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- 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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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. The Bikila is Vibrams first model designed specifically to promote a more natural, healthier and more efficient forefoot strike. It also distributes forefoot impact without compromising important ground feedback essential to a proper forefoot-strike running form.
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- ASIN: B004FGPF00
- Date first available at Amazon.com: June 2, 2015
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Also want to add, if this is your first pair of vff's and you run fast, then definitely get them small. I wear U.S. mens 12-13 and I get the M44's, why? because if your foot has any room to move at all inside the shoe and you do anything close to a sprint, or any violent direction change, you'll likely rip the upper right off the sole(it happened to me). When you get them new and try to put them on for the first time, you'll swear you made a mistake as you're barely able to squeeze your foot into them, but after a day of walking around in them they'll stretch out a bit and fit like a glove from there on out.
Here is how the others have failed:
Bikila Evo Lace
- seams are weak and the top support band is too tight across the top of the forefoot.
Komodo Sport Lace
- removable insole tends to slip backwards. It has rigid sole issues similar to that of the Trek, but not to the same extent. Otherwise, this is pretty solid model.
Kso and Sprint
- foot bed lining has some rough spots that would cause blistering without socks. Sprint caused a rash under strap without socks. I don't like toe socks, because the toes are always to small. If I did like toe socks, these models could have jumped to the top of the list.
- Rigid sole caused toe lift strain on tendons. Great for hiking, not so much for moderate mileage distance running. (5-7 miles 3-4 times a week)
How the Bikila (Lace or Strip) succeeds:
Flexible sole with more cushion than the Kso or sprint
Flexbile upper with amazing seems, which means little to no blistering issues.
No need for socks
As durable as the Kso. I'm not sure when I purchased my first pair, but mine finally gave out this year. That's 5+ years of moderate ogre (6'6" 250+ lbs) usage... Amazing
The Bikila has been the most comfortable on my foot by far. My main complaint about it initially was the sweating and smell build up. 'The smell' could be managed by socks, but I find it easier to just wash the shoes more frequently. When doing yoga, the lace adjustment clip would give me issues from time to time, but that is a very small complaint. This is not an issue with the strap. I find it interesting that this models strap is more robust than the other models. It's like Vibram went for broke on the Bikila, and I have a feeling that Vibram pulled these off the market because they were just too good...
Vibram, if you see this, do the right thing and bring this back.
To those of you who tried toe shoes and failed, then cried about it. A shoe doesn't fix years of neglect.
To those still rocking the toe shoes, thanks for not excepting less.
It takes a while to get used to but eventually you get the hang of putting them on. I would suggest a pair with the draw string for your first pair as it allows the shoe to open up more.
I did notice my calfs got more of a work out going up and down stairs. And I also paid more attention to walking on stairs for some reason. I mainly use them as a casual and work out shoes for strength training, but be aware that without support you will use your stabilizing muscles at lot more in your ankles - so ease into it.
The best part is i feel like a ninja!