I got my new Vibram Five Fingers KSO shoes today. As soon as I got home I put them on. It was a very interesting feeling when I put them on. I have had many many pairs of tennis shoes throughout the years, but these are by far the most interesting. According to the Vibram website these shoes are designed to help the foot strengthen the muscles, thus lessening the chance of injury.
I figured a good way to try them out would be a quick lap around my neighborhood with my great dog Bella. Its about a half mile around and after just a nice light walk/run my feet actually hurt. I wasn’t too surprised that my feet hurt, more precisely the arch in my left foot hurt. Like I said before these shoes are totally different than any of the shoes I have had before, so a fair amount of pain is expected.
The worst part of the run was the concrete. I know that my shins were not too happy with the run as I really don’t run too much on concrete right now. I really did feel the difference between normal shoes and the KSO’s. Also having the individual toe slots felt really good.
I am really looking forward to my first run on a treadmill, which should happen on Thursday this week. I will update my experiences as often as I can.