Comment from: Mr. Leigh [Visitor]
Mr. Leigh

I wonder why Vibram would want to make these so hard to purchase for the US, especially after offering a US flag version.

@ Justin,

Where did you hear that Vibram in Boston was not taking phone orders?

06/05/12 @ 15:05
Comment from: Eric [Visitor]  
Eric

Those definitely look cute and unique! I wonder how long the colors will last...

06/05/12 @ 15:07
Comment from: josh [Visitor]
josh

Um... it looks like the American flag is in the wrong position.

06/05/12 @ 15:14
Comment from: Bryan Franzen [Visitor]
Bryan Franzen

Those are the coolest looking shoes ever! And also the saddest news ever. That is very unfortunate we will not have a chance to buy a pair of those fabulous looking shoes. I would buy the American and the Australian shoes right now if I could. Let us know if there is anyway we can purchase these.

06/05/12 @ 15:36
Comment from: robert [Member]  

Yea... The American flag looks wrong. I can't find a way to look at the shoe to make it look right. It looks mirrored or something. Maybe the other foot will have the mirror image so it will look correct... strange. I am also very disappointed that they are not going to be selling them outside of the store. As someone who makes a point to collect their shoes I find it very very disappointing that they are trying to make it so hard for collectors to purchase their product. That is an easy way to make collectors loose interest in keeping up with their collection.

06/05/12 @ 16:08
Comment from: Mikekim [Visitor]
Mikekim

We never see the other shoe. Maybe the us flag is wrong because they are mirrored l/r shoes for easier printing

Smh, sucks they are not widely available

06/05/12 @ 16:18
Comment from: Anthony C. [Visitor]  
Anthony C.

Well the Flag isnt wrong b/c if you are looking at it form the others point of view there right. But I u did want some were could I get some?

06/05/12 @ 16:25
Comment from: robert [Member]  

Actually, if you look at it from the other persons point of view the American flag is upside down.

The only explanation is that it is mirrored and the other foot has the proper looking flag. Just unfortunate they are showing the foot that looks flipped.

06/05/12 @ 16:38
Comment from: Sytera [Visitor]
Sytera

Finally more Classics!! Then I saw that I will never be able to own a pair. I'm so sad. I live in my Classics (literally wear nothing else) and it is so hard to find them these days, especially in colors I don't own/haven't owned.

06/05/12 @ 16:43
Comment from: EdH [Visitor]
EdH

Well, I was excited until 1) no US availability outside of Boston and 2) I saw the US version. That white fabric would get dirty so fast.

Sigh... and I really want another pair of classics, but I refuse to buy the all black that they currently sell.

06/05/12 @ 16:53
Comment from: Andrew [Visitor]
Andrew

I wish they did them in the KSO's.

I dont like the classics, they move around too much on my foot.

06/05/12 @ 17:04
Comment from: Maavrik [Visitor]
Maavrik

All, I am about to take a backpacking trip through Europe for a month. Might be able to snag a couple pair. Not sure how much they will cost though:-/. Huge vibram fan here. Check out my blog @ Maavrikstravels.wordpress.com

06/05/12 @ 17:14
Comment from: Chelea [Visitor]
Chelea

Hoping some friends in Boston can pick me up a pair. Not big on white so the US and Italy are out. Will have to go with the Denmark, UK or Australia. I am keeping my finger crossed.

06/05/12 @ 17:24
Comment from: Horse Rider [Visitor]
Horse Rider

I agree with you Chelea, don't care for the white ones, but the 3 others look great.

06/05/12 @ 18:05
Comment from: Peggy [Visitor]
Peggy

Such a tease! We should have these available everywhere! Maybe next year they will get them out...can't even imagine what the price will be.

06/05/12 @ 18:43
Comment from: C [Visitor]
C

Fun! Assuming the designs are mirrored (e.g., the big toe is green on each Italy), the correct orientation would seem to depend on who’s looking at which shoe. And, owing to the vagaries of vexillology and physiology, there’s no consistency!

For the US (which is the only version to show the left shoe), the right would be right to the wearer, looking down, and the left would be wrong to everyone. But the left would match the style found on right-should patches (so as to not signal retreat!).

For the Italy, the right would be right for the wearer and the left would be right for an onlooker, facing the wearer. And just the opposite for the Denmark.

For the Australia, the left would be right for the wearer and the right would be wrong for everyone. You know, because everything’s reversed down there.

And for the UK, assuming the flag is right at all (it’s hard to tell), both the left and the right should be right for both the wearer and an onlooker because of that flag’s rotational symmetry.

Again: fun!

06/05/12 @ 19:02
Comment from: C [Visitor]
C

Or at least one of the UK should look right to everyone, depending on the mirroring…

06/05/12 @ 20:12
Comment from: barefootin [Visitor]
barefootin

The UK version would be great when my wife and I attend the "British Invade Gettysburg" or "Taste of Britain" car shows here in PA.
Reconsider US sales Vibram....

06/05/12 @ 21:42
Comment from: clydesdaletriathlete [Visitor]
clydesdaletriathlete

Bummer about the lack of sales in the US. I would like to see the sales figures globally. I would think the US is probably one of the largest if not the biggest market they have currently. I know they are an Italy based company but even if you take just the VFF out of the picture. Vibram itself makes tons of $$$ off of US buyers in the whole shoe market. I also would think the white VFF with the American Flag would get dirty fast. My grey Bikilas LS are dingy looking and I wash them regularly.

