When I initially picked these shoes up I thought they were amazing, but I resolved to wear them around for a while before I weighed in with my opinion of them. Well, it’s been a little over six months now and I can say with certainty that they are the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever worn.
Admittedly, they attract a little more attention than I had anticipated. While standing in line at the store or while waiting to get coffee in the morning I can hear people behind me whispering about them, and children seem fascinated by them. That part is all a bit strange, but one thing is for certain – you either love them or hate them.
I had decided to buy a pair after reading an article about how over-cushioned shoes actually work against the natural engineering of the human foot. Near desperation after not being able to run for two years due to tendinitis in both Achilles Tendons, I opted for firm support this season, running in Saucony’s ProGrid Xodus trail shoes and wearing the Five Fingers shoes whenever I’m not running to stay as close to going barefoot as possible. I actually find myself wearing them constantly – to work, while running errands, on walks. The simple joy of having my toes liberated, able to articulate independently, and more protected than actually being barefoot almost feels bionic. They can be thrown in the washer and dry quickly too.
In the end, I’ve been able to run all through this season without any issues. Now, I can’t say for sure that it is all due to a change in footwear. Maybe I was less overzealous than I tend to be about increasing my mileage, and more conscious about not being lazy with form, but it certainly seems as though the shoes have helped. What I am sure of is that I’m free to run again, and while two years is a long time to make up for, just being able to walk out the door and go exploring through the hills again is nothing short of perfection.