So, I have a problem with my Five Fingers. My big toe doesn't come out straight from my foot, it's more at a 15 degree angle or so, which means that the side of my big toe ends up hitting the ground with the fabric. Which eventually wears through the fabric. I have a pair of classics and KSO's, and it's happening on both of them. It's not a manufacturing problem, really, just my foot.
Anyone else have this problem?
I've been thinking about possible solutions. I tried epoxying some nylon webbing in the right place, but that probably wasn't the best choice (it was what I had on hand, I figured this was going to take multiple integrations to come up with something that works). I discovered that putting something too thick between your toes *really* sucks and is super painful.
My next idea is to find a small-ish inner-tube, cut into a 1" segment that would wrap around the outside of my big toe and the VFF toe, and would use some sort of glue to affix it in place. I just don't know if the thickness would be that annoying. It'd surely be less painful than my toe hitting the ground all the time - and where I wear my VFF's (NYC), there's a lot of nasties that I'd just rather not have my toe grinding against.
I don't really run that long of distances these days - maybe up to a mile in an interval, but I do enjoy running in them more than regular shoes. For me, at least, my heels never hit the ground. Yesterday morning to give my feet a break, I wore regular shoes when doing a workout. It was kind of weird trying to run in regular shoes again.
I really really dig plyometrics in VFF's, though. Although the landings can be a bit rough.
went for a walk at lunch today. ended up running as much as I walked and doing a little jumping here & there. pulled my leg funny last week when jumping up some stairs and it finally seems to be getting better. after the run today it was hurting, but yoga tonight should help make it go away.
i live in NYC and wear my VFF's when I walk to work - I ride subway most of the way and then walk about 2 miles to work. Yesterday morning, a guy got on the subway, and noticed my shoes and had to take off his sunglasses to peer further. I'm generally pretty amused with people doing a double-take with them.