminde Upper - designed for a superb glove-like fit, with TPU toe caps for protection and with padded collar and topline for great comfort
  • 4mm Vibram TC-1 Rubber Outsole - designed anatomically to give the best protection where you need it most
  • 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
  • Single Hook and Loop Closure - helps pull the upper tight round the contours of your feet so it feels like a second skin
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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!

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They fit as expected and are very comfortable.
I would recommend staring out completely barefoot before transitioning to vibrams as barefoot running provides better feedback towards developing good running form.
Leslie Elder
Theses shoes are simply amazing, from the first wear and run it felt like running bare feet but with protection at the same time.
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47 of 52 people found the following review helpful By C. Keane on August 17, 2011
Color Name: Royal Blue/Black/Grey/BlackSize Name: 44 M EU Verified Purchase
I alternate running and cycling every day to try to keep in shape. I did a lot of damage to my achilles tendons when I was a whippersnapper through doing a lot of triple jumping. As a result, as an all-growed-up forty-something adult I found that I had to retrain myself how to run again in a way that avoided injuring my ankles. Lots of introspection, self-analysis and trial and error later I came up with some changes to my running style that allowed me to pound out miles without seriously hurting my ankle, although I was still getting twinges every now and then.

Running in regular running shoes made me feel like I was missing something: mostly the ability to maintain forward momentum. Specifically, even though I was trying to minimize heavy heel strikes in the new style, I still felt that the heel strikes were slowing me down and bleeding off a lot of forward movement. After all, why would you land on your heel when you're trying to move forward.

I came across the whole "barefoot" running thing somewhat accidentally and thought that it looked interesting. But I didn't think much more about it since my regular runs combine dirt/gravel roads with paved roads. Then a large billboard went up in Spokane for a specific brand of barefoot shoes... and after mildly tweaking my ankle again I thought to myself "let's give that a shot."

After doing a reasonable amount of research I decided that the right shoe for me was the Bikila. I followed the foot-measuring instructions on the Vibram website and ordered my first pair.

The first thing I have to say is that I really, truly did follow the instructions precisely. But when the shoes arrived they were too big. Not just a little bit too big, a lot too big.
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36 of 41 people found the following review helpful By imperialsucka on June 15, 2011
Color Name: light Grey/Black/palm/dark Grey/BlackSize Name: 40 M EU Verified Purchase
I will never run in regular shoes again. I had REALLY bad shin splints for the last two years. One run in these and my shins didn't hurt at all. None. I almost teared up from the lack of pain. My calves were sore for about 3 weeks due to these shoes changing the way I run. Not painful, just sore. I've noticed that I am faster in these. I don't have a big stride anymore but lots of short steps that have cut 2 minutes off my 4 mile run time.

I normally run 4 miles M/W/F and 2 miles on T/T. I LOVE these shoes. Never going to run in anything else again!
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32 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Mike Lovell on June 16, 2011
Color Name: Light Grey/Black/Black/Red Grey/BlackSize Name: 44 M EU Verified Purchase
I was suffering from "runners knee" for about a week after I tried to run consistently for anything above about 15 minutes (at a steady 10:00 mpm pace). So basically I couldn't get up any kind of decent running schedule, so I started to look into barefoot running. I started walking my dog barefoot and working on strengthening my feet, and when my last bout of "runners knee" cleared up I started thinking about running. I didn't think my gym would allow barefoot treadmill running so I invested in a pair of Vibram's.

First day at the gym and I started running and I'd reached the 15 minute mark and no knee trouble, so I kept going and upped the speed and did another 10 minutes. No pain at all. Now anyone who's started running in these knows what I'm going to say next! ...

... They REALLY work your calf's because they force you to land on the balls of your feet (exactly as you should run) so about 2 days after my first run damn did I have DOMS in my calves, I was walking around like a croquet hoop! So friendly advice, start slow!

After that initial adaption my calf muscles I was fine going forward.

No more knee pain, I ran an hour for the first time yesterday (~5.5 miles), I'd have never been able to do that before.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By GtiKyle on September 3, 2011
Color Name: Grey/BlackSize Name: 44 M EU Verified Purchase
This is the first review I've written, but i think it's worth writing for a product that i was so excited to try out.
I've never been much of a runner, with a bad knee it always slowed me down, so I never got very far with it. I ran across these one day in a mall, and they intrigued me, so i did some research. The running style, from what i read, claims to prevent the heel strike which i thought might be a factor for my knee pains. I was a little hesitant to try these out, but by the time they showed up at my front door, i was stoked to take them around the block.

First impressions:
- They are hard to get into the first time. Take your time, follow the instructions. They feel great once your in.
- Make sure the fitment is right. I went to a local store first to try them out, and found the right fit. Snug, but make sure they aren't compressing your toes.
- TAKE YOUR TIME. The first run i did about 1 mile, and felt so lightweight and ready to keep going, but i knew i was going to be suffering later. I took a day off, and did a 2 mile the following day, quicker than i ever had with regular running shoes. The next 4 days i was walking like a bull rider. It took me a few days to recover, since i feel like i over-did it :-\

I've had them for a few weeks now, and i LOVE the way they fit. My calfs are still sore after runs, but i feel much more nimble and have NO knee pains :D The sole has the right amount of protection. I run a mix of trail/asphalt, and i've stepped on all sorts of little pebbles and sharp rocks, none of which made it to my fleshy sole. Highly recommended for anyone swapping over to this style or running.
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