I found that you can actually grab holds with your toes which is cool, but standing on thin ledges can really hurt sometimes.
Perhaps a good idea to run with them simply for the purpose of toughening your feet? Any thoughts?
Pros- There are many various Five Finger Vibrams. I have the woodland ones and are particularly fond of them. They have helped with my training alot and are good for pretty much anything. I bring them along on long ruck sack marches in case my feet get worn from my boots. Also through rivers and creeks they make perfect water shoes. They hold up well and can take a beating.
Cons- Gave me a minor stress fracture before in both my feet from over wearing. I got an obtusion in my left ankle from wearing them too much. I also have sprained both my feet from them. They are excellent but have very very very poor support. You can get long time ankle pain from the stress they cause.
All around I love my Vibrams but are careful with them.
I agree with these pros and cons. When I first got them I on a 4 mile run (on asphalt) and took about 7 days to recover. I limited use to once a week and took several weeks to get used to them, i.e. one day recovery. On loose dirt virtualy no pain.
I've had a pair of the VFFs for a little over a year and loved them up until I found myself trying a pair of Merrells barefoot running shoe. And I have them to be more secure and comfortable during longer runs. When I was wearing my VFFs and would go about 6-8 miles the tops of my feet would be sore and I tried loosening them but the single point of tension seemed to be overwhelming. With the merrells free-form lace design the pressure from tightening the shoes on is equally distributed. Just some food for thought...if your thinking about joining the "barefoot running" movement try the different designs and see what works best for you!
I have had a pair for a few months and love them, but you have to spend some time building the support muscles in your foot and ankle area in order to prevent injury. For non barefoot runners, it is probably best as a gradual transition. Though, I do have a friend who took his out for a long run right after buying them with no issues, and he never used barefoot shoes before that.