Comment from: TMG [Visitor]
TMG

Oh man yet another pair of VFF's I MUST HAVE!! but now for the wait ugh...makes me wonder if these will be a UK release only??

07/03/12 @ 11:14
Comment from: admin [Member]  

@TMG,

I'd really, really doubt this would be a Europe-only release. Vibram's only really done that for full-fledged new models when they're really unusual -- think about the high-cut women's boots or the Rimini, Grado, or Sorrento. This looks to me like a model they might be hoping will have mass appeal.

07/03/12 @ 11:22
Comment from: Mr. Leigh [Visitor]
Mr. Leigh

I really like the more aggressive sole, but am not digging the higher cut (they are more KSO like on the upper than Classic like to me) or the apparent painting on upper. Why must Vibram insist on painting on the uppers on everything lately? It is anything but durable and looks cheesy IMHO. I wish they would alter the colors in a manner similar to the KSO Remix, rather than painting on designs that crack and peel off. I am anticipating the Laced See-Ya release and am actually more excited about that than I am about these, which is odd because I am a huge Classic fan. I doubt I would ever wear the reboot of the Classic for everyday/casual wear. If they fit snugly enough, I could maybe see myself buying them for a water shoe. It will all depend on the price point Vibram sells them at.

07/03/12 @ 11:30
Comment from: Ryan [Visitor]
Ryan

It's about time!
I was jealous of the strapless Jaya design;
It's nice to see them making a men's model in a similar style!

07/03/12 @ 12:53
Comment from: Dirk [Visitor]
Dirk

I`m excited about the thinner sole, and the shoe looks wider, too. I agree with Leigh when the looks are concerned, and paint also hinder good breathing, even if it`s a thin layer.

07/03/12 @ 14:13
Comment from: admin [Member]  

@Leigh and @Dirk,

I'm fairly certain that paint is there to actually reduce the stretch of the upper material without adding another layer of material to the shoes -- note how it wraps the ankle as well as the instep. This would constrain the stretch. It'd necessarily not crack for this to work in the long-term though, so I wonder how they'll pull that off.

07/03/12 @ 14:30
Comment from: Zafur [Visitor]
Zafur

Wow these look great. I like that it covers more of the foot. I save showing skin there for the hottest days of summer. :P

What I'm most excited for, however, are the more flexible toes while getting great tread. My KSOs left me wanting more downward flex in the toes after letting them be free in every other direction.

(Especially since I can curl my toes in my sneakers so it felt odd to give that up)

07/03/12 @ 15:54
Comment from: Cody R. [Visitor]
Cody R.

looks amazing

colorful,
flexible, including more flexibility in the toes, like the pinky and such,
possibly thinner

and the higher cut is great so it stays on better for more activities, like sprinting, or moving laterally,

what sucks for me is that my kso's couldn't last as long as they should due to my big toes bent toward the center just over the rubber, and my second toes are crooked...dang it

07/03/12 @ 16:58
Comment from: Mr. Leigh [Visitor]
Mr. Leigh

@Justin

I hope you are right. If it was an elasticized rubber of some sort, then I could see it being functional. If it is merely paint for decorative purposes, then I am not impressed. I hope there is a certain level of rigidity to the upper, or else I do not foresee these serving any purpose for me. I have never looked at a Classic and thought I wish this shoe offered more foot coverage. I often refer to Classics as the flip-flop of the VFF world and these do not seem to fit that bill. If there is some stability to the upper, then I would consider them as a water shoe, but not a daily wear shoe.

07/03/12 @ 17:47
Comment from: Johnnyscoots [Visitor]
Johnnyscoots

As long as they get rid of the annoying instep strap I'm going to buy them. I love the SeeYa, but hate the strap. I am thinking maybe $60-$70, but would not be surprised if they come in under the lower price point. I really miss the feel of the Classics, but do not miss the Achilles strap...

07/03/12 @ 19:34
Comment from: A C C [Visitor]
A C C

Looks like the Adidas adipure trainer with the VFF Fresca sole.

07/03/12 @ 20:26
Comment from: Greg B [Visitor]
Greg B

finally getting back to the basics... i'm actually tired of all of the versions coming out. just give me something simple!

07/04/12 @ 13:21
Comment from: Frunning [Visitor]
Frunning

Sorry I am a bit late to react here, but I can tell you from personal experience that these shoes ARE INDEED very flexible!
We give barefootstyle clinics in The Netherlands, and were asked to do just that by the Dutch Vibram FiveFingers importing company.
One of Vibram's testers, Corrado Giambalvo was there too that day, and afterwards he showed us the same prototype
I could only hold it for a short while, but it was long enough to feel that it is incredibly flexible and thin.
It was very 'soft rubber like' and had little to no structure to it.
It wasn't sre at that time (may 21st) if the shoe would make it to the market.
I am affraid that's about all I know of it.

Hope that helps a bit!

Regards, Marc from http://www.frunning.eu

07/05/12 @ 19:21
Comment from: James [Visitor]
James

These look great, I'm excited for these and to find out about any more 2013 models coming.

07/06/12 @ 15:05
Comment from: Ryan [Visitor]
Ryan

Well here I was considering a pair of the newest vibram releases, but I may be waiting annother year! I am trying out a friend's and I definetly expected a more minimal feel.

07/06/12 @ 18:49
Comment from: Joe [Visitor]
Joe

At a quick look they look like the addias toe shoes.

07/07/12 @ 12:43
Comment from: Harry [Visitor]
Harry

I'd love to try these out. My only concern is that the outsole on the heels are a bit low. The outsole on the heels would help to stablise the feet from slipping backwards.

10/13/12 @ 20:05
Comment from: Jonathon [Visitor]
Jonathon

I'm sold... but ....
It needs the same strap as the KSO. This flat sole looks good. I run competitively and the foot needs to be secured. Don't want to take chances with a paint on stretch design. Flat sole, thin and secure.

12/05/12 @ 08:01