I bought some new running shoes. For the past 3 years I have been running in a pair of Vibram Five-Fingers KSOs which I really like except for a couple of odd things. I do really like running in them, I like the way that they make you run in a more natural form, and I really like the “barefoot” feeling in my feet and legs when I run, but I just don’t like wearing shoes with no socks. And I don’t think that there is any way that I could fit a pair of socks into these shoes, even socks with toes in them. The other thing is the sole of the VFFs is so thin that I could feel every little tiny grain of sand on the road when I stepped on it. I think that my feet think that they are the “Princess and the Pea” because every teeny rock that I stepped on felt like it was going to pierce my foot and really hurt! Here they are:
So I did some research, and found these – Merrell Barefoot Run Dash Glove. In Lychee! I can wear socks with them, and the soles are about twice as thick as the Vibrams – so I don’t feel the little rocks anymore. I think that not having to watch so carefully for rocks will let me run more relaxed. They also have a little bit more support, due to having laces, I think. And they have zero ball to heel drop and a nice large toe area so I still have the barefoot style running feel. I’ve run in them twice so far and I Love them! Each pair weighs almost exactly the same – about 10 oz. – so I haven’t felt any difference running, except, of course, no sharp rocks! And today I beat my best time by one minute! Win! And, needless to say, these new shoes are much hotter looking.