Breaking In A New Pair Of Five Fingers
Most shoes require a bit of a breaking in period. Whether it’s the shoe adjusting to your or your foot adhering to the shoe (for shame!), this is not a pleasant process. I remember numb feet and bruising whenever I was breaking in my old Asics, and thankfully new Five Fingers don’t have the same problem.
But Five Fingers DO have a break in period in which care should be taken to make the process a little easier to handle. I’m now on my fifth pair of Five Fingers, and they’ve all had a similar break-in method. Surprisingly, the amount of fabric, say a KSO versus a Classic, had little to no difference in the break-in time. I thought it would.
I once wore a new pair of Classics while walking the near entirely of downtown San Francisco. It was a little warm that day, so my feet were a bit damp. Because the footbed was quite prepped for my foot, it rubbed and gave me a nice blister. I should have brought some foot powder in anticipation of so much walking. Nowadays I can walk miles without issues.
The Perfect Fit
I’ve never worn new Five Fingers for less than two weeks before I first washed them. Like a new pair of jeans, it takes some good body oils and heat to really get them to conform to your unique shape. The first few days may make you swear as the Five Fingers JUST WON’T FIT CORRECTLY but it will be over soon.
Give A Foot
Clean feet make dealing with stinky Five Fingers much, much easier. The less dirt you track into the footbed, the less often you’ll have to worry about scrubbing and washing. You’ll thank me after you own them for more than a few months.
Don’t Dry For Me
Five Fingers SHRINK IF DRIED. Whether that’s in the dryer, in the sun or in the microwave. While my first instinct was to dry mine on high heat when I thought about bacteria, I found it far better to scrub before wash and occasionally lay in the sun when mostly dry.
Anything you do with new Vibrams? Maybe wrap them up with a baseball and oil?