Today is day 4 and I know realize why ppl say that you have to work your way back up to running long distances when switching from regular running shoes to the Vibram Five Finger shoes ("toe shoes". I ran 3 miles in them last night and my lower calves are so sore that I would just say that I am immobile lol. Don't get me wrong I love the shoes but who knew that the change was so significant.
I will tell you that I am still a huge advicate of the shoes 100%. They have many advantages such as:
-They feel as if your barefoot but protect your tender feet from being cut.
-They force you to land on your forefoot when running which is much better for your entire skeletal system (I am a heel striker). This means that I no longer have lower back pain during and after running.
-Because your heel is at the same level as your forefoot and your toes move independently, your balance increases profoundly. That translates in to a more solid base for compound, multimuscle building exercises such as dead lift, power cleans, squats, etc. Personally, my maxes went up 10% immediately.
-Lastly, they are the most comfortable shoes I have ever put on my feet.
They may look a little goofy but with all those benefits, who cares?