I heard that Vibram has settled a class action lawsuit that “alleged the company made false and unsubstantiated claims about the health benefits of its glove-like footwear.” That was apparently back in May and I was too busy with my brand new FiveFingers Komodo Sport to pay attention, apparently.
Frankly, the company should not have said the FiveFingers bring definite improvement to the health if they did not have any evidence to back that up. On the other hand, after my experience with FiveFingers shoes, owning three pairs of them and walking them every day wherever I go, I have to say that for me those claims are true.
Once you wear the FiveFingers shoes and learn to walk properly, there is no turning back. Anything else is just clumsy and uncomfortable. So I feel sorry that they got slapped with that court case. The shoes are brilliant. Walking in them is a bliss. I am afraid to recommend them because you will get addicted if you bother to learn how to walk right :)
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I wanted to try the Vibram Fivefingers shoes for a long time, not in the least thanks to my friend Wouter, who wears them even to official presentations. Still, the years passed by and I did not seem to ever had the time, money, and courage to take them on.
Now, I am finally a proud owner of a Fivefingers Komodo Sport (I think, I threw away the papers and the box). They were comfortable right from the beginning but when I started running in them… How should I put it to you? You see, for the first time in my life, I am actually looking forward to my jogging time now.
They are extremely comfortable and pleasant to run in. Of course, I have to watch out not to step on very sharp stones and other obstacles that I never noticed before. But the feel is exhilarating. I always had the right set of the foot and never hit the road with the heel, so these shoes feel so right, so proper. I thoroughly enjoy running now.
Now I simply want to wear them all the time and I am wondering if I can be so brave as to get myself a pair of Fivefingers in black to wear to the office… Walking in Fivefingers is a slightly awkward affair at the beginning because I am used to coming hard with my heel to the floor in soft shoes. However, as I wear them more and more, I adapt my walking style and I think it is getting better fast.… --> continue reading →