Comment from: Chelea [Visitor]  
Chelea

How can one not be jealous of those Suomy. Way cool!

05/03/12 @ 10:40
Comment from: Rich [Visitor]
Rich

I want to like the classics. I really do. They just don't fit me right. The heel fit is just... Off. It's either sloppy or pinching, depending on whether info up or down in size. I dunno, maybe it's the shape of my foot, but most other vibrams fit me just fine.

05/03/12 @ 10:53
Comment from: Mr. Leigh [Visitor]
Mr. Leigh

Classics are by far my favorite model as well. I was saddened to see all the color choices disappear, leaving only black. I have the Suomy Classics. I also have the Denim Classics, which unfortunately have a black sole. I too prefer the other sole colors over black. I really want the Navy/White/White. I am envious to say the least. I have feelers out to get a pair in my size when/if they are available.

05/03/12 @ 11:43
Comment from: Mark [Visitor]
Mark

So say one wants to aquire a pair of Euro spec vibrams, with all the sites that sell fakes, how do you tell they a liget Euro model and not a fake?

05/03/12 @ 15:28
Comment from: Lewis [Visitor]
Lewis

I have to say I too am a fan of the classics. My two favorite styles are the classics and kso's. I love the classics because they are to me what a flip flop is to most others. I like that they truly are minimal yet give just enough coverage. I hope they come back with some more colorways even if for a limited time for those who like to collect them

05/03/12 @ 16:12
Comment from: phouvanh [Visitor]
phouvanh

Nice! I love the blue and white and the other reminds me of those Chinese slip on shoes...same kind of print/color scheme. They are both very nice!

05/03/12 @ 16:33
Comment from: Matt [Visitor]
Matt

I really want to like these too - I've nearly every other Vibram model except these. My wife wears flats, which unfortunately I can't overlook the similarities. I'm sure they're awesome for every reason explained, but I just can't go there!

05/03/12 @ 20:42
Comment from: Heather B. Duthie [Visitor]
Heather B. Duthie

I've only owned a pair of KSO's so far. Though, now that I've finally worn some holes in them after nearly 2 years of constant wear, I'm looking to expand my collection.
I really love the KSO's because of their multi-use and always thought the classics just looked like a house slipper type deal to me. Not good for much more than lounging around and running errands in.
I do LOVE these colors though and hearing a male's perspective on them is quite refreshing. I typically only hear them referred to as the girly fivefingers.
Great post! Might have to track some down myself.

05/03/12 @ 21:01
Comment from: mikekim [Visitor]
mikekim

2 factors I can't get over compared to the newer models.

1. The strap doesn't work and the sizing overall is not as stable in my experience
2. Once they stink they are useless. They seem to get there faster than the newer models because the upper does not clean as well in my experience.

Bring back the laser cut sole but fix the uppers.

05/03/12 @ 21:24
Comment from: admin [Member]  

@Marc,

There's really no easy way. I utilized a connection I have in the Netherlands -- it was a favor that he handled this all for me (transacting with the retailer in Germany and the ebay seller whereever he/she was I don't recall). Wish there was an easier way.

@Matt,

Flats are crazy narrow and pointy -- FiveFingers are foot-shaped and wide and have toes. The open-top is sorta moot point, don't you think? It's getting fixated on a tree and not seeing the forest.

@Heather,

They're really not girly. I don't think I've ever had anyone say "nice girly fivefingers" or otherwise mocked them as being feminine. The only place I heard it really come up was online. Back in the good ol' days when it was just KSO, Classic, and Sprint, the Classic was just the Classic. One of three options (ok I'm ignoring the Flow).

Actually, shortly after I got my first pair (2008), a CrossFit instructor who was training me got his first pair -- also Classics. Guy was a black belt in BJJ and could break me in half. We both thought we looked funny in our toe shoes but that was it.

@Rich,

I think the Classics fit is a little hard to dial in. My hunch is that most fit issues with the Classic (and the Sprint) stem from getting them in too big a size where there's not enough tension between the rear rubber, angled heel and your actual heel/foot. This leads to too much rubbing and that causes irritation/discomfort. The apparent fix then becomes tightening the bungee which irritates the top of the foot. The solution is getting a pair that fits pretty snugly (without your feet pushing out the toe pockets) sans tightening the bungee.

