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.

What can you do in Vibram Five Fingers?

Aubrey and his dog
Aubrey, his dog, and his VFFs cooling off in the Texas heat.

As the debate rages on about the capabilities of Vibram Five Fingers, one Vibram Five Fingers fan, Aubrey, hasn't found much that can't be done in them:

What do I do with my Vibrams??? EVERYTHING!!

  • Work
  • Run
  • Rock climb
  • Swim
  • Kayak
  • Hike
  • Sleep (camping)
  • Camping
  • Showered (ok, just to wash them….)
  • Martial Arts (Hung Fa Yi Wing Chun Kung Fu)
  • Climb Trees, to use chain saw to cut them down from above house

The list goes on……

Here's what Aubrey had to say about his switch to Five Fingers:

Vibram Five Fingers have completely changed the way I approach my footwear. When I do an activity, I always like doing it the right way. While there is definitely more than one way to skin a cat, running and doing other activities in my VFFs is the right way to do things. They are extremely comfortable, and I have definitely noticed a difference in the strength of my legs and overall ‘fluidity’ of movement. I have and will continue to recommend these to my friends and family, and already have 5 people in my family that wear them now as well!

After the jump, see what Aubrey and his sister recently did in their VFFs.

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Not as Tough a Mudder in Vibram Five Fingers Flows!

Not as Tough  a Mudder in Vibram Five Fingers Flows!
Andréa scales this wall with ease in her VFF Flows.
(Photo courtesy of Anthony J. Topper)

Andréa Maria Cecil (Follow her on twitter @andreacecil) recently participated in a Tough Mudder race at Bear Creek Mountain Resort near Allentown, Pa. She shared this narrative about her experience with us:

By Andréa Maria Cecil

All I could hear was my own breathing as I ran down the narrow, shady trail lined with small trees and dead leaves.

Beneath my feet were rocks of all sizes — mossy, wet, jagged. Tree roots, rogue branches and mud filled the spaces between, adhering only to the chaos of nature.

I hopped, skipped and jumped along the path, my elbows rising to shoulder-level each time, constantly scanning the ground for my next step.

Suddenly, from behind, I heard a man yell out,

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Slackchaining - A variation on slacklining done in Vibram Five Fingers Flows

Jason slackchaining.
Jason, immediately after landing a back flip. Well, maybe not, but it sure is a cool pic!

VFF fan, Jason, on his variation of slacklining done wearing his new Vibram Five Fingers Flows:

I picked up my VFF Flows over Easter and I love them. The Flows were the only pair that fit me, but I got them half off, so I won't complain. I've been wearing them as much as I can, and have started running in them too. I had ordered a pair of Classics too, but they were too big, and now I'm just waiting for their next order to get in.

I was wandering by the this track the other day and saw these chains. While I've never slacklined before, I am very interested in trying it out. I also love climbing stuff (the Flows are so tacky. I have found myself scaling all kinds of random objects, trees and walls!) so I couldn't resist trying my hand at balancing on this chain.

Although I kind of feel like I've joined a cult, I wouldn't have it any other way!

Thanks Jason, and welcome to the cult!

Splish Splashin' in the Creek with Vibram Five Fingers Classics!

Mary at the nature preserve.
Mary says, "I absolutely love when I step in water in my Vibrams, because when I walk away they leave little footprints!"

Vibram Five Fingers fan, Mary, likes getting back to nature in her Classics. They provide sure footing and it's ok if they get wet! She told us why VFFs work for her:

A friend and I spent the morning at Arbor Hills Nature Preserve, which is located in west Plano, Tx. It is a beautiful park with trails and a playground and a creek, among other things. When we got there, we went straight to the creek, I was so excited to run around in my Vibrams! I recently bought some, and I love them to death. I never want to wear any other shoes again. It was so cool to feel all the rocks and all the textures on the creek bed without being poked or prodded. I really did feel more one with nature. At one point I was walking along the bank and started to slip in the mud, and I grabbed onto a vine with my toes and kept from slipping. Yay for Vibrams! I was sad to leave and hope to be able to go back out there soon, but I truly think that my Classics helped make the morning more enjoyable!

Thanks Mary!

The Vibram Five Fingers Bikila is Out!

The Vibram Five Fingers Bikila in Blue and Yellow
The Vibram Five Fingers Bikila in Blue and Yellow

I'm happy to announce that we have a winner to the Vibram Five Fingers Bikila giveaway contest. There were almost 3,000 entries in the contest, and I will be emailing the winner here shortly!

Of course, having a winner means just one thing: it seems the long wait has finally come to an end -- the Vibram Five Fingers Bikila is out, which is to say it is making its way out, albeit slowly and piecemeal, to retailers both online and offline alike. Specifically, CitySports will have for sale about 180 pairs available online this afternoon for purchase in the blue and yellow mens version (photoed above) at this link (inventory will go live at approximately 3pm!). As I alluded to above, the Bikila's distribution is happening a bit piecemeal, which is why I'm sad to say that the women's version isn't yet available for online purchase! When this changes, I will send out another email about it.

I've no idea how long this short batch of Bikilas will last, but if I had to guess, I think they will go quickly, so if you're looking to buy the Vibram Five Fingers Bikila, I'd not delay! As far as other details are concerned, the Five Fingers Bikila sizes (in theory) the same as the Vibram Five Fingers KSO (though the fit feels a bit different due to different strap technology: the Bikila has a wider top opening, a more forward top strap, and no heel strap) and is priced at $99.95. Note that the BIRTHDAY coupon code should get you free shipping at CitySports (let me know if it doesn't!).

Again, here's a link to buy the blue/yellow Vibram Bikila — note that this page will update to have inventory for purchase just as soon as CitySports flips the switch this afternoon!

And if you hadn't already seen it, I posted a ton of pictures (and detailed description) of the Vibram Five Fingers Bikila in the silver/grey/red over at BirthdayShoes the other week. In short, I think the Bikila is an awesome product and I both look forward to putting it through the ropes and hearing how VFF fans at large like these new "barefoot running shoes."

Justin / Chief Editor, BirthdayShoes.com