hammer toes, high arches, raynaud's and vibrams

Hey guys, 29 yr old lady with 90 year old feet here. (Just mean they are tempermental lately, details below)  I am from Chicago. well not originally.  I grew up running barefoot in southern Mississippi.  How I ended up north, I still wonder.  The first few years I as up here I still wore my open toe sandals in the snow when I wasn't barefoot.  I could get away with this when I moved from MS to Tennessee as it only snows a few inches a couple times a year in Nashville.  However, after a few years of rebellion up north, I surrendered and switched to crocs.  Only after they put out models besides those unsightly huge clogs which I used to tease people for wearing (which I now secretly like), that is.  I never quite got used to wearing socks though.  I wish I had found Vibrams sooner. 

I have a few feet issues though.  I have extremely high arches, which has never bothered me really, and my last 3 toes are hammer-toeish.  This isn't from squishing my feet in tight shoes as a kid but from a weird inherited habit of curling my toes under when I sit and my feet are on the carpet.  My mother does the same thing only she does all 5 of hers, I only do my last 4. 

So, now to my Vibrams story.  I accidentally stumbled upon this product on amazon when searching for toe socks.  I was so intrigued I bet I researched them for hours.  I found a pair of jayas on ebay for under 40$.  I am not sure how these compare with the classics but they covered the top of the foot a little higher and seemed to have a thicker tread and didn't have the drawstring on the back which I worried would irritate my heel.  Got them in the mail today and I was actually worried they wouldn't fit as I followed the Vibram's site instructions for measuring and it showed I had a 10 1/2 in foot (big for a lady!)  So, the largest they made womens sizes in was a 42 which is only 10 3/8 inches.  I read it is so important to get the right size but for that price I took a chance.  Instead of being too tight though, the big toe is almost a perfect fit.  However, my last 3 toes which hammer under a bit were tricky to get in and not only that, they still want to curl under while inside it so the last 3 toebeds are a tad longer than my toes. 

So far in my 1 hour of wearing (haha) It's not a problem.  Anyone else have any experience with Vibrams and hammer toes and has it been an issue.  Better yet, have you seen any improvement in the turning under of the toes?

My only other issue is quite ironic.  One of the great points of Vibrams are their lightweight and breathability.  However, in the last 3 months I have developed some weird issue with circulation of my hands and feet so they are hyper-sensitive to cold now (Raynauds) and so though I am loving these, my feet are freezing!!!!!!!  I hear injinji's are great with these but I am needing max warmth so maybe a wool version on injinji.  However, the thicker the toe sock, would it be harder to get my already difficult hammery style little toes in the footbed and to stay there?

What do you guys think? 


  • Well first... welcome to the addiction.

    As for teh toes, mine weren't that bad when I first got my vibrams (September 2011) but since then, they do lay flatter now.  regardless of curl, it's going to be tough to get into the shoes for the first couple of weeks, but in time you will get used to them and get better at putting them on.  Now I can pull them on with a leg crossed over just like I would any other shoe.  Since you ordered online, you weren't instructed the best way to get them on.  Until you get used to it, put them on the ground, slide your feet in and push the big toe into place.  Twist your foot inward pivoting on the ball of the big toe and your toes will slide in easier.

    For toe socks, check sockdreamz and smartwool.  X.couver also has a couple nice pairs, but they are thinner.
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