Comment from: Dustin [Visitor]

Those are some nice shoes. But at 190 they are priced way above my pay grade. Particularly if I destroy them as quickly as I destroy most Vibrams. Usually only last me a few months before they go. Whether they be the Leather ones or the Synthetic ones.

I just don't have faith in the FiveFingers actually lasting more than 6 months tops. As such 190 is too much. If I had confidence in Vibrams ability to make a durable shoe that would last for 2 or more years I would consider it worth wile. But 6 months is the longest any of their models have lasted. Most of the time I have worn them out in even less. And I don't even run much. I just wear them to work and for the occasional walk or dog agility trial.

06/30/14 @ 20:29
Comment from: philip [Member]  

Dustin - thanks for the comment. I definitely agree 190 is tough. Also sorry to hear you've had trouble with Vibrams wearing out. I guess I've been lucky as I haven't worn out any of mine. I don't wear them as often as I used to, but I've definitely put them through some things (like multiple tough mudders). Mine have all held up pretty well over the years. I hope you can find a pair that holds up long term for you.

07/01/14 @ 01:34
Comment from: Sammniamii [Visitor]

Yeah, at $190 that's even pricey for me, who owns 9 pairs of Vibrams. I like the design, but I wonder how the stretch is - I can only wear the LS's and the classics.
I've only worn out 1 pair, and they are still wearable, but not as "walkers" - like running around the yard, heading up to the store. They have been repaired so many times, they hurt.

07/02/14 @ 13:19
Comment from: shopharim [Visitor]

The 190 gives me pause, but I REALLY prefer leather, so I likely will snag a pair.

As to durability. I rotate three pair of Trek's on a daily basis and have been doing so for nearly two years. I have found that washing them, versus use, causes them to break down. for me, it is not that construction has given way, but that the fit has become loose.

07/02/14 @ 14:46
Comment from: Chris [Visitor]

Excellent review Philip! Thank you!

07/02/14 @ 18:52
Comment from: Oscar [Visitor]

What is the sizing like in these shoes compared to other vibram models?

08/22/14 @ 03:45
Comment from: philip [Member]  

Oscar - these size similarly to all my other models. I wear a 43 in all my Vibrams including these.

08/25/14 @ 13:55
Comment from: Oscar [Visitor]

Philip - thanks for your reply, i've never played golf but i like the look of these so much i will wear them as a pair of trendy brogues!! i'll let you know how i get on =D

08/30/14 @ 14:05
Comment from: philip [Member]  

Oscar - Great, I hope you find them as comfortable as I do!

09/01/14 @ 00:48
Comment from: Yolee [Visitor]  

My shoes arrived yesterday and I absolutely love them!! They are a bit pricey but I am a chick who owns 23 PAIRS!! I wear mine (Bormios, Sorrento, and Trek) to work in a business setting everyday. I have to agree with your article that they are definitely the most comfortable pair of VFFs I own.

09/13/14 @ 08:11
Comment from: philip [Member]  

Yolee - That's great! Glad to hear you find them as comfortable as I do.

09/15/14 @ 18:26
Comment from: Mr.Tiger [Visitor]  

Hello, nice review!

I'm looking something to start with barefooting, and I think I should first go with something casual to walk around daily, even at work or at home.
My question is if I could, in your opinion, go with a model like V-Classic LR, or should be better choose models like Sorrento, CTV Hemp, Trek Ascent LR.
Thank You very much!

Cheers from Italy

07/27/15 @ 09:39
Comment from: philip [Member]  

Mr. Tiger - For starting out wearing as everyday casual shoes, I think any of them will work. I don't see the V-Classic LR on Vibram's US website anymore, but lucky for you it's still offered in Italy! I still wear them on the golf course as I love the leather feel.

For just starting out though, I might lean toward a style like the CVT-Hemp (although I haven't had a chance to try them). Really, most of them should work for getting you started as an everyday walking around shoe, but you could always start with a lower price point to see how you like going minimal.

Good luck!

07/29/15 @ 16:44