by The Tendonitis Expert
Kerri in her new Vibram Five Finger KSO barefoot running shoes
I woke up and put on my KSO's. After two minutes of walking around, I was pretty sure I'd have to take them back and get a bigger size. My big right toe was irritated, at the end right where my toenail and tip of toe met the rubber of the 'finger'.
I was going to go spend the day with a friend. I agonized over whether to wear the shoes or not (didn't want to get them dirty or worn or wouldn't be able to take them back).
My toe was unhappy, but not super unhappy. I judged that I just needed to get used to it, so I walked outside, got in the car, and drove for 40 minutes.
And I have to say! It's a whole different experience driving and using the foot pedals in barefoot shoes! Your toes curl around the pedal! Weird.
We get so used to the platform of the bottom of a shoe doing all the work. In the Vibram Five Fingers, your toes get to move and feel around!
I felt like a monkey with my long toes gripping my gas, brake, and clutch pedals...(I have really long toes)
I worked out before going to my friends. I crossed the street on a cobblestone crosswalk, and could feel the contours of the cobblestones.
Working out was no problem. Lifting weights, no problem, though I didn't do anything with heavy weights while on my feet other than shoulder shrugs with a bunch of weight.
On the spin bike, again my toes automatically wrapped around the foot pedal. Stationary bike with barefoot shoes will take a little bit of getting used to…
So I got to my friends house in Petaluma, and walked across the yard to the front door. The end of my toe hurt! This wasn't going to work out….
But walking through the grass lawn was awesome! Grass poked up between my toes, and I could feel it! Weird!
Inside I took the shoes off for a few hours. Then I put them back on. And either my toe had gotten used to it, or the shoe's toe stretched (I doubt that), but it wasn't as bad by far. My brain again flip flopped as to whether or not I should take them back.
I ended up wearing them home and walking around more. I was pretty sure they'd be fine, but I was concerned about the toe. I mean, I'd feel stupid paying $80 for an experimental shoe and not being able to wear it because I got the wrong size...
But the next day, just to be on the safe side, I did.
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Joshua Tucker, B.A., C.M.T.
The Tendonitis Expert