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They really are like a second skin, as they mould to the feet, moving with them with each footfall
on 5 January 2018
Incredibly impressed with the Vibram FiveFingers Classic. After they arrived on Christmas Eve (a present to myself), when conventional footwear doesn't need to be worn, they've regularly found themselves upon my feet.
As one who enjoys spending much of their leisure time barefoot, in addition to running barefoot upon sand, concrete and smooth tarmac throughout summer months, the Vibram Classic is perfect, since the thin rubber outsole provides my own with the protection needed to enjoy the benefits of near barefooting during colder months of the year.
Admittedly, a little effort is required when attempting to slide the toes into their individual sockets, but once in place, they remain snug and secure.
As recommended, I did make a point of measuring my feet in order to achieve best fit. Measuring 27cm (270mm) from heel to toe, although the Vibram sizing guide suggested that a UK size 8 would accommodate my feet, I still opted for a UK size 10, since regular barefooting over the years has led to the development of a wide forefoot and prominent arch/instep. Additionally, my forefoot measures 4" across, as it supports and distributes my body weight when standing. I guess that's the benefit of regular barefooting.
Returning to the Vibrams, having chosen the correct size, they fit my feet perfectly, whilst also providing the same sense of freedom that is commonly enjoyed when wandering or running barefoot; they really are like a second skin as they mould to the feet, moving with them with each footfall, thus, ensuring that the feet continue to work as they were designed.
For those not familiar with barefooting, minimalist or zero drop footwear, a period of adaptation may indeed be necessary, particularly since barefooting involves far greater intrinsic movement of soft tissue that comprises the feet and lower legs. However, through seeking to strengthen muscles of the feet and calves, alongside gradually increasing the amount of time spent in Vibrams, the transition towards a minimalist/zero drop shoe should be largely painless.