Confession: feet have always bothered me.
Some people have foot fetishes, but what's the opposite of a fetish? I'm not sure how I got into thinking that feet are just eyesores and smell-bombs.
Luckily, there are socks and shoes to cover up feet. For the longest time, I did not care for any shoe (sandals, etc.) that revealed them, but I traded my insecurities for comfort.
So when a sock comes out that highlights the "feet-ish" things about feet (i.e., the toes), I am the first to squirm, which is probably why it took me so long to try them.
Side note: I wrote about those Vibram shoes several years ago in my bewilderment, and it's actually my most searched-for blog entry!
Say hello to my Injinji socks. I bought these (crew cut) at a marathon expo recently for $12. I wanted to try the compression ones, but they were $38, an investment I wasn't ready to make considering I didn't know if these normal ones would work for me.
Against all conventional wisdom, I wore these socks at my marathon just days after buying them. I walked around town the day before to "get used to them," and they weren't even noticeablely different from my normal Hanes socks.
During my race, I did notice them at some points, but only in the sense that I was feeling a nice cushioning between my toes rather than them rubbing together. Overall, I don't think they impacted me one way or another. I only wish they had more cushioning at the bottom or something or some sort of arch support.