Megan has been a fan of her Vibram FiveFingers for some time, grabbing her first pair of VFFs for her birthday way back in August 2007. Since then, Megan has gone on to accumulate three pairs of Classic Five Fingers for everyday use. I asked Megan to share her Five Fingers user story with birthdayshoes and here is what she had to say:

I bought my first pair in August 2007 as a birthday gift to myself. I’ve always been sort of hippy-ish and have walked around barefoot for years. I don’t know how I found the shoes, I was cleaning out my bookmarks and stumbled across, and it was love at first sight. Shoes I could wear and be barefoot at the same time – what an awesome idea! I bought my second pair in September 2007 and my third pair in August of 2009. I had back problems from an injury and I have no day to day pain anymore and my posture has improved. I wear them everywhere – errands, work, park, road trips, family events (I’m the one with the weird shoes’ but I don’t care), pretty much everything that requires shoes).

I’m starting a revolution at my office – three co workers have bought pairs after seeing how happy I am in mine.

I walk my dogs in them often and I’m starting to research running, I’ve never been a runner so I’ve got to make sure I do it right!

Thanks, Megan! It’s great to hear that using Vibram Five Fingers on a everyday wear basis has enabled you to overcome your back problems!

As for running, just ease into it slowly and expect sore calves. Since you’re not a runner, you are likely to have fewer heel-striking habits to overcome. Just take short strides (and have a high cadence) and don’t worry about being fast. If you’re feeling frisky, you can even kick off your Classic Five Fingers, take them in hand, and try a stretch of barefoot running to maximize the ground feedback. This should help you work on your running form!

Glad you’ve shared the great barefoot shoe magic of Vibram Five Fingers with so many friends! Long live the revolution!