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Rave Review of Vibram Five Finger Shoes

Hiking in My Vibram Five Fingers

One of the sisters, animatedpunk, from the OnSugar blog Twins that Blog raved about her Vibram Five Finger shoes so much that her twin, mandaleebee, ran out and picked up a pair too. Check out what she thought of them.

I had been thinking about Lindsey's new "Gorilla Shoes" ever since she posted about them on this blog. When she first sent me a photo of these bizarre looking shoes, I just laughed at their ridiculousness, thinking 'no way I'll ever put those things on my feet!' But alas, once I saw them and read about them, I just couldn't stop thinking about them! I had to try them for myself.  

Last week I went to Blue Ridge Mountain Sports in Charlottesville, VA and tried on a pair of Vibram Five Fingers... I tried both the Classics and the Sprints, but I liked the arch and heel support in the Sprints much better. Like my sister, I impulsively purchased a pair on the spot. Obviously I had to try them out right away, so I mixed a little bit of walking and running in since I had read many reviews explaining you need to gradually adjust your muscles to barefoot running.


Running in these shoes is amazing. I actually am not a running fan, but these shoes make it feel more fluid, light, and fun! After running/walking in them for the first two days, I took a break to let my muscles recuperate. This past weekend I broke them back out for some hiking and wouldn't you know, I fell even more in love with them. Although walking over gravel in my Vibrams was a little uncomfortable, the rest of the hike was extremely fun and enjoyable. I am wanting to work out in my Vibrams every day!

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Mo-Quen-Ma Mo-Quen-Ma 6 years
I've always wondered about these shoes. My roommate has a pair and swears by them. me thinking...:) Great post! Thanks for sharing!
mandaleebee mandaleebee 6 years
Actually looking at the Vibram website, it looks like the guy tubing was wearing the five fingers FLOW, which are great for water sports and cold weather, while the KSO Treks are great for the rough terrain.
mandaleebee mandaleebee 6 years
justlikefashion - there has been the occasional large piece of gravel that I have run across that feels a little awkward, but for the most part the rubber soles protect your feet great! They have different types of vibrams, some are better for some activities and some are better for others. When I went tubing this summer the guy running it had on the kind that cover your entire foot (The KSO Trek) - great for water! (Although all vibrams can be worn in water and are machine washable!) The KSO Trek is also better if you plan on using them in a rough environment. The sole is thicker and more durable. Hope this helps!
animatedpunk animatedpunk 6 years
justlikefashion - The tops of the shoes are cloth, but the bottoms have a thicker rubber sole (You can see the material curling over the tips of her toes and on the side of the ball of her foot in the photo). The material is flexible, but they protect you plenty for hiking I think :) I run with them on concrete and my feet feel fine.
justlikefashion justlikefashion 6 years
omg those look so cool! i are they like protective on the bottom so that if you step on somehthing sharp they dont hurt you?
animatedpunk animatedpunk 7 years
Anon - Have you tried REI? I live in Southern California (Los Angeles), and that's where I found mine :) Good luck!
mrsrazon mrsrazon 7 years
My husband ran the Athens Marathon in his Vibrams a few months ago (in under 4 hours!) I'll admit, I used to think they were stupid, but the more people I see with them and the more I hear about the benefits of being barefoot, the more I think about getting my own.
mandaleebee mandaleebee 7 years
So far I have had no blisters! My feet are pretty narrow so I think the socks would be more irritating than helpful, but if you're concerned about comfort i would give them a try. I have had no problems in my Vibrams so far though :)
animatedpunk animatedpunk 7 years
To the first Anon - Actually, Vibram makes socks for the shoes! I don't use them, and I haven't gotten any blisters or anything (they are actually quite comfy and don't chafe at all), but if you worried, they do have thin socks that are made for the shoes. I've seen some bloggers using them successfully, like Ashley at Edible Perspective Also, they are machine washable! Mine don't stink yet, but if they ever start to I can just throw them in the washing machine and then let them air-dry. Easy! :)
mandaleebee mandaleebee 7 years
Haha I agree - when Lindsey first sent me the photo of them i thought they looked so gross and weird! But it didn't take me long to be converted, and I see more and more people with them now!
stellaRuby stellaRuby 7 years
Those totally freak me out :)! My husband wants them for kayaking, but I am not sure I can have them in the house.
animatedpunk animatedpunk 7 years
Awesome, I'm glad you're enjoying yours!! Mine are the same color :) I haven't tried mine with hiking, but I definitely want to. I love that they can get wet.
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