I have been wearing two pairs of the Five Fingers shoes for the last three weeks now and I’m falling in love with them. The company sent me a pair each of their Performa and Performa Janes to test out in my studio. (I received the products for free.)
I started out wearing them for sessions with clients and got lots of positive comments. They look a bit like wearing driving gloves on your feet. Mine were solid black (honestly, I wouldn’t wear the other colors; I pretty much live in black leggings in the Pilates studio) and I find them cute and comfortable.
From a performance point of view, the Performas have a little elastic in the heel area so you can adjust the snugness of the fit. When I was teaching I kept them loose and when I was doing Pilates I tightened them up a bit. The Performa Janes don’t have the adustment in the rear because the strap across the arch of the foot keeps the shoe nicely in place, but the buttons on the Janes were a little uncomfortable when I was sitting cross-legged and the strap made it a little harder to put the pair on than the regular Performas.
That being said, I really like the shoes. The grips on the bottom are perfect for the studio. I was upside down at a 45-degree angle with my feet on a metal bar and they gripped perfectly. I haven’t slipped once in them which happens all the time in regular socks and occasionally in grippy socks (socks with little rubber nubs on the bottom to help grip the floor). I also found just enough thickness to the sole to provide a bit of cushioning when I was supporting my weight on a bar.
For those of you who haven’t tried any of the Vibram shoes, it doesn’t bother me at all to have my toes individually encased in leather. They were comfortable and once I had them on I didn’t notice it at all. I prefer the Janes for working in the studio and the straight Performas for my actual workouts. Has anyone else out there tried them? What was your experience?
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