I’ve always hated running. Probably because it was that boring warm-up thing we had to do before playing sports, and also the punishment for “behaving nuts” during training. Ah… good times.
I picked up running about a month ago when I received my first pair of Vibram FiveFingers Classic (Europe). I read about them in the 4 Hour Body book by Tim Ferriss and then discovered this whole “barefoot running” online community, Nicholas Romanov’s POSE method of running and all that jazz.
I never thought there was an actual “technique” behind such a lame sport, but once I found out, I knew I had to try it.
I’m not gonna lie, I’ve gone out running just a handful of times in this last month (maybe 9?) but for someone who “hates it”, I think it’s pretty decent.
I haven’t taken my Vibrams off since. I wear them 24/7, seriously, they are THAT awesome. Even though they could stink a bit… But that can be fixed.
I got a second pair of FiveFingers KSO (black) a couple of weeks ago, mainly to be able to cycle them with the Classics and to use them with jeans, for a more everyday casual look.
I only wear the Classics with shorts. And yeah, I know they look like girly ballerina shoes with frog toes and WILL -trust me- turn heads around every time you go out, but the feeling of the ground underneath your feet makes it totally worthy.
They also have this powerful ice-breaking “peacock effect” ;)
Walking barefoot on this kind of shoes is awesome, I’m sure you’ll fall in love if you ever try them for a couple of days.
It takes a while to “break them in” but once you’ve used them for a few hours you will not want to take them out again.
I ordered a new pair of Terraplana Vivobarefoot Dylan shoes from Amazon UK and they should arrive in a couple of days.
These don’t have the toes though :D
I highly recommend you try the barefoot experience, specially if you suffer lower back pain from standing for long periods of time (they fixed my back!) or simply want the PUA looks ;)
You can get the FiveFingers from Amazon.com -> Vibram FiveFingers or Amazon.co.uk if you live in Europe
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