Have you seen the clever marketing for the Vibrams five finger barefoot running shoes?
The poster I found in my latest running magazine had me really thinking long and hard about the message they were trying to convey.
It boasts that the only technology needed for running is your feet.
I find this concept very interesting and have been curious about the whole barefoot running craze.
And as I have mentioned before J. Alabama has recently taken up running in Vibrams and can’t say anything but praises for these glove-like shoes.
So it was only a matter of time until the day came when I would be the new owner of my very own.
After nearly an hour and a half of trying on different sizes and models of the Vibrams I found my fit with the Sprints.
The salesman at The Benchmark was very adamant about the fact that unlike most shoes, vibrams don’t fit your feet by a number, but by how they feel.
We started off by having me measure the length of my longest toe to give me a starting point in sizing, but this by no means meant that size fit my foot.
As I mentioned, I tried on about 6 different pairs until I found the ones that were keepers.
I loved the look of the MaryJane style, but could not find a fit for my foot. Which led me to the only other style that came in bright pink.
What can I say, I was sold when I saw they came in pink!
Though the process felt more intense than my normal trip to the running shoe store, I was glad to have been given lots of help from the sales people.
And we ended up staying in the store long enough for J. Alabama to find another pair he couldn’t live without. 🙂
The key to getting started in Vibrams is to take it S-L-O-W.
They suggest to simple walk around in them for several weeks to a month to get your body accustomed to the new style of walking/running.
These vibrams actually change the way your foot hits the ground and in turn uses different muscles in your feet and legs.
Even after a point in which you feel comfortable wearing them around, it is recommended to ease into running. Start by running a mile, and gradually working into 2-3.
So I will just be wearing my Vibrams around whenever I can, to give my body a chance to get used to this new “technology”. I promise to give a review of how they feel after I had a chance to break them in.
And will I actually take up barefoot running? That is a question that can only be answered with time.
What are your thoughts on the barefoot running craze? Have you tried Vibrams?