Five Finger Shoes Benefits. Vibram Five Finger Shoes Review.
“The human foot is a work of art and a masterpiece of engineering.”
Vibram Five Fingers Shoes
Vibram Five Fingers Shoes? What's this?
Vibram Five Finger Shoes are not new in the market.
Maybe Vibram Five Finger Shoes are just not marketed enough.
Maybe we just don’t see Vibram Five Finger Shoes around too often.
But Vibram Five Finger Shoes are not new.
Vibram Five Finger Shoes are in the market since 2007.
Pictures from vibramfivefingers.com
The first time I saw Vibram Five Finger shoes
I love shoes. I love all kinds of shoes and I always pay attention to what other people are using for their footwear.
Not long ago I was in a local airport waiting to pick up my friend coming back from her trip to Israel. While waiting I was lazily looking around, on “rent cars” counters, on a souvenir shop window, on people around me… My eyes were just wondering and my head was empty of thoughts on this early Sunday morning. Then… all of a sudden, my brain gave a sharp start as it realized the picture my eyes sent to it.
In a chair across the row a young guy was sitting with a backpack by his feet. Something was strange about him but I realized what exactly only when he moved his feet for a more convenient position. He was wearing the weirdest shoes I’ve ever seen. I myself was wearing Shape-Up shoes and before I got used to them, I thought that they look weird. Now look at those shoes this guy was wearing. The first thought that I got was “Wow, these are Hobbit feet”.
Another thought was “Hehe, these are gloves for your feet”
I had no idea that I was looking at Vibram Five Finger Shoes
The young man noticed that I was staring at his feet and smiled. Apparently, he was used to this reaction. I smiled back to him and apologized for my behavior. We started talking, and after ten minutes of questions-answers I was sure that I am going to try these Vibram Five Finger Shoes. I love to try new stuff especially when this stuff looks sooooo….. well….. unusual. Like you have gloves on your feet
This is what Vibram company says about Vibram Five Finger Shoes:
typical human foot is an anatomical marvel of evolution with 26 bones, 33
joints, 20 muscles, and hundreds of sensory receptors, tendons and ligaments.
Like the rest of the body, to keep our feet healthy, they need to be stimulated
That’s why we recommend wearing FiveFingers for exercise, play, and for fun. Stimulating the muscles in your feet and lower legs will not only make you stronger and healthier, it improves your balance, agility and proprioception.
Just a Glimpse (habitually bare feet)
Back to Nature with protection
When we wear stiff normal footwear our foot hits the ground with its heel first and then rolls forward; the cushion absorbs some of the shock, but the leg absorbs the most, which leads to bone and joints pain and other problems. When a bare foot hits the ground, the arch of your foot flattens out and then springs back to the arch leg shape as you take the next step. Our feet were naturally designed to be an excellent shock absorb on their own. This way of running, climbing or simple walking might save you many problems in future (like joints and back pain).
When a child is diagnosed with “flat feet”, a pediatrician advises a child’s parents to encourage their child go barefoot, because it helps to develop stronger and more coordinated feet.
Do you remember how you were running barefoot in your childhood, free and lightweight, and the whole world was yours? And then you had to put those stiff shoes on and all the magic of life was gone. How many times you tried to wiggle your toes in those stiff shoes…
Vibram Five Finger Shoes
Vibram Five Finger shoes were designed to give you the feeling of being barefoot while having protection for your feet.
You can wear Vibram Five Finger Shoes practically anywhere (from running a marathon on a blacktop road to hiking on uneven terrain, from enjoying the comfort of them while barbequing to having a freeing sensation as if running barefoot as a child, but without the fear of being injured from stepping on a sharp object).
Vibram Five Finger Shoes are perfect for martial arts and yoga because of their grip and flexibility needed to perform difficult positions and moves.
And you can wiggle your toes freely!
But like with any new type of shoes you should start using them gradually. Don’t overdo in first days of walking in Vibram Fivefingers.
Watch for updates from my own experience.
How to choose the right size? Consult Vibram chart.
Wiggle your toes, wiggle them so... Wiggle them high and wiggle them low... Wiggle them left and wiggle them right.... Wiggle your toes out of sight.
I love my weird funny shoes.
I really love my Vibram Five Finger Shoes.
After I got my Vibram FiveFingers shoes, I can tell for sure that they are very comfortable and feel right a part of your foot.
I ordered them with Injingi toesocks and they feel very nice together too.
The shoes came with a very nice booklet that besides telling about different Vibram FiveFingers designs, also had lots of very useful tips and “how to” advices.
When you put FiveFingers on, you cannot just slide your foot inside for clear reasons- every toe should go into its own pocket.
So, you should “crawl” into the shoe, finding with each toe its “cave”. It is not hard to do at all; as a matter of fact, it is easy, at least I don't have any problem doing it. When your toes are in their pockets, you just pull up the back of the shoe and fasten it as you like.
Before ordering the shoes do the measuring of your foot very carefully.
Put your foot on a piece of paper and mark with a pencil your heel and the longest toe. Then measure it with a ruler. When checking my size I just put my foot on a ruler and ordered my shoes according to this. My shoes arrived, and they were slightly long. When I did as I described, I got the right measurement.
I had to exchange the shoes for a smaller size and I’ll tell you: Vibram made the process of return/exchange really easy and convenient.
I love my weird funny Vibram FiveFingers Shoes and I feel very comfortable, like I hardly have any shoes on my feet at all.
wear them with five finger socks
Socks or no socks?
It is up to you to decide if you want to wear Five Finger shoes with socks or without.
Just keep in mind that if you are going to wear Vibram Five Finger Shoes with socks, you should probably order them one size bigger.
My Classic design style is exactly my size and it feels somewhat tight with a sock.
Another style, Sprint design, is one size bigger and socks are just fine with them.
What they are made of.
The Classic, Sprint, KSO and Flow models’ upper is made with a thin, abrasion-resistant stretch polyamide fabric.
The Moc, Performa, and KSO Trek models’ upper is made with a soft, tear resistant kangaroo leather.
The patented Vibram® sole is made from TC1 performance rubber compound, it’s non-marking and provides excellent grip and ground feel in both wet and dry conditions.
How to take care of them.
Vibram FiveFingers are machine washable. Use gentle, warm water cycle with liquid or powdered detergent.
Hang to air dry. Make sure to keep the KSO Trek, Performa, and Moc away from direct sunlight or heat source while drying.
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