Comment from: Yeti [Visitor]
Yeti

Any concerns about the durability of the painted silver/golden/black lines? To me they seem like cracking with time

05/02/11 @ 11:21
Comment from: admin [Member]  

@Yeti,

They seem pretty thickly painted on there ... but it's hard to say how they'll hold up over time. So far so good.

05/02/11 @ 11:23
Comment from: Shannon [Visitor]
Shannon

my 16 year old wears his Komodo sports for track. He does Long, Triple and High jump, also runs cross country. He loves them and won't run or jump in anything else!

05/02/11 @ 12:11
Comment from: Barefoot Benny [Visitor]  
Barefoot Benny

Justin, that was a great review! Very smart move comparing it to the Bikilas and the TrekSports (both of which I currently use.)

I'm curious if the ability to turn quickly, rounds bases, and make sharp cuts will lead to an increase in sports injuries (ACL tears in particular), thus marring VFF's reputation as a joint-friendly shoe. Obviously it's up to the user to stay healthy, but I'm sure some people are going to say "Oh yea, I wore my Kimodos to play soccer and I sprained my ankle. Stupid shoes." Let's hope that doesn't happen.

Thanks for another great review. Cheers!

05/02/11 @ 13:22
Comment from: Brandon Mulnix [Visitor]  
Brandon Mulnix

I love my Komodos. I have owned them for about 3 weeks and have over 100 miles on them. Wet trails are very ify, but on dry road they are the best Vibram when it comes to asphault. I ran 13 miles in them yesterday on pretty tough trails, and had no issues and they felt better on my feet than the Trec Sports.

05/02/11 @ 14:08
Comment from: Steve [Visitor]
Steve

Thanks for the review! I've been waiting for one on the Komodos for the past 3 months haha. How do you think they'll do in indoor/outdoor basketball?

05/02/11 @ 18:33
Comment from: Zephyr [Visitor]  
Zephyr

A minimalist shoe requires a minimalist design with simple esthetics. Any element without clear functionality shouldn't be there... unless nowadays a "cool" look has become a practical function.

05/02/11 @ 19:21
Comment from: edgar [Visitor]
edgar

Does anyone have any recommendations for someone whose male feet are 10 inches long, yet the komodo sizing starts at 10.25? That .25 over 10 sounds like too big a gap given that these shoes are meant to fit fairly snug.

05/02/11 @ 23:10
Comment from: d_monic [Visitor]  
d_monic

I've had my Komodos for about 2 months now:

- They're great for indoor basketball. Outdoor, where there can be dust, you might have some traction issues. You might have those issues with regular basketball shoes as well, but it seems slightly more pronounced with the VFFs. (And yes, I play 3-4 times a week).

- I have the yellow Komodos and the black lines on the upper are already cracked and peeling off. Oh well.

Other than that, I love them.

05/03/11 @ 02:33
Comment from: Joe [Visitor]
Joe

Do you think they are any easier to put on than the Bikilas because I had such a hard time getting bikilas on my feet?

05/03/11 @ 14:24
Comment from: barefootin [Visitor]
barefootin

Justin, thanks for another great review. My Komodo's have replaced my Treks as my "on the shop floor" shoes and for yard work. I do find them comfortable, but similar to my opinion on all the latest VFF's, I still prefer the KSO's thinner and flexible sole for my everyday wear and I'm still waiting for a replacement :-)

05/03/11 @ 19:01
Comment from: Joseph [Visitor]
Joseph

I had my Komodo (Black/Gold/Grey) for almost a month, worn it for various occasions including running on treadmill, cross training and even grocery shopping (love the attention I'm getting, haha!)
Shoe feels great and it provides excellent lateral grip for my cross training. But I had to wear toe socks for that, else the insole will come loose and that really irks me after workout.
End of day though, 5 out of 5 for the Komodo :)

05/04/11 @ 07:28
Comment from: HexiJosh [Visitor]  
HexiJosh

I bought my first pair of Vibrams yesterday and this is what I opted for in lieu of the KSOs (which they were out of). I really like them, but since the upper fabric doesn't hug the ankle I find more grit and pebbles jumping inside.

