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.

Maria hikes to the top of Mount Taugetus, Greece in FiveFinger Sprints

Maria hikes to the top of Mount Taugetus, Greece in FiveFinger Sprints
Maria hikes to the top of Mount Taugetus, Greece in FiveFinger Sprints
Maria hikes to the top of Mount Taugetus, Greece in FiveFinger Sprints

Maria sent in the above photos taken on her recent trek to the top of Mount Taugetus, Lakonia, Greece, which is the highest point of southern Greece. Having made the hike in her gray fivefinger Sprints, I asked Maria to tell me how things went. Here is what she had to say:

Hey! They fared extremely well on the 2 hour hike up; on the way down I was slowed by the fact they were very slippery on the rocks and that so many people stopped me to inquire about my shoes ... and at the end — no sore feet!! Just really tired legs and sore calves.

This [hike] was somewhat of a religious pilgrimage that takes place every year in celebration of the the prophet Elias, hundreds of people make the climb from the surrounding villages to a small church at the summit where food, drink, music, and good company is enjoyed.

This summit is the highest point in the south of Greece.


Maria also sent in this photo of the gathering at the summit. Looks like quite a good sized group up there! And what a beautiful view.

Thanks for passing on your story, Maria!

Miguel Takes his new VFFs for a Spin to the Beach

Miguel Takes his new VFFs for a Spin to the Beach

Above are Miguel's new kicks — the brown/walnut Classic Five Fingers. The photo was taken after their inaugural bike ride around Hollywood, Florida:

Hey this is Miguel of Hollywood FL and these are my five fingers!!

They just came in today and the first thing I did was take them down to Hollywood Beach for a bike ride. I spend alot of time in my trusty rainbows but now I have an alternative.

I went with the classics as I like the idea of as close to barefoot as possible,

I cant wait to do some hiking in them.

Cheers,

Miguel

I've not seen many others with the brown/walnut Classics, which is surprising. I got this color for my second pair of Classics, and really dig it!

Enjoy the new sensations on your fivefingers honeymoon, Miguel!

Alan's first half-marathon in his fivefinger KSOs

Alan's first half-marathon in his fivefinger KSOs

Alan Thwaits photoed above before a recent 10-K he ran in his black KSO fivefingers

Alan Thwaits, our very own "AlanT" on the forums, recently completed his first half-marathon, the Run for the Grapes half marathon in St. Catherines, Ontario—in his black KSO fivefingers. I asked Alan if he'd mind I share a bit from his blog post on the race, his second in KSOs (First was a 10K):

Sunday’s Run for the Grapes half marathon went really well. It was second race in my Vibram Fivefingers KSOs and my first KSO-equipped longer distance race (the first was the Underwear Affair 10K a couple of weeks ago). Here are the stats:

Finishing time: 2:07:45
Pace: 6:04
Category placement (men 60 – 64) 7/12
Gender placement: 189/244
Overall placement: 305/451

That’s not bad at all, considering that I’ve really only been running in my KSOs for three weeks. Before that, I took about four weeks off training because of injuries I’d sustained from overdoing it when I started running barefoot. But the healing process went well, and my “on the fly” three week training program got me to the half marathon. ...

I got lots of interest in the KSOs, all the way from cute comments to serious enquiries. Interestingly, the more experienced runners said they’d heard or read good things about them, and wanted to talk about transitioning from conventional shoes and whether running in Fivefingers might help alleviate long-standing injuries. One young runner said he already had a pair of Fivefingers Sprints, and was just beginning to transition from conventional shoes. After the race, I had a couple of long conversations with runners who said they would seriously consider buying VFFs. I think I might have made some converts!

You'll have to go to Alan's blog, The Road to Comrades, for the rest. Also, check out why he runs while you're there.

Thank you Alan for both your contributions on the forum and for sharing your experiences running and racing.

Javier tours Turkey in black KSO fivefingers

Javier tours Turkey in black KSO fivefingers
Javier tours Turkey in black KSO fivefingers
Javier tours Turkey in black KSO fivefingers
Javier tours Turkey in black KSO fivefingers

Javier sent in the above photos from a trip he took to Turkey earlier this year. From top to bottom you can see Javier in his black KSO fivefingers in Cappadocia, Ephesus, and Priene, Turkey. Here's what he had to say about the trip and his KSOs:

Took my black KSOs all over Turkey in Spring 2009. Ruins, trails, even bustling Istanbul. They got a lot of smiles, especially at the street markets. I even had a guy stop me and ask me where he could get a pair!

