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Vibram FiveFingers

I have to say that the first time I saw Vibram FiveFingers shoes I was less than confident that the would be comfortable (or practical).

I talked with people who wore them and decided it would be worth a try as a replacement for my surf booties I used for kayaking.  A pair of “Flow” (the uppers are Neoprene and have a really good gripping sole) is what I settled on.

I tried on a pair, and it took a little to decide on what size was right (I’ll go into a little detail about my thoughts on sizing, etc as well).

…while I had my doubts, I have to say the first time I wore them out in the water I was sold, far more tactile than surf booties, better grip, and surprisingly comfortable right off.

Now I will say that having something between your toes (and putting them on) takes a little getting used to, but it really is just like going barefoot, and it’s a very natural, very comfortable feel.

I decide that I wanted to get another pair to wear to workout at the gym, the Neoprene is great for aquatic sports, but not really the most comfortable thing to wear when you’re working up a sweat.  So I purchased a pair of Classic — and again found them to be incredibly comfortable.

Currently I think I have six different pairs of Vibram FiveFingers — which should give you an idea of who much I like wearing them (in fact, now I find wearing “regular” shoes to be quite unc0mfortable).

OK, so here’s my idea on sizing them; you can start with suggested size from the charts (or guide), but I found it to be too small — and that’s likely to happen to you because a Vibram will be like a second skin over your foot, so there’s way too many variables to take into account, and a simple length measurement just won’t do.  So do not purchase your first pair online, make sure you go in and try them on (find a local merchant).  Also, be aware that different styles of Vibram FiveFingers will fit slightly differently (so you might need one size larger or smaller).

Once you get a good feel for how the size varies by the particulars of the styles, it’s no problem know what size you’re going to wear.

Now for putting them on… and the diagram in the box and the sales person (unless they’re wearing a pair of Vibram FiveFingers) will probably not be helpful.

First, make sure your foot is clean and the Vibrams are clean (I’ll go over washing them too).  Then push the back of the heal down out of the way, slide your foot in with your big toe angled against the side.  when you slip it as far as you can, wiggle your toes (like you’re inching forward) until they slid into the “fingers” — you may need to guide your little toe (it’s been being pushed inward for years by your shoes, so gently help it).  If you find your toes won’t relax into the “fingers”, take your hand and push the bottom of the Vibrams up to match the curl of the toe, then let it relax (don’t try and push your toes down into the “fingers” — that can be painful).

Once you’ve got the Vibrams on, wiggle your toes a little, see if your foot slips back and forth, and make sure you stand up and put your weight on your foot (my foot “grows” with weight on it — so even though some styles seem a little loose when I’m sitting, that’s not the case when I’m standing).

Cleaning, you could throw your Vibrams in the washing machine if you have one without an agitator — but they’d need to be pretty dirty to consider that.  The first time I washed my Flows I just did it in the shower and tossed them in the sink to dry — it worked fine; and pretty much just rinsing out your Vibram Fivefingers every week or so of wear keeps them fresh and clean.

I give Vibram FiveFingers a glowing recommendation for just walking, running, working out, kayaking (or other aquatic sports), or just lounging around the house or errands around town.

You will notice people stop you to ask about them…

 

http://VirbramFiveFingers.com/


Originally posted 2012-05-13 02:00:52.