Vibram Five Fingers Classic Men's Shoe £63.91 @ purekit.com
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Vibram Five Fingers Classic Men's Shoe £63.91 @ purekit.com

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Found 3rd Jan 2011
Vibram FiveFingers Classic is a design that takes the minimalist approach to barefooting by Vibram FiveFingers. Men's FiveFingers Classic features thin, quick drying, abrasion-resistant stretch polyamide uppers and fits low on the foot for comfort. Non-marking Vibram TC1 performance rubber soles protect your feet whilst wearing FiveFingers Classic and provide a sure grip over a variety of terrain. High quality Vibram FiveFingers Classic is the latest style of this brand, is comfortable in wear, setting you free for barefoot running or other outdoor activities without leaving your feet exposed and unprotected.

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44 Comments

Original Poster

Nice price, although i would reccomend the KSOs intead of these.
They are pretty expensive but great, i use them for my 10k runs.

Although keep in mind there really isn't much difference in the genuine and fake pairs, i've got both, fake for country runs on and off road, real ones for the gym. Wouldn't want to risk destroying the expensive ones. Although im sure they can handle most things.

these look.. strange

Original Poster

teh arn

Nice price, although i would reccomend the KSOs intead of these.They are … Nice price, although i would reccomend the KSOs intead of these.They are pretty expensive but great, i use them for my 10k runs.Although keep in mind there really isn't much difference in the genuine and fake pairs, i've got both, fake for country runs on and off road, real ones for the gym. Wouldn't want to risk destroying the expensive ones. Although im sure they can handle most things.


Just found cheapfivefingersshoes.com/vib…tml
Edited by: "Loopijuce" 3rd Jan 2011

I do believe there is a difference between genuine and fake and that is the quality. My friend bought a fake pair at half the price whilst I paid teh £66 for genuine ones and the fake ones already ripped where the Big toe fits.

They are very hard to differentiate though just looking at them!

I wouldnt buy form them, there are reports of them sending out fake goods.

- both my pairs have held up equally well, can't see any difference in quality. But for piece of mind buy them from a registered seller, not cheapfivefingersshoes.com, they are selling the same pairs that can be bought on ebay for £20

Loopijuce

Just found … Just found http://www.cheapfivefingersshoes.com/vibram-fivefingers-kso.html



Dont Bother!!!

who.is/who…om/

Origins from China....and at that price....fake!!!

Original Poster

Yeah. Can't find ANY address on the site, let alone UK address.

these look good might have to get a set

You also get alot of people commenting on them when you are either at the gym, running or generally out and about

They are the strangest shoes I have seen - you really run in these? Not being Zola Budd, I can't see how these would give proper support, especially cross-country.

Holdsworth

They are the strangest shoes I have seen - you really run in these? Not … They are the strangest shoes I have seen - you really run in these? Not being Zola Budd, I can't see how these would give proper support, especially cross-country.



I run with the front of my feet so they are perfect for me.
Plus if you tread on a stone or something they dont throw you off balance.
Very very good to run in, i thought they would be rubbish so got a pair to try, now i'll never use anything else.

Original Poster

Any advice about sizing teh arn?

wheres could i buy the cheapest fake pair from .... just want to see what they look and feel like , rather than spend £60 and find out i dont like them


cadmus

wheres could i buy the cheapest fake pair from .... just want to see … wheres could i buy the cheapest fake pair from .... just want to see what they look and feel like , rather than spend £60 and find out i dont like them



I bought a pair from purekit and they have QUIDCO too (so dont forget that!) and you do have 365 days to return them providing you haven't used them (ie outdoor etc etc)

They take some time getting used to but I use them for outdoor running and they are brilliant! I also use them for bouldering and yes you get a lot of people commenting on them as Vibram do shoes for climbing.

TBH at the stated price you will find other places selling them for £80-90 so I think the price is very good.

Whether you are willing to pay that kind of money for such product is another matter!

I bought my pair from HERE , legit pair, and it worked out £55 plus international shipping - about £65 in total, Unfortunately, KayakShed no longer ships these internationally, but there maybe other US retailers that do.

