A few months ago, I purchased this pair of Vibram Sprints from Zombie Runner in Palo Alto. Yes, they look funny and I had to endure my coworkers laughing at my “frog feet,” but they are incredibly comfortable, and solve a lot of my shoe woes. I felt weird wearing flip-flops (too casual) and sneakers (too sporty?) to work all the time, so I was looking for comfortable flats, but then they either gave me blisters or my feet were too sweaty in them. Now I just wear my vibrams all the time….EXCEPT when they smell so bad I decide to give them a rest/wash.
So after a few days of continuous wear, they really start to smell BAD. Washing them in the washing machine seems to work fine, but once they were really really dirty, and it they came out of the washer a little dirty still. The best way to wash them seems to be to wash them in the sink with some soap and a toothbrush, so you can really get into all the toe areas. Also, odor-destroying shoe/foot powder seems to keep the smell under control enough to wear it for a few more days… ALSO someone recommended buying socks to wear with it, and said that that helped tremendously with the stench. The socks aren’t cheap though, coming in at about $12 each, and I’d probably have to buy at least 5 pairs if I want to wear them all the time?
All in all, best shoe purchase I’ve ever made, and I’d highly recommend them to anyone who likes toe freedom and walking barefoot =)