SeeYa, Speed FiveFingers Back in Black!

SeeYa, Speed FiveFingers Back in Black!

Did you know that Vibram has snuck out two new colorways of the men's SeeYa and Speed FiveFingers? If you didn't, read up!

The Speeds are now available in a flat black (see above) and the SeeYas in a black/grey mash-up (also above), which is infinitely less eye-catching than the day-glow SeeYa colorway that came out last year.

In a "but wait there's more" moment, one retailer has both the SeeYas and the Speeds on sale at 20% off through 3/31/2012—and the sale includes these new colorways.

You can find both FiveFingers models at these links:

One catch: free shipping threshold is over $99.

If you'll recall, the black KSO FiveFingers were quite possibly the most popular colorway of all time (see here if you don't believe me!), so I'm sure these new color combinations are likely to please.

What do you think?

P.S. If you're looking for some minimalist-if-lightly-modified "troop" boots (and other sytlish shoes by OTZ), there's a huge sale/deal on them, too. Details here.

Snow Running in the U.K. in KSO Vibram Five Fingers

Dave went on a couple recent snow runs in the countryside of the United Kingdom in his black KSO Vibram Five Fingers.
Dave went on a couple recent snow runs in the countryside of the United Kingdom in his black KSO Vibram Five Fingers.

VFF fan Dave in the U.K. (VFFTriathlete on the forums) sent in some photos of a couple recent snow runs in his KSO Vibram Five Fingers. Here's Dave on the photos and running in Vibram Five Fingers:

Hey Justin,

Attached are pix from two of my recent trips out in the snow here in the UK in KSO's ... a quick run out to the mail box (about a 1 mile round trip). The second set is a trip round the local country park and a run up a couple of the hills.

As a triathlete I do a fair bit of barefoot running between various water sources indoors and out and transition so the Vibrams allow me to strengthen my feet for this. With any luck if I manage to get the barefoot running mileage up I might be able to start racing in them. Have recently found out 1 other person in our running club has a pair.

Good luck on your continued training, Dave! And hope you get a chance to compete in your Vibram Five Fingers!

Latest Vibram Five Fingers Reviews 3/7/10

Here are the latest VFF reviews from this past week (including an interesting trial of men's KSO Treks by a woman — VFF fan M.C. at begin2dig.com!):

  • KSO Trek, Men's - fitting for women; punting to Performa at Begin to Dig [ KSO Trek, Performa ]:

    Other Points: Foot Feel; it's different. These are dandy with socks. Without sox, well, there's a lug that runs just at the top of the metatarsals, and I found myself really aware of that without sox on. With sox on it was fine. To me, the shoe felt like it was well designed for exactly what it's designed for: trails. I bet that sole would just chew up the trails. And there's the irony: that leather upper is just so NICE for the look of the shoe, it would be grand to have a regular soled KSO with this upper.

    I completely agree — give me KSOs in leather, and Classics, too!
  • Barefoot Training: Vibram Five Fingers Shoes Review at Trainer Josh [ Classics ]:

    After watching soccer players, they're sprinting and diving all over the field and their shoe's are very flexible and allow a lot of joint range of motion…the result? Very few ankle and knee problems are ever seen on the soccer field!

    Feet are much more pliable then we ever thought, and as we wear shoes our feet will adapt to them. I'm not saying to walk around the mall in your bare feet. But if you're home be barefoot and if you're training or walking then wear the Vibram Five Fingers shoes.

Go here for last week's latest Vibram Five Fingers reviews.

Hiking, Walking, Running, and Playing in Vibram Five Fingers Classics and Flows

Andrew plays with his dog in the kitchen in his Classic Vibram Five Fingers (in black)
Andrew plays with his dog in the kitchen in his Classic Vibram Five Fingers (in black)
Enjoying a bit of snow between the toes in his Classics, Andrew snaps a shot of a rose.
Enjoying a bit of snow between the toes in his Classics, Andrew snaps a shot of a rose.
Hiking in Vibram Five Fingers Flows, Andrew snaps a shot over some rocky terrain.
Hiking in Vibram Five Fingers Flows, Andrew snaps a shot over some rocky terrain.

Andrew Harwood sent in the above photos showing off his Vibram Five Fingers collection (black Classics and Flows). I asked Andrew to share a bit about what he's been doing in his VFFs and what he likes about them. Here is what he had to say:

I have three pair of Vibram. Two of them are black classics (one busted and I replaced it with a new pair but then fixed the broke pair) and a pair of flows.

I like the comfort of them. They feel so natural. If and when I wear normal shoes, my first instinct is to take them off when I get home. They aren't comfortable and it is always hard to find a pair of shoes that fit just right and feel good. With my VFF I keep them on no matter where I am (house, running, around work, school, etc). I also like them because when I run I can feel the ground that I am running on. I have a more keen sense of my running pattern. This is a good thing because it helps me to work on my running form. As a teen I did some running and my knees would always hurt after a long day of walking and running. I walk an average of about 5 miles a day and haven't felt my knees hurt at all. It is because I am more likely to walk mid foot or flat foot. Also, when I run, I run fore-foot (or am trying to). The shoes definitely help in my efforts. Even after running my knees don't hurt. I also like how easy they are to put on. Starting out it is a pain in the butt, but after about 8 months of using them I was able to put them on handless. Now after a year, it is somewhat like sliding my foot into slippers.

