Five Fingers Shoes
The FiveFingers shoes take on a tricky challenge. Body mechanics can get quite complicated. Especially when it all starts with your feet. The FiveFingers shoes are a minimalist or "barefoot" shoe that improves your body mechanics by letting your foot work the way it should and not the way it does in a shoe.
The result is a great ergonomic advantage with improved balance, agility and grip.They may look funky but they are awesome.
Why Is it Different?
The FiveFingers are a "barefoot" shoe. That is they try to mimic going barefoot while providing the protection of a shoe sole. They differ from other "barefoot" or minimalist shoes by giving you individual toe pockets.
So you not only have a thin, responsive sole that lets you feel the ground beneath you, but you also have the use of your toes. That may not seem like much, but you'd be amazed at how much your pinkie toe can do if you let it.
There is a larger debate going on on whether shoes are ergonomic or healthy. There is a lot of evidence to support both sides. But I've seen what this argument can do to your pinkie toe. Don't take it out on the pinkie toe.
The problem with most shoes is that they push your outer toes in. So your pinkie toe is almost never used. It may be small but it can do a lot. The FiveFingers not only let you use your pinkie toe, but they kind of force you to.
By spreading out your toes, the FiveFingers give you greater control at your base. This translates to better balance, agility and body control. It can also lead to improved posture and less hip, back and shoulder pain if you suffer from those.
TO make things even better the FiveFingers are topped (or bottomed) with the legendary rubber sole perfected for rock climbing and other such activities.
This means the shoes fit your foot like a second skin and have an incredible grip. It is almost like having gecko feet.
Does it Deliver?
These shoes deliver everything they promise. It takes very little time to get used to wearing them. And once you start you might find it hard to stop. Your body mechanics will improve. And with that so may your health and confidence. Not bad for a pair of shoes.
The FiveFingers shoes can benefit anyone who has learned to walk upright on two feet. Others who can benefit from this ergonomic shoe are:
- Homo Sapiens
The FiveFingers shoes are ingenious, well built and a phenomenal personal ergonomic enhancement. They improve your body mechanics at the starting point, your feet. And everything benefits because of that.
Balance, agility and body control are all enhanced. Your hips and spine have better alignment and your heel strike (a major cause of back pain) is better.
The sole on the FiveFingers is incredibly responsive and provides an unbelievable sure-footedness.
The FiveFingers are available with as an open top slip on, an open top with straps, a mesh top with straps and a neoprene (wetsuit material) with straps giving you an option for almost any activity.
No snow skiing model yet.
Getting into them the first few times is a little difficult, but you quickly learn.
Keep in mind that the FiveFingers do not offer much protection on the top. The sole is tough and as puncture resistant as any sole. But there is not much on the top the protect your foot. But it is more than actually walking barefoot.
The only real problem with these shoes is answering all the questions people have about them. If you are still undecided about the FiveFingers read my FiveFingers journal chronicling my experience with them: