Vibram Fivefingers and Pronation

The following information is from our own personal experiences with Vibram Fivefingers and from customer feedback. Pronation primarily comes from the heel, this can be exacerbated overtime from wearing traditional trainers with a large heel drop to the forefront of the trainer from extra cushioning compounds in the heel. A traditional trainer can have different density foams and supports to try and correct pronation and can help reduce it. We have found with vibram fivefingers that the zero heel drop and the more natural barefoot feel and movement the Vibram fivefingers give you can help your feet correct themselves by using your feet the way they were designed by nature. In my experience, I have over pronation primarily in my right foot (not excessive and I do not need an orthotic), however it is there when I wear a traditional trainer. However when i wear my vibram fivefingers the problem is resolved. I do feel that my feet are more stable on the ground and I also feel that the great sensory feedback that the Vibram fivefingers give me also help me foot plant correctly. I have experienced other benefits from wearing them aslo. The styles I wear the most are the Spyridon MR, KSO EVO, V-Run and the KMD EVO.

In summary we have found that allowing your feet to move and act more naturally can help many people with pronation problems. Vibram fivefingers are definately worth a try.

Barefoot is it for you?

Barefoot is it for you?

The real answer. Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. Vibrams or Vibram Five fingers were the brain child of Robert Fliri entrepreneur and part time lumber jack. He used to like to walk through the forest barefoot but could only manage it so long because his skin was not accustomed to the terrain. This got him thinking in terms of a solution and the original concept foot glove was designed and produced as a prototype. As most inventors it is usually the simplest ideas that bear fruit. As the only animal other than some horses I guess to a point that wear shoes it is unfathomable to conceive that something mirroring the foot and allowing natural foot function had not been developed sooner. They were introduced to Marco Bramani at a chance meeting (grandson of Vitale Bramani – Founder of Vibram pronounced Vee bram). He was a keen sailor and had ideas to manufacture it for sailing and so the story began.

Vibram never intended the shoe to be anything other than a quirky fun shoe to wear. The book ‘born to run’ by Christopher McDougall posed a very serious question. Why does it hurt when I run? Upon his quest to find the panacea of running footwear the names Vibram Fivefingers and Barefoot Ted featured heavily and soon began to foster a curiosity within the running community. People started to question the validity of what we call conventional running footwear and whether it was just an elaborate lie that they somehow prevented us from injury. More research was needed but in truth the minimalist or barefoot movement grew organically. If we were meant to wear shoes we would have been born with them on’ ‘Yes?’. It’s hard to disagree with that sort of logic. In fact in countries where shoes are seldom worn, such conditions as planta fasciitis are seldom seen. The toes are evenly spread apart, the soles become tough and accustomed to the terrain.  The saying if you don’t use it lose it is applicable here. Shoes in effect as well as protecting our soles act as a support for our foot. As with any support over use will cause muscles to become redundant and start to atrophy. With little muscle working in unison there is a belief that this is why foot conditions start to occur and develop. Using orthotics or arch supports will initially provide relief when needed but overuse it is believed can be to the detriment of long term rehabilitation and improved strength. One analogy often used is ‘its the equivalent of breaking your arm and leaving the cast on once the fracture has repaired.’ 

Nature designed our foot to be used in all its glory. Yes?  It is then safe to assume that with training (after all we have wrapped our feet in a cocoon most of our lives), listening to the synaptic response from the ground and a little leap of faith using minimalist foot wear can only be good for foot health  long term.

By Dan Hume,

Vibram Fivefingers Specialist and Wearer.

Vibram Fivefinger Barefoot Minimalist Shoes

Vibram Fivefinger Shoes

There has been an increase recently in the popularity of running. Runners understand the importance of getting the best equipment when out running. There are different brands and types of shoes that you can choose from. The best type of shoes to choose will depend on the type of runner that you are, especially if you are someone who prefers the concept of barefoot or minimalist running. If that is the case, the top brand on the market today is Vibram. Their special Vibram FiveFingers shoes have revolutionized how people look at barefoot running by offering high quality minimalist shoes and toe socks to really improve the runner’s experience.

