Sunday, May 22, 2011

Hiking In Vibram Five Fingers

Although I have said "I love my Vibram Five Fingers" before, I really mean it now. After hiking in them on Friday through mud, water, and rocks I have a totally new appreciation for them.  As I hung onto a dog that was much faster than me and didn't hesitate pulling me down steep inclines, I found that the grip on these shoes is awesome. I felt my toes at work gripping the ground and slowing me down. My ankles felt free to move with my feet which is such a different experience than when wearing tennis shoes.  Walking through water was wonderful. Generally with shoes the water stays with you squishing around for a while, but not so with the Vibrams. It was just like walking through water barefoot, although I think the shoes kept my feet a little warmer. I did walk through a few mud puddles which I haven't done in years and that heavy feeling of shoes sinking down into the mud wasn't there either. These shoes are super light.  One of the best things was when I got home I was able to throw the shoes into the wash and today they are good as new!

It was so fun to squish my feet into the mud.

Alexander wanted to explore this sandy area and I followed right behind him without any problems.  

My ankles moved with ease as we climbed over tree trunks.

When I saw how much fun Izzy was having in the water, I had to splash around a bit myself.   

Before jumping into the car, I washed my legs of dirt and grime and did a quick dry.


  1. Cathy, this is amazing! I would love to be able to do this, my RA just wouldn't let me right now. Glad you got to spend a great day hiking, Looks like Izzy had fun too.

  2. I may need to look into these Cathy, as my feel hurt all the time, I spend more money trying to find comfy shoes due to Fibro 7 arthritis in my ankles and some other damage in my feet!

  3. Terry, it does feel amazing to be doing so many wonderful things! And yes, Izzy really enjoyed herself. She is happy anytime she is invited on a day trip with us and all the mud, sand, and jumping just added to the fun.

    Ranny, at first I wondered if these shoes would be good for people with feet problems. The more I wear them, the more I like them. I do always feel a little hesitant though in recommending them because they are pricey and if they don't work out, I would feel terrible.

  4. Wow! That's quite impressive with the weather we've been having. I often think of trying a pair but wonder how my ankle would handle them.

    Keep up the good work. I'll live vicariously for a bit! :)