Vibram developed FiveFinger Toe shoes in response to a growing movement within the running community that called for shoes with less support and material, which would allow for a more natural running experience.  Humans have evolved as distance runners and the modern technology present in most running shoes actually undermines the physical structures of the feet, creates bad running technique and causes injuries in the knees, hips and back.  Vibram’s response was to create this minimalist shoe, which offers little more than a protective layer to shield feet from the running surface.  The shape of the shoe suggests a more natural running experience and it has little padding or support, which, according to this movement, should lead to a safer and more natural running experience.