Feeling below par and somewhat sorry for myself, my day took a turn for the better with the arrival of the mail which included a pair of Vibram Five Fingers Spyridon LS. These are the first trail running specific VFFs and have a suitably aggressive tread complete with a protective rock plate.
“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.”