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March 28, 2012 6:38 PM Subscribe
What's the right way to walk in Vibram Five Fingers?
posted by mochapickle to health & fitness (15 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
So I finally bought a pair of Vibram Five Fingers today and walked about three miles around town in them. They felt great in the store but after a mile or two I felt like I was walking through a few inches of molasses. It slowed my pace quite a bit, which surprised me because I am generally quick on bare feet. I also felt strain on my calves, which I'm told is normal as you're getting used to them.
I have pretty high arches and my normal step in VFF and barefoot feels almost cyclical: heel-bridge-ball-toe, heel-bridge-ball-toe, with weight distributing on those areas as they connect with the ground. My plan was to use the VFFs for walks in cities, parks, hilly neighborhoods, some trails. My normal walks run anywhere from five to twelve miles. I'm not a runner at this point, but hopefully soon. I'm told that some VFF wearers walk on the balls of their feet, but that feels strange at walking speed.
VFF wearers, do you walk differently in your VFFs? How much strain is normal? Did you have to break them in?