Joined the Cult of FiveFingering

testing out the Vibram KomodoSport LS #fivefingers

testing out the Vibram KomodoSport LS #fivefingers

I first saw Vibram FiveFingers in Ottmar Liebert’s blog back in 2007. I thought it was cool to have a footwear like that back then. But it took a few years before I finally got one for myself. Thanks to kindred geeks who wore them during the Buddhist Geeks 2011 Conference. They reminded me that I’ve got to have a pair for my precious feet too.

So I went to REI over the weekend… Serendipitously, the latest Vibram FiveFingers model just came out: the KomodoSport LS. I got one and it was love at first try. The KomodoSport LS is the latest line designed for cross training–barefoot running, working out, playing sports that require quick burst of speed and lateral motion, and even yard work. I’m not a barefoot runner. I just wanted one for walking, hiking, traveling, playing hoops, and for its overall health benefits of barefoot lifestyle. But now that I have the Komodo I’m inspired to give barefoot running a try as part of my fitness routine. So I’m catching up on reading Christopher McDougall’s Born to Run. 

When I showed my FiveFingers to my friends their first reaction was, “Eew! That’s just a fad like Crocs! Fugly!” Whatever. What do they know? They’re avid golfers who wear boring shoes. But I digress.

The weather was perfect this morning. So I tested my FiveFingers by walking the better part of the day. I walked around Kirkland in different terrain–grass, cement, asphalt, gravel. I wore it inside the house. I even used it for driving. I wore it the whole day. My final verdict: I love it! I’m a new convert to the FiveFingers cult!

And now I want to get Vibram FiveFingers KSO for more versatility, especially for water sports and hiking. Will save up my lunch money for my next FiveFingering.

For those who are interested here are some detailed review of Vibram FiveFingers. Check it out and join the cult!

BirthdayShoes: KomodoSport LS Vibram FiveFingers Review

Tim Ferriss: Vibram FiveFingers Shoes: The Barefoot Alternative

BirthdayShoes: Vibram Five Fingers KSO [Keep Stuff Out] — the Definitive Guide

WIRED: To Run Better, Start By Ditching Your Nikes


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