So, what is sexy? Yes, besides Halle Berry . . .
Ladies: we’ve previously established that Vibrams do not look sexy; “hane-dogger” has been a popular expression on this blog so far. But is the reason we’re still wearing typical athletic shoes, and leaving ourselves open to repetitive stress injuries, because we don’t find minimalist footwear fashionable?! I’ve also seen women grimace at the idea of going completely barefoot because the skin on the soles becomes thicker and feet do tend to become wider. But is our idea of what is popular, or sexy, keeping us from being healthier?
Men on the other hand seem to view these new minimalist shoes, like Vibrams or Merrell Barefoot, as innovative technology that they’re willing to purchase and try. Completely barefoot, well, that’s rugged and manly. . . which is probably why men do make up the majority of barefoot athletes so far.
Women are barefooting it though (and no, not as in barefoot & pregnant). Barefoot chicks are on YouTube, they’re in your neighborhood park, running miles upon miles. How are these women overcoming popular notions of sexy?
First, lets agree on what’s NOT sexy. Is limping hot? Uh, no. Are crutches?
I’m sure we can agree that injuries are NOT sexy.
And ladies, remember when skinny jeans hit the scene (again) a few years back (2008 or so)? We were all “no, no, not the skinny jean!” Now, a few years later, we’re all wearing them with boots over our pants (again). . . . Minimalist shoes can be this way too. The more of us barring our soles, the more influence, and the quicker the change.
We can agree that being fit and healthy is sexy. Right? That our skin my change slightly by going barefoot, or we may add a few millimeters to our foot’s width, but if this translates into losing a few inches off our waist, or putting a smile on our face because we’ve experienced that child-like carefreeness of being barefoot again . . . that’s sexy.
I think these new barefoot women have overcome what’s presently popular in footwear by saying I come first and to hell with the rest of it. If so, this is a movement I can get behind . . . .VibramFiveFingers and skinny jeans here I come!
Today’s Run: The Nike/Tualatin Hill Rec Center Figure-8–
Yes, I do love a figure-8 course, and while running this route today I completed 4.5 miles! I added a half mile around the Nike track. (Note for running Nike: Wear a large swoosh on your shirt. This will pull attention away from your footwear.) My calves/Achilles/soleus are starting to feel better! 5 weeks to better legs. Fantastic. So far my knees and heels feel better than they did being previously shod. Plus, all that cortisol building stress I was filled with this morning is gone and I feel calm and energized. What a perk.
Next blog I’ll touch on who else should be considering barefootedness and who shouldn’t.