I'm sponsored by couple of companies and one of them uses a marketing company to do all of their reaching out to potential 'influencers' (hate that word BTW)
I get an email one day and and I'm asked if I could be sent some Vibram Five FIngers, the shoes shown in the image below.
I had been interested in them as a few friends use them and swear by them, the price kept me away but this was an opportunity to try so I accepted
Not so quick, I was advised to go and find a store that sold them and get an accurate size fitment as they aren't alway like your standard shoe size. I did this and a few days later a box appeared and the Five Fingers were inside.
now if you aren't familiar, there are instructions about wearing them, most notably
"only wear an hour or two initially"
Noted and complied.
I found them similar to wearing flip flops except that the piece that is between your second toe and big toe is now kind of between each toe. The reason for the minimal wear I'm guessing is to get that area of your foot used to the sensation and rubbing that occurs, it becomes OK very quickly.
They are comfortable, yes you do notice each and every step you take and if you stand on a rock that you might not have felt too much in the past, NOW you feel it.
Balance improves, running improves...you find yourself gripping the floor I really liked the sensation.
...but, after a few hours of wearing them, like normal, taking shoes off immediately my feet smell!
Now I AM NOT a person with smelly feet, never have been, but these make them smell, and very quickly.
I'm comparing this with wearing MX boots for 8 hours a day in every condition and having no noticeable smell (most of the time), maybe my $20 MX socks are really that good
I asked a few friends who use them their experiences, buy the socks ($10+) or wash the inner soles, or get used to having smelly feet!
Sadly none of the three options seemed like a good idea to me for traveling, are these just for people who have or like smelly feet, or should I just spend a bunch of money on the specific socks?
Oh and BTW if you think people never look at your feet, in these, all the time, comments are made whether you want them or not!
I mean, really, how often do you look at a man's shoes? - The Shawshank Redemption.