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The weird looking five finger barefoot running shoe, which has been patronised by Hollywood starlets, is poised to become this year most desirable fashion accessory. Now the shoe, with individual slots for each toe, is threatening to become the fashion phenomenon of the summer. At the same time, it is dividing public opinion.
Wearers of the shoes, who include Danny Glover, Channing Tatum, Kate Hudson and Scarlett Johansson, claim they are stylish and good for posture, yet detractors call them and claim wearers look like or gorilla in a suit Shops in Britain are selling hundreds of pairs a week, of the shoes, which were first created by Italian company Vibram for athletes who want a natural style of running while protecting their feet on city streets.
Vibram Five Fingers, with thin rubber soles, come in a variety of styles including Classic, Speed and KomodoSport. Among the first to promote them as fashion items unintentionally was the Lethal Weapon star Danny Glover. He was photographed wearing a pair when arrested at a US protest rally in 2010. is a Marmite effect you either love them or hate them, and if a star loves them, they will wear them on the red carpet. It helps that they are really comfortable as well as quirky, Matt Wallden, 37, the managing director of Primal Lifestyle, the UK distributor of Five Fingers, was quoted as saying. they are the antidote to stilettos. If you want to wear stilettos, these will help your feet survive. This is the future of footwear. It allows the foot to function the way nature intended, which is better than something that restricts movement and supports the foot too much, he added. There are those who love their Vibrams ( named after the company founder, Vitale Bramani) so much that they get their friends to get it for them all the way from the US of A and then there are those who think that the shoes are an ugly sore whose wearers should be penalised.
Vicky Pereira, an instructional designer with an MNC, belongs to the first camp. Vicky love affair with the rubber soled shoes began, some four years back, when he began researching on kettlebell workout and shoes that would be complement the activity. Recommendations from kettlebell practitioners suggested that Vibrams were the best, and that is how he was first introduced to these monkey feet looking shoes began reading about the shoes and the more I read, the more convinced I got about these barefoot running shoes. And since the time he began wearing his Vibrams,
Vicky only swears by them. detest all modern shoes now, he says good humouredly.
only wear these shoes, so for formal events, I wear my black leather Vibrams; and they go well with the suits. Undoubtedly, Vicky has quite a few reasons for his impassioned like for these weird shoes. He describes the experience of wearing the shoes as liberating. He elaborates, almost like walking barefeet. Yet, while you can feel the ground you are walking on, you have the shoes protecting your feet. The shoes have also helped Vicky balance. So, how many pairs does he own? have five pairs and I have ordered two more right now, reveals Vicky who orders his shoes online from US and gets them delivered through friends who are travelling to India from there. are flexible and can be folded up like socks, he says, about how easy they are to be carried around, never mind the cost of the shoes that can range anywhere between $85 to $100.
So, while on one end you have Vicky who gushes about Vibrams, Prasad Bidapa stands on the other end of the scale, dissing the shoes with, have never seen anything uglier than those shoes. would anyone wear them? he questions and off handedly remarks that fashion scums wear them. And while he has not seen anyone from the fashion fraternity wear them, he is quite clear that is no chance of me ever wearing it, even if he were gifted a pair.
And what about it being considered a fashionable accessory today? is no way it can look fashionable unless you are in a pigsty, he says with a loud laugh.
Providing a third perspective to the topic is Arvind Bharathi from Runners for life. have seen some members at the club wearing them and while I don have a pair of Vibrams I have barefoot running shoes from another brand. But you can just talk about the shoes in black or white. I would say, it is good to try out new things but while the barefoot shoes might suit some people, it might not work at all for others. The adage things apply for different people is true, rues Arvind and his sane advise to people who are curious about these eccentric looking footwear is to it out slowly, in a phased out matter, instead of just jumping in with the crowd and impulsively buying a pair. If you want to try out barefoot shoes, then first, get yourself shoes with thinner soles and then, slowly, over a period of a few months, switch over to Vibrams. The cautionary note of advice comes from the fact that Arvind has seen a few members who have gotten injured wearing these shoes.
So, while market forecasts in the US and UK predict Vibrams as the next best must haves in your wardrobe, we say,
watch your step instead of following fashion blindly.