Saturday, October 16, 2010


I know they look ridiculous. But a few weeks ago when my coworker Phil walked into the office with a leather pair of these Virbram Five Fingers, I was instantly intrigued. As someone who goes barefoot as often as possible, who hates the feeling of bound up feet and only wears wellies because of the amount of chicken and sheep poo in her life...these slip on shoes were a godsend for the house and walking the dogs along the road. It's like having your foot dipped in cloth and rubber, everything moves perfectly. It's like having sticky paw pads and the traction on wet rocks and such is fantastic.

The price is a little steep, all seem to hang around the Benjamin mark, but I found these on eBay drop shipped from the factory for 29 bucks. So if you do a little snooping, you can find a better deal.

VIbram is not a sponsor of the blog. I just plain old like 'em.


Blogger daisy g said...

Wow! Funky!

October 16, 2010 at 7:24 PM  
Blogger Stargazer 2 said...

Thought I'd drop by, & read CAF; but instead got a real good laugh for the day1!!
Those shoes are a hoot!!!
Will have to look into them because I stand at a Chair Caning,
& Seat Weaving Bench during all, or
part of the day!!!
"Thanks" for the shoe bit, &
the good laugh from the one, & only
CAF BLOG because I simply could not
take another one like this!!!
CHEERS with a health drink!!!
Ronnie A Very Happy Seat Weaver @

October 16, 2010 at 7:34 PM  
Blogger Cheryl said...

OMG! how cool!

October 16, 2010 at 7:34 PM  
Blogger Jeff_in_Pawlet said...

I like 'em! They remind me of the multi-color toed socks of the 70's.

And Vibram has got me up a benjamin number of mountains so I bet they work.

October 16, 2010 at 7:53 PM  
Blogger Chicky said...

I love my pair of VFF! I use mine to run & they've been excellent. I get a few funky looks, but my pain free running (no more ankle problems!) is well worth it.
And they're certainly a great conversation starter! :)

October 16, 2010 at 8:17 PM  
Blogger Rachael said...

I love my Five Fingers!!! I got a pair last year. Sure people look at you a bit funny when they see them, but like you, I love to go barefoot but....oh the chicken poop! These do the trick.

October 16, 2010 at 8:34 PM  
Blogger katiegirl said...

Holy cow!

October 16, 2010 at 9:04 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I've been wanting a pair of these for months, but didn't want to spend the $$ on them not knowing if I would like them or not. Glad to know they are as comfortable as they look.

I kinda of expected them to be as comfortable as the Ninja boots I used to wear as a kid. They only had a separate big toe, but felt so good I didn't want to take them off.

October 16, 2010 at 9:12 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Just a suggestion, but if I were you I'd check and make sure these are really Vibram Five Fingers shoes, because they have been known to be pirated and sold on ebay. The price alone would have raised some flags for me. Of course, not everyone selling them on ebay is a pirate, but I would be cautious nonetheless!

October 16, 2010 at 9:17 PM  
Blogger Tara said...

I want a pair really badly (for all the reasons you state) but have been putting it off. Might be time to bite the bullet. Could someone kindly chime in on sizing (as in, do they run true)?

October 16, 2010 at 9:48 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Im a barefoot kinda gal myself, but I have to say your review makes me wonder if I wouldnt just fall in love with these shoes too.

Mama Kelly aka Jia

October 16, 2010 at 9:57 PM  
Blogger TMC said...

I learned about these a while ago and can't wait to get a pair. I like being barefoot more often than not.

October 16, 2010 at 10:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've seen these here and there, and keep meaning to try them, but it just hasn't happened yet. I love going barefoot too, though, so yet another endorsement might finally push me over the edge on this one.

October 16, 2010 at 10:13 PM  
Blogger jugtownjane said...

Wait, so seriously - are these chore shoes/boots/second skins? I find myself always wanting higher boots just cause I tend to pour whatever water is in my hand into my boots... That probably says more about me than my boots, but I AM looking for a pair since my Muck Boots have given up (seriously given up) after one year.

October 16, 2010 at 10:38 PM  
Blogger Odd Ducks Farm said...

How do they feel when you run, Jenna? My cousin has some for running and he said it took some time for his toes to stop feeling sore whenever he took a long run.

