In New York City, your goal during the day is to get from A to B without any incidents.
So one of the first things you learn is to never stare at anyone and never to make eye contact! Only tourists and seriously curious people ever deviate and make that rookie mistake.
So why am I getting stares left and right as I walk down the crowded streets of New York? Am I so ugly that I merit the attention of self-obsessed New Yorkers?
I soon realized that they were all staring at my feet! Yep…hot pink vibrams worn by an Asian girl in a suit definitely deserves attention.
(I even took engagement photos with vibrams on!)
I have been stopped more times than I can count by random strangers asking me if “those things on my feet” (they always point and refer to them as “those things”) are comfortable.
So here’s 7 quick reasons (other than being a conversation starter) why I’m glad people stare at my vibrams and why you should also wear vibrams and be stared at:
- Never miss a bus/train/ride
- No more back and knee pains
- Feel stability
- Improved posture
- Easy to clean
- Light packing
- One pair for everything
They’re so easy to walk/run/take stairs in.
This is one of my favorite reasons for why I wear them. I’ve had chronic knee problems for almost a decade (various sport injuries couples with decades of tottering everywhere in heels). But my knees never hurt when I wear vibrams. I’ve heard similar stories about chronic back pain vanishing with vibrams.
With some many hassles and pains in life, it’s nice to know that when I’m standing on a jerky crowded subway, I will always feel completely stable even if my mind doesn’t mirror my body. (I contacted Vibram Five Fingers to see if they’d make me a white pair for my wedding. Sadly, the answer was no, but I’m still considering wearing some vibrams for the reception so I don’t have to worry about tripping or my feet getting tired on my big day.)
Vibrams are designed to simulate barefoot walking, which is the natural way we were designed for. That’s why I naturally stand and walk with more correct posture when wearing them.
The main downside to vibrams is that they can get smelly if you don’t wash them because you’re often wearing them without socks. However, you can just throw these into the washing machine, which is definitely not something I can do with my heels (they just have to go into the trash!)?
Vibrams weigh practically nothing and can be squeezed into a small space. Perfect for traveling!
So one shoe does it all. Vibram sells several different kinds for different occasions, but I’ve found their general use one to be perfect. And if you buy them in black, you can also wear it to work!
And just to let you know, I have zero affiliation with the company, and there are no affiliate links in this article (i.e., I get nothing from writing this article). I just happen to like my shoes
Do you wear Vibrams?
Let me know in the comments below if you wear vibrams or what you think of them.
Images: Copyright (c) Tambako the Jaguar.