You have to change your stride, which means forcing yourself to get forward and strike on your toes and not on your heals, this the most difficult part. It takes some training, not to mention you will feel like you are prancing and not running. Overall they feel pretty good running in, when you are doing it right, but if you run on your heels it is not very comfortable. You have to build up to it.
I like mine, but like anything you have to use them. They are a fad in the sense that the user (read me) won't use them as much as he should. I find it easier sometimes just to throw on my sneakers. I'm going to run a 5K in them this spring. I will let you know how it goes.
Mike I'm going to grab a pair in the Hudson store this sat. I'm thinking the KSOs any particular ones that you recommend?
Before spending the money, I would suggest running barefoot on a treadmill in order to feel the difference. The first couple of times I felt pain, good pain, throughout my calves. That convinced me that the theory on why running barefoot is better is a good one.
I don't have 5 fingers, but I wear wrestling shoes all the time. Same effect, just don't have the individual toes and are half the price. I prefer them to cushioned shoes. They are amazing for basketball or any activity that has lots of movement. Standing for long periods they hurt more than cushioned shoes. But I weigh 365 so I feel that effect a lot more than you guys would.
I've been wearing these for over a year now. I tried running a 5K in them on a treadmill, and while my legs were sore, it wasn't anything I hadn't expected. I later tried them for a few workouts that involved 400m sprints and various exercises. My legs hurt a lot more than I had anticipated.
Moral of the story, I really like these, but you have to expect it will take time to adjust. There is no padding, so you have to change the way you run. Your legs will probably hurt for the first couple of weeks. (If you have ever run barefoot on the beach for a considerable distance, this is what my legs felt like.)
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