Innovative footwear - Vibram FiveFingers®

Saturday, August 4. 2007

Most of you know, that I really like my Tevas – as soon as the weather is fairly suitable I like to wear those comfortable sandals. They just give you more freedom, and I enjoy the good grip. Now I discovered some even more extreme piece of footwear – the Vibram Fivefingers (In Germany they are sold using the trademark Lizard). I really got to get hold of those interesting shoe innovation, since the idea of walking almost barefoot through everything fascinates me. The company homepage describes there product as follows:

When you go barefoot, your movements become the movements of a child—playful and sensitive, yet purposeful and confident. You experience the unbound joy of stepping, hopping, and running across any surface on earth, simply to get from here to there.
FiveFingers® footwear frees you to relive that sensation. Unlike conventional shoes that insulate you from your surroundings, FiveFingers footwear deepens your connection to the earth and your natural environment. It enhances your tactile sense of touch and feel, making you acutely aware of your body and dramatically improving both balance and agility. Because wearing Vibram FiveFingers is so close to going barefoot, you enjoy the health and performance benefits of barefooting without some of the risks.
Outdoor enthusiasts have found FiveFingers to be the ideal crossover shoe for multiple sports and activities—from ChiRunning and bouldering to kayaking and windsurfing. And our customers continually discover new and creative uses for our alternative performance footwear.

Unluckily the product is available at the European market only at an outrageous price of 85 Euros (in the US it is sold for 70$). This goes beyond my current budget for footwear. But if you want to make me a present, or if you are a distributer of this shoes and looking for a review - size 45 should do it ;-).

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