Here’s the problem – my yoga wife is hot.
I agree, there are worse problems, so let me rephrase my problem: I need to stay in really good shape or else she will leave me for one of those skinny, kale-eating yogis from her studio.
Sure, I could become vegan, practice yoga 5 days a week, and quit my Nutella habit, but that’s not the Yoga Husband way. What is the Yoga Husband way, you ask? It does not include any Om’ing, incense, or downward dogs/cats/giraffes. So I run.
Running is much more my style. Just me, the pavement, and lots of fresh air. I run with those funny Vibram Five Fingers shoes (also known as ‘feet condoms’). I know, I know. They’re ridiculous looking. Please don’t hate me for that. It’s just that the book about barefoot running was so damn convincing (Born to Run).
But now, the big story is that Vibram settled a class-action lawsuit brought by a woman who claimed that the company deceived consumers when it claimed that its shoes could decrease foot injuries and strengthen foot muscles.
So, is the whole barefoot running and funny-looking shoes a commercial disaster that will go into business history books as the Olestra of shoes? In case you don’t know or don’t remember, Olestra is the ‘groundbreaking’ fat substitute used in all kinds of processed foods that was discovered to cause… anal leakage. (I know what you’re thinking – is anal leakage a bad thing? Yes it is. A very bad thing.) You can read about the Olestra story in this funny BuzzFeed piece: http://www.buzzfeed.com/copyranter/an-anti-ad-against-pringles-fat-free-potato-chips
The answer to the question above is NO. Companies settle class-action lawsuits all the time. Barefoot running (or using minimalist shoes) is good for some and not good for others. There are several studies on the topic, and each of those reached a slightly different conclusion none of which was decisive for or against barefoot running.
So you can laugh as much as you want, but as long as they help me keep my wife from Om’ing with another guy, I’ll keep rocking my feet condoms.