Comment from: Derpy [Visitor]
Derpy

What do you do with ANY shoes when you step into a puddle of puke? At least you can throw your VFFs into the washing machine to get them clean again.

Also, maybe I'm just living a sheltered life, but I don't think puke puddles are a particularly common problem to begin with.

That said, don't take anything Cracked says more serious than you would a news report from The Onion. :)

And also, hey - even if it were serious, who'd care? We wear toe shoes because we like them. What anyone else thinks about them is entirely irrelevant.

12/17/12 @ 15:24
Comment from: Kirk Haines [Visitor]
Kirk Haines

The answer to the question of "what do you do if you step in XYZ" is exactly what you mention - throw them in the washing machine. I have people asking me about my shoes all the time. Some people clearly think they are silly. Most people question how someone can comfortably wear something that separates the toes. A few mention that because of the lack of arch support, they could never wear such a thing with their flat feet.

But there is a percentage who is really intrigued, wants to know where to buy them locally, and is very positive about them. And the fact that I can just throw them in the washing machine to make them sparkly clean again frequently gets nods of approval.

12/17/12 @ 18:58
Comment from: Ryan [Visitor]
Ryan

Wait, what model of VFF is that?!
I've never seen those, and they look pretty spiffy.

12/17/12 @ 19:58
Comment from: greg [Member]  

@Derpy - You summed up my thoughts much better than I did. Brevity is not my strong point!

@Kirk - I thought they were silly at first, too. Till I tried them. Now here I am, writing for a minimalist website. I definitely drank the flavor-aid.

12/17/12 @ 22:56
Comment from: I.Arnold [Visitor]
I.Arnold

The worst thing i have yet got between my toes is WATER. Ohh, isn't that soooooo gross. :P that is unless you count my fingers. :P
Anyway, that sort of thing is not that likely to happen.

12/18/12 @ 08:14
Comment from: greg [Member]  

@Ryan - I don't think they're FiveFingers. In all honesty I think the author of the Gawker article just Google Image Searched "toe shoes" and picked what he perceived to be the ugliest pair from the first page of results. Tried it myself and sure enough, there was the exact picture! http://5toeshoes.en.ec21.com/Five_Toe_Shoes_HLX011--4090570_4090596.html

12/18/12 @ 10:57
Comment from: Ravi [Visitor]
Ravi

I am a nurse and VFF's are the new Crocs in our hospital! I have worn my Treks for a year now and people vomit in the ER a lot. I have never stepped in vomit though. Not in 5 years of nursing, never have I ever stepped in vomit. I do this thing where I look where I am walking, while I am walking. Also why would wearing VFF'S cause someone to clean vomit off anything with their bare hands?

12/18/12 @ 11:57
Comment from: Suwandi [Visitor]
Suwandi

who cares about puddle of vomit when you can outrun death ? it would probably hover on top of vomit and poop when you are about to step on one.

reference :

http://birthdayshoes.com/xkcd-immortality-vibram-fivefingers-gods-shoes

12/19/12 @ 21:32
Comment from: M [Visitor]
M

Kirk, I was diagnosed with fallen arches 27 years ago and used to get shin splints like crazy, as a result. So, for the next 25 years, every year or so, I'd get a new pair of prescription orthotics. Recently, insurance companies stopped paying for them, so they'd cost me about $500/year. About four years ago, I started experiencing a lot of pain in my feet, and as long as I 've been wearing orthotics, I've had limited range of motion in my feet. Orthotics are made to limit how much your foot moves, after all. So, I changed podiatrists. My new one was younger, and better educated ...well, more recently educated, than the former one. He recommended I get a pair of VFFs and slowly work into them, since they would be a drastic difference from my years of wearing orthotics.

Indeed, it took me about two weeks to get used to them, and for that duration, my feet were exhausted! I discovered that this was because I had not been using all those muscles for years! Fast forward to now, and my shin splints have not returned, and I've switched to wearing VFFs (or going completely barefoot) all the time!

I now believe that the shin splints were caused by having footwear with an elevated heel, and that the orthotics just facilitated wearing such horrible footwear. I will never again wear any shoe that does not have a zero drop heel. The difference is immense. In addition, if I can help it, I will never again wear anything other than a pair of VFFs. My toes and feet are stronger than they've ever been and I have better balance than I've had in years, thanks to the increased proprioception afforded by the inherent design of my KSOs (sooo looking foward to trying a pair of EL-X)!

Ravi, so true! I frequently get people asking me what happens if someone steps on my toes. My answer is "same thing that would happen if someone stepped on your toes". Few shoes offer much protection against getting your toes stepped on. The only issue I've encountered with VFFs is that when walking in tall grass/weeds, they get stuck between my toes. But, after enough of them get stuck there, the problem solves itself! :D

12/20/12 @ 09:17
Comment from: greg [Member]  

This post has yielded some of my favorite comments yet!

12/20/12 @ 10:05
Comment from: Tyler [Visitor]
Tyler

@M - I hear ya about walking in the weeds. During spring my KSO treks pluck up flowers all the time - but hey, all part of "Spring Fashion". Note:Yellow dandelions coordinate perfectly w/the Vibram logo!
It's great to hear that the VFFs have helped w/your foot problems; that's also why I switched over. I too had an orthotic pair that definitely worsened my circulation + strained my shins.
Of course I completely rolled my eyes at VFFs when I first saw them. I judged + denigrated them as some novel fad. Now? I am PROUD that my coworkers refer to me as "Monkey Toes"!

12/28/12 @ 10:00
Comment from: Lou [Visitor]
Lou

You know, that pile of puke comment does have a bit of merit. I wear VFFs almost exclusively... including when I take my dog to the dog park and let me tell you that there are few things more disgusting that feeling dog poop squeeze up between your toes. Of course, I only had to learn that lesson once. I watch like a hawk when I'm walking around the DP now.

01/02/13 @ 09:42
Comment from: M [Visitor]
M

Tyler, I get the best reactions when I leave a trail of footprints in snow. ;-)

01/07/13 @ 10:05