So, I had done some reading about these crazy looking shoes called Vibram FiveFingers and apparently they are supposed to be amazing for you and your feet.
From the Vibram website:
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.
That’s why we recommend wearing FiveFingers for exercise, play, and for fun. Stimulating the muscles in your feet and lower legs will not only make you stronger and healthier, it improves your balance, agility and proprioception.
So basically our feet weren't meant to be cushioned and coddled . . . we're meant to be barefoot. And because we wear cushioning, supportive athletic shoes, we are weakening our feet/ankles/legs/etc. The logic makes sense, right? Right. So, aside from them looking ridiculous, I thought they might be worth a shot. The only thing I was worried about is that I have REALLY long, skinny toes — what if they didn't fit well into these shoes, which seem to have shorter toes than I? Luckily there is an REI a mile from work, so I walked there on my lunch break the other day to try some on! I decided to try on the Sprint version (pictured in this blog post). They are really strange to put on at first, but I got the hang of it, and they fit me, despite my abnormally long toes! On a whim, I decided to purchase said shoes right then and there. The reviews and articles online (as well as the nice sales lady at REI) warned me that they should be broken in slowly, but not to break in the SHOES, but to break in my feet/ankles/legs/etc. because they won't be used to running "barefoot."
To find out what FitSugar user animatedpunk thought of her Vibram FiveFinger Sprints, head over to the OnSugar blog Twins That Blog and read the rest of her story. If you'd like to share your own product reviews, start an OnSugar blog — your posts could very well end up on the FitSugar homepage.