I went and bought my first pair of Vibram Five Fingers this weekend. I read through all of the descriptions on the Vibram website and decided to go with the KSOs because they seemed to be the most versatile.
The website has them listed as ideal for:
- Water Sports
- After Sport
which also happens to be every activity that they list for doing in Vibrams.
Well, I don’t know about all of that. Mainly I bought them because I’m curious, I think they look cool, and heck, a lot of other kettlebell people are wearing them!
I know what you’re thinking. “If all the other kettlebell people jumped off a bridge…”
Well, as far as I know, Vibram doesn’t list bridge jumping yet as a sanctioned activity…
I think that I’ll mainly just use them for working out: kettlebells, weight training, and cardio. I did take a 4-mile hike near Mt. St. Helens and have to say that while walking in grass or on soft ground in them feels really cool, I won’t advise wearing the KSOs in the type of rugged terrain found around the Cascade Mountains. Perhaps I need a pair with thicker soles!
I did do a little kettlebell work and was pleased with the way I felt connected with the ground. These shoes allow your toes to play a more active role in your balance and movement.
It’s really nice to move fluidly, without the tread and soles of shoes to get in your way and trip you up.
I think I’m gonna like working out in these new shoes!
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