I have recently started wearing some freaky-looking shoes that have created quite a stir at home and at work. The Vibram Five Fingers shoes are essentially a foot-cover that allows me to walk around as if I'm not wearing any shoes at all while protecting the soles of my feet from the nasties on the ground. My kids are of the age where they are easily embarrassed by parental silliness, and these shoes are about a 9 out of 10 on the silly scale. Work colleagues have harangued me thoroughly as well, but again, I'm soldiering on with them. I have been trying to figure out a way to wear them more inconspicuously at work, I have even tried on some bike shoe covers. They didn't look great over the toe shoes.