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Rouge Dragon
Rouge Dragon

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Member Since: 21st Jul 2003
Total posts: 13215
Posted:Barefoot is best!
Im afraid I have some bad news for you: You walk wrong.

Look, its not your fault. Its your shoes. Shoes are bad. I dont just mean stiletto heels, or cowboy boots, or tottering espadrilles, or any of the other fairly obvious foot-torture devices into which we wincingly jam our feet. I mean all shoes. Shoes hurt your feet. They change how you walk. In fact, your feetyour poor, tender, abused, ignored, maligned, misunderstood feetare getting trounced in a war thats been raging for roughly a thousand years: the battle of shoes versus feet.


want want want!


i would have changed ***** to phallus, and claire to petey Petey

Rougie: but that's what I'm doing here
Arnwyn: what letting me adjust myself in your room?..don't you dare quote that on HoP...

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Lurch
Lurch

old hand
Location: Oregon
Member Since: 1st Nov 2003
Total posts: 929
Posted:Those five-fingers are freakishly comfortable..

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Rouge Dragon
Rouge Dragon

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Member Since: 21st Jul 2003
Total posts: 13215
Posted:I'm trying to find a stockist in Australia, but I think I'm going to need to order them online which I don't like doing for things I need sizes for frown

i would have changed ***** to phallus, and claire to petey Petey

Rougie: but that's what I'm doing here
Arnwyn: what letting me adjust myself in your room?..don't you dare quote that on HoP...

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pricklyleaf
pricklyleaf

with added berries
Location: Manchester
Member Since: 7th Mar 2005
Total posts: 1365
Posted:I've always prefered walking barefoot, now I know why!

Those shoes look fantastic! (link for UK people below).

I just wish I could afford a pair!

UK stockist


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pineapple pete
pineapple pete

water based
Location: melbourne
Member Since: 20th Sep 2004
Total posts: 5125
Posted:ubblol i just googled for almost 10minutes trying to find a stockist in australia.. only after giving up did i realise im currently in the UK..

its *so* tempting.. but 70 for a pair of shoes is a *lot*

i guess theyre not going anywhere, so i can procrastinate for a while tongue

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fake teeth and glue
fake teeth and glue

Checking who's online, watching you!
Location: somewhere
Member Since: 31st Aug 2003
Total posts: 1972
Posted:i wanted to get some of these a while back and i really like the idea, someone pointed out though that because everyone's feet, and toes, are different shapes they might be uncomfortable for some, especially for my super special shaped toes and if the case for my pocket ubbrollsmile

but i still want some biggrin


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Birgit
Birgit

had her carpal tunnel surgery already thanks v much
Location: Edinburgh
Member Since: 27th Jan 2005
Total posts: 4145
Posted:I wonder how thick the sole is and how long it'll actually last if you wear them as everyday shoes? If they'd last a while I might give them a try.

Though I'm a bit "meh" about the "antimicrobial microfiber" - what's an antimicrobial microfiber? (and do I want it on my skin?)


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Mucky
Mucky

Rum-Swilling Combustioneer
Location: Macungie, PA, USA
Member Since: 7th Apr 2008
Total posts: 227
Posted:It's fiber that's so intensely micro, even the microbes, who until now have cornered the Being Micro sector, get embarrassed and go away.

I dunno, I'd have to try one of those Fivefingers things, or at least see them in person... They do not look very nice to me from the pictures.

In the past I've made a sort of half-sandal for when the ground starts getting really cold, basically a single layer of thin leather for the "sole" not extending to the toes, and leather straps criss-crossing the top and behind the heel; conforms nicely, feels good, rugged, and all that jazz.


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Doc Lightning
Doc Lightning

HOP Mad Doctor
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA
Member Since: 28th May 2001
Total posts: 13920
Posted:Rougie just has a crush on the inventor.

-Mike )'(
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pricklyleaf
pricklyleaf

with added berries
Location: Manchester
Member Since: 7th Mar 2005
Total posts: 1365
Posted:Why hello there mr inventor dude!

Live like there is no tomorrow,
dance like nobody is watching
and hula hoop like wiggling will save the world.

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Birgit
Birgit

had her carpal tunnel surgery already thanks v much
Location: Edinburgh
Member Since: 27th Jan 2005
Total posts: 4145
Posted:ooooh. Nice inventor. I'm just a bit unimpressed with all the antimicrobial hype. It's automatic for my job (toxicology, including that of "antibacterial particles").

"vices are like genitals - most are ugly to behold, and yet we find that our own are dear to us."
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Rouge Dragon
Rouge Dragon

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Location: without class distinction
Member Since: 21st Jul 2003
Total posts: 13215
Posted: Written by :Doc Lightning


Rougie just has a crush on the inventor.



