Looking at the Vibram FiveFingers shoes, I find myself wondering why?
What possible benefits do they bring as opposed to a traditional sole?
Their web site (in the why barefoot section) seems to suggest that they are a more
natural way to use your feet and then suggest a series of exercises to do to become used to the shoes. I'm not convinced buying a very expense pair of shoes that I can't wear until I complete a rigourous training regime are a good idea. I've not once looked at my boots and thought I wish I could feel all the rocks under my feet.
In all their marketing material (that I can see) they make no substantial claims as to what the tangible benefits are.
I'm tempted to suggest that they are simply a marketing gimic, or am I missing something?
Does anyone love these? Can they explain why and what benefits they bring?
As a side note to this question I was speaking to a friend of mine at the weekend who's a manager of a national UK outdoor chain store (by far the largest chain in the UK). Apparently this company have decided they are a gimic and that their day's are over, apparently sales have been dropping for some time. As such they will no longer be stocking FiveFingers in any form.
Thought is was an interesting perspective as it seems to point to a decline in these types of shoes. If you really like these you may want to think about stocking up!