I also love how the shoes are a great conversation starter. So many funny faces and questions about them. It is great because I love talking to people but never know how to start the conversation.

You didn't ask if there was anything that I don't like. There is something I don't like and that is the smell that takes place after a week or so. I have found great ideas to take care of the smell from your forum.

I mostly walk in them. I wear them literally everywhere. I boxed up all of my old shoes and exclusively wear VFF. The only time I wear anything else is when I am in the pulpit and that is for a hour (dress shoes that I literally keep at the office under my desk). I am an assistant pastor. Outside of running I do all kinds of things. I will play ultimate frisbee in them. On the weekends I will go hike a mountain of about 3-5 miles. I run/walk the dog all the time. I put a lot of miles on my shoes. I put a lot of pressure on my feet and my feet take it so much better than my knees. I have really strengthened the arch in my foot.

Thanks for sharing, Andrew! Though some might find it curious, being able to put on Classic Vibram Five Fingers without hands is a great skill to acquire — really saves time in a pinch. And if you're looking for the aforementioned forum thread, you can read all about the various methods of Vibram Five Fingers stink removal here.

Do go and check out Andrew's blog over at The Remains of a Living and note he has a page dedicated to VFF photos.

Floating in the Dead Sea in KSO Vibram Five Fingers

Krisjand is snaps a photo while floating in the Dead Sea near Masada, Israel.  The concentration of salt in the Dead Sea is so great that buoyancy is no problem!
Krisjand is snaps a photo while floating in the Dead Sea near Masada, Israel. The concentration of salt in the Dead Sea is so great that buoyancy is no problem!

Vibram Five Fingers KSO wearer Krisjand was recently traveling around Israel and toured Masada, an ancient fortress and historic stronghold adjacent to the Dead Sea.

Armed, or shall I say "footed," with his black KSO VFFs, Krisjand took the opportunity to float in the Dead Sea, which is known for it's buoyancy due to it being a salt lake*.

I asked Krisjand to share a bit about his VFF'ed photo above as well as what he's been doing in his Five Fingers and here's what he had to say:

Justin,

Yeah, me and my friends were about 20-30 feet off shore in the photo. Couldn't get more than chest deep if we wanted. I'm glad I had my KSOs, since the banks were pretty mean with the salt crystals. Definitly saved my feet as compared to my buds.

I initially bought my KSOs after doing some reading about barefoot running. I had a knee injury and surgery to remove part of my meniscus. Took a little getting used to, but found them to be great for running either indoor or out-door (though gave me some mean blisters when tried on a treadmill). I wore them outside until it started to snow (though after it rained and iced, they gripped much better than my regular running shoes) and ran an indoor track. I found that they just go too cold once wet for winter here in Germany. I have also worn them as a scuba diving boot, worked pretty well. I plan to take them with me to Afghanistan here shortly and continue running in them. Let y'all know how they hold up.

Oh, and about a week after I started running in them, a guy in my office got a pair and now everyone in his family wants some. I think once people get past the look, they see how great they are.

Krisjand.

Thanks for sharing, Krisjand. It's good to hear you're putting your VFFs to such good use (and in so may ways). Congrats on running again despite the knee injury!

Have safe travels and enjoy spreading the Vibram word around the world!

* Per Wikipedia, "The salt concentration of the Dead Sea fluctuates around 31.5%. This is unusually high and results in a nominal density of 1.24 kg/L. Anyone can easily float in the Dead Sea because of natural buoyancy."

Vivo Barefoot Evo Barefoot Running Shoe Review

The Terra Plana Vivo Barefoot Evo Running Shoe - Just released in Spring 2010
The Terra Plana Vivo Barefoot Evo Running Shoe - Just released in Spring 2010

Guest post by Harry Hollines

The first day I received my Vivo Barefoot Evo’s, I did a 35 minute workout consisting of 15 minutes on the treadmill and 20 minutes outside, which included running in snow and on trails, pavement and concrete. The next day, I completed a good hard 10 mile progressive tempo run, taking my pace down to 6:20 per mile. Overall, I’d have to say the experience both days was awesome. I had a tough time controlling my speed because the Evo allowed me to run effortlessly.

What makes the Evo so great? Well, it is the fact that the Evo doesn’t do much and that’s the beauty. The Evo simply protects the foot and does not interfere with the natural functioning of the foot. The Evo did not interfere or alter the form, technique, and mechanics that I developed through barefoot running. Barefoot running teaches you to land on the ball of your foot with your leg slightly bent to absorb the strain and pressure while allowing the foot to naturally roll from the outside in, taking shorter steps with a light stride while maintaining good posture alignment (I landed so softly in the Evo’s that you couldn’t hear me coming).

