I don’t like wearing shoes. For one, it’s a hassle – I mean, you have to put on the socks and the shoes after all, step by step, on and on… – but for two, I just like the feel of not having two big surfboards below my feet. This has all come to light since I moved to Arizona to start working on the site full-time. Running took an unusual toll on my knees and the act of putting on (and subsequently removing) shoes became another reason to avoid it, so I just stopped in the weeks leading up to E3, an event I knew would exact a physical toll I wasn’t used to. So I started looking for new shoes.
Now I know what you’re thinking: Ew. The pair above isn’t the one I settled on (I’ll get to that in a little bit), but there’s some social trepidation around getting not just shoes with toes, but shoes with toes that are ugly. Traditional shoes fit an archetype we’re born and used to and anything beyond that upsets the norm. Vibrams fit into a kind of Uncanny Valley of footwear that doesn’t make a lot of sense to people, but those who are in are in. In an odd move, I settled on a pair that I felt were the least un-pretty before I stayed up all night doing the research on them. Now that I own a pair, I could be a little less discriminate, but there are some genuinely ugly models that Vibrams offers. (It’s pronounced VEE-brums, by the way.) Crocs, however, these are not.