For those that may not be familiar with barefoot running, you may wonder what this is about and why people would choose this method. One of the most attractive things about barefoot running is that it allows runners to run exactly how nature intended people to run. This method uses and activates the smaller muscles that are found in their foot. Barefoot running may also help to improve balance as well as improving proprioception. This allows the body to better sense the position of the runner’s ankle joint in relativity to their surroundings. Barefoot running may also be able to help strengthen the ligaments, tendons, and the muscles in your foot. Some studies have shown that it can also help to teach runners how to land on their forefoot instead of their heel. Other health benefits include a reduction in back pain, improved posture, and an overall reduction in pain after running.

One reason that people choose minimalist shoes over barefoot running is because they offer protection from painful debris while also offering a very lightweight shoe so that you can still gain the benefits of barefoot running. Your foot is also protected from the elements. Vibram Fivefingers is continuing to make a better shoe for runners. In 2016, they introduced their brand new Bikila Evo 2. With this shoe, they are hoping to create a more comfortable and thinner shoe without sacrificing the lightweight features that fans of this shoe brand have grown to love. This particular shoe is ideal for those people who have decided to make the switch from regular running shoes to barefoot running though this is a fantastic shoe even if you never make the transition to running completely barefoot.

There are quite a few runners that swear by this type running shoe, enough that may make you consider making the switch from your traditional running shoes to minimalist ones. Vibram is a leading brand in minimalist shoes because they are an innovative company that has made high quality shoes that people have fallen in love with. These revolutionary shoes have given runners the benefit of barefoot running while offering the protection of regular shoes, giving people the best of both worlds. The Vibram Sole and the Fivefingers design allow you to really ‘Feel Your Run’. When you combine these shoes with their toe socks, you really will maximize your running experience. These are comfortable shoes that give you the protection and grip that you need to be the best runner that you can be.

Here at Barefoot Junkie we will continue to bring you all the latest models, news and innovations that Vibram Fivefingers have to offer barefoot minimalist runners. As Vibram Fivefingers wearer’s ourselves we will enjoy them together.

Feel Your Run

New V-TOES Toe socks - In stock now at vibrams.co.uk

The new V-TOES Toe socks make a perfect partner for your Vibram Fivefingers. 

These new fivefingers toe socks comfort comes from their design and embedded technology.

Featuring their V-TOES TRUFIT design these toe socks have a reinforced heel and elasticised arch which conform to your ever-changing foot shape.  

The anatomical V-TOES individual pockets let your toes move and flex naturally and independently. The freedom this design gives to your feet allows you to perform at your best especially when wearing you Vibram Fivefingers.

The V-TOES offer excellent blister protection especially between the toes which eliminates skin on skin rubbing. Many endurance runners, minimalist or not embrace the benefits of an anotomic toe pocket design in maintaining foot health and form over long distances. 

Made from COOLMAX EXTREME The worlds most effective fibre based moisture management system. Designed to wick sweat away from the skin and through the fabric so it can evaporate quickly. This also helps maintain good foot health and offer better comfort.

These toe socks offer superior quality and performance for minimalist barefoot Fivefingers runners. They also offer the same benefits in conventional footwear when your not wearing your vibrams Fivefingers.

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New Vibram Bikila Evo 2 Fivefingers

The new 2016 Bikila Evo 2 Vibram Fivefingers are in stock now. Great for the casual or new barefoot road runners right through to the more experienced Vibram Fivefingers wearer.  

This is an ideal running shoe for those making the transition from traditional to minimalist shoe. The thinner sole lets you feel your run, connecting you to the true barefoot running experience.

View and Buy the Vibram Fivefingers Bikila Evo 2 here >>

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