In other words, the Evo lets the foot do the work which should be the ultimate goal for any company that develops footwear. To achieve this desired goal, the Evo provides no stabilization support, no arch support and no heel build-up (this is a perfect “zero drop” shoe). The design allows the Arch to act as the stabilization device for the foot as nature intended without undue pressure or stress on the ankle, Plantar muscle or Achilles tendon (I’ve suffered from recent Plantar Fasciitis and I had no PF pain in the Evo).

Photos of the Vivo Barefoot Evo running shoe

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Design & Performance of the Evo barefoot running shoe


The Evo has a sleek and cutting edge appearance, and is constructed well (even the lace outlets are durable). The Evo has a sleek mesh micro fiber upper constructed of TPU, with a 4mm of soft rubber cushioning on the sole providing enough protection for any surface including trail running. The design allows for breathability while also providing good warmth for colder temperatures (so far I used the Evo’s in 15F and my feet stayed toasty warm). The 4mm sole provides excellent ground feel and response time. The majority of the 8 oz. weight of the Evo rests in the sole with is very durable and puncture resistant.

The 8 oz. weight is a slight negative especially since I’m accustomed to running in 3.6 oz. racing shoes, so it took a few minutes to adjust to the extra weight but after 5 minutes, I completely forgot about the weight. Even at 8 oz., the Evo is still light enough to be categorized with racing shoes from the weight perspective. Overall, I describe the Evo as a very durable slipper to protect the feet, just as the legendary Gordon Pirie described as the perfect shoe:

The perfect running shoe should be something like a heavy-duty ballet slipper - simply an extra layer of protective material around the foot, like a glove. If you run correctly, you will be able to wear such a shoe and never be injured.

The Vivo Barefoot Evo Fit

The Evo provides a comfortable but not too tight fit. The toe box is sufficient for me with a medium “D” foot. My toes had enough room to move, breathe and grip as needed. The Evo is very flexible as you can bend the toe to the heel. However, one drawback due to the flexibility and micro fiber upper is that the upper pinched on one of my toes causing a small blister — nothing that major as a band-aid prevented any further issues with my run the next day.

Vivo Barefoot Evo Summary

Next to barefoot running, the Evo is the best footwear I’ve ever placed on my feet. The Evo, along with the Feelmax Osma and the soon-to-be-released Vibram Bikila, represent the first and only minimalist footwear specifically designed, from concept to design, for barefoot runners. Up until now, we barefoot runners would find footwear designed for other purposes and adopt them for running but now we have a few companies developing footwear specifically designed for us. Again, this is the beauty of the Evo as it is designed to not interfere with the natural functioning of the foot. This is a truly a case of “less is better.” I will be purchasing a 2nd pair shortly.

Pricing, Availability

The Achilles are available for $140 at retailers that carry Vivo Barefoot footwear or you can grab them online from VivoBarefoot.com.

About the authorHarry Hollines is a barefoot runner and active member in Barefoot Ted's Minimalist Runner Group. I asked Harry to share his initial experiences with the Evo for the Birthday Shoes community as many have inquired about the Evo, particularly in light of my recent review of the Vivo Barefoot Aqua. Check out Harry's blog My Tree of Life or connect with him on twitter @thexgen.

VFF Couple shows off the New 2010 Vibram Five Fingers KSO Color Combinations!

A photo of the black,grey, camouflage soled Vibram Five Fingers KSO for men (1 of 2)
A photo of the black,grey, camouflage soled Vibram Five Fingers KSO for men (1 of 2)
A photo of the agate, grey, camouflage soled Vibram Five Fingers KSO for women (2 of 2)
A photo of the agate, grey, camouflage soled Vibram Five Fingers KSO for women (2 of 2)
A photo of the black,grey, camouflage soled Vibram Five Fingers KSO for men (2 of 2)
A photo of the black,grey, camouflage soled Vibram Five Fingers KSO for men (2 of 2)
A photo of the agate, grey, camouflage soled Vibram Five Fingers KSO for women (1 of 2)
A photo of the agate, grey, camouflage soled Vibram Five Fingers KSO for women (1 of 2)

Above we see photos of the new 2010 camouflage Vibram Five Fingers KSO color combinations for men (black, grey, and camouflage) and women (Agate, grey, camouflage)!

Tabitha was excited to share these pictures with the BirthdayShoes community. Here is what she had to say:

We just got our new Vibram KSO's! I got them in the Agate/Grey/Camo and 'S' got them in the Black/Grey/Camo option. This is his first pair of Vibrams and my second(after wearing classics for 3 years). They are the best purchase I've made since I bought the classic in '07!

Great, Tabitha! And for anyone keeping watch, I've added the pictures of these new KSO color combinations to the Definitive Guide to KSO Vibram Five Fingers!