From Vibram Five Fingers: We want you to embrace your footprint, no matter what shape it takes. The Bikila LS has a closed quick-lace system with a custom fit that allows runners with a wider foot or higher instep to experience the breakthrough benefits offered by the original Bikila. The Bikila features a Dri -Lex® covered 3mm polyurethane insole (thickest under the ball of the foot) and a 4mm anatomical pod outsole design that provides maximum plating for underfoot support. It balances forefront impact and the ground feedback necessary for efficient forefoot-striking posture. Additional features include an upper with a more athletic padded collar and topline, a single hook-and-loop closure, 3M™ reflective surfaces, and tear-resistant TPU toe protection.
I’m on my fifth pair of these…I love them. I’ve been running for 17 years, and these are by far my favorite shoe. Barefoot/minimalist running definitely changes your gait (shortens your stride and puts your feet under you instead of extended in front), so when I made the switch to these, I did it gradually to avoid being super sore. I wore them for short runs only at first, and built up to full-time wear over a couple of months. I’m so glad I did. I used to get sharp pain up under my toes sometimes, and never do now. If I ever put my regular running shoes on for a run, I feel that pain again, but for whatever reason, never do in the Five Fingers. I also have way less knee pain in these–almost none.
I ran my first full marathon last spring, and I ran them in these. Loved them every step of the way. Because they fit your feet like a glove, with spaces in between each toe, there’s no jamming of your feet/toes as you run step after step (read: no black or dead toenails). You don’t wear them with socks, which means no blisters. They really are like an extension of your foot. I love them. They’re all I wear now. And because I know what size I am, I can just order a new pair when I need to, slip them on, and go. No breaking them in. Mine have lasted around 500 miles before I wear a small hole in the sole and buy a new pair.
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