06/06/12 @ 10:14
Comment from: Joseph [Visitor]
Joseph

If anyone is interested I may be able to source them in Europe and send them over. Message me and I can check shipping prices if you like.

06/06/12 @ 13:50
Comment from: Shawn [Visitor]
Shawn

Luckily I live in Boston :)

06/06/12 @ 19:39
Comment from: Tim Gemmill [Visitor]
Tim Gemmill

I'm working with a friend in England to see if he can grab me a pair. Fingers are crossed.

06/07/12 @ 13:17
Comment from: taber knight [Visitor]
taber knight

Actually if you look at the US flag version it's kind of a salute to the military as the US flag patch on most Army uniforms looks that way as a reminder of their cavalary past. Think someone riding a horse and carrying the colors and how it would look as it flies on the riders left, thats how the Army patch looks...same as the shoes! Just my two cents.

06/08/12 @ 00:06
Comment from: April DePetris [Visitor]
April DePetris

I so want the ones with the British flag. You can order them from the Vibram site but they will only ship to a UK address. How stupid! I wish these had come out sooner because I was just in the UK for business mid-May. I would have definately been on the prowl for a pair of these. I don't know why they want to limit the US from buying these.

06/17/12 @ 16:20
Comment from: Alex Stowers [Visitor]  
Alex Stowers

After I was disappointed with the "only sold in Boston" bit, I realized that I'm going to Boston anyways in a few weeks for a Mu Alpha Theta (math) national convention! I mapquested the hotel that we're staying at as well as the Vibram store on Newbury Street and found out that they're only 0.9 miles away!! It's funny how God works stuff out for you :)

06/19/12 @ 01:00
Comment from: lacidtoes [Visitor]
lacidtoes

It's marketing ploys like this that are causing my love of VFF to wither away to bare nothing.

06/19/12 @ 13:14
Comment from: admin [Member]  

@lacidtoes -- sort of ironic calling this a marketing ploy when it is almost impossible to get these in the U.S. and they've done zero advertising about it.

06/19/12 @ 13:44
Comment from: lacidtoes [Visitor]
lacidtoes

@Justin - They don't have to market because websites like this do the work for them! Word-of-mouth amongst brand lovers + hard-to-find items = sell out item = profit. A great example of viral marketing: If anyone state-side comes up with an inventive way to snag these rare birds (international retailers who have all of them or some portion of them willing to ship), please share your solution in the comments!

06/19/12 @ 14:26
Comment from: Barefoot Osteopath [Visitor]
Barefoot Osteopath

I live in the UK. They seem to be limited but available cheaper than normal, but we pay nearly double the US price normally. So far I have seen the UK ones available from primallifestyle.com where I have mine on preorder. And barefootlondon.com who I can recommend. They might send them to the US?

06/19/12 @ 14:36
Comment from: admin [Member]  

@lacidtoes,

Except they're selling these at a price lower than standard and at limited quantities. Honestly, I don't think Vibram really expected these to be that big b/c if they had they would have ordered a lot more of them. As it is, US hardly gets any. International resellers don't seem to have a ton either. Anyway, I don't see how this is really a marketing play so much as someone's fun idea that they said "ok we'll do it, but only on a small scale."

06/19/12 @ 17:02
Comment from: Jamie [Visitor]
Jamie

Do we have a price point for those here at the Boston store?

06/19/12 @ 21:01
Comment from: Chad [Visitor]  
Chad

A big thank you to the Barefoot osteopath. I could not find any pairs at primal lifestyle site, however, the barefootlondon site did have the union jack available (to pre-order) and they will ship to the US, but according to their site they are going quick. Just go to their site (it is a co.uk site) and follow link for olympic classic and it gives info of where to email request. The shoes run 60 GBP (or roughly a little over $90) PLUS shipping. I reserved my pair yesterday - they are due at barefootlondon by end of the week. good luck

06/20/12 @ 10:45
Comment from: Chad [Visitor]
Chad

According to vibram Facebook page - the olympic classics will be available tomorrow - thursday - only in store though...if anyone is able to get there I am a size 43 mens and would pay via paypal for a pair to ship out to Northern California.

06/20/12 @ 22:13
Comment from: Matt [Visitor]
Matt

A friend of mine was going to Boston this week so I asked her to pick up a pair for me. The US version was sold out in my size (M42), so she snagged an Australian pair. Can't wait to try them on when she gets home this weekend. They were priced at $90 at the Boston store.

06/26/12 @ 23:07
Comment from: Chad [Visitor]  
Chad

Sweet!! Just called boston vibram store this morning and they ARE able to ship the olympic classics NOW (since they filled their store orders) - you can goto store locator on five fingers site to get number for the newbury store. They are $90 a pair and only $5 shipping (no tax) - I just bought mens 43 in great britain, australia, and italy (so they still have some in stock). So I can sport these around Northern Cali in time for olympics - gonna ship today!!

Posting here first before Facebook (not even going to post there) - since this is where i get all my news and reviews on five fingers...although the Facebook page is cool to enter contests (check out tongal website - advertising site where you can take part in developing commercials - there is one on now for five fingers and you can win cash and a pair of five fingers).

06/27/12 @ 11:31
Comment from: insanetaz [Visitor]
insanetaz

I checked with Vibram USA. The big sad news is Classic is being discontinued. Anyone know how to get them?

10/06/12 @ 23:27