I loosened the Velcro strap that spans the top of the shoe and runs down the outside of it.
Once they were on I wiggled my toes around to fit them into the five grooves at the end. This felt weird, but in a good way. Once the piggies were in their caves I tightened the Velcro strap. Snug, but not tight....
Then I put my foot flat on the ground and made some minor adjustments. I noticed that pulling the fabric up toward your ankle on top of the shoe helped to seat your toes perfectly.
They felt like a good fit so I headed right into some rocks. I could feel the rocks through the shoe, but my feet felt protected.
Time to break out into a run. It was a beautiful fall day and the trail was somewhat rooty & rocky. I was a little concerned about the leaves hiding both of them underneath the cover. As soon as I started running I noticed that heel striking was not an option. At first I was cautiously landing on the balls of my forefoot, but relaxed and worked into some nice mid-striking. The few times I struck my heel first it jarred my entire body - WOW!
I was surprised how comfortable they were. It was a nice sensation to feel the cool ground under my feet. I occasionally landed on a rock or root without much trouble. I definitely felt it, but it did not hurt at all.
To be fair this trail is fairly flat without a lot of debris and rocks on it. I will have to take the Vibrams out on a gnarly trail for another review after I get some easy miles on them. It was a beautiful day for a run! I wanted to just keep going, but had to get back to the office.
I was only planning on running a mile, but ended up running two. Wanted to run 10 :]
I headed back to the car to inspect my feet:
Everything looked & felt great!
I enjoyed running in the Vibrams! They were comfortable and gave my feet just enough protection while still letting me "feel" the terrain underneath. My plan is to slowly build up some miles on them with gentle terrain and see what happens. I think they are great aids in helping you mid strike & stay off of those heels.