Woah! I do now! ubblol ubblol


i would have changed ***** to phallus, and claire to petey Petey

Rougie: but that's what I'm doing here
Arnwyn: what letting me adjust myself in your room?..don't you dare quote that on HoP...

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Pyrolific
Returning to a unique state of Equilibrium
Location: Adelaide, South Australia
Member Since: 10th Jan 2001
Total posts: 3288
Posted:I've got a few mates with those 'shoes'. they love em.

I also am concerned about how long they would last tho.

Josh


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Pogo69
Pogo69

there's no charge for awesomeness... or attractiveness
Location: limbo
Member Since: 6th Apr 2006
Total posts: 3764
Posted: Written by :rougie



You walk wrong







actually, no I don't. pogo's foot at last weekend's doof:



http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3195/2513669806_27e679d02e.jpg?v=0



I walk around barefooted almost EVERYWHERE, including at work; although the OH&S nazis have cracked down now, so I've relented somewhat and wear the five-fingers around the office. also had them at the doof, cos there were sharp, prickly things everywhere.



I dunno about longevity, cos while I've had them maybe 6 months, I haven't worn them very much in that time; they have been my full-time shoe (when I wear any) for the last couple months, though.



I've always had a lot of trouble with my knees (ITBS) and can't walk for long periods without a lot of pain; but I've had to walk 3kms home from the train station quite a number of times in recent weeks and haven't had any trouble at all; so, I reckon they're a miracle.



***hmmm... couldn't make the image embed thingie work... stupid image embed thingie... so I've url'd it, instead*


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Doc Lightning
Doc Lightning

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Location: San Francisco, CA, USA
Member Since: 28th May 2001
Total posts: 13920
Posted:The first thing I do when I get home is take off my shoes. I also take off my shoes often during meetings at work (I wear slip-on loafers). I notice I'm the only one who does it quite often. And I've always been this way, at least for the adult life that I can recall.

So I guess I'm a barefoot sort of guy. But it has never occurred to me to walk barefoot outside unless I just need to step out onto the porch or driveway for a sec and grab something. And I usually regret it because I tend to step on small stones.

But my problem is that I don't like having anything constricting on my feet, which is why I like sandals.

So maybe I have to check these things out. I wonder if I can get the inventor's number... ubbangel


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Adya Miriyana
Adya Miriyana

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Location: Adelaide
Member Since: 4th Feb 2005
Total posts: 6554
Posted:whoah weird. they look like frogfeet. surely they wouldn't last long..

and petey *slaphead* ubblol


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fNi
fNi

master of disaster
Location: New York
Member Since: 8th Mar 2004
Total posts: 3354
Posted:a bunch of mates have them

I however remain unconvinced. the surfaces we've built aren't conducive to going barefoot (ask a lifeguard at a pool)

and i prefer walking around barefoot


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Rouge Dragon
Rouge Dragon

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Total posts: 13215
Posted:Josh and Pogo, where did they/you get them? Ordered online or is there a stockist around the traps?

What do they feel like around your toes? I'm concerned they'd feel all icky and not fit different toe sizes.


i would have changed ***** to phallus, and claire to petey Petey

Rougie: but that's what I'm doing here
Arnwyn: what letting me adjust myself in your room?..don't you dare quote that on HoP...

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Pogo69
Pogo69

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Location: limbo
Member Since: 6th Apr 2006
Total posts: 3764
Posted:online, rougie... I couldn't find a local stockist and I've found with such things (like books amongst others) that it's usually cheaper most of the time to order something yourself from the U.S than to purchase similar locally.

kk, fitting... they took a lil getting used to and the toe size thing is an issue for me, cos my 2nd toes are the type that are longer than my big toe. they are NOT designed for feet such as mine, although the difference is not great in my case and I don't find them uncomfortable. the sizing chart (can't remember where I saw it) is designed for people with "normal" feet, wherein the big toe protrudes furthest.


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Birgit
Birgit

had her carpal tunnel surgery already thanks v much
Location: Edinburgh
Member Since: 27th Jan 2005
Total posts: 4145
Posted:According to the website, it takes 2 weeks for them to feel comfortable and the right size, and in the meantime you should just plaster up the sore spots
eek that's a bit long... if a shoe said that on the package, I'd so buy something else. Even the worst tales I've heard of flip-flop sores between the toes were only one week... (btw would they take them back and refund the money if you'd been wearing them for 2 weeks with sweat and sore bits and stretching the material and they still didn't fit right? Hmmmmmmm...)


