I’ll admit, the first time I saw my friend wearing these “five finger shoes” I laughed. They are quite a sight. But as we have always learned, don’t judge a book by its cover. They may not be stylish but they are great for runners. Read on to figure out why you would buy these shoes, and how to wear them if you do…
So the burning question, Why would you buy these?! They may not be that stylish, but they have other benefits to them. This is a direct quote from the Vibram website:
“Imagine footwear that can actually help make the foot healthier, that can strengthen muscles in the feet and lower legs, improve range of motion and increase sensory reception important to balance and agility. Imagine footwear that might just make running safer and healthier, by encouraging a forefoot strike and a more natural running form that creates less impact on the knees, hips and lower back. That is what Vibram FiveFingerscan offer.”
Obviously, they make it sound pretty enticing. But this is coming from the company itself. I needed a little more to believe its claims. But, Chictopian’s own Louise ,aka CoffeeandaCardigan, seemed to enjoy these shoes a lot in her post . Louise said, “I am in awe of their comfort… I will never, ever go back to typical athletic footwear,” and adds,“these feel so much more natural;They feel like I am walking barefoot, but with protection. They are just really fun and comfortable to wear!”
So in my opinion, if you are an athletic person, maybe you should take these for a spin! They seem to work, and everyone who I know that owns them seem to like them. Remember, do your research first before you start to wear them! This is a great guide to five finger shoes.
Styling these shoes seems to be a huge problem. Louise had a tip, “When wearing these gorilla feet with anything other than running pants, one must have a sense of humor.” So if you are trying to incorporate these into your everyday outfits, try and match your clothes to your shoes so they don’t look completely out of place! Louise likes to “Style [her] Vibrams with rolled up jeans and my North Face jacket or leggings and a casual skirt.” They also have their upside, I could see them being used with a wide variety of casual outfits. Granted you might get a few odd looks when you wear them, but our feet need a break too!
The best type of outfit for these shoes is an athletic one, and again go for something that matches the shoes. If I was styling the shoes in the title picture, I would wear a blue sports bra , grey tank top and some spandex capris . And of course, you can’t for get the shoes! They can be found here .
So… what do you think about these shoes? Do you think they are practical or just plain silly? Comment & answer the poll below!