I was listening to a story on barefoot running on NPR back in May and these weird shoes were mentioned, so of course I had to check them out. Normally I get crap shoes from Kmart or Payless because I don't like to spend a lot, but these shoes, called "Vibram Five Fingers" caught my fancy. They are very thin on the bottom and are the closest you can get to being barefoot while wearing shoes (unless you count flip-flops, I guess). I had to make a trip into Philadelphia to get a pair, but it was worth it-- here's what I've been trodding around in this summer:
With a coupon they were sixty dollars, which is pricey, but I've had so much fun with them and they're still in great shape. They are machine washable. I love getting weird looks from people wherever I go. When you walk over stuff, you can feel it. Gravel feels like a foot massage. You can wear shoes and still leave footprints like the Yeti. They are just a fabulous shoe! They do take some practice to put on (I felt like the biggest dork at the shoe store) but get easier with time. And they are a discriminatory shoe-- if your 2nd toe is longer than your big toe, they're not gonna fit. There are some different styles-- the "Sprint" has a strap across the middle to help keep it on your foot better, and the KSO's have a mesh covering that goes up to the ankle for hikers (stands for "Keeps Stuff Out.") If you want to see some of the other kinds, for men and women, you can look at City Sports.com which is where I bought mine. http://images.citysports.com/f/726/28361/4h/www.citysports.com/citysports/search2.asp?mscssid=DRWM7R22VWJS8GWL5LS8BV0TAD1587G2&s_id=0&search_submitted=yes&q_list=&q_count=0&move=none&search_freetext=vibram
If I was rich I'd send Ronnie a pair. I know he's into jogging. My husband doesn't like them though! He always says, "Aw, are you wearing those freaky shoes again?" Oh well, they're my feet. The kids at VBS got a huge kick out of them (not literally!).