I am South African and new here but have been interested in Fivefingers for a long time! I did some research and found where to buy them where I live and went out and got some black KSO's.
Sadly, my joy has been crushed after I put them in the washing machine for their first wash. I followed the instructions set out by Vibram, sticking to the warm gentle cycle, but alas my new favourite shoes have started falling apart right after I removed them from the machine. I have only had them for a little over two weeks, and so as you can imagine I am pretty sad.
Check out these photos:
I guess that I am really just posting here to vent my sadness and also to warn peeps to be careful when following Vibrams machine washing instructions. I have subsequently emailed Vibram South Africa's warranty centre to see if they will take them in for inspection and replacement. They are unfortunately based in Cape Town and I am in Johannesburg.