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.

Jason has Fun with Flows in the Snow!

Looks like Jason is about to do some barefoot snow angels in his Flow Vibram Five Fingers!
Looks like Jason is about to do some barefoot snow angels in his Flow Vibram Five Fingers!
Jason writes in from Maryland where he got in a few runs amidst the recent 18" blizzard there.  Flows kept his toes comfortable while running despite the cold!
Jason writes in from Maryland where he got in a few runs amidst the recent 18" blizzard there. Flows kept his toes comfortable while running despite the cold!
And what snow day would be complete without a nice tussle with your son?
And what snow day would be complete without a nice tussle with your son?
No doubt anyone who comes across a VFF-Flow-snow footprint will be thrown for a serious loop!
No doubt anyone who comes across a VFF-Flow-snow footprint will be thrown for a serious loop!

Running in V5F since July and have been using Flow’s lately as the temperature dropped. Went out for a few 3-mile runs during and after the blizzard that hit the east coast before Christmas. My Flow’s did a much better job than I expected. Without any socks I was still able to feel my toes and continued to wear them as I shoveled later that day. We ended up getting over 18 inches here in Maryland.

The pics come from after my run on the 19th while it was still snowing and later that day with my son. I don’t expect any toddler V5F sizes to come out but it would be nice to have youth sizes in the future.

On a side note don’t wear the Flow’s indoors for extended periods as they really keep heat in. After wearing them one day at work, I teach high school business, my feet looked and felt like I had been in a tub for hours. I will stick with my Treks during the day from now on.

Jason

Five Fingers Flows definitely seem to be "the" VFF of the moment right now! Good to know that indoor-use may lead to super moist feet — I guess that neoprene insulation really packs a punch!

Looks like you've been putting them to good use! Wish we would get some snow down here in Atlanta. All we get is rain!

Ryan Travels the World in Flows, KSOs, and Mocs!

David meditates in his KSO Five Fingers amongst the crowds at the Taj Mahal in Agra, India!
David meditates in his KSO Five Fingers amongst the crowds at the Taj Mahal in Agra, India!
Mountain streams pose no problems for KSO-clad feet. Ryan bounds into a stream in Maui!
Mountain streams pose no problems for KSO-clad feet. Ryan bounds into a stream in Maui!
Want to keep your tootsies warm while still snorkeling in chilly waters in Hawaii?  Bring along your Flows!
Want to keep your tootsies warm while still snorkeling in chilly waters in Hawaii? Bring along your Flows!
The indoor-only Moc is apparently the perfect compliment for cruise ship comforts!
The indoor-only Moc is apparently the perfect compliment for cruise ship comforts!

The above photos came in from Ryan, who has been taking his VFF collection on the road (or in the air) as he's traveled to India, Hawaii, and gone on an ocean cruise! Here's a bit more:

Greetings, Justin!

I've had the pleasure of taking my VFFs to some pretty exotic places, really putting the "Travel" aspect of VFFs to good use. From the dusty streets of Delhi, India, to the Taj Mahal, to a Cruise Ship and trekking across the islands of Hawaii.

I snapped a few pictures of my experiences (and VFFs, of course!), and thought I would share them with you and birthdayshoes.com. The picture of me in front of the Taj Mahal in my KSOs is fairly self-explanatory :-) The people of India certainly didn't hide their stares at my funny "lizard feet," but very few people said anything, unless they were trying to sell me something ;-)

The other KSO pic is my foot in a mountain stream on the island of Maui. That's another great thing about VFFs — in addition to being great walking shoes, even over large distances, if a stream, lake, ocean or whatever looks inviting, you can just wade right in!
These were great all over Hawaii, and I had no problems walking over rough terrain- even lava rock!

The pic of me in my Flows is from a snorkeling excursion in Kona. The water was kind of chilly, so it was nice to have the extra bit of warmth the Flows provide. They also had great traction aboard the moving boat, which was a big plus!

Finally, the Moc pic was taken aboard the Cruise Ship NCL's Pride of America, and I can say without a moment's hesitation that Mocs make *perfect* cruise ship shoes (assuming no rain) — they're light, extremely comfy, and really let you feel the plushness of the carpet, as well as the warmth of the sun out on the decks :-) Add in the more formal look, and the *tiny* amount of space they take up in a bag, and they ended up being my favorite shoes on that cruise by far!

Anyway, I just wanted to write in and share some of the adventures I've been having in my VFFs this year. I'm finding they really do make fantastic travel shoes.

I hope 2010 treats you well!

Thanks for the awesome website,

Ryan

Glad to see you're putting your varied VFF collection to excellent use while bounding about the planet, Ryan! No doubt all of us in the Northern Hemisphere are all dreaming of warmer climes right now, and this time of year it's almost pleasant in India (Still hot, but not too bad).

