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03-13-2014 12:30 PM
manatee
Re: Vibram "FiveFingers" shoes

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03-13-2014 10:51 AM
findrichard
Re: Vibram "FiveFingers" shoes

I have Keens Newport H2 sandals. Great shoe for jumping in and out of the warm waters here in Florida.
03-13-2014 01:08 AM
Unkle Toad
Re: Vibram "FiveFingers" shoes

I have the Keen McKenzie and love them .. they are my everyday shoe easily tack thin socks thick socks or no socks and mesh sides so get rid of water when it gets in ..

I also have both the Bikila running shoe(i dont run good sale) and the KSO's in Vibram five fingers .. I have been wearing the KSO's for about 5 years now .. and love them too.

the sole on the 'water' versions of the Vibrams is a softer rubber so grabs great on deck but I worry about marking the decks so I havent picked any up.

I can walk all day in my keens the vibrams get a little sore after 2+ miles I use both for Disk golf. ususally the keens more in winter the Vibrams more in summer
03-12-2014 11:45 PM
Multihullgirl
Re: Vibram "FiveFingers" shoes

There seem to be myriad Keen sandals, which ones do you have?
03-12-2014 10:09 PM
findrichard
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.
03-12-2014 01:21 PM
Multihullgirl
Re: Vibram "FiveFingers" shoes

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...
03-12-2014 12:56 PM
Ritchard
Re: Vibram "FiveFingers" shoes

My wife absolutely loves hers. I am far too vain to wear them myself.
03-12-2014 12:37 PM
BubbleheadMd
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.
03-12-2014 11:21 AM
jephotog
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.
03-12-2014 10:46 AM
ronspiker
Re: Vibram "FiveFingers" shoes

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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