Barefoot running is really taking off and training or weightlifting barefoot has been around a long time. The problem with training barefoot is that most gyms won’t allow it. Proper shoes need to be worn for obvious reasons.
I picked up my first pair of Vibram Five Fingers in 2009 after a colleague convinced me they would be good for my feet. As a personal trainer and strength coach, I understood the benefits of increased proprioception and balance so it didn’t take me long to get past the odd look of the shoe.
What I found after my first full day of wearing them was that my feet had life. My toes wanted to move more. My feet were being used. The muscles were working much more. They were also quite tired. Due to that fact, I recommend anyone who wears them to take it slow. Start with an hour or two and work your way up to a full day.
I now use my Vibram KSO for everything. I especially like them at the beach. Keeps me from scratching up my feet on rocks and coral.
I highly recommend the KSO. The 2nd generation KSO has some nice new modifications for additional comfort. You can’t go wrong with Vibram in the barefoot shoe game.