Vibram FiveFingers may not be like any shoes you've ever seen but don't let that fool you. These bad boys are uniquely awesome. Through the FiveFingers series Vibram has created a shoe that offers the protective aspects of normal sneakers with the advantages of barefoot movement. And believe us, the benefits of barefoot are nothing to sneeze at.
Modern athletic shoes are constructed to elevate the heel portion of the foot, providing cushioning but also allowing runners to develop the habit of landing on their heels as they run. Heel striking can lead to repetitive stress injuries including chronic knee, leg and foot issues. Not something you want to make a normal part of your physical routine.
By contrast Vibram FiveFingers fit like a glove for the foot, allowing runners to land as they've been designed to by nature: on the front portion of their feet. The upshot is that by absorbing the impact of each step on the toes or ball of the foot, the stress of that force can be distributed through the flex of the ankle. Just compare the difference between jumping and landing on yours heel versus landing on your toes and you'll quickly see what we mean.
With a sleek design and a variety of color combinations, FiveFingers are just as stylish as they are functional. Any avid or even vaguely interested runner ought to look into owning a pair of Vibram's.