I stopped by Garry Gribbles Running Sports to get sized for some Vibram Five Fingers. I can say that initially they do feel as weird as the look but once you get used to them they feel pretty nice. I have been doing a lot of reading about other people’s experiences with them and must say that there are few people out there that have had a bad experience with these shoes.
I was able to get out for a brief run to test them out. Immediately I had to correct my running form. One thing I noticed is that I did not heel strike as much as I thought. I ran about 1/3 of a mile and could definitely feel my calves and ankle muscles being worked more than they have been in a long time, in fact I can still feel them as I am typing this.
I am optimistic as to the effect these will have on my running. I look forward to conditioning my legs so I can get back up to my mileage. Maybe, just maybe, I will shoot for the Half-Marathon in October.