Primal Feet

Sunday, October 18, 2009
Posted in category Just Stuff

The Los Angeles Times features the Vibram FiveFingers non-shoe shoes. I’m surprised at how many people have no insight as to the problem with modern “athletic” shoes. I’ve always thought this industry to be very gimmicky and over-hyped. The shoes are beautiful and sexy and look fast, which is why people buy them. The industry’s marketing is top-notch. Read the article from the MailOnline – it’s a  fascinating piece.

I’ve liked the Vibrams ever since I first saw them, maybe a couple of years ago. I finally tried to get a pair while I was out west last month, but I had no luck. I thought, of all places, some retailers in Durango or Park City or Ouray – all swanky enviro-outdoor-hipster towns – would surely have them. In fact, most people in the outdoor/mountaineering shops never heard of them. Odd, I thought. I found one guy in a Durango store who did know of them, and he sent me to the one place in town that did sell them – Backcountry Experience. I tried them on, but it turns out that my size wasn’t in stock. I am fixing to get the “sprint” model. Mainly, I’d like to do workouts in them, and also light trekking and walking. And beach running when I go down to the fabulous beaches in St. Augustine, FL or Kiawah, SC.

I have always been a barefoot person, so I think I’ll have little trouble adjusting, other than enduring some sore muscles as I start to run in them. People mock me because I wear sandals until November (in Michigan) and I roll them out again in early April. Okay, but I won’t wear the Vibrams on my Harley.

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3 Responses to Primal Feet

  1. Suzan says:

    October 18th, 2009 at 9:06 am

    I like them too. When you do start wearing them, please post how they work for you. I’m saving up for them. I’d like to use them for walking, and swimming too, if they have an aquatic model.

  2. Alexisawake says:

    October 19th, 2009 at 11:43 am

    I first learned of the Vibram shoes through Mark Sisson’s site, and went right out that week to a local store to buy some. Unfortunately, I found that apparently I have an odd shaped food and strange lengths going on with my toes. Darn! So I couldn’t find a pair of Vibrams to work for me since they need to fit like a glove. As they come out with new models, I’ll probably try again – love the concept. My roommate did find a pair that worked for her, and she loves them. She even wears them to church where one little girl always tells her she has “creepy shoes.” :)

    I enjoyed seeing you mention St. Augustine beaches in this post also – I grew up in North Florida and St. Augustine is still my favorite vacation spot – beautiful, clean beaches (for the most part) and a very family-friendly city full of history.

  3. Janette says:

    December 9th, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    erin, these are exactly as i had in my head when we were snhitoog. they turned out perfectly. i love love love the relaxed lifestyle sessions and this family were perfect models for it. baby d is a charmer. my favorite is the one of him with arms stretched out on his blanket ready to take on the world. my second favorite is the set of mom and dad on the couch with him asleep taken from the side and from above. those are so peaceful and colorful at the same time. a good balance of colors and calmness. lovely work! we need more of these types of models and sessions!lesli

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