I have spent nearly two decades with chronic back, SI joint, hip and knee pain from an injury I received while in the military. Even after serious back surgery the problems persisted and I’m always looking for new ways to help minimize my daily pain. Many methods I have tried over the last several years have definitely helped, such as taking turmeric, grounding and chryotherapy to name a few.
I had always wanted to give the Vibram Five Fingers a try, as some of my Primal/Paleo friends had sworn by them. Being new, and not overly educated in this type of footwear, I thought it would be best to go to a specialty footwear store and take a look. This ended up being a wise decision as the sizes for Vibram’s are in the European standard, which is much different from American sizing we are used to. Also with any new shoe brand you are trying, they all fit differently, so I recommend if you are interested in minimalist shoes you go to a store and try them on first. In addition, I recommend you purchase the special socks that are made for Five Fingers, basically the socks have the toes stitched in. I guarantee you will fall in love with the socks they are supper comfortable! The reason I recommend the socks is your feet sweat less and even though the stitching in the shoe is minimal you can still feel it.