I was able to get my hands on a test pair of Vibram FiveFingers Trek Flip, a Europe-only model slated for release in Fall 2012. The Trek Flip, as you'll recall from our Fall 2012 FiveFingers preview, is a reboot of the popular KSO Trek first released in Fall 2009. I just wanted to share a few pictures of what I got my hands on.
I got a tip that this pair of Trek Flip FiveFingers (likely a test/sales/pre-production version) was floating around on the net for sale. I really liked the looks of them and I had to see if I could pick them up. Well, I did just that and what follows is more a photo preview than a review. More photos after the jump!
What is the Trek Flip?
The Trek Flip is basically a KSO Trek with several cosmetic changes. The upper is composed of several different types of leather. The black is smooth Kangaroo leather. The Grey seems to be some sort of suede. There is also some accents of red on the strap and Velcro heel. The sides of the toe pockets are fabric like the original KSO Trek.
I love the style of these FiveFingers. I like that the design is slightly asymmetrical (it still looks fairly symmetrical). That is a design aesthetic that always appeals to me. The grey suede is balanced well between the big toe and the pinky toe. Design-wise everything on the shoe feels very balanced. I think there is something almost futuristic about them. The kangaroo leather upper provides a certain amount of slickness to the shoe. I feel like Vibram did a really good job of updating the KSO Trek. They seem more high end than original KSO Trek. I think this version is very stylish.
I have no idea if this Trek Flip is still planning on being released this Fall. From what we know to date it will be a Europe-only release. But even still, things can always change between now and Fall 2012.