I went to gym today to walk on the treadmill in my Vibram FiveFingers. One of the gym trainers came up to me said: "What in the world is on your FEET?!" I tried to explain I'm trying to get into barefoot running and these shoes help reduce injuries that runner's commonly experience by teaching you how to run/walk more naturally. She was slightly appauled. She tolled me I was going to develop plantar fasciitis walking in those. I didn't really know what say...I felt embarrassed to be honest. I wish I was able to defend my position better but it was difficult to do while I was walking on the tredmill and she was walking away to train someone.
So, What do you tell people??? Here is what someone else suggested on their website: "They are designed to adjust your stride, distribute your weight, and minimize the impact on your joints—on the fly. Unfortunately, when you encase them in modern running shoes, your feet lose contact with the ground. They don’t adjust. They aren’t free to do what they were made to do."
I'm tempted to only wear my Vubram's outside, rather than at the gym where I feel like all eyes are on my feet! I don't want to feel presure to defend my footwear choices everytime I want to go for a walk or a run but I guess people are just naturally curious.
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