STARTING TO GET IRRITATED BY SO MANY SILLY QUESTIONS!!

Last evening my wife and I went out to do our usual Saturday shopping and meal, we both had a taste for fast food and stopped by one of our favorite chains. Before we could even order our food the kid behind the counter said (looking at our Vibram shoes) WHAT ARE THOSE! Before I could shoot back with one of my witty comments my wife saved him by being her normal sweet self and explained the finer points of the VFF. Just what I wanted the Whole restaurant is now focused on our feet, I am really starting to get irritated but said very little and tried to get to let's order food now part of the visit.  :P Well the visit went better and it did turn out to be a pleasant evening after all. :D Sunday I decided to visit one of the local Home Repair type of stores, I could not find the item I was looking for so I asked for help from one of the employees. Once again the person looked down at my feet and almost freaked out saying WHAT ARE THOSE! Well I needed help so I answered giving the standard information, and I thought it was over and I would get help finding my item. :D We were walking to the area for my item in question was and I swear the guy stopped in mid stride and looked down at my feet and said are your toes really in those little pockets? All kinds of smart assed replys came to mind but I squashed them and said yes and we went on to find my item. I will end the story right there, so what I would like to know is are my fellow VFF wearing people getting the same silly questions? Or did I just have a bad weekend and forget my since of humor? ;D 
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  • I do not mind getting asked questions. For many, they are still *novel* and so they are curious and do not know the answers - that is why they ask! And I like talking to people about them or talking to people in general.

    It is no different than people asking about other things I may be wearing (ie jewellery, etc) and so on.

    It is part of the hazard about wearing something a bit different from the *norm*. Soon enough people won't even ask about them anymore anyway - I see VFFs around a lot now.
  • "are your toes really in those little pockets? "

    I get that one a lot. A car actually slowed down as I was running and the driver asked me that. lolz. Keep up the good spirit!
  • RAYKAY you must have the patience of a Saint! And let it be noted I have not snapped yet, I think I will chalk this up to a bad Karma weekend. :P I normally do not mind singing the virtues of VFF's and helping spread the word. Perhaps I just needed to VENT a little?
  • Bohica,

    Nah, definitely nothing "saintly" about it. I just do not mind being the centre of attention. Even if it is for something "weird" (maybe even especially for something "weird"). A Leo trait perhaps?

    My husband is the same...he gets asked several times a day, every day, about his VFFs at work and likes to chat about them.
  • You have to be a saint in order to not "snap" at a fellow human being for asking you a question? 
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    You have to be a saint in order to not "snap" at a fellow human being for asking you a question? 


    The manner in which the question is asked really makes the difference here.  Two weekends ago a fellow Air Force Reservist noticed my Sprints.  He noticed them and looked for a moment, then we went back to talking, then a few minutes later he said "Those are interesting, where did you get them?"  That's a much more polite way to bring up the subject than stopping a complete on the street and screaming "What in the heck are those goofy things on your feet!?" For some reason there are people who consider others who wear toe shoes to be less deserving of basic respect than the general population and bohica is right, there's no excuse for it.
  • I'm out of my home area right now (Oregon) and in Missouri. Here in Kansas City no one seems to notice I brought two pairs with me both classics. One black which to a passerby looks just like a regular shoe and the grey/orange one which should raise eyebrows but no one seems to care. Maybe it's the neighborhood.

  • hopefully you just had a bad weekend, b/c vff's will always garner a lot of questions/attention (at least for the foreseeable future).

    unfortunately you have to either get used to it, or find something less conspicuous like vivo evo's.
  • Usually I get "where did you get those? I've heard about them but never seen them"...

    Dont want to thread jack but... Yesterday I was walking into my local Walmart and saw another VFF wearer.  He was a teenager with his mother, probably doing back to school or college shopping.  I happened to tap him and say nice shoes, hinting at the fact that I was wearing my Bikila's.  He responded in a grumpy manner saying "yea everyone has them now".  Then his mother pointed out that I had them on as well. It was the first time I met another VFF wearer that was that grumpy, especially seeing that I also had them on.
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    You have to be a saint in order to not "snap" at a fellow human being for asking you a question? 

    Gee FWEAR! Maybe you are the SAINT! :P Or perhaps you should learn english comprehension that way you could read and understand that I did not snap at anyone for asking a question about my VFF's. I was complimenting RAYKAY about her easy going nature in dealing with a situation that I found to be a little irritating. Do we now have a better understanding of what was written?
  • Easy... I know we're all tired of handling comments from clueless non-VFFers, but let's not take it out on each other.  ;)

    Any suggestions on how to cultivate the patience to deal with the irritation?  Any tricks that people have found to cope with the questions - and questioners?

    (My own "trick" is to avoid eye contact and act like I'm not doing anything noteworthy - but that only works in places where people are reluctant to approach strangers without some sort of non-verbal "invitation."  That, and I tend to wear them during hours when few people are about, but that's more because I'm a bit of a hermit.)
  • From what I hear, it seems the British public asks me more politely and discretely. I guess my trick for not being irritated is remembering how happy I am with this footwear and share the love  ;D 
  • For me...its all in how I am asked.  I like talking to people when the person asks out of general curiosity and interest about the shoes. 

