Monkey feet

Yes, I’m one of those people. You know, those people who wear those ridiculous Vibram 5 Finger shoes? Yes, they’re hideous. But (you knew there was a but, right?), they’re so comfy and so good for you!

When these ugly puppies first hit the market, I was appalled. I mean, really, they’re so damned ugly it’s almost criminal. Then I started seeing all sorts of articles, videos, etc. about the poor effects shoes have on the body. And I became more and more intrigued.

I’m a firm believer that everything in the body is related to everything else. I also believe that the body is pretty well architected. Therefore, it’s not shocking to hear that poor feet lead to poor ankles that lead to poor knees that lead to poor hips that lead to a bad back. The feet are our foundation, people. Pretty important, no?

So when we go and put them in shoes that restrict the foot’s range of motion, it’s ability to bend and flex, it’s ability to react to terrain and do what it’s designed to do, there will be implications. Pretty much any time you mess with nature, there will be consequences, right?

Anyway, I gave in and bought a pair. They’re horrifying, but they feel so great! I wear them to run errands (man, the looks I get!), to walk Stella, to do yard work – basically anytime I can that’s not a total middle-finger to our social norms and mores. I hope to get to a point where I’m hiking in them this summer. But you have to start slow and build up to wearing them a lot because they allow you to use muscles not typically used in regular shoes. I do notice some soreness in my calves after wearing them, but I also notice how my arch is getting stronger and how my knees and ankles are feeling better than they have in quite some time.

In case you’re wondering, the manfriend finds these absolutely repugnant. If we break-up, these shoes will likely be the cause. But I’m standing firm. As for those of you reading this who might never speak to me again (a.k.a. Aimee and Sara), I’ll still love you.

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