The Vibrams arrive, and the maiden walk!

Uber-wootness, they’ve arrived! And only 2 weeks after I’d ordered them. Because Vibram wouldn’t ship overseas, I had to go thru a forwarding service…

They fit good! Measuring your feet as per the fitting guide really helped; except that I put a piece of A4 and my foot up against the wall, and had wifey draw the profile of my toes. Unless you’re using a measuring tape, chances are that your ruler’s zero isn’t at the edge of it. Size 45 Vibram FiveFinger KSO’s and size 46 Injini crew socks. All black. Here’s me wearing ’em and lazing about the house, getting used to them.

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And off we went, wifey wearing her new Asics in tow. She thinks I look like an ape. hehehe. 6kms total, out for dinner and back home.

The first couple of klicks were a joy, feeling the texture of the ground beneath, and bouncing along cuz they were so light. And the grip is phenomenal! I still walk with a heel strike, albeit a light one. As the distance wore on, I could feel myself spreading my toes out and using them to push off. Tried a bit of jogging and sprinting. For that, you’d have to land on the ball of your feet.

Everytime I stepped on something new, it was something new! Different types of tiling, a root, a road stud, a crack in the road. Most of the way was on hard surfaces. Grass was the best to walk on. I guess we weren’t exactly built to pound barefoot on a concrete path, or on a road.

Klicks 5 and 6 were a bit of a pain. The ball of my feet started to get sore. Long unused muscles cried out at the abuse. The KSO’s were warm, but not any warmer than with running shoes on; it’s just that you notice because you’re not getting any support or cushioning from them. And I’m not sure if I was imagining it, but I felt the shoes get a tad tighter.

When it was finally over, I did some stretches both with the KSO’s on and without. For some reason, my toes had gained some flexibility, arching forward and extending back. Felt good too!

I guess I’ll just have to build on the distances… The Vibrams will serve for shorter 4-6km walks, and for weekends out and about. The battered old Asics won’t retire just yet… I need them for the distances…