    What I think bothers me is the people who as in a passive-agressive manner, intimating that there is something wrong with what I am doing and passing judgement in how they ask.  Someone at work made a comment yesterday -- so, do you have to get those things custom made to your feet?  I responded "no".  He said back as he was laughing, "oh, so you can just get them in the supermarket?"  I said, "i bought these in running store" (which is true, I bought the pair I had on at "The Fallen Arch" in Lake Placid NY.  Not sure what he meant by that, and I don't really care, but I surely didn't feel like continuing the conversation with him as I think he was not really interested in learning about the shoes, he was just looking to make comments. 
  • I just got my VFF's four days ago, haven't worn them any futher than to the lobby of my apartment building to check my mail as I break them in.  Yet I've still been cornered twice in the elevator already with people asking me about them (not to mention the gazillion questions I received when I took a picture of my feet in them and posted it as my FB status).  At first I figured I'd be prepared for the amount of questions because of my Kindle.  Whenever I read my Kindle in public I get stopped a minimum of once by someone with questions about the e-reader.  After I got these shoes, though, I realized that I'd just made myself doubly open- people will have to think hard about if they would rather ask me about my Kindle or my VFF's!  I'm sure I can handle it.  With my Kindle I only ever found it truly irritating when I was really absorbed in reading (as opposed to holding the device as I get on a train or having just taken it out of my bag) and even then I didn't get irritated unless I answered the question, started reading again, and then they stopped me to ask a second question.  I'm sure the same will be true of the VFF's, that I'll only really get irritated when I'm at the gym with my headphones on absorbed in my workout.
  • ...sorry rana
  • Again... take it easy folks.
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    Any suggestions on how to cultivate the patience to deal with the irritation?  Any tricks that people have found to cope with the questions - and questioners?



    I just remind myself of the fact that many people have never seen anything like them & mentally prepare for the reactions.
    Sometimes I calmly, politely, and subtlety call people out for being rude.
    For example:
    Person: Those are the weirdest looking thing I have ever seen.
    Me: Gee thanks.
    Person: Well I mean, they are so cool..... ladeedadeeda....

    It seemed she felt like a real jerk for speaking without thinking.
    If I feel like talking a bit more, I tell them that shoes that resemble feet are not odd looking.  Shoes that make it seem like you have one big toe with a giant toenail are weird.
    Sometimes, I just smile and nod, thinking about the 30 or so pages of forum responses in the section on bystander comments.

  • Shoes that make it seem like you have one big toe with a giant toenail are weird.


    *laughing*
  • I haven't had mine long enough to get irritated with questions or have any particularly rude comments, but what gets me is people talking about them when you can hear them. If you want to talk to me about them, talk to me, not two feet behind me and act like I am deaf.
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    I haven't had mine long enough to get irritated with questions or have any particularly rude comments, but what gets me is people talking about them when you can hear them. If you want to talk to me about them, talk to me, not two feet behind me and act like I am deaf.


    I totally agree!!  >:(  that's one of my biggest pet peeves.  Its just rude...no matter what they are talking about...my shoes...my hair...clothes....etc. 

    I heard a daughter say to a mom once "hey! I am sure she can  ear you mom! stop that!" LOL! that was funny...


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    on 1282100784:

    I haven't had mine long enough to get irritated with questions or have any particularly rude comments, but what gets me is people talking about them when you can hear them. If you want to talk to me about them, talk to me, not two feet behind me and act like I am deaf.


    I totally agree!!  >:(  that's one of my biggest pet peeves.  Its just rude...no matter what they are talking about...my shoes...my hair...clothes....etc. 

    I heard a daughter say to a mom once "hey! I am sure she can  ear you mom! stop that!" LOL! that was funny...



    Being the person I am, I would have responded, "Why yes I can. Glad manners are not genetic!"
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    From what I hear, it seems the British public asks me more politely and discretely. I guess my trick for not being irritated is remembering how happy I am with this footwear and share the love  ;D 


    Definitely true - i can see that people want to say something but they only ever do if you engage them or get eye contact with them, and they are normally very polite about it.
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    on 1282142685:

    on 1282100784:

    I haven't had mine long enough to get irritated with questions or have any particularly rude comments, but what gets me is people talking about them when you can hear them. If you want to talk to me about them, talk to me, not two feet behind me and act like I am deaf.


    I totally agree!!  >:(  that's one of my biggest pet peeves.  Its just rude...no matter what they are talking about...my shoes...my hair...clothes....etc. 

    I heard a daughter say to a mom once "hey! I am sure she can  ear you mom! stop that!" LOL! that was funny...



    LOL! that would have been a good response!!  :o

    Being the person I am, I would have responded, "Why yes I can. Glad manners are not genetic!"
  • it comes with the shoes.  To wear VFFs you have to kinda be passionate about them, or you would go with a Vivo or some other minimalist type shoe. 

    This sounds weird but I swear it works, if you walk faster and hold your posture more dominant people will ask you more respectfully.  It is a neat little mental game to play.  When I am walking through a store I will have a "busy" pace, with a military like posture, people will feel the confidence vibe and think twice about a smart ass comment.  If they are serious about their inquiry they will be polite.
  • Posture definitely plays a role, yes.  I find that when I'm in a social mood, more people notice my VFFs than when I look like I'm in a hurry or when I make a point of avoiding eye contact.  It's a rather fun sort of psychological experiment.
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