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.

Kettlebells and Vibram FiveFinger Classics

Kettlebells and Vibram FiveFinger Classics
Kettlebells and Vibram FiveFinger Classics
Kettlebells and Vibram FiveFinger Classics

In the mailbag came the above photos from Bob Garon, who does a "Kettlebell Boot Camp" in Gilbert, Arizona. Bob wrote:

Great site and awesome VFF exposure! ...

I've had my Classic VFF's for almost 2 years and I also have a pair of KSO's as well. The attached mountain pic was me sitting at one of South Mountain summits in Phoenix, Arizona.

The other is when I was first Kettlebell certified by Steve Cotter at the International Kettlebell & Fitness Federation.

The last one is me teaching my Kettlebell Boot Camp in Gilbert, AZ. I never leave home without my VFF's baby! :)

I've watched a few of Steve Cotter's kettlebell training videos. The guy is a machine — a by-product of training with kettlebells, I'm sure.

The last photo was from one of Bob's boot camp classes (like here), which take place at local parks. Looks like a great way to get outside and get in shape!

Interview with Vibram USA President Tony Post [Video]

05.06.10 - The Vibram Five Fingers Bikila is out!

Raw Food World TV did an impromptu interview with Vibram USA President Tony Post on Monday, August 10. Check it out:

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In the interview (about eight minutes long) Tony Post hits on:

  • the success of Vibram FiveFingers (1:14)
  • the various current models available (1:40)
  • a video glance of various VFF offerings, including what appear to be some new color options as well as the new October models, the KSO Trek, Moc, Performa (2:20)
  • a shot of the Bikila, which is slated for release in February 2010 (2:45)
  • a close up of the KSO Trek as Tony is wearing his VFF KSO Treks in the interview* (3:20).
  • how shoes "cast the foot" and VFFs enable your feet to work more naturally (5:00)

Nice to see an interview with Chief VFFer Tony Post. His office looks jam-packed with fivefingers — it's like a VFF shoe store in there! No doubt it's also fun to have an office environment where "foot gloves" are the norm rather than the exception!

* Tony notes he runs in his VFFs year-round. Back in 1990, Tony worked at Rockport and ran the Boston Marathon in Rockport DresSports.

No, Vibram Five Fingers are not for Teddy Bears!

No, Vibram Five Fingers are not for Teddy Bears!
No, Vibram Five Fingers are not for Teddy Bears!
No, Vibram Five Fingers are not for Teddy Bears!

Got the above photos of Anna, who managed to wrangle her new pair of grey/pink Vibram FiveFinger KSOs away from a certain pink teddy bear. Here's what her boyfriend Alex had to say about what went down:

I have been hooked on my vff sprints for about 3 weeks. For nearly every day of those three weeks, Anna has been talking about how much she wanted a pair for her own. Today she got a pair of VFF KSOs! She had to wrestle them away from the bear, but she likes them so much they may never leave her feet. Good bye high heels.

I don't think the teddy bear stood a chance, personally. I mean, VFFs on bear paws? That's just ridiculous!

Glad you're enjoying your new set of feet, Anna! Goodbye high heels and hello better posture!

Site administration note from Justin: Apologies to all who have submitted stories and photos or otherwise emailed me this week. I just had my first kid on Monday! It's going to take me a few days to get caught back up so please "bear" with me!

Jerry's KSO Vibram Five Fingers at "Foamhenge"

Jerry's KSO Vibram Five Fingers at "Foamhenge"

In the mailbag comes this photo and note from Vibram Five Fingers fan Jerry, who has been enjoying the comfort of KSOs at music festivals and road:

I finally snapped some pics of my VFFs in the wild. My partner and I traveled down to Floyd, VA for an excellent music festival, FloydFest. While we were there we saw about five or so others in VFFs, which was nice to see. On the way home we spent some time in Natural Bridge, VA. Aside from the bridge and all of the awesome wildlife we saw there (spider as big as my hand fishing for minnows....yikes!) we also stopped at Foamhenge, a lifesize replica of Stonehenge. It was pretty impressive...and muddy, as can be seen by my shoes in the picture. But since they are machine washable, they cleaned right up easy as could be.

Who knew? A replica of Stonehenge made out of styrofoam in Virginia.

Good to hear your fivefinger KSOs are doing their job (and keeping stuff out!).

How to put on Classic Vibram Five Fingers without using your hands [How-to]

Awhile ago I asked the following question to forum members: can you put on your fivefinger Classics without using your hands? At least a couple responded they could (Kevin even sent me a short video to prove it).

I, too, can put on my VFFs using naught but feet (As I pat myself on the back). There are two default starting positions from which you can pull off this "fivefingers foot feat:" either with the elastic strap as loose as possible or with it cinched up tight.

How? Let me see if I can explain:

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Note: Both methods require enough toe dexterity to find and insert your toes into their respective toe slots. If you try this little trick, make sure you do it in an area where if you fall from losing your balance, you won't hurt yourself!

If you have questions or comments, let me know! And yes, I did say "do do" in the video. And I know, this is probably one of the weirder how-to videos on YouTube.

Regardless, don't be too jealous of my toe dexterity, k?

A lesson on shoes from Sesame Street: "Monsters don't need shoes. We can do everything in our monster feet!"

Why am I watching Sesame Street? Well, my toddler nephew is a big fan of Sesame Street. When a recent episode featured the "fairy shoeperson" played by Neil Patrick Harris and included a bit of commentary on shoes by way of Telly and Abby, my brother told me all about it. Just the other night, I finally got to watch the clip, and I have to admit, it was pretty entertaining.

You can watch the relevant clip via the two YouTube videos below (about nine minutes total).

The first clip is a little introductory song and dance that is hilarious in its own right as we get to see Neil Patrick Harris doing a song and dance in a suit with wings. He parades about giving shoes to unwitting humans who, of course, break out into song and dance. Note the mop shoes:

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And the second clip:

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If you want to skip to the punchline, in the second clip the "shoe fairy" keeps trying to find the right shoes for Telly, who finds them all seriously wanting. When the shoe fairy has had enough with trying to please Telly, he disappears leaving Telly unshod [Around 5:00 in the video]. Telly doesn't realize he's barefoot and exclaims, "Hey now these shoes make my feel great! I can move in these! These shoes are perfect!" Here's the remaining dialogue:

Abby: But you gotta have shoes, Telly.

Telly: I don't want any shoes.

Abby: Huh?

Telly: No, no, no shoes. I like my toes to roam and roam free!

Abby: No shoes?

Telly: Yeah, see, shoes are great for people and fairies to protect their feet, but I'm a monster and monsters don't need shoes. We can do everything in our monster feet!

Abby: You mean everything?

Telly: Yeah we can run and jump and dance and hop!

[Both laugh]

Abby: I didn't know that!

Of course, Telly's logic for monsters is just as applicable for humans, but well, you knew that already, right? Perhaps the shoe fairy should have tried to outfit Telly in some Vibram threefingers.

Chalk one up for monster logic.

For a full synopsis of this episode of Sesame Street including a few thumbnail snapshots, see the Muppet wiki entry on episode 4162.