Mike comments on his trip to Ireland and how he found out about Vibram Five Fingers:
I just got back from a week in Ireland on March 20th. I enthralled the Irish populace with my "cool slippers". From Dublin to Ballinskelligs, they were a hit, rain or shine. I wore my Treks so much I thought they were going to turn green, especially on St. Patrick's Day. As cool and windy as it was, my feet were warm and comfy.
All my life I was a tenderfoot. Having been raised in England as a child, it was not conducive to going barefoot. In the 70's, I discovered mocassins, ankle and knee-high, with the thin leather soles. I had them for years, before they wore out. The Native Americans got it right! They toughened my feet, but the 80' and 90"s put me back in shoes. In August, 2009, I discovered a site with some really cool looking shoes--the VFFs. It was love at first sight. I had to have a pair, regardless of price. I found a retailer who sold them locally, and the rest is history. I bought my KSO's, and I haven't looked back. My birthday gift was a pair of KSO Treks. My tennis shoes were filling with cobwebs. My wife Sharon, who suffered through two foot surgeries in three years, finally retiring, became the recipient of a pair of black women's KSO's. She is now a believer. IMO, they are the ONLY footwear I would wear, if not gainfully employed by a company that will not let me wear them to work(safety concerns). Life in Texas is perfect for the VFF's. The shoes are very well-made, and they are cool during the summer, and great with Injinji socks during the winter. I am hoping to try the Bikilas as soon as they arrive here in Fort Worth. Birthday Shoes is my home page, and I spread the word daily. At 57, I found a new lease on life. My feet thank me.
Thanks, Mike! We hope that home page idea of yours really catches on.