Aren’t they purty?
We did it. Go Geek Go and I purchased our Vibram Five Fingers AKA Gorilla Feetz this morning. Mine are a lovely shade of lavender and grey. He has the TRUE Gorilla Feetz – all in black. Now we’re ready to rock ‘n’ roll.
The instructions that come with this unique footwear suggests wearing them for 1-2 hours a day for at least the first week. Srsly? Actually yes.
I am a barefoot baby. The only time I wear shoes is if I’m going outside or going somewhere that requires footwear. I love shoes, but I don’t particularly care for having my feet encased in what often feels like medieval torture instruments. Even with all this time spent barefoot, it’s not quite the same as being barefoot all the time and building up the the strength of your feet and legs.
Did you realize that there are 26 bones, 33 joints, 20 muscles, and hundreds of sensory receptors, tendons and ligaments in each foot? And every day we wear shoes to do things like run, we are robbing ourselves of the true strength and balance our unshod feet can provide us. This is controversial for some reason – probably because of how much companies like Nike and Reebok have invested in shoes. It’s silly because shoes are needed. It’s not like the world is going to go barefoot. But seriously – shoes just aren’t needed for running.
After wearing my new footwear for a while, I can tell you without a doubt that I feel the difference – not only in my feet but in my legs. There are different muscles being worked. My balance is different. I feel a bit achey because of it. Freaking fantastic! No, seriously. That’s fantastic. It’s exactly what needs to be happening right now. It means I’m being set back to a natural carriage and more natural movement. W00T!
Go Geek Go and I will continue breaking in our new footwear. The first run ought to be interesting. I’ll let you know.