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« Reply #855 on: June 20, 2012, 02:33:46 PM »

I'm curious, when others hear Hippie what do you think?  I think long hair, twig thin, the dead, barefoot girls in summer dresses (Ah, Joss Stone)Cheesy, Vanagon's, etc. 

I was born and raised in the Midwest and still live here.  Of course this topic is likely going to be controversial and stereotyping, but I am going to answer anyway.   Wink  When I hear hippie, I think weeds and seeds.  A long haired, pot smoking, tree hugging, no deodorant wearing person.  If I see someone walking barefoot, I certainly do not immediately think Hippie. 
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« Reply #856 on: June 20, 2012, 05:29:17 PM »

I'm curious, when others hear Hippie what do you think?  I think long hair, twig thin, the dead, barefoot girls in summer dresses (Ah, Joss Stone)Cheesy, Vanagon's, etc. 

I was born and raised in the Midwest and still live here.  Of course this topic is likely going to be controversial and stereotyping, but I am going to answer anyway.   Wink  When I hear hippie, I think weeds and seeds.  A long haired, pot smoking, tree hugging, no deodorant wearing person.  If I see someone walking barefoot, I certainly do not immediately think Hippie. 

Too funny..... 

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Well, I'm not normal....  If that makes me a hippie, so be it....   Cool   I'll be out again tonight once the temp drops a little we'll see if I can get any other comments.   
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« Reply #857 on: June 20, 2012, 06:31:44 PM »

I'm curious, when others hear Hippie what do you think?  I think long hair, twig thin, the dead, barefoot girls in summer dresses (Ah, Joss Stone)Cheesy, Vanagon's, etc. 

I was born and raised in the Midwest and still live here.  Of course this topic is likely going to be controversial and stereotyping, but I am going to answer anyway.   Wink  When I hear hippie, I think weeds and seeds.  A long haired, pot smoking, tree hugging, no deodorant wearing person.  If I see someone walking barefoot, I certainly do not immediately think Hippie. 

I also tend to think B.O. that could clear out a room.

I have had people call my VFF's hippie shoes, lol.
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« Reply #858 on: June 20, 2012, 08:26:16 PM »

I'm curious, when others hear Hippie what do you think?  I think long hair, twig thin, the dead, barefoot girls in summer dresses (Ah, Joss Stone)Cheesy, Vanagon's, etc. 

I was born and raised in the Midwest and still live here.  Of course this topic is likely going to be controversial and stereotyping, but I am going to answer anyway.   Wink  When I hear hippie, I think weeds and seeds.  A long haired, pot smoking, tree hugging, no deodorant wearing person.  If I see someone walking barefoot, I certainly do not immediately think Hippie. 


Too funny..... 

@DrBig74,
Well, I'm not normal....  If that makes me a hippie, so be it....   Cool   I'll be out again tonight once the temp drops a little we'll see if I can get any other comments.   

I like different, and this topic thread!  Looking forward to future comments from your trip!
All my best to all the "different" people out there!
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« Reply #858 on: June 20, 2012, 08:26:16 PM »

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« Reply #859 on: June 23, 2012, 12:36:42 PM »

I was standing outside a restaurant at lunch talking to my mom and a "suit and tie" walks by and says, "OH Man!  Awesome Shoes!"  He was referencing my truely awesome (mauve) classics.  I said I totally agreed.  I like to think by the way he commented that he has a few pairs in his closet at home, if not, he definately appreciated my spectacular taste in shoes.  Wink
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« Reply #860 on: June 25, 2012, 12:22:04 AM »

Recently, I found myself in a particularly foul mood after a really crappy day. I was hoping a good workout at the gym would help me burn it off so I could relax that evening. In the locker room, as I am changing into my workout rags, a guy in about his 20s stops, looks down at my black KSOs, and asks, "Hey! Do those work?"

Snapping the lock on my locker and turning to go, I replied, "As an alternative fuel source? No."

