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So far so good...
on 2 June 2013
For the last two years I have been trying to take up running but am always having set backs. My biggest issue has been shin splints. I'd run for about 3 weeks pick up shin splints and run on them for about another 3 weeks and eventually take 2 - 3 months off rehabilitating. Anyway I figure that all these injuries and niggles you get from running doesn't seem right as you are naturally designed to run, so that's where the Vibrams come in, a fix.
Background: I am not the fittest, however I am not unfit and carrying a bit of unnecessary weight. I run (when fit) only 3 miles and 3 times a week. My mileage last year was 120 miles and this year so far is about 80 miles, of course my injuries prevent further mileage.
My first run was today, only one mile and all good. It's true that you immediately change your running style (I was a heel striker) and you discover muscles you never thought you had. I will update my progress later on for a better review.
The shoe is made well, the sole is (although very thin apparently) very protective. The materials and stitching seem very good too. Grip is excellent, perhaps these shoes are better due to the different design.
Fitting is an issue for sure. I originally bought size 8 uk, as my foot is 10 3/4" I thought they would need to be perfectly tight. They fitted but just felt a bit too tight which isn't the idea, you need to feel comfortable in these kind of like socks. A testament to Amazon, I received size 8 on Friday, ordered the replacement pair of size 9 at about 3pm that afternoon and they turned up on Saturday! Unbelievable.
If you enjoy going bare foot I think it's a no brainer. I tend to always take my shoes off when I'm in the park with the kids, beach or house so I've always known I have a massive preference to being bare foot. Maybe this is why I'm keen on them.
Buy them, take the risk. Trust your body, it's been around a lot longer than manufactured shoes have.