Friday, December 04, 2009

Freaky Toe Shoes (Vibram Five Fingers)

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.

6 comments:

electro said...

very awesome shoe... to bad your kids are embarrassed you should tell them that standing out is OK! Iread about them here first, great info and comparisons on other types of shoes that are comparible:

http://barefootrunningshoes.org/vibram-fivefingers/

Mark O said...

Ridiculous footwear, and definitely not for work. Hell, might as well wear flip flops, socks with sandals, or clown shoes.

david said...

Mark O is just a five-finger hater.

Mark O said...

David hit it right on the nose. I hate those things.

Also, why get shoe covers for the five fingers? Seems kind of like wearing toe socks and putting real shoes over them.

Tom said...

I love my Five Fingers. I like the comment about teaching your kids to be OK about standing out when you are trying something new, being a visionary, learning something about yourself and the world and failing into the future. As for the shoes, if they really have the musculo-skeletal benefits some say they do then then the point about "covers" is to have the benefits of the former while trying to be respectful of the Mark O's and work colleagues who who have clearly not tried them and seem to maybe have some fears around disapproval or non-conformity.

David Spangler said...

Tom- Glad you like the five-fingers. I'll bet Mark O really enjoys the leather casket shoes he wears every day. My toes are free!