"Monkey Shoes" and Dog Paws from Vibram Five Fingers fan Erik
In the mailbag comes the above photo of canine and human (both male and female) paws photoed together — the human ones in Vibram Five Fingers. Looks to me like the dog paw is on top. Here's what Erik had to say:
Yosemite's Tuolumne Meadows.
My wife hated my "monkey shoes" initially, and now she can't wear anything else. The dog, obviously, doesn't wear the things. Lucky [guy] with his naturally protective pads.
"Monkey shoes" is definitely one of the various names people give to Vibram fivefingers. That said, since human beings are much more closely related to apes than monkeys from a genetic point of view, I submit that VFFs are more appropriately nicknamed "ape shoes."
Then again, "ape shoes" doesn't quite have the same ring to it as "monkey shoes." Oh well.