I’d never been one to follow trend or fashion, so what on earth possessed me to purchase such odd shoes? I had been reading on Mark’s Daily Apple about how to strengthen my still somewhat fat feet even after a 40 pound loss, when I clicked on a link to see what exactly those trusty shoes for long hikes looked like.
There are a lot of different types now, but when I got the first ones, they were either open where the mesh is or Vibram FiveFinger KSO.
I didn’t have my KSO’s when we went to Cancun with Michael’s parents. If I had them, I would have been able to avoid the crazy sand toes, maybe. I have learned that while KSOs keep a lot of stuff out, they do not keep out water, pig slobber, or the wet part of mud. Even with that small flaw, I love them. I am a true believer that my Vibrams changed my feet forever.
When you compare the ankle in the top picture to the ankle on the left, you will see that I no longer have cankles. I do not take any special faerie dust or snake oil, I do not have any super special spot reduction exercise, heck, I didn’t even start walking as exercise until 2 weeks ago!
I will tell you what I do have, I have a pair of Vibrams that I wear everywhere. These shoes really are really a great option to those other exercise type shoes, you know the ones that got recalled a while back because they didn’t work? These things do work, but they only work if you work with them.
The first thing I would advise about purchasing your first pair of Vibrams is check out their website, not just the link above with lady shoes, but the one about how to find your size. Vibrams are not the same as regular shoes. My first pair is a size 41, my new ones are 42 so that I can wear my handy toe socks in the winter time.
Next, click on Education at the Vibrams site. They used to have step by step photos on how to put them on. Those came in handy back in October of 2011. Once I read all I could on their site, I had the confidence I needed to walk into Sports Season at the mall and get them.
I was nervous when the young guy walked up to us. When I told him what I wanted he said “You run?” with a look on his face that questioned even the possibility!
What could I say, of course I don’t run? I said what any sane woman who was looking into strengthening her feet would say… “No, I don’t run, I sprint.” Since I had actually sprinted on the beach in Cancun beneath the moon light that one time, it wasn’t completely untrue. My Vibrams though were gonna change all that though.
The first day I wore my Vibrams grocery shopping. I had forgotten the whole “transition takes time”.
When you get them, wear them around the house for a little while. Don’t over do it. You will be tempted to over do it as I was, but I’m trying to prevent you from going through the burning calves and sore feet and the overall hatred and avoidance of uncomfortable shoes.
I can honestly say that my Vibrams are my most comfortable shoes now and for quite a while really. There was a time in the beginning when I hated them. They made my legs hurt. In hind sight, I made my legs hurt because I over did it. All it took was my husband saying “I can’t believe you paid $49.00 for a pair of shoes and only wore them one time!”. That made me mad enough to forget the hatred and give them another chance.
You may be wondering “What happens if my feet sweat?” Well, my feet sweat sometimes too. Vibrams (at least the styles I’ve purchased) are machine washable. Sometimes if I don’t have time to wash them, I put baking soda in them over night and dump it out the next morning.
“What does it feel like if you walk on gravel or something?” I was quite tender-footed. At first, I felt everything. Either I am less tender or just don’t notice it much anymore, but yea, if you step on something pokey, you will feel it. Just don’t step on pokey stuff 🙂
“How do they hold up?” Darned good I’d say. I’ve washed the blue ones over a hundred times.
I guess what I’m trying to say is that for me, Vibrams changed my life. They didn’t make me run out and do marathons or start taking a spinning class, nothing like that. What they did do was cause my feet to walk in a way that changed my feet, ankles, and calves for the better, just by wearing them while doing everyday tasks.
I leave you today with a picture of what happened to my blue Vibrams the day after the grocery trip…