Mon, Aug 23, 2010
I sit here gazing alternately at the whitewhite expanse of my unwritten post, back down at my pink toe-sneaker clad feet and I’m stuck.
Ive got nothin’
You know that place where you’re so wholly, utterly, completely in LOVE you can think of nothing else & wanna do nothing else but chill with yer beloved (that’s a shoutout to YOU oh Renaissance Man of mine)?
That’s where I am with these shoes.
This is where I am with these shoes:
(if youre using a reader there’s rap rhymin’ video above)
That said, Im painfully aware there are a smattering of you out there who come for the real stuff.
The grown-up reviewage.
Please to adultenjoy.
What I love about the Vibram Five Fingers SPEED edition:
- How they look. I know I should be embarrassed about this fact—but Im not. I’m renown for loving me some weird looking sneakers (I adore these) & from the moment I spied em I was bound & determined to get me some head over barefootheels in love.
- The sole AKA the divoted polyurethane arch covering. Interestingly, this is far more about the heat radiating from the Texas pavement than anything else. The sprints are great when you’re moving—but if you walk in them for any period of time (at least where I reside) it’s simply TOO HOT on the soles of the feet.
- They dont turn my toes pink. (Yada Yada Yada supposedly Im the only misfit to whom this has ever occurred.)
- They feel far better on my big toes. Sure this could be a me-quirk (see above?) but it’s such a marked difference (when running or walking) it bears mentioning. Something in the shoe’s structure, perhaps? Who can say…
- They feel cooler (& no I dont mean more hip). While they are indeed *more* of a shoe than other Five Fingers styles–the Speeds seem to produce less MizFitFootSweat. Is this a by-product of the mesh upper? A me-foot-quirk? Again, as the only subject in my study, it’s hard to know.
- All the other benefits I mentioned here remain the same. This wasnt a given either as frequently, when companies release new styles, old benefits/product pluses can be lost.
What do DISLIKE about the Vibram Five Fingers SPEED edition:
- The fact I had to find a non-USA resident to purchase and send.
- That I love them so much I almost don’t want to wear them. I’m working not to be a saver in this fashion, but it’s still my default setting. Especially given the reason cited above.
- Washability? I havent had the need to wash them yet so I can’t attest to this one. I am, however, curious to see if they hold up as well as the Sprint style did to repeated washings.
Bottom line: Right or wrong. Too much sole to be truly barefoot or not. I love my Speeds. I adore how they lovingly hold my big toes (as opposed to my Sprints which seemed to Hold!My!Big!Toes!) and are overall a more comfortable fit.
To this misfit they are the perfect running, walking, lifting, playing, movie-going’ grocery shopping, whatever’ing shoe.
So there you have it.
My MizFit Muzings on a shoe I adore…that’s not yet available in the USA.
Are you a non-USA resident who now longs for foot-glove lace-ups of your very own?
An anywhere resident who thinks, as many barefoot runners do, the Speeds (with their laces & almostsole) can no longer be deemed birthday shoes?
Do you think Ive entirely lost my MIZmind & should be compelled to wear professional shoes for a full day by way of penance?
Please to hit us all up in the comments.