I recently bought a new pair of Vibram 5 finger shoes. This is somewhat of a hippyish tree hugger move by me so rest assured i have balanced out everything by punching a baby... ok so i haven't, but i should have, the fecker broke my iPod.
The Vibrams promote a more natural walking and running gait by making you walk on your forefoot rather than heelstrike all day. This uses the bio-mechanical system in your foot which has been perfected over millions of years of evolution to absorb all the shock of walking, which would otherwise be transferred to the knee.
I've gotten quite a few funny looks over them, plenty of questions which i've no problem answering, but most people just think i'm weird.
Note to future buyers - for the love of all that is holy, don't go running in them on the first week! Your calves will pack up and refuse to work for several days after! Not a good situation to be in if you need to walk in your workplace! Also beware of the funk, the shoes will stink after a while, i'm going to need to get some form of deodorizer to combat the smell.... They shoes are machine washable, but at EUR 105 a pop i don't want to subject them to that sort of treatment to often, i wonder if tea tree oil would be a solution... (watch this space)
I'm sure i'll eventually find out how to attach pics, until then you can just take my word for how awesome they are