05/04/11 @ 12:09
Comment from: Rafael A Rodriguez [Visitor]  
Rafael A Rodriguez

Hey Justin. Love the review
I've had a pair of komodos for 2 months now and I have put them through their paces. I do a mix of Insanity and P90X 6 days a week and the only issue I have with them in that the second and third toe tend to rotate when you have a quick stop after a side-step. I love these shoes and they become easier to put on after they break-in.
What's going on with the SPEED? I really want a pair.

05/04/11 @ 12:30
Comment from: nomex [Visitor]
nomex

I picked up a couple pairs of Komodo in M40. My black/silver ones feel perfect, while the black/gold pair feels just a bit tight. My VFF's have all broken in for me, so I'm not worried about the tightness right now. I love my Komodos more than my Treksports at the moment, because they seem to be a little beefier between the toes, and there's no seams at the end of the toe pockets. My current rotation is: Mocs at home, KSO's to and from work (bicycle pedals don't dig into the rubber like EVA on other VFF's), and then Komodo's at work. I need to get my Treksports warrantied for the holes that are about to be created. The Komodo's are perfect for me, I just wish they had the TP dots like the Bikila LS's.

05/05/11 @ 14:56
Comment from: TJ [Visitor]
TJ

I like my Komodos for gym use, but when it comes to being outside I take my KSO's or TrekSports, I think the extra cushioning/insole will not respond will to damp conditions. I also think the additional heel strapping mechanism is a step back from the traditional kso strapping, I'm able to make my kso's more snug around my heel then my komodos by pulling the inside strap before cinching down over my foot.
The insole also makes them feel more like a traditional shoe and like someone else posted, I can feel it move -- bad vibram, bad!
I love the design, best graphics yet, hope mine don't crack!!!
My bottom line if you're shopping for 5fingers and don't already own a pair: stay with the kso line.

05/06/11 @ 20:35
Comment from: Cameron Jones [Visitor]
Cameron Jones

Having worn the Komodos for about a month, they have unequivocally become my favorite Fivefingers for running and everything else(I've had pairs of the KSOs and Treksports, both of which I still like). I recently ran a trail half-marathon, and while the Treksports might have given me a little better traction, the overall feel of the Komodos is still superior for the shape my feet.
On that note:
@Joe: Yes, the Komodos are much, much easier to put on than the bikilas. I have really high arches, and basically could not fit into a pair of bikilas that were the right size for my feet. The ability to adjust the heel and arch straps separately contributes a lot to the fit of the Komodos.

05/07/11 @ 13:08
Comment from: Nick [Visitor]  
Nick

Well i'm 15 and i play Football and wrestle and run a lot so for workouts these Komodo's seem like the way to go, but i do not currently own a pair of VFF's and i hear the KSO's are better for newvbies. Help me out here, i'm not sure which one to get.

05/07/11 @ 13:32
Comment from: Ws [Visitor]
Ws

KSO trek would do better outdoors if you are planing on using them on outdoor football practice. If you use them exclsuively indoor then komodo would be the way to go. I have both and treks for me perform much better on wet grass.

05/08/11 @ 12:16
Comment from: Vince [Visitor]
Vince

Has anyone else noticed these seem to run a little large in comparison to some of the other VFF's? I had tried on a pair of KSO M44's and they were too small (big toe couldn't lay flat), so I measured my foot and ordered a pair of K-Sport size M45. My last two toes pull out of the sockets VERY easily and the side adjustment strap is pulled all the way back to the point where the velcro is barely holding on and the heel cup is still loose. Should have gone with 44's in this particular model.

05/11/11 @ 17:28
Comment from: Joseph H [Visitor]
Joseph H

Love the review. I havent been running in my Komodo Sports but have been teaching my bootcamps and doing some H.I.T Training in them. Running and dragging tires for resistance have been so much easier with them because I can feel the whole ground underneath my feet. Also box jumps are better because I know where my feet are landing.
Great shoes and cant wait to get my second pair once REI has their sale.

05/14/11 @ 19:14
Comment from: Scott [Visitor]
Scott

Is it worth getting the Komodos just for the lack of seams over KSOs? (I'm buying my first pair of VFFs soon)

I loved Merrell's trail glove shoe but couldn't wear it due to the persistent annoyance of my outside toes laying across the footbed seam and I'm wondering if I'll have the same issue with other VFFs and therefore am limited to this model.

05/23/11 @ 01:25
Comment from: tj [Visitor]
tj

Scott: no, I've never noticed the seams on my other vffs, ironically, I do notice the insole on the komodo. the insole will move a very little amount, while the other shoes the insole is stitched/glued in.

