Yesterday I got my new Vivobarefoot Achilles in the mail, and I was so excited to run in them for the first time today. I went skiing all day at Mt. Hood, so I knew I would only go a short distance, but couldn’t resist taking them out for a test drive. By the way, Mt. Hood Meadows was off the hook! Great new snow today, had a great time with Mike and Kyle.
The Achilles are a little odd looking 🙂 But that’s never stopped me before, so I took them out for a short 1 mile run because my legs were a little sore from skiing. I think their appearance is already growing on me and I really like the strapping system.
I will do a full review on the Achilles after I put some more mileage, but here are my initial thoughts: My left foot took issue with the plastic betwixt (I love the word betwixt and will use it at any opportunity) the toes, and I might have even developed a little blister on my left middle toe if I’d gone further. This was an issue for some other reviewers as well. I do think one could get used to this if devoted to running in them. Other than that, my left foot was so happy and free in the Achilles!
My right foot had an entirely different issue. My right foot has questionable anatomy, possibly even a little abnormal. Yes, I will admit I’m abnormal. I have an extremely large space between my big toe and my middle toe. Seriously, I could fit another big toe in that space. When I was in high school, my friend’s mom was convinced that I’d lost a toe, and she had to resort to slowly counting my toes to be sure that I had all my appendages. Anyway, the result of this deformity is that my right middle toe was like a misbehaving child in my new Achilles. My middle toe kept jumping out of its little plastic cage and trying to wander away. This was really a problem, especially at the beginning of the run, but seemed to get better somehow. Time will tell if this is really a problem for me, my wild ass middle toe. I wonder if it was because I had my foot crammed in a ski boot the entire day and the toe couldn’t be restrained any longer? Run free middle toe. Other than this issue, I know that running in them would have been pure bliss.