The Vibram Five Fingers shoes are a variety of footwear that was introduced back in 2004 and was created to match the feet just like a glove having a pocket for every toe, just like the hand gloves. They were initially fairly low key however they grew to become well-liked in the boating and yachting communities since the character with the product and its design meant the shoes were suitable to that situation. Throughout 2009 when a without shoes running craze was developing, these footwear had been broadly adopted by those touting and trying barefoot running due to the really minimalist nature of the shoes design. It was believed that the characteristics of the Vibram FiveFingers was minimalist so running in them was the next best thing to running without running shoes as there was almost nothing in the characteristics that interfered with the natural action of the foot, and so the footwear were thought to imitate barefoot running. They started to be very popular.
The Vibram company adopted the barefoot running fad and intensely publicized their shoes and barefoot running being a viable alternative to running with the more common shock absorbing running footwear. Their advertising set about generating a number of advertising promises for their shoes such as a reconnection of your foot with the ground and permitting your foot to experience each alteration of surface. They also stated how the shoes gave a shorter stride length along with a lighter step. Most unfortunately, they repeated the false claims that people who had been hyping barefoot running making the false claims that when you took up running in their footwear you can find less injuries. This has been at a time in which sports doctors were seeing a considerable upsurge in overuse injuries in athletes due to barefoot running. There wasn't any proof at that time (and there still is hardly any currently) that barefoot running or using the Vibram FiveFingers resulted in lowered overuse injuries. This triggered a class action suit against Vibram for all those false assertions which they made a decision to settle out-of-court instead of going to trial. Into later 2013 the barefoot running novelty did start to fall and the sales of the Vibram FiveFingers dropped off significantly since that point.
The Vibram Five Fingers remain available, mainly made use of by a smaller hard core group that are resistant to the jokes regarding how un-fashionable these footwear are and look. You will find people still running with them. If someone does really wants to run with them, then it is the type of issue in which a lot of time is needed to gradually become accustomed to with them. The muscles in the feet will have to be strengthened and because the footwear cause you to run having a slightly different method, then time will likely be required to adapt and transition to these kinds of footwear.
That being said, athletes have all but completely lost interest in these. You infrequently can see a runner using a pair of these at any running event or running competition. The Vibram business is reportedly organising a major relaunch with the Vibram Five Fingers in the second part of 2021.