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 As of last night, I am now the owner of a pair of Vibram Fivefingers shoes. After a week and change of befuddled complaining about an index toe that felt bruised as if I'd kicked something, but on both feet, I finally figured out that it was due to continuous curling from a foot panicky about losing a shoe it was sliding in.

Reading the literature, they were very emphatic about easing in to them by only wearing them a few hours a day at first as your stride changes to fit this shoe style. Putting them on felt remarkably comfortable as does walking in them. My stride doesn't need to change; wearing normal shoes is what is strange for me, not being barefoot. When at all possible, I tend to wear sandals of go barefoot and I've been doing that for as long as I can remember. My mother hoped moving to much colder California from Florida would break me off the habit when I was little but it didn't.

While I would still like a pair of dress shoes or boots made specifically for my feet, though I do not have the several thousand dollars to spend on this at the moment, these will do me fine as closed toed shoes at work for the time being.

My barefoot/sandal accustomed stride also helps explain the "rolling step" heavy wear pattern my shoes have always had. Trying to walk like I was barefoot in normal shoes also explains why my feet hurt so often.

Date: 2011-03-01 08:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] realityadmin.livejournal.com
Having acquired a pair myself only a couple of months back, welcome to the club. They're awesome, and if I could get away with wearing them to work every day, I would.

Date: 2011-03-02 05:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] funranium.livejournal.com
Membership has it's privileges, namely non-hurty feet.

Dare I ask why you can't get away with them at work? I admit, I am sometimes spoiled by the lack of dresscode beyond closed toe shoes in the lab.

Date: 2011-03-12 05:56 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] drcuriosity
Considering my two usual modes of footwear are barefoot and tactical boots, I think I wouldn't mind having some of these at some point myself. Especially since there's probably more foot-dangerous things in the U.S. than here. (Well, except for the current liquefaction silt, sewage dust and building debris, but I digress.)

Date: 2011-03-13 06:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wolfwitch.livejournal.com
I actually enjoy my pair quite a lot. Now if only I could convince my dogs that they aren't the most tasty of the lot, I'd be all set.

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