How REAL people put on their Vibram Five Finger KSO "barefoot" shoes
It's a bit of a fight but it's worth it.
I purchased the Vibram Five Finger KSO (keep stuff out) model because I really hate getting little bits of gravel in my shoes. The KSO's are quite effective at keeping most stuff out, but at first it seems that they are constructed in a way to exclude your feet as well.
I think mine are quite a tight fit and the next pair I get I will get one size bigger but meanwhile once they get on they are so tight there's nothing to rub so they don't cause any problems. My best friends for getting them on are some food powder, some dance music, and a big screwdriver.
Medicated antifungal foot powder will help your toes slide in a little better because it will dry up any moisture that may be on your feet. It has the added benefit of fighting the athlete's foot fungus, which otherwise might flourish in the bit that goes between your toes.
My real breakthrough came, though, when I started using a screwdriver instead of my finger in those heel loops. The screwdriver has two advantages: (a) it doesn't hurt like your finger does when you pull really hard, and (b) it leaves both hands free to wiggle the opening ever closer to your ankle.
Now I know, I know, there is a Youtube video where a guy puts his KSO on his left foot using only his right foot. I rather suspect his shoes aren't as tight as mine. There is no way I could do that. Then there's another Youtube video of somebody putting a Vibram classic on with no hands! Well duh. The classic is open like a ballet flat. I haven't tried that (not owning a pair of classics) but I can't imagine it would be difficult.
Anyway, to summarize: powder for easy slippage and the screwdriver to spare your poor finger. Short and sweet. They'll go on every time! It ain't rocket science but once I figured out the screwdriver I stopped dreading putting my KSO's on. I love running in them in the forest, though I've moved to true barefoot running on the track where there is not likely to be anything nasty to step on.
Dorkage wiggling into her KSO's
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