Vibram 5 fingers shoes

  1. What do you guys think of these? I think they are neat and the concept is great, but even though it says you can wear them hiking, I would worry about needle sticks. But then how protective are any soft sided shoe?

    http://www.vibramfivefingers.com/
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  2. 39 Comments

  3. by   madwife2002
    OMG they are so strange LOL Would be interested to hear from anybody who has worn them
  4. by   EricJRN
    Somehow, I'm more creeped out than I thought I would be. I like the toes-covered aspect of the traditional shoe. These seem to "highlight" the toes, making them even more "visible" than a pair of sandals.
  5. by   sarahbellum
    I would love to feel like I am barefoot. I was barefoot for seasons at a time as a child. I really feel that is why I have such strong, healthy feet with high arches.

    My hips hurt when I wear shoes too much. I'm not sure why.

    "I do not wear the shoes... because... they make me fall down." Agador ie Hank Azaria--The Birdcage
  6. by   prmenrs
    My first thought was--OMG, my feet will look even bigger than they are already!! (size 10 W here)

    They would definitely take some getting used to. And as for hiking--ever hear about rattlesnakes? You need BOOTS!
  7. by   UM Review RN
    I used to love to be barefoot. The bottoms of my feet were callused and tough. But even I had trouble on gravel. Mud was only pleasant if you knew it was coming, animals do leave droppings in grass, and sand & tar can get pretty hot in the summer.

    Maybe I'd wear those for bicycle riding, but no way for hiking.
  8. by   madwife2002
    I never ever wear shoes when I am off work and at home.
  9. by   sarahbellum
    I'm not sure how I would feel having plastic between my toes....I would NOT hike in the woods in these shoes, but for camping or floating I would think they would be great.

    I wonder if you would get in trouble wearing these to work? I bet they would cause a rukus. They meet our dress code standards but in a very bizarre way.
  10. by   wtbcrna
    Quote from sarahbellum
    What do you guys think of these? I think they are neat and the concept is great, but even though it says you can wear them hiking, I would worry about needle sticks. But then how protective are any soft sided shoe?

    http://www.vibramfivefingers.com/
    I wear the original design whenever I run. I just took my USAF pt test in them last month. I still prefer to run barefoot, but these shoes come close to being barefoot. The soles are fairly thin, but they will protect you from broken glass, rocks etc.
  11. by   sarahbellum
    "I wear the original design whenever I run. I just took my USAF pt test in them last month. I still prefer to run barefoot, but these shoes come close to being barefoot. The soles are fairly thin, but they will protect you from broken glass, rocks etc."

    Would you consider them for work? I was going to buy a pair and slowly transition my running routine to them. My theory is that my body would adjust faster if I wore them where I am during 50% of my waking hours--work.
  12. by   wtbcrna
    Quote from sarahbellum
    "I wear the original design whenever I run. I just took my USAF pt test in them last month. I still prefer to run barefoot, but these shoes come close to being barefoot. The soles are fairly thin, but they will protect you from broken glass, rocks etc."

    Would you consider them for work? I was going to buy a pair and slowly transition my running routine to them. My theory is that my body would adjust faster if I wore them where I am during 50% of my waking hours--work.
    No, I wouldn't recommend them for work. They offer absolutely no protection from spills/body fluids or something dropped on top of cloth/mesh part. It may seem kinda of counterintuitive but they are actually more uncomfortable on regular indoor surfaces vs. outdoors. The company's shoe instructions recommend you start wearing them for an hour or so a day at home, then transition to walking, and then finally running in them.
    Here is a link about barefoot running for those that have never considered/tried it. http://www.sportsci.org/jour/0103/mw.htm
  13. by   sarahbellum
    Thanks! The part about indoor walking makes sense! I will stick with my asics for work.
  14. by   pagandeva2000
    These are strange looking fellows, aren't they? I'm not sure I would wish to wear those hiking or elsewhere, but would love to hear from anyone that has!

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