Five Fingers Footwear - Gloves For Your Feet!

By Meera Dolasia on November 1, 2009

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A new kind of shoe that closely resembles a glove or five-toed 'sock' has become the latest sensation among athletes all over the world. Dubbed 'Five Fingers', the shoe is designed by Italian company, Vibram, who originally developed it for kayakers, yoga fans and sailors.

Made from a synthetic rubber like Neoprene, the 'shoes' resemble ultra thin socks with separate toe sections that fit snugly on the users feet. However, unlike conventional sports shoes, these provide no padding or protection to the feet.

Instead, the tight fitting 'Five Fingers', allow athletes to feel the Earth, sticks, stones and all, as if they were barefoot. According to the manufacturer, this results in improving the athletes' foot strength, agility, balance, as well as, range of motion.

While this may sound counterintuitive to everything we know about sports shoes, which often come with extra gel padding to prevent injuries, runners who have tried 'Five Fingers' attest to everything the manufacturer says and more.

As to why the shoe is called 'Five Fingers' as opposed to 'Five Toes' - In Italian, they are the same and according to the manufacturer, it just sounds better. To read more about this revolutionary new shoe go to


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    • bobFriday, January 22, 2016 at 6:52 am
      wat are dose
      • thebonedragon33
        thebonedragon33Monday, January 18, 2016 at 9:51 am
        i like them but there very uncomfortable.
        • rosie Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at 9:02 am
          those shoes are cute
          • jahjah1k
            jahjah1kThursday, March 5, 2015 at 10:32 am
            those are ugly
            • ANAYALOVEMonday, January 26, 2015 at 10:50 am
              • stormwolf
                stormwolfFriday, January 23, 2015 at 9:24 am
                My classmate wears something like this!
                • kaylamay
                  kaylamayThursday, March 5, 2015 at 4:56 pm
                  I feel bad for yo classmate to have to wear those
                • susie
                  susieSaturday, January 18, 2014 at 8:28 am
                  • mickey_mouse
                    mickey_mouseThursday, August 15, 2013 at 9:39 am
                    Whoa! Interesting
                    • 18591
                      18591Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 7:25 am
                      My mom has some!

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