This year Rob joined Linda in wearing a pair of Vibram FiveFingers shoes at the MCH Springfest yesterday. Last year Linda bought her a pair soon after Rob posted about them and wore them to the 2006 Springfest. Rob had been dying for a pair of them ever since so I gave them to him last month as a very early birthday present.
Both of them claim that the shoes feel just like you are walking barefoot only you have some protection so that you don’t feel every pebble along the way. Here’s a picture of them together showing off their "monkey feet."
I finally broke down yesterday and bought a pair of Converse® Chuck Taylor® All Stars® sneakers (aka "Chuck’s"). I’ve had my eye on them and tried them on numerous times over the past couple of years but I just never could justify buying them. I used to have a pair of hi-top Chuck’s when I was a teenager and never realized (or cared) back then that they have zero arch support. Foot comfort has become important to me since I left my 20’s and this is the main reason that I’ve held off buying them until now.
Yesterday though, I decided it was time to relive my youth, so I did it! The color was a no-brainer — I had to go with the Caliente red/black combo! My only decision then was whether to go with the hi-tops or low-tops and, in the end, the low-tops won out. Below are a couple of pictures of me sporting my new Double Tongue Chuck’s!
Last week, I posted about an awesome new shoe from Vibram called FiveFingers that provides the support & protection of normal athletic shoes but does so while giving the sensation of going barefooted. Well, naturally, I had to share this discovery with Linda. Just a few quick days later, here she is modeling her funky new footwear…
Update: After seeing how revved up I was over Linda’s FiveFingers, Dede decided to splurge on a pair for me as an early birthday gift! Check ’em out!
I was all set to post a link to Ian Fieggen's Ian’s Shoelace Site, an interesting (and maybe just a bit OCD) site that insists that maybe you didn’t learn all you needed to know about shoelaces in kindergarten…
But then I found out about something far freakier & much cooler for your feet — no laces required!
FiveFingers, from the mind of Marco Bramani, grandson of the founder of Vibram (the Italian company responsible for that elongated yellow octagon that’s probably stamped on the bottom of your hiking boots), are shoes designed to provide support & protection for your tender feets while still keeping the sensation of traipsing around barefoot.
FiveFingers' soles feature a high-tech rubber compound for traction and sipes — zigzag cuts across the ball & heel — so they’re very grippy on slippery surfaces even though the soles are not as ruggedly textured as typical hiking boots or athletic shoes. Although they’re not specifically designed for such, I even stumbled (rimshot) across the blog of marathon runner Ted McDonald (a.k.a. "Barefoot Ted") who recently completed the Boston Marathon and a number of other long-distance runs wearing — and swearing by — his Fivefingers shoes.
Giving credit where it’s due, I first read about FiveFingers on Ottmar Liebert’s blog a couple of months ago and have been a little obsessed with these shoes ever since — but they've only just now finally made it to market.
Can't quite say why, but Linda (resident toe-sock aficionado) and I both think these things look like gorilla feets… but in a funky, good way!
Update: Linda & I both ended up with a pair of FiveFingers shoes! Check out our happy feet!