Needless to say, when he saw me on the gym floor he kept his distance. I felt like a dick.
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« Reply #861 on: June 25, 2012, 01:56:43 AM »

HAHAHAHA, thats a hilarious quick response! Sucks you snapped at him, but of course understandable. After a shitty day the last thing I wouldn't be too joyful to go over the whole spiel to someone.
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« Reply #862 on: June 25, 2012, 05:06:10 PM »

Two things. First was at my local eatery. The father was pointing out my monkey shoes to his kids who seemed quite amused. However, I was TWO FEET AWAY and he never once made direct contact with me?! People are weird. Maybe I need a tshirt that reads "Andy the handlebar moustached, monkey toe boy! 25 cents a look, $1 to touch!"
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The second was in an Eddie Bauer outlet clothing store. I was looking for some shorts and asked if they had some smaller sizes and got them from a helpful young man. He asked about the shoes. Were they comfortable? Did I run in them? Etc. I gave him one of my Vibram FiveFingers "amabassador" cards and wrote down this site for further information. No funny comments, just sincere interest.
Oh, third (or pre-1) was from a father whose kids were at church (running around barefoot of course because flip flops are apparently too restrictive for children?). I pointed out they made them in kids sizes and were as close to being barefoot without being barefoot (think I had KSO on then). He tried to discourage them by saying the school wouldn't allow them because of limits on open toe shoes:-( I point out that except for my Hi-Tech Magnums, the protection from impact is no worse than normal sneakers (and I am forever resting things on my feet. Tables, desks, whatever I am carrying or hauling.).
Drat, now I feel like Monty Python's Spanish Inquisition skit! One more thing. A waitress at Cheers scolding me for having 10 pairs of them. Ridiculous! I only have, err, wait, 11? Is there a VFF Anonymous? My name is Andy and I have too many toe shoes? Hehe.
Okay, enough rambling. Back to work. AndyB, NH.
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« Reply #863 on: June 26, 2012, 12:48:10 AM »

Brilliant idea,Andy.We should start our own VFF Anonymous  group here on birthdayshoes.com.
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« Reply #864 on: June 26, 2012, 09:18:58 AM »


What exactly do they Amabassador cards say ?

Ive now got 2 stock answers for any queries about the comfort of VFFs (which strangely seems to be the most common query) -

1) If I think the enquirer is genuine - "Imagine fine Hawaiian maidens soaking their hands in coconut oil for 2 days before slipping them into the finest silk gloves and then caressing your feet - thats what these are like"

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2) If I think the enquirer is taking the piss - "Its like walking on a bed of nails, but Im a masochist so I love them...."
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« Reply #865 on: June 26, 2012, 09:51:33 AM »

"Someone handed you this card to spread the word about vibram FiveFingers, a revolutionary new foot ware line.
Check out our FiveFingers at www.vibramfivefingers.com or visit your local FiveFingers retailer:"
With a line to put a retailer tho I often write the birthdayshoes.com for more information about minimalist foot ware.

I was kind of hoping for a list of common questions and answers.

I just tell people they are great, comfortable (slow to get my feet accustomed to them), like "gloves for your feet" and the closest to being barefoot without being barefoot.
Don't know if i convert anyone but maybe planting a seed of wonder they will eventually try them out, like I did, and love them.
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« Reply #866 on: June 27, 2012, 03:16:59 AM »

I was buying lumber at home depot today and the cashier lady said how much she loved my KSOs and how she really wanted a pair. She then said she saw some good deals on FILAS at some store and at that point I told her that the FILAs were basically the off brand shitty kind of toe shoes. And that the good brand is Vibram, and that REI was a good place to get them. I feel good knowing i might have saved a person from getting FILAs.
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« Reply #867 on: June 27, 2012, 09:48:02 AM »

My wife and I are trying to prep our home to put it up for sale, so I have been doing a lot of home improvement and painting projects as of late.  I have been to my local Menard's so much recently, and always wearing my Navy/Gray/Yellow Classics it seems, that the worker that works in the area of the store that I frequent recognizes me and engages me in conversation every time I am in the store.  On Monday I was there with my brother-in-law and she came up to me to tell me that she saw someone else wearing toe shoes recently. 
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« Reply #868 on: July 01, 2012, 11:53:54 PM »

In a Golf Course, wearing my Spyridons LS: "Are those socks?"

My Boss: "Those are the weirdest shoes I've ever seen... Are they comfortable?"
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« Reply #869 on: July 02, 2012, 06:15:07 PM »

At the rope course with the family when three of the teenage workers noticed our shoes.  Those are wierd, why would you wear them?  After a brief conversation and ending with "it's as close to barefoot as you can get".  The one girl says, "Then why not just go barefoot"?  I pointed to the sign behind them and said, "because it's against your rules"........ Roll Eyes
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