Thanks for sharing!

New site feature: Birthday Shoes polls!

I've long wanted to add a polling feature to the main blog* and I'm happy to announce that it's now active: you can vote on the current poll, which I anticipate updating weekly, on right rightmost column of the blog. I hope to use this feature to help aggregate feedback, add a layer of depth to the site, and help others get a sense for the community! Check it out!

For all you feed subscribers, that means you need to check in on the site every once in awhile to vote!

Finally, you might notice that from time to time the topmost blog post will have a different layout than subsequent posts. That's the "featured post" ... er ... feature. Love it? Hate it? Let me know.

* User polls are often being created on the forums!

VFFs for Christmas!

Looks like a lot of people got their Christmas wish granted — a new pair of FiveFingers!
Looks like a lot of people got their Christmas wish granted — a new pair of FiveFingers!

It seems a number of "nice" boys and girls got the Christmas gift of free feet from Santa this year!

Above at the top of the collage is Sandra sporting her new Sprint Five Fingers:

Here's a photo of my Christmas present VFF's! At first I was mortified! Now I am giddy to try them out. I read "Born To Run" and the whole minimal-shoewear running trend is fascinating to me!

Welcome to the club, Sandra! Just take it nice and slow as you not only acclimate your biomechanics to VFF-shod running, but also begin the slow rebuilding and rehabilitation of your feet! Just be patient and enjoy the process!

Next, bottom left of the collage, comes word from Myrtle Beach — Logan in his KSO Treks and his daughter, who received her first pair of "Mary Jane" VFF Sprints for Christmas. Logan captioned the photo:

My beat up Treks and my daughter's new Sprints. Santa came through big time.

Finally, at bottom right of the collage, we have a before and after shot of Seth's feet, bare and KSO-clad. Seth's KSO FiveFingers are his first pair:

Ive been wanting a pair for 6 months and just now got them.

Merry Christmas to you all and enjoy the comforts of your newfound toe shoes!

Chad's Thunder Road Marathon in KSO Treks

Chad Randloph is seen running in the Thunder Road marathon in Charlotte.  He's wearing his KSO Treks plus a couple pairs of Injinji socks for added warmth.  Chad had his best marathon time in three years and eight marathons in this race!  Congrats, Chad!
Chad Randloph is seen running in the Thunder Road marathon in Charlotte. He's wearing his KSO Treks plus a couple pairs of Injinji socks for added warmth. Chad had his best marathon time in three years and eight marathons in this race! Congrats, Chad!

Got an update from Chad Randolph (@chad_randolph on twitter) who just ran the Thunder Road marathon in Charlotte in his KSO Treks (plus two layers of Injinji socks!).

You might recall Chad shared his initial thoughts, which were mixed, on the KSO Treks here.

Here's what Chad had to say about the run and how his Treks performed:

Hello Justin,

You may recall from my last dispatch that I had mixed feelings regarding the performance of my new Vibram Fivefinger Treks. I felt that while they performed well on roads and simple trails they didn't hold up well on technical single track.

I'm pleased to say that they have redeemed themselves, though in a way in which was unexpected.

Since I had worn a hole in my KSOs I was now using my Treks for all my running, which has been 50-60 miles per week. So when my next marathon came around I had to decide whether or not to roll with them in the race.

Charlotte's Thunder Road marathon took place on Saturday, Dec. 12th under overcast and cold conditions. The temperature was in the mid-20's at the start and never really got over 40 degrees. I was concerned about frostbite on my feet and toes; it's one thing to run in the cold for a little bit but another thing entirely to spend nearly four hours outside wearing thin footwear. So I decided to wear two pair of Injinji socks and hope for the best.

I'll spare you the details of the race other than to say that I felt great for the duration and didn't have any issues with my feet. The added thickness of the Treks made the asphalt and concrete roads a non-issue, and the kangaroo leather coupled with the double socks kept my feet warm.

I ended up with a chip time of 3:35:38, which isn't spectacular but it's my fastest of eight marathons over the past three years. I fielded a number of questions about my Vibram Fivefinger Treks during the first few miles of the race (as well as overhearing nearby runners making incredulous comments).

Next big race on my agenda will combine the best of both on- and off-road running, a 50k in January 2010, and I plan on wearing my new best friends, the Treks.

Chad Randolph

Congratulations on your excellent time, Chad! And thanks for sharing your additional thoughts on the KSO Trek. It's good to know the Treks preform well on and off the road, and that the added thickness counts for something in cold weather conditions!

Chad has previously been seen on BirthdayShoes here, here, and here.