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Rouge Dragon
Rouge Dragon

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Total posts: 13215
Posted:Where did it say that? Under the FAQs it says
 Written by : FAQs


HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO GET USED TO FIVEFINGERS?
Depending on usage and break in, it can happen extremely rapidly, usually within a few days.



That's less time than it takes for hiking boots to wear in!


i would have changed ***** to phallus, and claire to petey Petey

Rougie: but that's what I'm doing here
Arnwyn: what letting me adjust myself in your room?..don't you dare quote that on HoP...

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Pogo69
Pogo69

there's no charge for awesomeness... or attractiveness
Location: limbo
Member Since: 6th Apr 2006
Total posts: 3764
Posted:I reckon it took me about a week... and yes, I did use bandaids across the top/front of my left foot in that period.

I have mixed feelings about the necessity of that breaking in period. I was willing to endure it, in the interest of long-term foot, knee, leg and associated health; plus... I really don't like wearing shoes and sometimes the surface on which I walk, precludes the use of bare feet (thanks, <expletive deleted> idiots that think it's fun to break glass bottles on footpaths etc).

but then, the perfectionist in me (yes, there is one, but I'm good at hiding it) has to ask if it's not possible, in this modern, hi-tech day and age, to build a shoe that has the health friendly properties of the five fingers, while fitting comfortably, straight outta the box...?


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flash fire
flash fire

Sporadically Prodigal
Location: Sydney, NSW, Australia
Member Since: 25th Jan 2001
Total posts: 2758
Posted:Vibram? FiveFingers?

All sounds rather....adult. *smirk*


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Rouge Dragon
Rouge Dragon

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Total posts: 13215
Posted:oi, Flash! You're a mod! Report yourself! spank

i would have changed ***** to phallus, and claire to petey Petey

Rougie: but that's what I'm doing here
Arnwyn: what letting me adjust myself in your room?..don't you dare quote that on HoP...

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Pogo69
Pogo69

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Location: limbo
Member Since: 6th Apr 2006
Total posts: 3764
Posted:*chuckle* ... good point though... perfect for the joint shoe and foot fetishist...

--pogo (pat) [forever and always]

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newgabe
newgabe

what goes around comes around. unless you're into stalls.
Location: Bali
Member Since: 3rd Mar 2005
Total posts: 4030
Posted:Look better than those bloody awful Crocs anyway. I tried them on once for about 5 mins.



That would blow them away at work, turning up in a pair of them! They look half amphibian. I just had a longer look at the site and they look great! Anyone know if its worth gettin the ones with straps (sprint) or the classic, without straps? Or the KSO that covers the whole foot? The sprint comes in red which is a definite advantage!



Wow thanks for posting, these are nuts! I might get some, I'm really tired of sore feet/knees/hips! These are apparently marketed at groovy fit young folk, but they could be even more important for oldies like me. Non conservative oldies like me who would be prepared to go the shopping centre/work with feet like a frog!





But do I have to canyoneering and stuff eek



Can I just wear them to pootle about? That's my main sport.. non-competitive pootling...


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PinkNigel
PinkNigel

Pinker than thou
Location: A little pink world all my own...
Member Since: 4th May 2006
Total posts: 336
Posted:Me, I'm happy in things like these. Flimsy soles that are just enough to protect your feet while still allowing all the irregularitoes of the ground to come through, wide at the toe so your feet can spread properly, and cheap as chips so you don't much care that they wear out in not long. (Oh, and machine washable too)

A wise man once said: "You have two ears and one mouth, therefore you should shut the censored up and listen" (though, to be fair, he might not've put it _quite_ like that..)

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animatEd
animatEd

1 + 1 = 3
Location: Bristol UK
Member Since: 31st Aug 2004
Total posts: 3540
Posted:the real question is, whether or not I can catch a ball on my feet whilst wearing them...

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burningoftheclavey
burningoftheclavey

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Location: over yonder
Member Since: 22nd Jul 2005
Total posts: 926
Posted:i just spent most of the weekend barefoot, squishing in marshes and moss and dusty paths and lush green grass..and rivers... i love festival season! ubbrollsmile

these look quite cool, but i think id want to try out how they feel on my feet before purchasing.


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mcp
mcp

Flying Water Muppet
Location: Edin-borrow.
Member Since: 20th May 2003
Total posts: 5276
Posted:http://anthropik.com/2007/06/learning-to-walk/

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Pyrolific
Returning to a unique state of Equilibrium
Location: Adelaide, South Australia
Member Since: 10th Jan 2001
Total posts: 3288
Posted:Rougie, yes they are stocked at several shops in Adelaide. Howevever, I think they are much cheaper on the w/site.

I really like the classic black ones, and I'd get the toe socks to match. My students'd have a good laf at that.

Josh


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