Brandt wrote:The other thing I like about these over the vibrams is the fact you can by hightop models. Vibrams only come up to the bottom of your ankle; hightop feiyues cover your entire ankle and you can lace them up to the top. This gives you better ankle support so you have less of a chance of rolling or breaking you ankle while running, hiking, practicing martial arts, etc. To me that is a HUGE DEAL.
It's not as huge a deal as you might think. With a good minimalist shoe you will not roll your ankle nearly as often, and they will also get stronger. Injured ankles are more a result of poor conditioning than because of ankle support. Now, that doesn't include jumping out of airplanes, so don't point out military boots. Different use entirely.
I "roll" my ankles daily, but because they are conditioned and loose from stretching it doesn't hurt anything but my pride.
I still use over the ankle shoes for most of my time in the woods. However, it's for protection against sharp rocks, moisture or whatever rather than support. If it was possible, I would go barefoot all year long. It's just not practical where I live in Pennsylvania for several reasons.
Brandt wrote:Also, for 20 bucks (15 for the shoes, 5 for shipping), you can buy these at amazon.... That's 4 times cheaper than the cheapest vibram (vibram classic) and 6 times cheaper than the KSO Trek.... Way more affordable.
I do want to try them out, but they don't have my size on Amazon at that price.
Mr. Bob wrote:What is the toe shape like? For me, one of the biggest pluses about the Vibrams is that they are not triangular like apparently every other shoe in the world (seriously, whose toes are shaped like that?!?!).
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