October 17, 2010 at 12:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a pair too that I love. I bought mine for running on the moor and country lanes where I live in Cornwall England, but recently used them while sightseeing in London with no problem. I got some funny looks there. I like how when I run through a field of wet grass my feet stay warm and there's no wet sock sliding around.

I do need to add my voice to Jennifer's to say that there are tons of websites offering fake VFF shoes so it will be interesting to see how well yours holdup.

October 17, 2010 at 3:56 AM  
Blogger Paula said...

Tanja should look at Duluth Trading for new muck boots- my husband just got me some for around $34 and they fit my female feet great, and go up to my knees! I pour stuff in my muck boots too. I don't know how long they'll last, but they appear to be made really well and have a metal shank for digging.

I've heard that those five-toed things are great for running. they're supposed to be really good for fixing ankle and knee problems.

October 17, 2010 at 6:17 AM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

I want a pair of these so badly! I hate to wear shoes and so I end up resorting to flip flops or sandals most of the time. But these...these would be the perfect solution. I saw them in Mother Earth News some time ago and was convinced that I needed to have them. Someday!!!

October 17, 2010 at 8:59 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I love my Classics! Adrienne, I love that you read about them in Mother Earth News. If you ask any of the rest of the Mother staff, they'll confirm that I only put mine away when it gets snowy and icy. They are great for traveling (and for doing yoga while traveling - no mat needed w/ that sole). Congrats on your new toe shoes, Jenna!

October 17, 2010 at 2:44 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

My Chiropracter owns a pair and highly recommends them to all his patients. I love being barefoot but during canning season I start showing signs of planters facitis(sp?) Thus hoping to get a pair within the next year. Thanks for the review.

October 17, 2010 at 6:43 PM  
Blogger Gelfling said...

I love my VFFs... my fiance and I ran a 10k Mud Run in them and they held up beautifully to that challenge. For the first time in my life I'm able to run without pain (except when I hit a particularly sharp rock on the trails). Just a word of advice to do some research about retraining your gait before you start running in them... or you'll very quickly find out how much it hurts to strike on your heels without some cushy piece of rubber numbing you to the impact. It took a few weeks of practice for me to learn how to land on the ball of my foot and then let the rest of the foot flatten out "like dough on a countertop" at at least 180 steps/minute and in almost complete silence... but once I did, I found myself able to run long, fast, and quietly enough to sneak up on deer and hikers alike :)

October 17, 2010 at 7:32 PM  
Blogger Photo Spread said...

As much as I love VFFs... I think you may have a pair of knock-offs. I can't find any picture of a real VFF with the "Vibram" logo on top. Plus $29 is WAY too cheap to be a real pair.

Anyhow - you may be OK having knock-offs, but just be aware that you do.

(see for more info.)

October 18, 2010 at 8:23 AM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

I found a lot of photos of these guys online with the name vibram on them.

I think that they are factory seconds, as they have a clump of random black stitches on them weirdly. but even if they are knock-offs, that's okay. i still like them.

October 18, 2010 at 8:26 AM  
Blogger Jennifer Liane said...

I have wanted a pair of these for a while now but haven't gotten around to picking up a pair. I read about them on another lady's blog and she just loves them. Glad to hear all of the positive reviews. It just might be the motivation I need to go buy a pair.

October 18, 2010 at 11:29 AM  
Blogger Tricia said...

I'm wearing my Sprints right now- High five!

October 18, 2010 at 11:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Jenna,
You wrote that even if your new shoes are knock-offs (and they are: check out the colors and styles offered on the official site), that's ok and you still like them. Knock-offs are a violation of intellectual property and as such illegal to sell. Vibram invested in this great idea and should reap the profits- not some leaches who don't really know what they're doing (your clump of black stitches, for example). As a writer yourself, you know how it would feel to have an idea of your stolen. I understand that you may not have realized they were knock-offs when you bought them and then once the mistake was made you may have rationalized that there is no use in throwing away something you spent $30 on and I agree. I was just hoping that you would take a stand against illegal counterfeiters. PS I love my sprints too and they're the only way I ran that half this weekend. -S

October 18, 2010 at 10:56 PM  

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