Feb 222012
 

Vibram 5-FingersHow Vibrams Can Make You a Faster, Safer and More Efficient Runner

I love to run, and when I lived in South Florida I ran barefoot on the beach for years.

Living in Colorado didn’t provide many opportunities for barefoot running, but when the Vibram Five Finger came out, I got a pair immediately and started wearing them for all my workouts and runs.

So why not just wear sneakers?

Sneakers are mass-produced. If we’re fortunate enough to go to a great place like The Boulder Running Company or other store that provides custom-fittings, videos of your feet walking and running on a treadmill, and fits you for a specific shoe that helps your individual gait, we can avoid that mass-produced feel to a certain extent.

Your foot is unique, and it’s engineered to absorb shock from the impact of walking, running and jumping and carrying you around all day.

The separation of your foot bones and the muscles that lie in between them work together to provide natural shock absorption as you go through a heel strike-toe-off gait cycle. This is the reason the Vibrams have separated toes, so that your foot can do its natural job of protecting you. When you’re in a sneaker, your toes are close together and the shock absorption is being provided by the sneaker and its support structure.

 Check out how easy they are to put on, and why they’re better for your body than sneakers.

How Your Foot Contacts the Ground Matters

Years of wearing sneakers may actually change the way you walk, run and move. Barefoot running will allow and encourage the even development of the muscles in your feet, providing you with a strong and balanced base for everything you do.

Don’t do anything in a Vibram that you wouldn’t do barefoot though. They’re great for the gym, running on the treadmill and trails, but never run or do impact activities on surfaces you wouldn’t do them on barefoot, like cement or concrete.

How hard are they to get used to?

The things that take a little getting used to as a new Vibram wearer include getting them on….just get your toes in first, then slide on the heel.

They’re all washable, and after you’ve worn them a few times and start washing them they’ll form to your feet and be easier and easier to get on.

They are also going to ask something new from your foot muscles, especially if you’ve been relying on the “arch support” and “cushion”of a sneaker. But don’t worry! Muscles grow and develop and the human body is amazingly adaptable.

Building strong, healthy feet muscles will serve you well for a long time to come.

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  • Geraldine

    That is pretty awesome! I think I will invest in a pair. My toes have been telling me something

    • http://thebettyrocker.com BettyRocker

      Right on Geraldine – I’ve been SO happy with mine. My feet have gotten so much stronger.

  • Vee

    Hi
    Which vibrams do u recommend? I don’t don’t running, just the videos on your channel. Squats, lunges, burpees etc. thanks

    • http://thebettyrocker.com/ Betty Rocker

      Possibly the fitness or multi-use design if you won’t be running in them :)

  • Kelsey

    Hi Bree, I’ve been going through your blog today and I am curious, do you still back the vibrams as being helpful for us in general? I ask because of all the hullabuloo about their class action lawsuit. I’ve always wanted a pair but have yet to get a pair.

    • http://thebettyrocker.com/ Betty Rocker

      Yes I still wear and love them! There are other brands of minimalist shoes too – it’s important to do our own research when making decisions that can affect our body!