Vibram Five Fingers with me on this trip. How do I feel about them now that I have been able to wear them outside? Well, I have mixed feelings.
- My left foot continues to fit into this glove like shoe quite easily and feels completely at home. My right foot never seems to find a happy place.
- While my left foot feels no pain in these minimalist shoes, the toes on my right foot feel numb as in all shoes these days, even my reliable Dansko clogs.
- I love the way my legs and hips feel when I am wearing these odd looking shoes.
- The verdict is still out on how much I will wear these shoes.
How was my first official barefoot walk? Lovely! Besides walking on a few pebbles and fertilizer (yuck), my feet felt completely happy! Frequently when I finish my two mile walk with Izzy I can't wait to get out of my shoes because the balls of my feet hurt so much and as of lately, my toes are numb. I didn't experience any of that while barefoot walking. A few pebbles are nothing in comparison to how my feet feel in shoes and I figure with more barefoot walks my feet will toughen up a bit and handle the pebbles with more ease.
The sad news? After such a wonderful first experience walking barefoot, I returned to my home in the Chicago suburbs and my feet are once again freezing which means no barefoot walking for me right now. But I got a taste of it and I want more. Come on warm weather! I am ready for you!
To read more about shoes and rheumatoid arthritis, see my newest post at MyRACentral
For further barefoot reading check out this blog : The Barefoot Professor . Dr. Daniel Howell wrote a great book on barefoot walking/running but also had lots of good information on his blog.
Although I am a walker and not a runner, I have been reading and watching a lot of videos about barefoot runners. This is one of many videos I enjoyed.
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