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I wear the Fila brand, they have one toe pocket for your 2 outside toes and I find them more comfortable. I love mine and wear them whenever I'm not at work.

Yes, a 50 yr old guy in the middle of Wyoming wearing toe shoes does attract ALOT of attention...

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two points

1. Dont wonder whether you look silly in them. You do.

2. I have been told by people wearing them that they create their own little ecosystem in there. Better to wear tevas like I always have and get a little airflow.
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Re: Vibram "FiveFingers" shoes

I've got the FiveFingers Classics and generally like them, but they don't breath the best and take some getting use to. They're also a chore to get on. You can't just slip them on, but rather have to work at it a bit to get your toes in all of the pockets. The grip is very good, particularly when things get wet. My full review is here: A Sailor's Sole - Sailing Shoe Reviews

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My friends would beat me up and my wife would leave me...

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I have 4 pairs. I run in them too. I think they are the best and I can usually count on them to start up a conversation..
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Re: Vibram "FiveFingers" shoes

They don't work with my webbed toes, or maybe my it's Fred Flinstone style feet. Either way after trying for about 10 minutes to get them on I gave up.

I like the concept but they did not work for me. I have found a pair of "Merrel barefoot" that are similar in weight, let my toes be together, fit my feet and allow me to wear socks, which is important for the longevity of my shoes.

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Re: Vibram "FiveFingers" shoes

I've tried Vibram's, and Fila Skeletoes.

The Fila's are easier to get on and off but not quite as durable as Vibram's.
Definitely safer than being barefoot on deck.
They offer decent grip. No problems with the black soles. They don't leave marks.
Definitely great for landing the dinghy.
They do stink if you don't rinse the salt water out and let them air dry.

Although I've extolled the virtue of toe-shoes, I still prefer to wear Keens while sailing, unless I'm working the foredeck during a race. My feet slide around inside the Keens, and I'm more secure in the Vibrams.

Sperry's have fallen way off in quality, while keeping the price high. I won't buy them. Ordinary sneakers seem way too bulky to wear on the boat.

As far as the fashion faux pas- when going ashore after sailing, I ditch the Vibrams/Filas for the Keens sandals or other street shoes carried onboard.

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My wife absolutely loves hers. I am far too vain to wear them myself.

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I think my Vibrams are the best deck shoes I've ever used.

If you put 'em on pinky-toes first, ergo slip them on from outside to inside, you can get 'em on pretty fast

They do get to stinking, it's called the 'Five-Finger Funk' and you can Google that for cures

My biggest issue is that the soles hardened up, but then all these new shoes do. Husband's Sperrys did the same thing. Nothing lasts anymore...
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Re: Vibram "FiveFingers" shoes

I don't think you can beat Keens water sandals. Had mine almost 10 years and they are always my go-to shoes anytime I am planning to get my feet wet. They have excellent toe protection, a comfortable yet secure fit, the nylon webbing uppers dry quickly and they now come in many colors unlike when I bought mine in funky red. If they ever wear out I will buy another pair, just not in red.
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