Oct 15, 2009 | 1 comment »
Timothy sent in the above two photos of his black KSO fivefingers:
I asked Timothy about what he was using his KSOs for as well as what he thought of the the flip-flop KSO experience (and did he actually wear them like that?). Here's what he added:
Thanks for testing out your KSOs with sandals — I'm pretty sure you're not the only one who wondered how or if that would work!
Oct 15, 2009 | Leave a comment »
Oct 15, 2009 | 8 comments »
Cody wrote in to tell me about his recent experience testing out his Vibram FiveFingers Sprints for Ultimate Frisbee. Here's what he had to report:
Sunday I played my first game of ultimate in a few months. I have been coaching cross country and transitioned to running exclusivly in my FiveFinger Sprints. Throughout the week I was looking forward to my minimal shoe debut in my favorite sport.
First point we received the pull. 6'5" Mike (and very fast to boot) was covering me. I slowed to get him off balance and then hopped up on my newly enhanced toes and burned him for a deep enzone catch.
VFFs: 1 — Tall fast dude: 0
Unfortunatly as you might guess the Sprints couldn't hang with cutting on the defensive side of things. I could keep up and stop the long routes but no good covering handlers.
After the first few points I switched to my adidas football cleats and promptly cleated myself in my heavyfooted clumsiness.
As great as VFFs are, it's not surprising that they don't quite lock you into the earth like cleats. As for the idea I'm sure you're all contemplating — cleated VFFs — I'm guessing they'd be just about impossible due to the rigidity required to make cleats function like tacks.
Thanks for the field testing, Cody!
Oct 14, 2009 | Leave a comment »
In the mailbag comes the above photo from Jon who recently hiked around Shenandoah National Park in Virginia in his blue camouflage KSO fivefingers:
I just got back from Shenandoah National Park in Virginia and really enjoyed my Vibram FiveFingers KSOs (Blue Camo) on Bearfence and Whiteoak Canyon! They were great to do some light rock climbing and to chill out with on the top of a mountain. They also performed really well on the trails and gave me a perspective on hiking that I had never had before.
VFFs definitely provide a new experience on just about every activity — that of the previously muted foot!
Thanks for sharing Jon!
Oct 14, 2009 | Leave a comment »
David went on a sixteen mile hike in eastern Oregon wearing black KSO fivefingers and a pair of Injinjis. Here's what he had to report:
Here are two pics of my dog (Jack) and me (David) with friends at an alpine lake in eastern Oregon. We had hiked 16 miles to get to this point and I did it in my VFF KSO's with Injinji socks. Even though the trail was rather rugged during some sections, consisting of golf ball to softball sized rock shale for a good 6 miles, they held up well and really made me aware of my foot placement.
Baker City, Oregon
VFF hiking seems to be both about foot awareness and placement as well as being able to relax into the terrain.
Thanks for sharing, David!
Oct 13, 2009 | 2 comments »
Kevin sent in the above two photos of his grey and palm KSO fivefingers taken while he was vacationing in Fiji.
Though Kevin only recently picked up his VFFs, he's quickly put them to good use:
Love your site!
I thought I'd pitch in with a couple of pictures of VFF during my recent Fiji trip. I am from Melbourne Australia and I haven't seen anyone else wearing VFF here yet. I have had [mine] for 3 or so weeks and have been wearing them almost everyday (situation permitting). I have only had a handful of people asking about them. Funny the only person who knew of them and asked was an American lady in Fiji who came up to me after seeing I had them on and asked about them. I didn't have to explain the whole barefoot thing as she was already looking into it.
I have always had trouble being barefoot as I grew up in Hong Kong where culturally you just do not go barefoot. Indoors I was either in carpeted environment, or wearing clunky rubber slippers, or both! When I first came to Australia and saw how other kids were able to walk barefoot on gravel, I was amazed and to this day, I still can't even stand on gravel without pain.
VFFs have been very liberating and I am really enjoying them. I wore them during my whole trip to Fiji (only 4 days). Only time I took them off was when snorkeling, sleeping and during the wedding I was attending.
Anyway, just felt like rambling and good luck with the site.
Ah it must be nice to live so close to Fiji. Quite a flight for us here in Georgia!
Glad to hear you're enjoying the liberation of freed feet; I bet you'll be standing on gravel in no time!