I recently went to visit one of my besties, Alicia, who has the most adorable daughter named Adelynn. Well, the second I walked in their house, 9-month old Addy had the most apparent, yet cutest look of curiosity on that baby face of hers. She was in awe, in awe of my feet. She not only stared at them but she didn't hesitate to touch them either! Addy's curiosity is usually the same reaction I receive from most people when I'm wearing my Vibram Five Finger shoes.
I used to think to myself when I'd see people wearing them, "hmmm, maybe it's like a hippy thing?" (for lack of a better word. No offense to the tie-dyed peeps out there, i love ya!) But really, I never understood the reason for them. Why would someone wear those funky looking glove things on their feet when Nike makes awesome, comfy-cushiony shoes!? Well, I finally gave into the Five Finger madness and experienced them for myself!
My personal trial with the VFF's:
OUCH! (the first few weeks)
My toes were very sore the first few weeks. My calves were also sore.
On a scale of 1-10, 1 being the least sore and 10 being the most sore:
week ONE = 8
week TWO = 6
week THREE = 4
After Week FOUR I had adapted and was no longer sore :)
What kind of activities do I do while wearing them?
I do cardio (running indoor/outdoor, StairMaster, spin.), and full body weight lifting with my Vibrams on.
Difference in muscle appearance?
I did see an increase of definition in my calves! I'm not complaining, calves are sexy!
Are they comfortable?
Well after wearing regular shoes for our entire lives, the obvious answer is NO.
But, you do adapt. I really don't think they ever feel completely normal, but I'm almost two months into wearing them and they are no longer "uncomfortable."
Are they hard to put on?
Yes. I have the Velcro-strapped ones. And I read that you're supposed to put them on starting with your pinky toe, then in order, to your big toe being last. The salesman also suggested that. Ummm, if that is correct, I really don't know what is wrong with ME because I'm still having issues putting them on that way. I kind of just wiggle the toes in from the big toe FIRST and pinky toe LAST! It takes a while, but I eventually get those little piggies in their snug! (watch the video I posted below and the guy says BIG toe FIRST, he knows what's up!)
How much do they cost?
How much do they cost?
Ok, so they're not very comfortable at first, they're hard to put on, they're expensive and they look weird. Why am I wearing them??
"The 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 and exercised correctly."