I've also converted 3 coworkers :) I love these 'shoes'!

-J

Fivefingers continue to prove the instant cultural icebreaker as people travel around the world! Thanks, Javier!

Dave's Classic FiveFingers

Dave's Classic FiveFingers
Dave's Classic FiveFingers
Dave's Classic FiveFingers

Don't adjust your screen, those peculiarly-colored Vibram Classic fivefingers really are that green and yellow.

I received the above photos from Dave (a.k.a. vfftriathlete) showcasing his Nike Air Rifts, green/yellow Classic fivefingers, and grey/orange Classic VFFs. The green and yellow color combination is one I've never seen from Vibram.

I asked Dave what he'd been using his VFFs for, and wanted to know more about the green and yellow Classics and the Nike Air Rifts, specifically. Here's what Dave had to say:

Justin,

Done a little running in the classics not a great deal, spent most of the time hanging out in them in pub restaurants hotels etc when working away. Also used them exclusively at the gym—can’t remember the last time I wore sneakers to the gym. Now use them for general slip into to go outdoors and general day to day wear. Now my half marathon is out of the way I do intend to up my running in vff’s either classics or kso’s.

I haven’t got the green and yellow ones anymore so can’t tell you the exact combo. They didn’t fit to well so I gave them to a friend to get him into vibrams. Finally the nikes are nike air rift split toe sneakers and before the vibrams along with aquasocks (watershoes) where the most minimalist sneakers I had.

Cheers

Dave

Enjoy extending your VFF use to running, Dave!

Barefoot Running in the Irish Times (And another shot of the upcoming fivefinger Bikilas!)

05.06.10 - The Vibram Five Fingers Bikila is out!

An article titled Bare feet or funny feet? by Paul Cullen appeared in the Irish Times today. The piece discusses the emerging trend around barefoot running, Christopher McDougall's Born to Run, and of course, Vibram fivefingers. Here's a great blurb about Cullen's foray into barefoot running, a run-in with some sort of foot rash, and his first pair of Spider-man shoes:

Back in Ireland, I took my first barefoot run through the Phoenix Park on April Fools’ Day, which seemed appropriate. The ground felt cold as I padded forward gingerly. Like a bomb disposal expert, my eyes scanning the ground for danger. Your feet hit the ground with a reassuring thwack when running barefoot, and your toes come into play far more than in shoes. The coast was clear, it seemed, apart from some deer droppings, and soon I had picked up the pace and was enjoying the experience.

And so it went for some weeks, until disaster struck. Not a cut from broken glass, but a hive-like skin rash whose most likely cause was a plant (ragwort?). There was nothing for it but to stop; the rash disappeared.

All was not lost, once my FiveFingers arrived in the post from Italy.

To meet the growing demand from runners who want the thrill of barefooting without the risk, manufacturers – in this case, Vibram – have come up with ultra basic shoes that provide protection without messing with the benefits of going barefoot.

If Spiderman wore shoes, they’d look like FiveFingers; appallingly ugly but surprisingly comfortable foot gloves made of rubber and plastic. There are individual sleeves for each toe, which entails a bit of wiggling, but I found them easy to run in. I did miss the squelch of the earth beneath my soles but no longer had to keep my eyes peeled for shards of glass.

All said, another great bit of PR for Vibram fivefingers (now if only supply could catch up with demand, right?).

But it doesn't stop there! Astute reader Noah glimpsed on the IrishTimes website a thumbnail photo of what appeared to be another color option for the upcoming, Spring 2010 fivefingers Bikila.

We'd previously only seen a gray/green version for men and a pink/orange version for women. So this was a new find!

To really go the extra mile, Noah contacted the Irish Times reporter and actually got a higher-res version of the image to share here on birthdayshoes! Check it out (click for a larger version):

As you might recall, the Bikila is slated for a Spring 2010 release — I seem to recall hearing February mentioned, so we're inside six months!

Way to sleuth, Noah! Thank you!