Hi! So, I've been thinking about VFFs for a few years now. I'm an REI member, and since they are freaking awesome, I've spent the past month trying and returning, and ordering different sizes. I started out trying treksports, but after trying the KomodoSports, I decided the seamless footbed was the way for me to go (the treksport was giving me a big toe rubbing issue, despite several pairs, W40. the M40 were too big)
But, the KomodoSport (KS) M40 and KomodoSport LS (KSLS) M40 fit my foot length great. So the issue I'm having now is deciding which of the two I like better, and could use some advice about the fit and breaking in of VFFs. I want to be able to return the other pair and for REI to be able to restock them, so I've been limiting wear to places like malls and big box stores and the like, with some dog walking in the grass.
So. The KS upper fits tight like a second skin. The KSLS fits with a little bit more...baggieness? Slackroom? It seems from the site that the KSLS was made for larger feet, high insteps, etc. So I think that the KSLS actually has just a tiny bit more fabric than the KS in the upper. Which one is more ideal? How do these kinds of uppers break in? It almost as if the KS upper pulls the rubber sole closer to my foot by just a small bit. Just enough to notice.
However, on the KSLS, I like the upper toe protection, lack of the heel strap, and smaller heel pull loop. On the KS, I'm not sure if I like the second skin feeling or not, also, I don't know if the part on the inside of my arch where the strap is attached would rub or not..I can feel it, but can't tell if it'd be a hot spot. I figure both are just something that I'm not used to?
As for dislikes, on the KSLS; Embroidered Vibram logo above the big toe (a bit irritating and stiff, but likely will wear in to be not a problem), the tongue gives the top of my foot a kind of crowded feeling, as opposed to the KS feeling like one solid piece of glove, and one of the seams on the outside of my left foot caused a sore spot after a day of walking around. It's where the mesh and the non-mesh meet.
For the KS dislikes, well, it's got less going on, so it doesn't have as much to dislike. But the anchor piece for the straps kind of bulges out, and like I said, I don't really like the heel strap. I loosened it so that I couldn't feel it anymore.
Sorry, I know that was kind of alot of rambling, but I want my first pair to fit just right y'know? So I guess my main question is, will the quirks in the KSLS work themselves out as they break in? And how tight of a gloved fit should the uppers be? Thanks for the help!!! Also, if anyone wants, they can ask me to compare other particular bits of the two while I've still got them in my possession
But I doubt I'll be able to help out much as I'm new to these things in general!