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Deirdre’s Decadent Foot Indulgence, Review of the Vibram Five Fingers Performa

A review of the Vibram Five Fingers Performa kangaroo leather barefoot shoes for women.

Note from Justin: As I’m not in the position to personally review the new FiveFingers Performa—the all leather, ultra-minimalist, indoor-only, pod-soled VFF made specifically for women—I have been in contact with someone who considers the Performas a decadent treat for her feet! Meet Deirdre. I asked Deirdre to put together some thoughts on her Performas to share with the BirthdayShoes community. If you would like to submit a review of the Performa or any other FiveFingers model to be published on this site, please let me know!

Deirdre on the FiveFingers Performa

Deirdre has the new FiveFingers Performa in “violet,” which according to Deirdre is more “‘cassis’ bordering on ‘plum.'”

The minute I saw the the Performa, I had palpitations. I had to have it. For me this is a decadent foot indulgence. It’s a fetish shoe not an athletic shoe.

I had my heart set on black until I saw the “violet” online. It isn’t really violet. I’d call it “cassis” bordering on “plum.” A must have nonetheless. Beautiful.

I raced to City Sports here in Manhattan where the black was available to try it on for proper size. The salespeople were very helpful without being pushy, which I appreciate. I will make it a point to buy a pair of black Performas at City Sports because of this.

At City Sports I encountered a lovely woman from the U.K. buying up many pairs of VFFs because of the price differential between Europe and the USA. We had a great reciprocal girl-bonding time as in “Ooh those look great on your foot/calf.”

Despite reports of backorders shipping in December, I ordered the Performa in “violet” from Travel Country and had my Performas on within two days!

The fit is perfect, supple and streamlined; it makes the Classic feel almost not-so-graceful. I am the same size in the Performa as in the Classic.

I wore my Performas for an initial test-run walking around NYC’s Time Warner building. The close-to-barefoot feeling isn’t neccessarily a good thing when standing on a hard surface for long periods of time or, in the case of Classic, walking miles and miles on concrete.

Did I need these? Of course not; I just knew instantaneously that I had to have them. I will not be using either model for extreme sports. I will perhaps dance in them, flaunt them subtly. Seduce with Performa.

Sock Dreams has every possible type of toe sock (from over the knee to toes only) in fabrics ranging from filament silk to substantial wool blends. I am pictured wearing black, opaque toe-tights (there are sheer toe pantyhose as well) with Performa.

Here Deirdre demonstrates “toe cleavage” in FiveFingers a la black toe-tights from Sock Dreams!

Thank you, Deirdre, for sharing your thoughts on the VFF Performa!

By Justin

Justin Owings is a deadlifting dad of three, working from Atlanta. When he's not chasing his three kids around, you'll find him trying to understand systems, risk, and human behavior.

3 replies on “Deirdre’s Decadent Foot Indulgence, Review of the Vibram Five Fingers Performa”

I have the KSO VFFs but I would LOVE to have a pair of Preformas. Definitely a fetish shoe, but all the VFFs encourage foot fetish. I have always thought I had nice feet, but since switching to VFFs I have the most beautiful high arches! In my opinion it is way hotter than the artificial curves achieved with high heels.

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