05/23/11 @ 15:56
Comment from: Jen [Visitor]  
Jen

Vince, I'm having a similar issue. I tried an M41 KSO and I couldn't extend my left big toe all the way, so I ended up getting them in M42, which is a fairly good fit. Still a tiny bit bigger than I'd like them to be, but I couldn't go any smaller. I can pretty easily pop my pinky toes out, but I have weird pinky toes anyway. I also got the Komodo Sports in M42, and they fit really well at first, but after wearing them during a few workout sessions, they're REALLY loose. I can slide my smallest two toes out of the pockets very easily, and I think it's partly to do with the soft liner and fabric between the toes. However, they're all around looser than the KSOs, and no amount of strap tightening is picking up the slack. I'm going to return them and try an M41, but I might just stick with the KSOs.

05/25/11 @ 00:32
Comment from: jessse [Visitor]
jessse

i bought some komodos are they suppose to fit a lil snug or loose

06/15/11 @ 07:24
Comment from: Alex [Visitor]  
Alex

These are awesome shoes so far.I spend a lot of time outdoors and at music festivals. They have taken me mile after mile of walking on pavement, gravel, grass, dirt, and through a severe thunderstorm in which we had to run half a mile to find cover and I have only had them for a week. Without a doubt, best pair of shoes I have owned.

Its the subtle little things that make these shoes so awesome. You can actually feel the ground beneath your feet and I hope that I am not the only one that thinks its satisfying. The space between the toes is porous and the holes are big enough to let little bits of grass poke through enough to feel it with your toes but not big enough to feel like your being poked. Walking around in shoes and feeling grass between your toes, that was a new one for me. Greatest pair of shoes I have ever wned.

I like to do most things barefoot and Vibrams are great for that. Overall, its probably the best designed shoe imaginable. In the whole idea of evolution, for a long way down the line there were no shoes. Our feet were there before we could figure out how to cover them. The natural shape and function of your foot is more than 4 million years in the making, so instead of adding an inflexible shell around it, Vibram designed it around the foot to add protection and support to something that on its own works really well,and the result is kind of awesome.

If this is your first pair of shoes with this design, realise that your going to be using different muscles than your used to with regular shoes that are probably not well developed and you might get a little sore if you wear them all the time in the beginning.

Great shoes for being in water as well. We were leaving a concert because of a thunderstorm, no taxis would stop and we were outside in 45mph winds making it rain sideways, rain was a torrent, sky lighting up every second or two. Soaked head to toe. Every part of me was uncomfortable except for my feet. They were wet, but they were still comfortable and dried in open air pretty quickly.

Look at the other styles depending on what you plan to do in them, but these are a great multi-purpose shoe and if you like them half as much as I do, you won't be disappointed with them.

06/16/11 @ 23:50
Comment from: harry [Visitor]  
harry

do the komodo's work well for running on pavement and mildly rough trails?

06/18/11 @ 19:44
Comment from: Matt [Visitor]
Matt

I love the yellow color combo, but I'm not sure I'm sold on these yet - primarily because of the insole and looser ankle fabric (not the keep stuff out concept). I have a few other VFFs each with a specific purpose - KSO (everyday wear), Trek (black w/ black injinji socks - dress shoes for work), TrekSport (hunting/hiking), and Bikilas (running). I'm becoming as much a collector as anything else and would love an excuse to get yet another pair, but I just can't seem to justify where it would fit in...

07/13/11 @ 20:07
Comment from: Nicole [Visitor]
Nicole

Just got my Komodosports today!! AH! I'm so pumped! They feel INCREDIBLE! I have a pair of Sprints and I'm so excited to test out the Komodos. The feel great. Amazing cusion and little bit of arch support. Great great feel!

07/16/11 @ 12:16
Comment from: FastH2O [Visitor]
FastH2O

I'm a swimming coach standing on wet tile pool decks all day. How will the Komodosports handle the wet tile? I usually use Keens with their razor sipes, but want to try something different. My Chacos slide all over.

07/21/11 @ 22:14
Comment from: king [Visitor]
king

debating if i should get a treksport or a komodosport.. my question is can you hike with the komodosport? are they versatile as the treksport. i know that the treksport is good for rough terrain but it kinda takes out the barefoot feel to them. i was wondering if the komodosport can withstand water activities and a little trekking?

