WOW is about all I can say to start!!! They are absolutely awesome. A very different way to run than what I’m accustomed, but very very satisfying.
The first thing you’ll notice when you try them on is how difficult it is for you to put your toes into the little finger slots. After a couple times though, it’s like putting on gloves (literally). The KSO‘s fit awesome. It’s like they’re not even on. When putting them on for the first time, one thing to keep in mind is that you want them snug, but not uncomfortable. The toes will un-curl as you wear them more. Tightness in fit will quickly go away, but anything that feels like it’s pinched, jammed or otherwise not-normally uncomfortable should be an immediate alarm bell. For me, my right foot fit snugly but very well. My left foot big toe had some extra pressure, but not rubbing or uncomfortable. Just what seemed to be stiffness in the shoe from never being worn.
In addition, I picked up a pair of injinji Performance Mini Crew Toesocks. I was in between size 43 and 44 and this made sure that the 44’s weren’t too loose. In addition, since I’m primarily planning on running in them (at distance eventually), I wanted to have some extra padding and moisture absorption in shoe. The socks are awesome. Very very comfortable (I’m actually still wearing them as I write this post).
Since I’m a NikePlus addict, I was able to strap my sensor to the to velcro strap and it read my stride as well as it normally does. I’m pretty sure any pouch will work with the VFFs. All you need to do is make sure that it’s looped into the velcro binding strap.
Although people have said to only go a half mile on your first run with them, I thought it’d be better for a little bit longer. I ended up going just over 2 miles when my right calf had enough and I decided it the most wise to cease running at that point. The shoes truly change the way you (or at least the way I) run. I found my self running in better form immediately and actually moving a tad faster than my normal pace and stride. You will immediately notice the fact that you can FEEL much much more of the running experience. You can sense the texture of the pavement, the twigs and stones and anything that meets your feet on the run. The only thing to really get used to is there’s FAR less cushioning than you’re used to on the balls of your feet. You will get far more impact from the first step.
Here’s how my run looked:
Here’re the links to the items mentioned in this review:
- Vibram FiveFingers KSO
- injinji Performance Mini Crew Toesocks
- NikePlus Sensor Kit
- Marware Sportsuit Sensor Case for Nike + iPod Sport Kit for iPod nano 3G