Do you wear those shoes with the toes?
I get asked this question nearly every time I admit I run barefoot. How did those shoes become so synonymous with running barefoot? I do run in Vibram shoes once in awhile, but I really enjoy shoes with less support. My favorite time to wear the “toe shoes” is when I am climbing trees and mowing the lawn. I also plan on wearing them when I run a trail run in two weeks do the “Shoe Sucking Mud”. I like my Soft Star Shoes too much to lose them in the mud.
I do like the fact that the shoes are starting to go main stream. One of my favorite actors of the Lethal Weapon movies, Danny Glover, wore a pair of shoes recently in Francethat really ticked off the fashion police. Read about their distaste for the shoes here: http://gawker.com/5839329/the-evil-reign-of-toe-shoes-must-be-stopped-immediately
I don’t know about the “Evil Reign”, but toe shoes do stand out when in public. While running or walking in them I get more questions about them then I do about barefoot running. I enjoy the opportunity to interact with people about minimalist running, but it does get distracting. Now if only Lady Gaga would wear them…