Great pair of shoes, they do feel funny to begin with, but they are very nice. Not for wearing on the High Street (oh yes - there will be stares...), but either you'll like them or you won't. I like 'em

I don't wear them everyday, but are great for the beach. I even wore them went I went mountain climbing in Morocco. Very comfy, and I always felt very safe in them, even when walking over the rocks.

Not sure why this deal is cold, as I don't see any other deal alternatives in the comments

martinto8

I bought a pair from purekit and they have QUIDCO too (so dont forget … I bought a pair from purekit and they have QUIDCO too (so dont forget that!) and you do have 365 days to return them providing you haven't used them (ie outdoor etc etc)They take some time getting used to but I use them for outdoor running and they are brilliant! I also use them for bouldering and yes you get a lot of people commenting on them as Vibram do shoes for climbing.TBH at the stated price you will find other places selling them for £80-90 so I think the price is very good.Whether you are willing to pay that kind of money for such product is another matter!



Are these suitable for lead climbing also?

They are suitable for all types of climbing, rocks, climbing walls, trees, even running, boating, parkour etc i cant fault them at all.
Sizing could be tricky, because there's no padding you may have to get a size smaller.
I'm usually a size 9 but an 8 is perfect.

teh arn

They are suitable for all types of climbing, rocks, climbing walls, … They are suitable for all types of climbing, rocks, climbing walls, trees, even running, boating, parkour etc i cant fault them at all.Sizing could be tricky, because there's no padding you may have to get a size smaller.I'm usually a size 9 but an 8 is perfect.



I second this however you might want to get the ones with the support strap but never the less they are a snug fit.

And as for sizing.....I had bought a size 7 but then changed them for a 6

Don't understand the cold votes. I will be ordering my new pair here if they still have stock. Usually 90 quid!
They do look weird but are supposed to provide the most natural running style after all we have only started wearing padded shoes in recent years and the number of injuries have increased! These allow you to get the bare foot running feeling which improves foot strength and can reduce risk of injury. They are good for stopping you getting your feet cut to ribbons.

martinto8

I bought a pair from purekit and they have QUIDCO too (so dont forget … I bought a pair from purekit and they have QUIDCO too (so dont forget that!) and you do have 365 days to return them providing you haven't used them (ie outdoor etc etc)They take some time getting used to but I use them for outdoor running and they are brilliant! I also use them for bouldering and yes you get a lot of people commenting on them as Vibram do shoes for climbing.TBH at the stated price you will find other places selling them for £80-90 so I think the price is very good.Whether you are willing to pay that kind of money for such product is another matter!


cheers "martinto"(_;)
Edited by: "cadmus" 3rd Jan 2011

Also help you to walk properly and build up muscles in feet and lower legs.
Look great in my opinion, best running shoes you can get.

teh arn

Also help you to walk properly and build up muscles in feet and lower … Also help you to walk properly and build up muscles in feet and lower legs.Look great in my opinion, best running shoes you can get.



Think I'd like to try them on. Do you wear them just as normal, or purely for sports/fitness activities?

If you also run with the new Nike 'Nopants' running shorts you will decrease your average 10K time by 15 seconds.

As demonstrated by this Emperor.

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_FbQKuXVO4wo/TBtr3_fTtnI/AAAAAAAABR0/LWk8W8ZJQcQ/s1600/emperors+new+clothes.jpg

This return to nature as pseudo scientific marketing ploy is very worrying.

Anyone for a longitudinal study showing a scientifically significant increase in knee problems?

arduino

Think I'd like to try them on. Do you wear them just as normal, or purely … Think I'd like to try them on. Do you wear them just as normal, or purely for sports/fitness activities?



I've never worn them out for not doing any kind of sports, apart from walking home from the gym.
But you can wear them in place of normal trainers if you want.

Marketing ploy?
I don't think so some how.

Its not changed the way i run, its made it more comfortable.
No doubt high arch trainers, neutral pronators and underpronators are also a marketing ploy. . . ..

I dont understand the cold votes...I guess that is what happens to the uneducated eye!

Get the book 'Born to Run' and you can see what these are all about!! (In a roundabout way I guess!)

I re-iterate teh arn's points.....they do indeed strengthen joints and build leg muscles. They reclaim the natural way us mere mortals should be running!

The problem with running trainers is that they take the impact as oppose to your joints hence why you are more prone to injury with running shoes.

