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How to avoid developing callus wearing vibrams with no socks?

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Asked by: Gerald Henderson

Do you have to wear socks with Vibrams?

Vibram FiveFingers are usually designed to be worn free of socks, but there are some models that are carefully designed to work well with toe-socks. There’s no way you can wear normal socks with Vibrams because they simply won’t work.

Do you need to wear socks with toe shoes?

No. There is a common misconception that in order to wear socks under your Vibrams, you need to get a larger shoe size. This is not the case.

Do you wear socks with five finger shoes?

Can I wear socks with FiveFingers? You can wear toe socks in FiveFingers but it’s a question of preference. Wearing socks with Vibram FiveFingers can reduce transition time for sensitive feet, friction/hot spots, and odor from sweat, and increase thermal regulation.

How tight should vibrams fit?

Are Vibram FiveFingers supposed to be tight? They are never supposed to restrict any movement. They should fit with a snug feel, but none of your toes should be cramped or unable to extend freely. They should feel almost like you’re not wearing anything.

How do you stretch your vibrams?


I like to walk my toes into their positions kind of walk your toes off and wiggle your toes in there it's probably easiest if you start with your big toe.

Can you wear barefoot shoes without socks?

This is understandable given that the term barefoot shoe is an oxymoron: going barefoot while wearing shoes at the same time isn’t actually possible. A frequently-asked question: do you have to wear the shoes barefooted, without socks? The short answer is: socks are allowed!

Why do climbers not wear socks?

Climbing shoes are meant to be worn tight.



Wearing a sock can also mean your foot is more likely to slip around in the shoe – especially if you start to sweat.

Why do you not wear socks with climbing shoes?

Sensitivity improves skill



A common argument against wearing socks with climbing shoes is that doing so affects the sensitivity of your feet, which you need to feel the toe holds.

Can you wash vibrams?

To best clean and continue the love for your pair of FiveFingers or Furoshiki, we recommend hand washing or machine washing on gentle cycle in cold water with detergent, and air drying. Please note, hot water wash and dyer machines will likely result in the demise of your beloved Vibram minimal shoes.

Do Vibram shoes smell?

The origin of the Vibram stink lies in the fact that people tend to wear the shoes without wearing ay socks. Since Vibram shoes are made from permeable fabrics, substances from your feet are allowed in such as sweat. After a few weeks, the shoes develop an odor that is difficult to do away with.

Are Vibram good for running?

Two of the 10 injured Vibrams runners developed full-blown stress fractures (one in the heel, one in the second metatarsal). This study supports the idea that, while running in barely there shoes can strengthen lower leg and feet muscles, the lack of cushioning can increase risk of bone injury.

What happened Vibrams?

Well on Wednesday we learned that Vibram has moved to settle a class-action lawsuit brought by a woman who claimed that the company deceived consumers when it claimed, without any scientific backup, that its shoes could decrease foot injuries and strengthen foot muscles.

Are Vibrams good for flat feet?

If you have an extremely flat foot, you will need to work into wearing your Vibram FiveFingers gradually, as your muscles will need time to adapt and strengthen. Our footwear is designed to be worn directly against the sole of your foot. Putting something between the two would defeat their purpose.