Pictured left are barefoot runners or sometimes called “toe shoes,” and no i didn’t buy the company. Before i get to that, do you ever have a slogan or phrase bouncing around in your head and you can’t quite put a name with a face, or in this case, even the product? I just hate that thing when it’s stuck on the tip of your tongue and you can’t quite pluck it off. Worse part is, the older i get, the more it happens. In this case, i’m putting you to the test, who was the originator of the slogan in the header and what was the product he/she was endorsing? (stick around till the end of the blog for the answer if you can’t get it on your own).
As i have been wearing these awesome shoes the past weeks, i’ve gotten lots of stares, plenty of questions and even some looks like maybe i should be committed. Mind you, my wife feels that way often, but the shoes (and the odd-looking quasi-mohawk i’m sporting) has added to that sentiment. I think as we age, we tend to begin sporting an air of freedom from the trappings of how it has to or how it should be. That’s a good thing; and often as i celebrate the joys of no cell phone, no watch, no jewelry of any kind, i feel totally liberated of that old 8 to 5 mentality. Nice.
Back to the question at hand, no, not the ad, the barefoot runners (so does that make it the question at foot?) Don’t mind my ramblings, i’ll get to it. I was scouring the internet a few weeks back and came across a couple of articles on these cool looking toe shoes. They peaked my curiosity and everything i read from personal testimonials made them sound like a solution for a guy with the most ugly beat up feet you can find. From hammer toes that have been sliced and diced to broken toes, my feet give me problems, always have.
That sent me looking for a deal on this odd-looking footwear. I came across the Big 5 ad in my email box and lo and behold there were a pair of black Fila’s on sale and like most good Sun City shoppers, i had a coupon. My wife and i went to the store and found a pair that looked and felt even stranger once i had them in my hand. The first thing you notice is how light they are, and of course then you wonder if there is any support? The most daunting is, will i ever figure out how to get my toes in all the right slots?
The Fila’s were a good starter because the little toe and the one next to it are combined, and darned if those two toes on me look like one anyway. They slipped on with a bit of prompting and i was blown away…i mean literally, love at first sight (or in this case first fitting). Bought then along with an over priced pair of toe socks and went home and took the girls (our two standard poodles) for a walk. It felt like i was floating on air (which is pretty darn impressive for a guy whose wife calls him the bull). In reality, they have a hard faced sole and when i walked it wasn’t silent by any means.
It was painless, more comfortable than i could imagine and just an overall delight. I’m a bit compulsive, so i came home, logged on to the net and started researching more. I found barefoot runners that people actually ran marathons in. That answered the question on support. I began in earnest to find the best price on the net along with some that had color. RnJ Sports had the best prices with free shipping over $65 and i ordered two pair; one in yellow and one in orange. Delivery was not as quick as i would like (i could have got it overnight for a price, but i’m working on developing patience so i stuck with the free, slower mail service).
They came in about a week and i was excited to slip into them. Both these Vibram 5 Fingers has solo toe slots and i’ll be darned if it wasn’t a challenge getting into them. It took a little bit to find where each toe went (duh) but in the end, awesome. They are without doubt, my shoe of choice. Best of all, there wasn’t that initial break in period like with most shoes. I slip in and out of them easily as they almost mold to your individual foot. People always ask, do you need socks? Yes and no. If i’m just in them for a couple of hours or less, barefoot is fine; for longer periods, i have bought some great toe socks (be sure and shop around, they are expensive) that make them even more comfy.
Finally, for those who couldn’t remember, it was Victor Kiam and he coined the slogan;” I liked the shaver so much, i bought the company.” Brilliant. They were Remington shavers and that handful of simple words will go down in history as one of the most memorable ads of all time.