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30 November 2012 @ 12:39 pm
Vibram and long toes  
Some things i've learned in the last 24ish hours in relation to feet and Vibram footwear

1: Apparently having a longer second toe than your first is called Morton's Toe
2: Apparently mathematics isn't the only subject where wikipedia contributors insist on using technical jargon that casual readers will have trouble following
3: Some people consider Morton's Toe a normal variation, like being left handed. Others consider it problematic because it's correlated with other issues that i don't entirely understand. (See #2)
4: Vibram claims that their CEO has Morton's Toe, and that everything will be just fine as long as you measure the longest toe when sizing yourself.
5: Someone has developed a mod process that allows you to stretch out the second toe of Vibram shoes using some clamps and a little bit of heat.

So if i want to get a pair of Vibram shoes i'd have to decide between following the normal directions or trying to mod the shoes myself. In theory having the shoes match my feet seems like the better solution, but A: that's a fair bit of extra work on my part, and B: i wonder if heating and stretching the shoes will have any long term effects on the structural integrity of that part of the shoe?
Sister Atom Bomb of Courteous Debateakiko on November 30th, 2012 08:43 pm (UTC)
Merrell makes barefoot shoes without the creepy individual toes that look like normal running shoes. http://www.merrell.com/US/en/Barefoot
DonAithnen: happydonaithnen on December 1st, 2012 11:51 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Though if i'm going to spend $90 or more on shoes, i'm not sure if i want them to look entirely normal or not :)
Sister Atom Bomb of Courteous Debateakiko on December 2nd, 2012 01:05 am (UTC)
A good pair of trainers will cost $90 anyway... (I discovered the Mary Janes, and I need a pair. Sometime when I have the spare loot.) I have the Pace Gloves, and I wear them for tai chi. I like them a lot, though I wish they were warmer when it's cold out.
DonAithnen: happydonaithnen on December 2nd, 2012 05:39 pm (UTC)
Yeah, but i'll probably be following beth's advice, if i don't get the Merrells or the Vibrams i'm not going to bother to get a good pair of trainers. I'll just go by the local Payless and grab whatever sneakers i can for $30ish.