Either that or there really are in between/half sizes of Classics.

05/03/12 @ 21:31
Comment from: admin [Member]  

@mikekim,

See my above comments to Rich on the sizing. I could do without the bungee myself and usually just take it off completely (don't really need it anyway).

As for stink, I don't have this issue with my Classics. My oldest Classics are kinda beat up but they still smell fine. Go figure.

05/03/12 @ 21:35
Comment from: Noah [Visitor]
Noah

These look amazing!!!! Too bad theyre out now and nobody wants the classics :\ the black/black ones arent bad, but after seeing the grey/orange... But still im lovin the olympics!!!!

05/03/12 @ 23:05
Comment from: dirk verelst [Visitor]
dirk verelst

best shot for anybody wanting to fetch a pair of Suomy's would be this Italian site, they ship abroad and they are having a great sale on these apparently. Do contact them before oreering, and patience is needed to communincate in english
http://www.comprosicuro.it/product/26109/SCARPE-SUOMY-VIBRAM-Five-Fingers-con-dita-Flower.html

05/04/12 @ 11:32
Comment from: Kim [Visitor]  
Kim

Justin, thank you so much for this article! I've been lurking and reading on birthdayshoes.com for a while now trying to decide if I wanted to try VFFs and which ones. I wanted something easy to put on and wear everywhere especially for walking so I could transition into VFFs before I bought a pair of KSOs for dog agility. This article has decided me on the classics and answered my questions about fit (no local retailer sells them so I have to buy them without trying on). Thanks again.

05/04/12 @ 14:47
Comment from: dirk verelst [Visitor]
dirk verelst

seems like I made a mistake... www.comprosicuro.it does not sell abroad, too bad... it`s www.alexfactory.it that does, sorry for the confusion, folks

05/04/12 @ 18:59
Comment from: robert [Member]  

I just ordered from the last site Dirk listed. The AlexFactory one. I went with a size 43. I can wear a 42 or 43 in the classics. I find the 42 to fit better length wise but the toe pockets can feel tight. The 43 can feel a little long but the toe pockets feel better. A size 43 pair with a pair of thicker toe socks makes the fit just right. I had been looking for a Suomy classics for awhile now. I almost bought a pair off eBay but the seller flaked out one me and quit responding to e-mails.

05/05/12 @ 00:58
Comment from: Gwyn [Visitor]
Gwyn

Love the white bottom, boy do I wish they were making the classic style with more options! I have a pr of Sprint's and just got a pair of Jaya and Kamodo and was a bit disappointed to find that the bases were so different. I really like the base of the Sprint (same as Classic) and it seems to give much more contact with the ground (the point) but wanted something open at the top without the strap. Without more Classic choices I don't have any choices. I expected the Jaya to have less support not more now I'm not sure what to do.

05/06/12 @ 12:29
Comment from: Chris [Visitor]
Chris

I really want a pair of Classics, and the fact that they are only producing them in all black now is the only reason I haven't bought them. If I can get my feet in a pair of the grey/oranges and the blue/whites, I will be extremely happy.

05/06/12 @ 17:23
Comment from: Christopher Cashell [Visitor]  
Christopher Cashell

I love the VFF Classics. My all time favorite pair of VFF's is the SmartWool classics. The grey color makes for a great understated appearance (I'm a simple guy, I like simple colors), and the SmartWool material seems to wick moisture better than the standard material. The footbed in particular.

I like them so much that when they got discontinued, and places started discounting them, I bought two backup pairs. I'm not sure what I'll do when I wear through them, but so far they're holding up well enough that I should have plenty of time to find an alternative.

When I'm not at work, they're my "go to" shoes.

05/07/12 @ 00:44
Comment from: Rich [Visitor]
Rich

Thanks for the sizing insight Justin. I might just not have tried a small enough size. But, I have a suspicion that I'm really just between sizes, and the classics (unlike, say, the KSO) are unforgiving in that regard because of the rubbing on the heel that you mentioned.

05/07/12 @ 13:00
Comment from: greentoe [Visitor]
greentoe

Sweet island print on the classics.
On a mission now to find some.
This might help some:
Adventure Megastore in Australia sells legit fives in hard to find colors (classics as well) http://www.adventuremegastore.com.au/
there not cheap but they are real and i've ordered from them several times and there really cool dudes. Ask for Ollie.

