Making a post about your Vibrams is about as cliche as posting a recipe for banana pancakes nowadays. But, I’m making one anyway because I know I had a few friends wanting to know how they were working for me.
It’s now been about 6 months since I purchased my first pair of sprints. Well, wait, no. I purchased the KSO‘s first, then the sprints, but I’ve been waering the sprints all summer. To be honest, I have not touched any of my other shoes since then. I wear them to work, to the grocery store, working out, tons of miles of hiking, and sometimes even on my bike. And yes, I run in them.
I didn’t really have any issues transitioning from conventional footwear because I don’t think I really have any foot problems. Your experience might be different. However, they DO make you change the way you use your feet – hell, your whole body. They actually allow you to WALK NATURALLY. Who in the hell would want to do that, especially in the age of Sketchers Shape Ups? Crazy talk, I know. Just venturing out on a sidewalk is an entirely different experience. You feel everything, and I mean every single blade of grass, rock, and probably an ant or two. Because of that, I am no longer clomping around completely unaware of my environment. Its rather refreshing, actually.
With all that being said, here’s a list of stuff that’s changed for me, thanks to the VFFs:
- I’m more social. Wait, what? No, really. Every stinkin’ time I set out in a public place, I get at *least* two people coming up to me and asking about my shoes. I think my record at this point is 12 in a day. Note to self: send Vibram a bill demanding a referral bonus.
- My posture has improved. I’ve been Slouchy McSlouchersons most of my life. Now that I’m no longer trying to contort my body to compensate for high heels, I’m standing taller. And sitting taller.
- I’m no longer pigeon toed. Another lifelong affliction, and something I noticed just recently. I no longer have anything forcing my feet into some random position, so they’re now doing what they’re supposed to.
And lastly – I think this is the biggest change here – that running thing. I’m not a marathon runner in the slightest, nor do I wish to be [see: A Case Against Cardio] - but I do partake in a few miles of interval running a few times a week. In Lakewood. Which is about 105% pavement.
I am sure you actual runners are wincing at the thought of that. I can’t really blame you, because we got a veritable buttload of scientists and shoe companies pounding it into our heads that our poor little feet can’t take all that pressure and you MUST hit your foot on the ground a certain way with 5 feet of cushioning. We are delicate little flowers.
Actually, not so much. Your body is an amazing machine capable of doing may things you probably don’t realize.
Do we rember where I was, oh, 7 months ago? Here’s a pic to refresh your memory:
Remember that? I sure as hell do.
Where was I last month?
175 miles of that. While I am sure my diet has attributed to part of that, actually using my body and my feet in the way they were actually intended instead of listening to some sneaker company tell me what’s appropriate has actually allowed my body to not get F*cked up any further. My knee issues are pretty much gone. Imagine that.
So, if you were considering purchasing a pair, I highly recommend doing so. For further research, I’d suggest also taking a gander at birthdayshoes.com. They have a good reference explaining all the models, plus a lot of good stories of people doing cool shit in their [kinda] bare feet.
So, yeah, I’m sold. [or is that soled?] Now I gotta figure out what to do with the 20 pairs of high heeled boots in my closet.
Originally published at batty.us. You can comment here or there.