VFF Week One


As you know, I received Vibram Five Fingers (VFF) as my birthday gift from John and I was (and am!) so so so excited! I specifically tried on and enjoyed the fit of the Bikila style the best. I went into the store thinking I would want the sprints, but I didn’t like the way they sat on my heel — the Bikila style was much more comfortable for me.

So here is what I did during my first week with the VFF:

  • Sunday: 0.25 mile walk to test out the VFF
  • Monday: 1.5 mile walk in VFF
  • Tuesday: 2 mile walk in VFF
  • Wednesday: —
  • Thursday: 5.0 mile walk in sneakers
  • Friday: traveling to PA
  • Saturday: 1-2 mile (??) walk at the farm in VFF + 1000 steps

And here are my initial thoughts:

  • After a few tries, it gets easier to get your toes in all the right toe holes.
  • My toes, especially my left-foot-little-toes, feel asleep a few times this week. I must note that this is not really unusual for me. When I break in new sneakers my toes like to fall asleep when they are getting used to new surroundings. This also happens when I’m cold in any type of shoe or wearing ice skates. I’m sure the sleepy sensation in my toes will dissipate in the VFF just like it dissipates when I get used to new shoes.
  • Walking at the farm felt wonderful! The grass was so nice and soft. My feet loved it! We also were going over debris from logging activity, so I was able to practice some agility in the VFF. I liked being able to feel what I was walking over and gain stability naturally.

I’m excited to see where my journey in VFF takes me and I’m looking forward to building in jogging segments soon. If you have experience with VFF I’d love any advice or feedback from your experience. So far I’m loving mine!

Would you ever try Vibram Five Fingers?


  1. 1

    I always think its so cool to see people using these but then feel hesitant to try them myself for some reason. Love yours!

  2. 2

    Very cool. Sounds like you are off to a good start, starting with short distances.

    I actually wanted to the Bikila but they didn’t make them small enough for my feet, so I use the sprint.

  3. 3

    I have a pair of the sprints and I love them. The classics though, did mess up my heel and I never wore those anymore!

    I currently use mine occasionally for CrossFit workouts, but I prefer my Nike Frees for running since I have notorious ankle issues. But I also love Vibrams for short hikes.

  4. 4

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE my VFF’s! I have 2 pairs actually. I wear mine to the gym all the time, but I don’t really jog or run in them. After my stress fracture last year I am super hesitant to want to do any kind of high impact without my insoles and sneakers. I did jog for 3 min on the treadmill in them last week and it was ok, but still felt awkward. Glad you are liking them. I even got my husband hooked too!

  5. 5

    i wanted to try some five fingers myself but my toes weren’t made for them :( all well…

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