All the Africans I'd imagine do plenty of barefoot training and you will almost guaranteed to find one of them at the front of the pack in a marathon!


Edited by: "martinto8" 3rd Jan 2011

good price, ive gone for some. hope my sizing is right. anyone interested in buying a pair please check this out beforehand:

vibramfivefingers.com/siz…htm

These are the most fantastic trainers i've ever seen. The big bro to toe socks.

Classic
Sprint
MOC
Flow
KSO
KSO Trek
Bikila
TrekSport
Classic Smartwool

seems to be loads of options for these, what are each of them best for?

teh arn

[quote=arduino] [quote=teh arn] Its not changed the way i run, its made … [quote=arduino] [quote=teh arn] Its not changed the way i run, its made it more comfortable..



But with running trainers you use your heel for impact and with these (from the reviews and videos) you run on the balls of your feet. I know when I moved to Oz for a year people walked all over in bare feet and I started and you used the balls of your feet for that not the normal way of walking around (after the feet hardened) as it was not 'natural' and hurt. Has your running style not changed at all then?

leedale30

But with running trainers you use your heel for impact and with these … But with running trainers you use your heel for impact and with these (from the reviews and videos) you run on the balls of your feet. I know when I moved to Oz for a year people walked all over in bare feet and I started and you used the balls of your feet for that not the normal way of walking around (after the feet hardened) as it was not 'natural' and hurt. Has your running style not changed at all then?



Not at all, as stated earlier i have always ran with the balls of my feet, im a sprinter anyway and use the same technique for long distance.

Running heel to toe is too slow/uncomfortable for me i cant get into a nice rhythm, running with the balls of your feet give you a nice spring and in my opinion softens to blow and gives you better reaction time no matter what trainers you're wearing.


Also in response to your comment i would reccomend the KSOs (keep stuff out) because they have a mesh covering that stops dirt, stones and other things getting in the top. They also have a strap across the front for extra comfort and security.
I've not tried the other ones yet.


teh arn

Not at all, as stated earlier i have always ran with the balls of my … Not at all, as stated earlier i have always ran with the balls of my feet, im a sprinter anyway and use the same technique for long distance.Running heel to toe is too slow/uncomfortable for me i cant get into a nice rhythm, running with the balls of your feet give you a nice spring and in my opinion softens to blow and gives you better reaction time no matter what trainers you're wearing.Also in response to your comment i would reccomend the KSOs (keep stuff out) because they have a mesh covering that stops dirt, stones and other things getting in the top. They also have a strap across the front for extra comfort and security. I've not tried the other ones yet.



I really wanna try then. I presume they take a while to get use to them? Do you think they could be used for hill walking?

leedale30

I really wanna try then. I presume they take a while to get use to them? … I really wanna try then. I presume they take a while to get use to them? Do you think they could be used for hill walking?



Really easy to get used to. I wore them around my house for a day then out and about every o often to get used to them.
They only rubbed against my feet once (during a 40min run) since then they have never given me any problems or blisters etc.

I think they would be great for hill walking, but as you can see there are loads of types to choose from, KSO(keep stuff out), ones with more grip Trekka, waterproof ones etc.
So do a little research on each type to see which ones would be bet suited for your needs i guess.

I cant reccomend them enough.

teh arn

Really easy to get used to. I wore them around my house for a day then … Really easy to get used to. I wore them around my house for a day then out and about every o often to get used to them.They only rubbed against my feet once (during a 40min run) since then they have never given me any problems or blisters etc.I think they would be great for hill walking, but as you can see there are loads of types to choose from, KSO(keep stuff out), ones with more grip Trekka, waterproof ones etc.So do a little research on each type to see which ones would be bet suited for your needs i guess.I cant reccomend them enough.



do you use the socks with them?

teh arn

[quote=arduino] [quote=teh arn] Marketing ploy?I don't think so some … [quote=arduino] [quote=teh arn] Marketing ploy?I don't think so some how.Its not changed the way i run, its made it more comfortable.No doubt high arch trainers, neutral pronators and underpronators are also a marketing ploy. . . ..



Some footwear that is designed to modify gait are naked scientifically groundless marketing ploys. Shoe rocker bottom technology such as the MBT for one.

