The Vibram Five Fingers footwear are a kind of shoes or boots which was released back in 2004 and was meant to fit the feet just like a glove with a pocket for every toe, like the gloves. They were to start with relatively low key however they started to be popular with the sailing and yachting communities since the nature of the product and its design ensured they were well matched to that particular situation. Throughout 2009 when a without running shoes running craze was growing, these shoes had been extensively adopted by people hyping and trying barefoot running because of the very minimal nature of the shoes structure. It had been believed that the structure of the Vibram Five Fingers was minimalist so running in them was the next best thing to running without athletic shoes since there seemed to be next to nothing in the structure that caused problems with with the natural action of the feet, hence the footwear were believed to mimic barefoot running. The footwear became very popular.
The Vibram company embraced the barefoot running community and intensely publicized their footwear and barefoot running as a good alternative to running in the currently established shock absorbing running shoe. They started coming up with a variety of marketing and advertising assertions for their footwear such as a reconnection of your feet with the ground and enabling your foot to feel every change in terrain. Additionally they maintained that the footwear gave a reduced stride length along with a lighter step. Most regrettably, they repeated the assertions that people who had been plugging barefoot running and made the claims that if you began running in their footwear you can find less overuse injuries. This has been during a period that sports doctors were dealing with a significant increase in injuries in athletes on account of barefoot running. There wasn’t any research at that time (and there still is hardly any today) that without footwear running or running Vibram Five Fingers resulted in decreased running injuiries. This led to a class action lawsuit against Vibram for those bogus claims which they made a decision to settle out-of-court rather than go to trial. Into later 2013 the without footwear running novelty began to end and the sales of the Vibram Five Fingers dropped off significantly from this time.
The Vibram Five Fingers remain readily available, mostly made use of by a smaller hard core group who are resistant to the laughs about how un-fashionable these footwear are and look. You will discover people still running in them. If someone does indeed really wants to run with them, then it is the kind of issue that a lot of time is necessary to slowly and gradually get accustomed to using them. The muscles will have to be strengthened and as the footwear cause you to run with a somewhat different method, then time will probably be required to adapt and transition to these kinds of footwear.
With that said, runners have all but entirely lost interest in these. You almost never notice a runner in a pair of Vibrams at any running event or running race. The Vibram organization is evidently planning for a significant relaunch with the Vibram Five Fingers brand in the later part of 2021.
- Good level of ground feel and protection with good toe articulation for great balance and active stability
- Upper construction specifically designed for heavy training, focused on durability and performance.
- Manmade and mesh upper for a glove-like fit
- Bungee lace closure for a secure fit
- 50/50 wool and synthetic upper material
- Slip on style with adjustable bungee stretch laces
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