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Vibram Five Finger Shoes for Sale - Running Barefoot

Updated on September 2, 2010

Five Finger KSO Shoes

These are not new shoes by any means, but they are starting to become more and more popular. Celebrities like Matthew McConaughey, Camila Alves, Channing Tatum, and Eddie George all wear them to the beach, while running, and while working out.

These shoes come in a variety of styles and colors to choose from. You'll find that for the most part, they are all made of Kangaroo leather and rubber. The top of the shoe is made of Kangaroo leather, and some have Coconut Active Carbon, which offer breathability and abraisn resistance. The sole of the shoe is made of a 4mm EVA, the midsole is made of a TC-1 Rubber, and the bottom of the shoe is made of Kangaroo leather. The materials of the shoe and the overall make help with maximum performance for any activity.

These shoes are versatile and can be used for a variety of purposes and activities, whether lounging around the house, traveling in the car, or exercising. They are comfortable, which make them more of a pleasure to wear than stiff sneakers or running shoes.

You can even get these shoes wet, which is great for those who like water sports and may have a hard time finding a good shoe to keep your feet dry while in the water.

Another nice perk of these shoes, as you're going to be wearing them without socks, is that they have an anti-microbial microfiber insert that helps to reduce biotic growth from regular usage and feet sweat.

Benefits of Wearing Vibram Five Finger KSO Shoes

These odd looking shoes were designed to help give the feeling as though you're walking or running barefoot. You still have full foot protection with the bottom sole of the shoe, but they are much more lightweight than any other shoe that is intended to be ran in and exercised with.

Basically, the thought is that when running barefoot, you land in the middle or toward the front of your foot, rather than on your heel (which you'll tend to do wearing shoes with thick insoles like regular sneakers and running shoes). The thought is that by wearing such a lightweight and flexible shoe, you will potentially reduce injury as by landing on the middle or front of your foot while walking or running, you're putting less pressure and impact on your body. Plus, because each toe can grip separately, which helps buffer bumps and obstacles.

The KSO fivefinger shoe help separate the toes and lift the arch while running, which helps with knee movement and lower back fitness. Because we get our stability from our lower back and legs, these shoes were designed to help improve, strengthen, and flex the muscles of the lower body.

The Vibram Five Finger shoes help relieve the pressure on your calves and feet while running and exercising, but the shoes don't help strengthen or flex the muscles in the feet or legs. They are intended to change the way you run to help improve your lower back muscles while running, climbing, martial arts, and even walking.

These shoes are lightweight and comfortable which is definitely an advantage to any other running shoe available.

When to Use FiveFinger Shoes

You can wear these shoes when performing a wide range of activities to include:

  • Climbing
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Lounging around
  • Running
  • Walking
  • Water sports
  • Weight Lifting

The manufacture recommends that the shoes be worn for light trekking, travel, trail running, road running, cross training, crossfit, and walking.

Washing Five Finger KSO Shoes

The best thing about these shoes is that they are machine washable. No hand washing your stinky shoes in this case.

When drying, you want to just air dry them, but avoid putting them in the sun or under a heat source to dry. You don't want to shrink your shoes.

Wearing Five Finger KSO

If you're thinking about buying a pair of these shoes, you'll want to keep in mind the following tips and suggestions.

  1. These shoes and barefoot running is not for everyone. People who are just starting out training or just coming back from a long break, need to start off with regular running sneakers, and slowly incorporate the FiveFinger shoes into the training routine.
  2. Start with a few minutes on a flat and forgiving surface. Grassy fields, smooth roads, rubber tracks, and soft trails, are a good place to start. Stick with giving, no sand unless it's wet. You don't want to start on unstable surfaces, as it will put a lot of pressure on your joints and be harder to run on.
  3. Listen to your body, and stop when you feel the need. Do not over push your limits, as you can easily hurt yourself this way- whether running in sneakers of FiveFinger shoes.
  4. If you have serious or persistent foot problems, you'll want to consult your podiatrist before buying and using these shoes. You don't want to do anything to worsen any condition.

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      Robert perry 6 years ago

      I wear toesocks alot and i heard about those shoos ant wanted them, are they worth it?

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      I don't believe it. I never hear anything like it. Well done.

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      David Stone 7 years ago from New York City

      Good stuff. This carries over from the barefoot running arguments that have been convincing. Few people know that cushioned running shoes, no matter how expensive, have never been shown to prevent injuries, although I'm sure Nike has tried to come up with something.

      Good article. Will share.