|The offspring of a drunken fling between crocs and toe-socks|
And we all know the military is a huge fan of this new craze. Well, maybe not so much considering they banned any shoes that cannot "accomodate all five toes in one compartment."
But, scientifically, are they actually better to run in? No one knows!
|Let's not focus on how dirty these are|
I transitioned from normal running shoes to my Vibram Five Fingers about a year ago. I'm not going to get all analytical on ya'll, but I will give you some anecdotes from my own exercise. Take from it what you will.
- I don't have knee pain anymore when I run. I used to get knee pain after about 5 miles with normal running shoes.
- They are machine washable (nevermind that I can't seem to ever do that)
- Very multi-purpose; I use them to hike, bike, for waterparks, scuba diving and as water shoes.
- They force me to run with better form.
- The soles are completely safe to walk through rocks, forest, glass, anything short of hot lava or a bed of nails. However, they are porous, so if you step in a puddle, your feet will be wet.
- I feel like I run faster in them. Whether or not I actually do is another thing. But psychologically, I like the feeling of bending forward into the wind and gripping the pavement with my toes. It reminds me of running barefoot as a child, flying across the grass, my hair whipping behind me.
To anyone thinking of looking ridiculous with me, you should check out some of the literature surrounding barefoot running and try on a pair at your local sporting goods store. They might take a bit to finagle them on, but a snug fit is important. Take it slow when you first start running in them; your calves take a lot of the impact previously doled out to your knees so you'll probably be a little sore the first few times.
To each his own with the running shoes, but for me, I'll never go back.