05/07/12 @ 18:48
Comment from: Margaret [Visitor]
Margaret

My first VFF'S were the orange/grey classics. They still look great after 3 years of being washed and chucked in the machine to remove the pong. Am goin to try and get hold of a pair of the Suomy. They are beautiful. Thanks Birthdayshoes for the heads up on these.

05/08/12 @ 03:42
Comment from: Sky.Live [Visitor]
Sky.Live

I love the classic I am just not sure what's the application I can used, I tried cycling (just a short 30km), followed by a run. It works but it's not really mean for them. The heel felts loose although I follow the size chart (1 size larger than KSO)..

05/10/12 @ 03:43
Comment from: admin [Member]  

@Sky.Live,

FWIW I wear the same size in Classics as KSO. If I sized up for Classics they would be too loose on me but the same as KSO is "just right." Sizing Classics right is a big issue in that if you go too big, they will fit sloppy, cause rubbing, and other issues. IMO a right-sized Classic won't require the bungee cord for most wear situations (walking being the main one). As for what to use them for, they're really awesome everyday toe shoes.

05/10/12 @ 09:11
Comment from: Wally [Visitor]
Wally

Anyone have any leads on purchasing the navy/white classics? Would love to find a pair of those.

05/11/12 @ 12:09
Comment from: Sky.Live [Visitor]
Sky.Live

@Justin,

I have no problem on it, but can forsee if I wear them on prolong period it is gonna cause some rubbing problem on my heels.

On a side note, I wore my VFF Spyridon for the second time during a trail race.. the lace totally sucks.. It seems going to worn off after second time wearing it..

05/14/12 @ 08:49
Comment from: Mr. Leigh [Visitor]
Mr. Leigh

I did end up biting the bullet and getting the Navy/White/White Classics. I just could not let them slip beyond my grasp, as the color will match a lot of things in my wardrobe. I have a lot of MN Twins apparel and these will look even better than my Navy/Aqua/Camo Classics. Now, next on the must have list is the US Olympic Classics. I can't wait. It is definitely going to be a Classic summer!

05/25/12 @ 15:50
Comment from: Wally [Visitor]
Wally

Mr. Leigh,

Where did you find the blue white classics? I've been looking everywhere!

06/14/12 @ 11:14
Comment from: Sy.Live [Visitor]
Sy.Live

my spyridon now is ultra cool after replacing the original non function lace with a elastic bungee lace

06/15/12 @ 22:57
Comment from: Ulrich Hoffmann [Visitor]
Ulrich Hoffmann

I am also a fan of the classics, ever since I got my first pair in 2007. I also have a Sprint, KSO and a pair of Bikilas, but the Classics are my favorite. Now, I have been complaining in email to Vibram US and Italy about the color (or the lack thereof) but never received a response.
Unfortunately, my taupe colored Classics broke last year and I had to buy black ones, but they just don't look as good on bare feet as the lighter colors do.

I think Vibram has produced a self fulfilling prophecy with the black Classics. I am certain that they will not be very successful, because frankly, the color sucks.

I want my old taupe and orange colored Classics back ... :-( *snif*

Ulrich

07/04/12 @ 04:28
Comment from: Angel [Visitor]
Angel

@greentoe
What's the shipping cost from the adventuremegastore in australia? in their site there is no option for international shipping or the options they have in their website they have AU$10 for registered mail.
Thanks

11/09/12 @ 18:37
Comment from: Natalia [Visitor]  
Natalia

Hi there,
you can order white ones on a Polish site:
http://www.5palcow.pl/14-cla.html

it's Polish official distributor of Vibram Five Fingers

they cost 222 PLN so it's 71 USD. I have just bought one pair for my boyfriend ;)

cheers,
N

01/28/13 @ 05:56
Comment from: Eddie [Visitor]  
Eddie

I love my grey smartwool classics. I've had them for years and I've only just started getting into running. I did c25k and now I'm doing bridge to 10 k. I ran 5 miles this morning in a rain and snow mixture with no discomfort. I'm kinda worried that when these fall apart I won't be able to find another pair.

11/27/13 @ 18:13