Five Fingers

For the past couple of months I had the opportunity to try out a pair of Vibram Five Finger shoes. At first glance, I thought they looked cool, however I wasn’t really sure what made them so much better than the typical boat shoe or flip-flop that many of us wear when on the water.  After doing a little research, I discovered the idea behind the design.  Quite simply they were supposed to be better for your feet, and reduce lower body injury, when performing physical activity.

With a little intrigue and curiosity, coupled with a slight dose of doubt, I decided try out the KSO model. The KSO (keeps stuff out) was designed for water activities in mind.  It quickly has become a favorite for kayakers, fisherman, jet skiers, and surfers.

The first couple of times I wore the shoes it took a little getting used to.  First thing I noticed was the lack of cushioning, but I guess that was why they are referred to as “barefoot” shoes.  I soon grew to love the lack of cushioning since I could feel just about anything I was walking on but at the same time not exposing myself to the hazards of actually going barefoot; no worries of stepping on broken glass or scalding hot pavement.  The KSO was designed with a non-marking water-siped sole to help grip on both wet and dry surfaces.  They might just be the perfect shoe for wading or walking on a wet and slippery jetty.  The shoes literally fit your feet like a glove and are extremely lightweight.  They are quick to dry and easy to clean.  In fact you can just pitch them in the washing machine at the end of the day and leave them out to dry.

My overall impression is that these shoes are simply awesome.  Find a dealer near you and try on a pair, you won’t regret it.