One of the biggest challenges to being barefoot is not walking on concrete or tarmac, nor is it avoiding glass and other sharp objects that have been discarded by the general public, the biggest challenge comes in the winter months when the temperatures drop.
As the air temperature drops so does the temperature of the ground. This hasn’t presented me with too many issues whilst on the move, so far. As I have found that when walking, no matter how slow I walk my feet seem to maintain a comfortable temperature. But when I stop, the temperature does become an issue, and I’m sure that once we start to get constant freezing temperatures and snow then the temperature of the ground will become more of an issue as will chilblains and frost-bite!
Vibram Flow Five Finger Shoes
Having done a far amount of research and talking to other barefooters, I have decided to invest in a pair of Vibram Five Finger Shoes, Flow design in Grey/Camo (don’t they look cool?). With the intention of preventing the loss of any toes this winter due to frost bite!
I will be test walking them later today so I’ll have to come back with an update on how they are.
First impressions are very favourable, they are warm and comfortable although they do initially feel a little strange with your toes all separated. They really do feel like a pair of gloves for the feet. The one thing I have noticed is that they are not the easiest pair of shoes to put on, but as they wear in and I get used to them I’m sure that my toes will find their sleeves on their own
Rather bizarrely they do give the impression that I have metal feet!
Read my review here.