Look Ma! I Can Wiggle My Toes
I have a new obsession. I recently bought my first pair of Vibram Five Fingers shoes (www.vibramfivefingers.com) and have been giggling ever since. The idea behind these gloves for your feet is that we, as human beings have undergone thousands of years of adaptations to look and function the way we do. Why then should we need sneakers? Some theorize that without sneakers that alter our natural step and posture, we would eliminate myriad knee problems and back injuries. So far, I would agree.
Not only do they feel incredible (once you break them in a bit) but they’ve proven to be the most versatile shoes I’ve ever owned. They’re also a great conversation starter. On a recent trip to Israel, I climbed up Massada at sunrise, hiked for hours in the Golan Heights, walked through a wadi that feeds into the Jordan River and floated in the Dead Sea with these incredible shoes. Not only did they make an impression on all the new people I met (including an Israeli soldier who was as excited as me to meet someone else who owned a pair), but they also provided an amazing grip while maneuvering around unstable rocks, and sandy surfaces. They dried within 5 minutes of getting wet and felt like a foot massage on rougher terrain.
Best of all, they’re hand and machine washable so I cleaned them after every wear!
Now I’m back in Aventura and ready to wear these all over the place and maybe make a new friend or two. The only negative I’ve experienced so far (and no, I’m not talking about the shock on people’s faces when they first see me in them) is how loud they are while running on the treadmill. The rubber soles smack so hard that I’ve opted not to sprint in the gym while wearing them.
Go get a pair and let us know what you think!
If you don’t want to take it from me, check out this Wall Street Journal article of the hundreds of others that have been written lately: Vibram Five Fingers
Although there’s nowhere (yet) to buy these in Aventura, here are the closest distributors:
8501 NW 7th Ave
305 756-FISH (3474)
Natural Comfort by GBX
17 South St.
Fort Lauderdale, FL, US
by: Valerie Kwaterka – Fashion Contributor