I first heard about Vibram (pronounced Veebram) Five Fingers, or toe shoes, a few years back. I immediately wanted a pair but, with my awkward shaped feet – wide with short stumpy toes, I thought the best bet would be to try them on first to ensure the perfect fit. Therein lay the problem. At this point in time, VFFs were like gold dust and, living in the North East of Scotland, my mission was doomed to failure. I could have resorted to the internet but this, of course, would result in a complicated and lengthy process in the event that I needed to try on various models/sizes etc.
And then, in July 2010, I got married. You may well ask what this has to do with anything! I, or more precisely, ‘we’ got married in Canada, overlooking Moraine Lake. It was fantastic and we both fell in love with Canada. With a honeymoon itinerary that included Canmore, Banff, Jasper, Whistler, Victoria and Vancouver I was assured that I would be able to pick up a pair of VFFs. Or so I thought!
After much searching I finally found a solitary pair in Victoria and yup, you guessed it, they were not my size.
Fast forward to November 2012 and I finally got my first pair of VFFs, Spyridons, the first trail running specific VFFs.
“Our first trail running–specific model, the Spyridon LS provides the perfect balance of ‘foot feel’ and protection on rugged surfaces. A minimalist 3.5mm Vibram rubber sole provides impact protection from stones and debris, while better allowing proper barefoot dynamics. The aggressive tread design delivers sure-footed grip in all directions, molded nylon mesh in midsole adds a ‘rock block’ effect, dispersing impact over a wider area. The Coconut Active Carbon upper offers natural breathability and an adjustable hook-and-loop closure ensures a secure fit. 3M reflective applications for safety after dark. Machine Washable. Air Dry.”