I gave Vibram FiveFingers a go several months back and am a total convert; knee pain from running is now a thing of the past for me!
I wanted to bag some 'Injiji' or Vibram 'Lizard' socks to fit the shoes, but they are pretty damn expensive. The shoes are not cheap, and I refuse to be screwed £10 for just one pair of socks.
So I modified some cheapo 'five for three quid' socks and made my own socks compatible with the FiveFingers - 'Tramp Chique' too, it's a whole new fashion trend.
Step 1: Required Items
- Cheapo sacrificial tubes (a suitable pair of socks)
- Needle and thread
- 'Man' level stitching skills (the basic ability to wield needle and thread in an crudely offensive manner versus fabrics)
Step 2: Make the First Stitch
The purpose of this step is simply to mark the stitch location.
- Put the socks on
- With threaded needle, find a suitable place between your big toe and second toe as close to the foot as you dare. Five Finger Fillet aficionados will have this down pat. Be careful! Don't stitch yourself into your socks - they'd become impossible to take off to wash.
- Pull the thread through and make another pass through the sock with the needle at the same point as before
Step 3: Reinforce the Stitching
- Take the socks off
- Continue stitching back and forth through the sock around about the same place, basically we're reinforcing the connection between sock top and bottom that we've made
Step 4: Making the Cut
- Cut the toe end off of the sock, above the stitching you've made. See the image for specific placement; basically, cut flat across the big toe, then at a shallow angle after the stitching
Step 5: Reinforcing the Stitching Some More
- Using a different kind of stitching that probably has a name ('Man' level stitching skills simply require battering fabric with needle and thread - stitch names are not important), reinforce the joint some more; loop the thread around the cut-off toe end with each stitch and back through the joint.
Step 6: Finito
- That's it, try 'em on.
Possible improvements include using a sewing machine to reinforce the cut edges to prevent fraying.