FiveFingers on your feet? HOT or NOT?
I’m going to tread (pun intended) carefully on this subject. I want to honor the opinions of two people with opposing views. Both of whom I respect and care about.
In one corner…my little sis and her loving hubby (okay yes, it’s really three people, two against one). They both recently acquired a pair of FiveFingers. In the opposing corner… Chris, my trainer, is not a fan (of the FiveFingers).
Every day there are more and more people who wear FiveFingers to the gym. There are even some trainers that sport them regularly. Honestly I must admit that my interest in piqued.
So I figured…why not try to figure out this new fitness shoe fad. (Fad defined: “A fashion that is taken up with great enthusiasm for a brief period of time; a craze.”) Time will tell whether these new shoes are a fad or not.
Chris cracks me up…I told him that I’m visiting my sister in a couple of weeks so who knows…maybe I’ll come home from San Fran with my own pair of FiveFingers. He made some smart bleep comment and told me to come back with Birkenstocks instead. Hee hee!
Okay for those of you who have NO idea what the heck I’m talking about…FiveFingers are newer shoes that people are wearing primarily for fitness type activities. But these shoes claim to serve many purposes and are good for a lot of activities on land and sea. Here’s the 411 on FiveFingers from Vibram website:
The typical human foot is an anatomical marvel of evolution with 26 bones, 33 joints, 20 muscles, and hundreds of sensory receptors, tendons and ligaments. Like the rest of the body, to keep our feet healthy, they need to be stimulated and exercised.
That’s why we recommend wearing FiveFingers for exercise, play, and for fun. Stimulating the muscles in your feet and lower legs will not only make you stronger and healthier, it improves your balance, agility and proprioception.
Similar to the Paleo (Paleolithic or Caveman) Diet and the Raw revolution, FiveFinger shoes offer a natural (back to our roots) running experience for those who are willing to spend $80 or so for a pair. Personally I don’t really think I can justify the expense simply for the purpose of giving these shoes a chance, so I’ll leave it to my sis and bro-in-law.
I found a little news clip on YouTube featuring the Five Finger shoes if you want to see them up close.
So you are wondering whether of not I’m going to consider the FiveFingers HOT or NOT? No way are you going to get me to go on record…I’m leaving it up to you!
Until later! Kathi