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05-09-2010, 11:13 PM
The origins of the first five-toed "barefoot shoe"

Five Fingers were the brainchild of Italian designer Robert Fliri. Fliri first had the concept of a foot glove "barefoot shoe" in 1999. He had been spending a good deal of time outdoors, periodically taking off his shoes. It was from these experiences that he conceptualized the foot glove, remarking that, "We have five toes: when they can move and grasp the ground independently, and when you can really sense the surface under your feet, your body is able to do what it is designed for by nature. That is a powerful feeling."

Despite the intuitive power of barefootedness, Robert Fliri's concept of a five-toed foot glove languished until a fortuitous meeting with Marco Bramani, the grandson of Vitale Bramani the founder of the Italian company Vibram (pronounced "Vee-brum"). As the legend goes, Bramani believed that "Five Fingers" (So named for the Italian word for "fingers" being the same as that for "toes") might make a novel choice of footwear for use on sailboats or in other activities that required greater ground-feel. Bramani brought Fliri into Vibram to develop Vibram Five Fingers.


I don't know if that is proper footwear for a man. I'll have to ask Bubba.:confused:

05-10-2010, 01:43 AM
I just go barefoot. You know, like Tarzan?

05-10-2010, 01:48 AM
I just go barefoot. You know, like Tarzan?

Don't you meen Cheetah?:confused:

05-10-2010, 10:20 AM

This is a store in downtown Detroit. Let's just say if you are in the market for purple, alligator shoes, this is the place for you.

05-10-2010, 11:33 AM
apparently they are better for you for running...personally hate doing anything barefoot so something like this is right up my alley for outside stuff...i'd love to get a pair

05-10-2010, 11:34 AM
It would drive me crazy to have something in between each toe.

05-10-2010, 11:43 AM
I don't go barefoot so these seem pointless to me. On the other hand, Birkenstock has some happening summer sandals this year. :D

05-10-2010, 12:37 PM
I need to buy a pair of beach sandals.... Not these things...can not stand flip flops.

05-10-2010, 12:43 PM
It would drive me crazy to have something in between each toe.

My thoughts exactly. It gives me the creeps to think about it!