Tuesday, August 27, 2013

I Just Became That Girl With the Weird Shoes

For several years I've been running minimalist style - hardly any sole on the shoe. I have really noticed a huge difference in my form, endurance and overall comfort. It seems counterintuitive I know, especially when we're so used to the SUPER SHOE with all sorts of padding and support. For me personally, I believe it was all the padding and support that was partially to blame for me having plantar fasciitis. The first time I went for a run in minimalist shoes, I felt like I could have easily doubled my usual distance (three miles at the time) at the same level of effort. It was a wonderful feeling.

I've taken the next step to "finger shoes." I resisted trying them for a long time for two reasons. One, I have inherited weird toes. They have a mind of their own, and I wasn't sure they would fit into individualized pockets. Subreason - I don't like having my toes touched, so was also sure I would be extremely uncomfortable for that reason.

Two: They're dorky. 'Fess up - you've seen someone wearing these and have totally snickered at her. If Stacy and Clinton were around, these would be the first thing to go into the trash bin. They are not fashionably okay.

I don't care.  They're comfortable, and I love them. I am trying to find more ways to wear them to work.

Yep, I'm that person now. Go ahead and laugh - I totally understand. I am too. But I'm doing it with comfy feet. 

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