Toe Shoes?

I’ve seen some people wearing toe shoes, and was just curious if anyone had tried them for uniing.

they don’t have enough padding for my taste.

Not bad for road rides but I wouldn’t use them for MUni or trials. I also have trouble shifting a schlumpf with them but it is possible.

You also have to re-adjust your seatpost since they are so much thinner than the boots I usually wear.

Why do I have to adjust my seatpost to compensate for your boots? :wink:

good question, no idea why but that’s the way it is :stuck_out_tongue:

I got my Vans on… but they look like sneakers.

It looks like you tried to post a photo but it didn’t make it. The IMG tag had a reeeeaaaaallllly long URL when I went to quote, so that may have been the problem :thinking:

So you are talking about Vibram 5 fingers, right? My daughter occassionally rides in hers, but it makes me nervous that if she UPD’s hard it will hurt her foot/feet. I have the trail running version so the sole is a more substantial, but I still don’t try to unicycle in them. Some of my UPD’s and even PD’s are still much too rough and I would for sure hurt my feet.

My wife runs in a pair of Bakila five fingers. I think they’re great and the thought of unicycling in them fits with the unicycling ethos of doing more with less, but I think you’d end up with damaged feet/toes sooner or later.

I still like the idea of it though.

Vibram five fingers minimal shoes, minimal protection.


The other end of the spectrum.

This is my end of the spectrum.

When I see those toe shoes, all I can think of is that “Married with Children” episode (yes, I’m very old) when Al gets hit on the head, and in a delusional state develops “God’s shoes” and tries to sell them.

The only difference is that now people actually buy them.

Like for me and running

I often wear my five fingers for riding around town. I have the kso trek (leather upper, somewhat more rugged sole) model.
I haven’t had any problems with them. They’re a little grippier than the other shoes I normally wear, ordinary walking shoes, so it can require a little more concentration to adjust my feet.
I was initially concerned that the pins in my pedals would tear up the soles (this happened to the running shoes in which I learned), but there doesn’t seem to have been any detrimental effect.
With regard to unplanned dismounts, the only incident of any note has been when somebody crossed directly into my path and stopped when I was riding at speed - I had about a revolution to bleed off some speed, then slapped down hard and flat-footedly onto the street. I had a sore heel for the following few days.

Have had Vibram Fivefingers for a few years now, and wear them almost everywhere, between the frosts (usually May to October). Its a 3 mil rubber sole, and I don’t think there would be enough comfort on the pedals. I also think there’s a greater chance of injury. If I wouldn’t do it barefoot, I probably shouldn’t in Vibrams.

I wear my Vibram 5-fingers around town, I’m wearing 'em now at my desk at work. When I go for my ride later, I’ll be wearing my five/tens. As much as I love my toe shoes, I’d rather the protection.

I wouldn’t wear mine on any of my unis because they all have platform pedals with substantial pins, it would hurt. I have ridden with a guy who has pedals without pins and he loves his five fingers. I can see using them in that capacity because you would be able to grip the pedals. I wouldn’t worry too much about UPDs personally because I generally don’t trash my feet when it happens. For me, having an incredibly flexible shoe would put extra stress on my plantar fascia. My feet already get sore when I uni a lot but my stiff five ten Nathan Rennie high tops help to keep the soreness in check.

That is the pair I have. Maybe I will try them a little around the neighborhood on the 24" cruiser, once the weather warms up. I plan to do more running in them too, but I have to work into it. Just don’t want to injure my feet.

Cool, don’t forget to post about your experiences!
One unexpected thing that I discovered is that if I position my foot such that the leading edge of the pedal is (more or less) aligned with where my toes begin, I can actually grip the pedal and apply some force through the entire revolution.
Great for climbing hills! Who needs clips/clipless?!