There are some other footwear that do serve a purpose in compensating for biomechanical defects (running trainers). They are also heavily marketed, and some purport to do much more than they do. Also having this type of footwear prescribed by the shop staff armed with a camera and a treadmill is dangerous.

But regarding this return to nature. If you feel they work for you fine. But I have seen no data that suggests they increase performance whilst maintaining support and stability. They are certainly no good for anybody with any kind of gait defect.

I also buy normal toothbrushes and use a bar of soap, as the recent innovations in those fields leave a lot to be desired scientifically.

cheapo

Some footwear that is designed to modify gait are naked scientifically … Some footwear that is designed to modify gait are naked scientifically groundless marketing ploys. Shoe rocker bottom technology such as the MBT for one.There are some other footwear that do serve a purpose in compensating for biomechanical defects (running trainers). They are also heavily marketed, and some purport to do much more than they do. Also having this type of footwear prescribed by the shop staff armed with a camera and a treadmill is dangerous.But regarding this return to nature. If you feel they work for you fine. But I have seen no data that suggests they increase performance whilst maintaining support and stability. They are certainly no good for anybody with any kind of gait defect.I also buy normal toothbrushes and use a bar of soap, as the recent innovations in those fields leave a lot to be desired scientifically.



You can use socks with them if you want, they are called injinji sock, they are not cheap though. I dont use them because i dont feel that they are needed. The vibrams fit perfectly and do not rub on me.

I've not said that they increase performance any where. If you see what i've written its all in relation to my running style, and these fit that style perfectly.

Any proof for the bar of soap leaving alot to be desired?
All the people with skin problems (acne, eczema, oily skin.....) that use specially developed wash products will prove you wrong. . . .
No doubt you still use an open fire to heat your house and boil your water?
Damn modern technology.

Maybe if you tried them you would have some valid points to address.

I do think wearing VFF does change the way you run because when you run barefooted you have to change the way you land with your foot else you will be prone to injury.

You do have to employ a degree of technique before benefits can be seen

cadmus

cheers "martinto"(_;)



this seems to suggest the purekit ones are fake?

leedale30

this seems to suggest the purekit ones are fake?



Which part of it suggests that??

teh arn

You can use socks with them if you want, they are called injinji sock, … You can use socks with them if you want, they are called injinji sock, they are not cheap though. I dont use them because i dont feel that they are needed. The vibrams fit perfectly and do not rub on me.



That's nice. Socks or no socks, the issue is lack of support. Barefoot technology is diametrically opposed to present podiatric methodologies, and has not been systemically tested to prove its supposed benefits.

teh arn

I've not said that they increase performance any where. If you see what … I've not said that they increase performance any where. If you see what i've written its all in relation to my running style, and these fit that style perfectly.



As I said if they work for you fine. But I am sceptical about their broad use, and worried about injury. I didn't say you claimed to have increased performance. But the manufacturers do.

teh arn

Any proof for the bar of soap leaving alot to be desired?All the people … Any proof for the bar of soap leaving alot to be desired?All the people with skin problems (acne, eczema, oily skin.....) that use specially developed wash products will prove you wrong. . . .



That's a bit silly isn't it? My point, that you missed, was that I do not buy expensive battery powered touch free soap dispensers which purport to be more hygienic than soap, as it is a marketing ploy designed to make revenue and solve a problem that does not exist. Likewise with toothbrushes that have a 'tongue cleaner' on the back. Utterly pointless.

The analogy was drawn to reflect my personal concern regarding these types of unstable technology. It is borne out of a need to innovate to increase revenue stream, as opposed to innovation to improve modern life.

teh arn

No doubt you still use an open fire to heat your house and boil your … No doubt you still use an open fire to heat your house and boil your water?Damn modern technology.



Nope. I am not a luddite. Perhaps this pseudo naturalism is the real regressive issue here. A return to nature via technology ('ooh the human foot has lots of bones and muscles in, therefore we should let them do the work' etc.) is a logical facade, and I see through it.

teh arn

Maybe if you tried them you would have some valid points to address.



I wouldn't mind actually. I might even get round to writing a paper. However, I don't have to fall from a cliff to know that it will kill me. Just as I don't have to run using barefoot technology to know that there is little scientific consensus regarding its benefits.

As I say, whatever works for you mate. I'm just not falling for it.
Edited by: "cheapo" 7th Jan 2011
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