Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Monday, March 15, 2010
Today I thought I would talk about foot protection for the outdoors. Quite some time ago, I came across Vibram FiveFingers, now these are an interesting 'shoe'. Pictured to the left is the VFF Classic. Having owned a pair of these and put them through the paces now for over a year, I must say, I am impressed. It takes a bit of both time and effort to get acustomed to the pseudo-barefoot motions, but once there, they are unbelievably comfortable. I will not get into spouting facts or studies about the health benefits of bare-footing here, enough other people have done that, all I will say, is if you are at all curious about them, check them out, you will not be dissappointed. They truly do give you the feel of walking/running barefoot, yet they still protect your feet from most hazards found on the ground. I have used them on varying terrain, everything from paved roads to loose gravel, sand and mud. The comfort level stays the same on most terrain, but with the loose gravel, I find it necessary to avoid gravel consisting of stones over an inch in diameter as it gets increasingly uncomfortable with each step. however, the comfort level returns when you hit stones greater than two inches in diameter. Overall, I find these to be great footwear, as they do seem to ease the stress on the body, help promote a more natural stance and rhythm, and help to improve one's 'feel' of the earth.