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.

Latest Vibram Five Fingers Reviews 1/10/10

This week's latest reviews includes a review of the Five Fingers Flow Trek:

  • Review: Vibram Five Fingers KSO Trek Tex at OpenFoo.org [Flow Trek]:

    Overall I am pleased with the Five Fingers KSO Trek Tex due to the sturdy appearance, especially the tread provides a good grip on slippery surfaces. It is a winter version of the regular KSO, but not a proper winter shoe, which can be wore all day long in winter temperatures while doing light walking. I guess sporty activities in the winter should keep your feet warm in the KSO Trek Tex, but I have not tested it yet. I would not permanently exchange my regular KSO for the KSO Trek Tex, but temporarily for winter temperatures is acceptable.

  • Barefooting It: Vibram FiveFingers at The View from Here [KSO]:

    I have only had them a short while but I can tell you that they are great. They allow me to be essentially barefoot in situations that I normally would not allow it. Whether it is exercising or going to the store these shoes deliver the comfort and performance that only barefooting can give.

  • Vibram Five Fingers: 4 Months Later at Life of Justin [KSO]:

    One of my favorite things about the shoes is how usable they are. They can be used for basically anything. I’ve worn them to the beach, in the water, hiking, playing tennis, and riding my bike. I also use them for basic things like running to the grocery store.

To see more latest Vibram Five Fingers reviews listings, go here!

Josh hikes in the Brazil countryside in his KSO FiveFingers

Josh went exploring the Brazilian countryside in his Vibram Five Fingers.
Josh went exploring the Brazilian countryside in his Vibram Five Fingers.
What a beautiful view from the highest point around Taquaritinga do Norte, Brazil!
What a beautiful view from the highest point around Taquaritinga do Norte, Brazil!
Josh, with the assistance of Livia, models his KSO FiveFingers-clad foot.
Josh, with the assistance of Livia, models his KSO FiveFingers-clad foot.
Hey Justin,

I arrived in Brazil a few weeks ago and took my five fingers on a hike with a friend in the interior of northeast Brazil.

I put on my five fingers KSO and got ahold of my best friend Lívia for a hike in the trails of northeast Brazil. We started off in a small town called Taquaritinga do Norte, about 130 miles from the coast. In this area, most locals live off ranching and agriculture. We hiked to the highest point in the region which some use as a launching spot for hang-gliding. From the mountain peak we could see the city far below. And of course, I took the opportunity to show off my five fingers. Many people asked me if they will ever be made available abroad. I can’t answer them for sure, but they do like talking about these unique looking shoes.

Josh

We've previously seen Josh hiking Ransom Canyon. Looks like he's still putting his KSOs to good use!

As for when VFFs will be more available worldwide—it's anyone's guess. I hope sooner rather than later!

Patrick slides and sleds in KSO Treks and then goes "snowfooting"

Patrick demonstrates some cold-weather VFF-style a la KSO Treks!
Patrick demonstrates some cold-weather VFF-style a la KSO Treks!
At an Ice Exhibit in Dallas, Patrick rides down an icy slide!
At an Ice Exhibit in Dallas, Patrick rides down an icy slide!
Wait a second!  Shouldn't Patrick be the one pushing here?  Between ice slides and driveway ice-sledding, Patrick is having a good time in his VFFs!
Wait a second! Shouldn't Patrick be the one pushing here? Between ice slides and driveway ice-sledding, Patrick is having a good time in his VFFs!
This is "snowfooting," as Patrick calls it.  I call it "cold feet!"
This is "snowfooting," as Patrick calls it. I call it "cold feet!"

Above, a wintry update by way of photos from Patrick (forums @linuxracr | blogged previously) who is enjoying his KSO Treks (and bare feet) during a random snow in Dallas, as well as going down an ice slide:

As it doesn't snow much in Dallas, Texas, I was quite surprised to see it coming down on Christmas Eve. We were at the Gaylord Texan resort to see the Ice Exhibit, and I ended up going down the slide in my Treks ... As they keep it really cold in there, my toes were numb, and I needed a couple of cups of hot chocolate to warm me up again!

