Who wants more toe shoes? How about a sneak peak at some upcoming 2012 Vibram FiveFingers for casual wear, ultra-light running, running trails?
It's time to nerd out on some minimalist footwear that will be hitting the scene next year because as you can see from the teaser above, we've gotten our hands on some images of upcoming "barefoot shoes" from Vibram!
More photos and wild speculation after the jump!
First off, a note of appreciation to Barefoot Jake and Linda of Nujo.lv for supplying the photos. And also a nod to ultra-FiveFingers fan Dirk for the help in sleuthing some of the (rumored) names of these upcoming Vibram FiveFingers!
What do we have here? Photos from Friedrichshafen Outdoor 2011.
The lead photo above was taken a couple weeks back at the Friedrichshafen (Germany) Outdoor Trade show. It seems that Vibram (Europe) had quite an exhibit at this event, including a live action demonstration of acrobatics (photo) that was quite impressive according to Linda, the photographer who snagged a couple photos from the event. Here are some close-up crops from Linda's shots, click any image to enlarge:
Let's talk about what we're seeing here ...
Rimini LR Vibram FiveFingers
These are the women's leather versions that remind me of clogs in that they are open at the heel. Word is these feature a new "comfort sole" (not pictured). More on this in the Sorrento section below ...
Grado Vibram FiveFingers
These leather, casual wear women's FiveFingers remind me of a super nice version of the Classic — at least insomuch as they have the same general "cut" on the upper. That said, like the Rimini LR these have a new sole structure, which I'm speculating is similar to the men's Sorrento, which is the only sole we have a photo of (thanks to Barefoot Jake). Moving along ...
Sorrento Vibram FiveFingers
The Sorrento Vibram FiveFingers looks to be a casual, leather shoe for men that is evocative of a toe shoe loafer. It's clearly got a new sole which looks to have seven separated rubber pieces. Jake was able to try them on and here's what he had to say about them to me:
The loafer looking ones were like MOC stitching, WIth a Moc Type upper feel. Sole wasnt flexible and they went with a new style of laying the sole down. Seems like the only thing that was flexible was the Toes. So if i had to guess they were 4m Sole + insert.
Interesting! Now, Jake got to try a couple other models that weren't seen at Friedrichshafen. Take a look!
Vibram FiveFingers See Ya
The Vibram FiveFingers See Ya looks to be a new model for a "barefoot" like running experience. What looks awesome about it (to me) is that the upper looks like a thinner material than what you get with the Bikila FiveFingers and the sole looks like a minimalized Bikila sole in that the rubber has been reduced and in places replaced by some other material. Here's what Jake had to say about them to me:
Now the new super light weight running ones are the lightest I've felt out of VFF. Super light weight upper, almost Aqua Sock design. The sole on these they seemed to go two part, with some type of mesh jell material to provide arch protection against sharp objects.
Super lightweight running FiveFingers that are more flexible? Hard not to get excited about the possibilities here ...
Vibram FiveFingers Spyridon LS
The Spyridon LS FiveFingers look like a laced trail toe shoe — a new option to the popular KSO Trek and TrekSport. It features a new sole, which looks to me to be a bit less built up than the standard Trek sole while also a bit less "complicated."
I've also heard that there will be a non LS version of the Spyridon — and by "non LS," I mean that there might be a version that doesn't have laces but is just has the standard "hook and loop" mechanism you'd find with KSOs.
Other 2012 stuff
Above are a ton of the 2012 Vibram FiveFingers models. We're looking at new color combos (colorways) for the pre-existing models like the FiveFingers Speed, Jaya LR, Jaya, KomodoSport and KomodoSport LS, and Bikila LS. We also see more colorways for the upcoming 2012 FiveFingers Spyridon LS and the 2012 Vibram FiveFingers See Ya.
And if you look very closely, we get a glimpse at the far right of a Classic-like VFF that is rumored to be called the "Fresca" that features a new sole (it's for women by the way).
I'll wrap with one last close-up from Linda's Friedrichshafen photos above, we see some pretty wild new color combinations of the FiveFingers Speed. Given that this was the Europe trade show and Vibram Europe seems to get a bit more wild with their color combinations than Vibram USA, who knows what will ultimately show up in 2012.
What do you think?
So there's a sneak peak of some of the upcoming stuff we might be seeing from Vibram in 2012. Next week is the U.S. outdoor trade show — Outdoor Retailer. Hopefully, we'll see more and learn more about the upcoming stuff from Vibram (not to mention all the others out there who are putting out minimalist footwear!) in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!
What do you think of these new options? Excited for more casual toe shoes? Eager to try a new trail version of FiveFingers? Super light and flexible FiveFingers for running? Sound off below!
Disclaimer: none of the above should be taken as fact! I'm basing names off of various bits of scuttlebutt I've received and the photos sort of speak for themselves. What may actually come out is hard to say with any certainty! If you know anything, let me know!