Comment from: Shawn [Visitor]
Shawn

The Speed model looks so cool, I really hope Vibram considers selling them in the USA. It almost seems unfair not to, lol.

01/15/10 @ 13:11
Comment from: Nora [Visitor]
Nora

I'm just curious if they will ever release these in the states. Why only in Europe? Just to market them first and then move them to the states? Have you heard anything on that?

01/15/10 @ 13:46
Comment from: TimKelley [Visitor]
TimKelley

Thanks for the info Justin--exactly what I was wondering about.

01/15/10 @ 17:54
Comment from: Angela Bishop [Visitor]  
Angela Bishop

It seems to me that Vibram's is going in the wrong direction in the minimal shoe market. They are getting less minimal.....I think added traction would be great like the Treks ( Only know this from others who have them) but the Bikila and Speed's both look much more like a "shoe".

01/15/10 @ 18:23
Comment from: admin [Member]  

@shawn,

Not surprised you'd want the Speed. Where there's a will there's a way :)

@nora,

Bikila will be released worldwide. I don't foresee the same for the Speed. I think the Speed is a very tough look for many to swallow. A laced VFF isn't a bad idea though -- I think they might be better served with a less retro look though. As is, it's sort of a strange juxtaposition of modern toe shoe and retro sneaker. Don't get me wrong, I kinda like it -- just sayin'.

@tim,

Glad to help!

@angie,

The Bikilas are definitely more minimal than the Treks. They weigh .3 oz more per "shoe" than the KSOs (I'm guessing the weight is in the ankle wrap or the EVA, but who knows.

Meanwhile, the Bikila sole looks *very* interesting. If I understand the concept correctly, the grey between the colored pods is a different type of material than the pods themselves. And by different, I think it's actually a bit more flexible than the Vibram rubber pods. If I'm right, then in theory, this will make the soles of the Bikilas more flexible than the standard VFF sole.

I'm not sure if that makes it more minimalist, but it certainly would make the Bikila better at mimicking actual barefootedness by reducing sole flex resistance (I made that terminology up, but I think it describes the concept well enough).

Juries out til people get to test them, but I think the Bikila strikes a pretty interesting balance between barefootedness and shod, specifically for running.

01/15/10 @ 19:05
Comment from: judymac [Visitor]
judymac

I am a huge VFF fan and import all of mine from the UK - I live in France.
You can check out the photos of the new Speed and Bikila at my fav shop here (they do send worldwide)

01/16/10 @ 11:11
Comment from: cognitive dissident [Visitor]
cognitive dissident

I've been looking forward to the Bikila model ever since you mentioned them last year...my only sticking point with the current VFFs is the lack of an Achilles notch, and the Bikila remedies that problem.

I hope I can hold out until March!

01/16/10 @ 17:23
Comment from: Marc [Visitor]  
Marc

Man! I would LOVE to get my hands on a pair of these. I've been wearing the KSO's exclusively for the past six months. I've put 500 miles on them and have finally worn them out under the balls of my feet: http://www.flickr.com/photos/marckrejci/4282245717/

I will also agree with the previous poster in that, "I hope I can hold out until March!" Mine seem to need replaced now, and it's not quite completely barefoot weather.

01/17/10 @ 22:49
Comment from: Kris Wragg [Visitor]
Kris Wragg

I own a pair of KSO and also a pair of Flow Treks, which don't actually exist according to Vibrams website, but you can buy them in the UK.

I wish they'd stop making more models and work on lowering their costs, the Flow Treks cost me £120 and the Flows cost me £100, both are stupid expensive!

01/23/10 @ 10:12
Comment from: Brandon [Visitor]  
Brandon

When are the Bikilas coming out?! I'm getting antsy already and want to start testing them out to see how much better at road running they are then KSO's.

01/28/10 @ 14:54
Comment from: Kaleb [Visitor]  
Kaleb

I first read about VFF in a mens health magazine in 2006 (in the days of surge). I bought a pair shortly after and wear them everywhere. I wore them on Mt Kilimanjaro and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in Tanzania, Zagreb, and Dubrovnik Croatia, Italy, Australia all over the US. To date I have purchased 8-9 pairs, but cant remember exactly. I have three on hand and can’t wait to add the Bikila to my collection. I have to agree with Kris Wragg, in that I wish the price would come down and stop making tons of designs(even though the new designs are awesome).

02/15/10 @ 14:45
Comment from: tim [Visitor]
tim

the models that come out, the better they get. i'd much rather pay 80 USD for some KSO's than any other shoe thats out. i'd say its actually a bargin when you see a pair after 500 miles like above. keep the "shoes" old and new coming vibram.

02/16/10 @ 23:48
Comment from: Timmers [Visitor]  
Timmers

When I first saw these I had to rub the doubt out of my eyes... I thought Photo-shop devilry was at work here!

But upon realization... Is it silly that I am suddenly willing promote my (approximately) "9th priority" trip to Europe to #1 on my expenditure list?!

03/25/10 @ 00:14
Comment from: Alex [Visitor]
Alex

apparently you can pre- order the speed but the only style available is black and white at purefootwear

about 150-175 USD.

i think i will wait until they are released to make my decision about getting a pair to see if there will be more colors

04/26/10 @ 00:21