Alan ("shapeshifter" on the forums) posted some initial thoughts on wearing his new black KSO Trek fivefingers to work. As the KSO Treks are still so new, I asked Alan if he'd mind I share his thoughts with the blog at large.
Thursday marked the first week since I started wearing the KSO Treks in the corporate environment as a daily part of my work attire. Although having worn them to and from work since september 9th, I had previously made it a habit of switching out to a more traditional shoe while on the clock. Finding it difficult to wear monotoed footwear every day, it just became apparent to me last Friday that there should be absolutely no reason to have to go back to wearing anything that felt so uncomfortable while being so unhealthy.
Luckily for me, I have a pretty good rapport with most coworkers and find it easy to converse with those I haven't met. Most seem to be more aware of me for being a surfer/skateboarder which already sets me apart ... Quite a few have noticed the five finger shoes as the week progressed and today work literally stopped in one department while a lively discussion about footware ensued.
Not too sure which way all this will eventually lead. Hopefully acceptance so other folks actually feel comfortable enough to wear their five fingers to work. Or it could backfire and all this attention could lead to a line drawn on apparel with a slipper definition given to toed shoes (as with mens open toe sandals) as a reason to forbid them on the premises. It would be at this point that I would have no other recourse than to be subversive and wear my treks stealthily cloaked under the disguise of a traditional shoe (sans the sole). Hope upon hope that day never comes.
As one manager quipped: "Oh, those are the shoes they were talking about at the meeting today!"
The revolt against Mono-toed Footwear has begun!
Alan, thanks for being a champion for fivefingers in the workplace! Keep us posted on their acceptance (and if you pick up any converts along the way!).