For quite some time I have seen several of my awesome bloggy friends rocking the Vibrams and always wondered what they were like and dream of owning a pair some day. I went to the Boston Marathon expo when it was in town 2 weeks ago and I finally tried a pair on! I got properly fitted by their awesome team down there and started to get excited that my wide feet might actually be able to rock a pair one day!
Then about a week ago an email comes into my in-box just tempting me: Vibram FiveFingers on Sale at City Sports!!! I had to click the link, I had to see what was on sale.... And much to my glee I saw the hot pink Vibram FiveFingers Performa for women on sale!! Now you may or may not know how much I love bright hot colors and hot pink being my favorite! So you can imagine how much I wanted that pair of shoes.
I debted for a few days on whether or not to get them, I had several questions in my mind. Ones like: can I really run barefoot? Am I going to hate the feeling? What will people think when they see them?
Finally last week I said to myself look they are half the price of your normal running shoes (new balance) so give them a shot and if you hate them I am sure someone will take them lol. So I ordered them!!!
I was beyond excited when they arrived I took them out for 2 test walks/jogs so far!
I must admit I have gotten a few side ways glances lol but my neighbor thinks they are cute! She appreciates the hot pink I think ;) Hey you know what? I love them!!!!!! That to me is all that counts anymore these days anyways! Sometimes I still think like old me and worry what people will be whispering behind my back, but usually I can snap myself out of it! I am glad I ordered these it was a well spent $50!!! And yes if you are thinking about buying them the sale right now is amazing click on the link I left above!
So how do they feel is what everyone is asking!
I like how my foot feels the ground more, I actually felt I had more control over my stride. My knee was not bothered by them!!! For me that is most important. They are tricky to get on and I am learning to wiggle my toes around better. But so far I have run a mile in them and walked a 1/2 mile in them. I would love if any Vibram pros could leave me some feed back on how they transitioned into them and how far they run in them. I am hoping they help eliminate my knee pain once and for all!
My only issue so far seems to be my heel, I am so used to wearing socks they rub up against it and irritate my skin right there. I will try some body glide over that area next time I take them out for a spin. My plan is to do a mile in them running 3 times a week for the next 2 weeks then up it to 2, etc etc adding a mile every 2 weeks.
Have you had any experience with barefoot running? What are your thoughts? I would love to know!!