When I got home, I also took the opportunity to do something I've always wanted to do: SNOWFOOTING!!

And of course, the last collage shows Patrick being the kid who is sledding down the driveway. Hopefully you guys took turns!

Jason KSO Trek Trail-Running in Austin

Jason runs at a local trail in Austin in his Vibram KSO Trek Five Fingers.  He's giving his feet a nice impromptu massage on those rocks!
Jason runs at a local trail in Austin in his Vibram KSO Trek Five Fingers. He's giving his feet a nice impromptu massage on those rocks!

Jason (birthdayshoes forum member jcarneytx) recently posted a few photos showing off his Five Fingers KSO Treks in action on Ken's Trail in Austin, Texas.

Gotta love the mid-air photos — you're looking might nimble there, Jason!

Eric's first trail run in KSO 5 Fingers in Houston

Eric takes his brand new black and orange KSO FiveFingers for an introductory spin in a local Houston trail.  Nothing like a good mud coating to break them in!
Eric takes his brand new black and orange KSO FiveFingers for an introductory spin in a local Houston trail. Nothing like a good mud coating to break them in!
Justin -

Love the site. Got my V5s for christmas after my wife wouldn't let me open them for weeks. I'd been running barefoot in the gym on the indoor track for a few weeks getting ready. Took them out for a 5K on Christmas day, came back with the dreaded fore-arch blisters. Nothing a little duct tape couldn't handle.

The attached pic was taken just after my first trail run in the KSOs at Memorial Park in Houston, right before I hosed them down at the dog/bike wash.

The last mile on the loop is on a fire-road on the utility / rail easement. Over the last several wet months, parts of the road have become virtually impassible in shoes due to standing water/ruts. The KSOs, with a little trepidation of what broken, improvised former water crossing materials may lurk beneath the brackish surface, took the mud in stride.

Also, I should add that I was initially a little bummed that I didn't think my Suunto Footpod would attach to the KSOs. Even though that kind of telemetry goes against the barefoot/minimalist grain, I considered writing Vibram to request they add some kind of fabric loop to the top of the shoe in future models. But then, after some experimenting, I realized that you can simply velcro the holder clip into place when fastening the shoe, and then snap the pod in over that. Voila! Metrics On!

Keep up the good work.

Eric

Eric, good to hear you finally got to experience the wonderful world of Five Fingesr. And glad you braved the muddy road and made it safely to the other side. Mud can make for interesting experiences in VFFs (e.g. mud surfing!).

Also, good to hear you figured out how to make your Suunto Footpod work with your strap. Others have used similar methods for attaching the Nike sensor.

Travis hikes Loan Peak in Northern Utah (11K feet up) in his KSO FiveFingers

The view from 11,000 feet off of Lone Peak in the Wasatch Mountains of northern Utah a la Travis' KSO FiveFingers.
The view from 11,000 feet off of Lone Peak in the Wasatch Mountains of northern Utah a la Travis' KSO FiveFingers.

Justin,

Having been an admirer of birthdayshoes.com for some time, I finally found a VFF pic from this summer that I wanted to share. On the 4th of July 2009, my brother and I hiked Lone Peak in the Wasatch Mountains of northern Utah. At 11,253 feet, it's among the tallest peaks in the Wasatch range. This picture was taken on my phone from just below the summit looking west towards Salt Lake Valley.

Some fellow hikers spotted my VFFs and flipped out, as is customary. But as we spoke, another hiker passed us with a pair of Sprints attached to his backpack. He had elected not to wear them due to the snow. VFFs are definitely gaining in popularity here, and my local running store has had difficulty keeping them in stock.

I love wearing my KSOs hiking and running. On this particular hike, nothing felt better as I scrambled over the huge granite boulders near the top than wearing VFFs. They were grippy and just a lot of fun to have on.

Thanks for your work on the site,
Travis

Looks like quite a view from the top, Travis. Glad you're having so much fun in your FiveFingers, not to mention braving some chilly altitudes and snow in them!

Thanks for sharing!