Vibram FiveFingers or huarache sandals from Barefoot Ted. For last week's Fourth of July Watermelon 5k here in Orlando, I decided I'd try going completely barefoot. This decision was made with at least a small amount of trepidation because some of the roads around here are gritty enough to be uncomfortable and I didn't have the time (or inclination) to check out the course beforehand to see what it was like. (Truth be told, I lined up barefoot but kept a pair of huaraches tucked in my waistband, just in case.)
As it turned out, everything was fine. About half of the course was brick which was a blast to run on. And while barefoot running has gained a great deal of popularity over the past year, it's still enough of a novelty that it continues to cause a fair amount of murmuring and finger pointing at the start of the race. All in all, it was a terrific experience at another first class Track Shack event.