07/24/11 @ 02:34
Comment from: Nicholas [Visitor]
Nicholas

Does anyone else have their insole pop out when they remove their Komodos? (while wearing barefoot for a bit)

08/01/11 @ 02:09
Comment from: Alexander Landry [Visitor]  
Alexander Landry

Thanks for the review, and the note on removing the footbed of the Komodos. I rather like them without it now! The 43 was too large, and the 42 was too snug after 1-2 hours of use, but without this bed, I feel much more comfortable in these.

08/18/11 @ 22:20
Comment from: Scott [Visitor]
Scott

I am about to get my first VFFs and I will be doing a lot of road running/trail running and hiking.

I like to run daily on the road, and then hit the mountain on the weekend.

My question is, would the komodo fit both purposes in one? Or would I be better off getting the KSO Treks and the Bikala LS and just use them for the seperate purposes?

Just curious if it is a good enough hybrid to fulfill all of my needs.

08/24/11 @ 11:30
Comment from: Vashti [Visitor]  
Vashti

I just purchased my Komodo shoes and might I add, they have excellent support for the whole foot. The first time that I bought them I wore them to a water/amusement park. I wore my Komodos for at least eight hours straight without no irritation or aches and pains. Besides the comfort, they have a unique stylish look to shoe. I get question's about the wonderful shoe's every time I wear them! I would recommend these shoe to anyone whose very active and maybe stands on their feet for long periods of time. I think I'm about to order my second pair soon!

08/24/11 @ 19:46
Comment from: Alan Barge [Visitor]  
Alan Barge

I have had my Komodo Sports for about 3 months. I also have 2 pairs of Bikila LS which I use exclusively for running. I use the Komodo's for circuit training, weight training and general gym work.
I have a high instep and wide feet, and the Komodo Sports do not fit quite as well as the Bikila LS. The Komodo Sport LS kooks to be the ideal compromise for me.

09/05/11 @ 10:33
Comment from: Trent Wood [Visitor]
Trent Wood

I do kettlebell, krav maga and trail running in my VFFs. I used KSO's and after 3 months the seams started to split. I went back to REI and exchanged the KSOs for a new pair of Komodosports and so far they are working very well. They seem to be sturdier and I expect they'll hold up better to the sports I'm practicing.

09/08/11 @ 21:09
Comment from: Road Runner [Visitor]
Road Runner

I love this site for its proper honest discussion of these shoes! My own experience of the Komodo on the roads is a little disappointing, in that after only 2 months of wear (and about 120 miles) I found a hole worn right through one of the toes, and a lot of the tread pattern was worn away on the other toes (and in the forefoot/mid foot zones). My retailer has offered to refund so at least I'm not angry! If I reflect on my own purchasing decision, I bought the Komodo because I felt they looked fantastic, but I may have over estimated the durability of the compound they use on the sole. Since most of my runnings is still going to be on road/pavement I think I'll try the Bikila with my refund money. Running off road with my Komodos was great, but I didn't do it enough, and walking around in them was also really easy on my feet. I will add that I didn't like feeling the thorns and other sharp things pushing through my Komodo uppers when I ran on a bush trail. The soles however were in my opinion faultless in that environment.

09/10/11 @ 07:22
Comment from: Brian [Visitor]
Brian

I use my Komodo's for, believe it or not, Dodgeball. I've been using VFF's for the last 4 years for working out, but I found that their use in my adult intramural dodgeball league is exactly what I needed. We play in an indoor arena and play on whatever material they use for indoor soccer. They allow me to move more freely and never have to worry about rolling an ankle. occasionally I have to watch out for teammates stepping near, or on, my feet, but that's surprisingly only happened once.

Thanks for your detailed an dhonest reviews.

Keep up the great work!

09/21/11 @ 13:17
Comment from: JH [Visitor]
JH

Got the Black / Gold / Grey version today, threw them in the washer. When they came out, the lines were already coming off. They looked so ugly that I decided to rip them off completely. Turned out these lines are glued onto the fabric... How could Vibram expect them to last... I'm very disappointed by the poor design of these lines.

10/15/11 @ 00:11
Comment from: Jay Sengstacken [Visitor]
Jay Sengstacken

I sprained my foot pretty badly earlier this year playing ultimate frisbee. 7 tendons total, with one partially torn. 8 months later and it's still not all the way healed. Still a slightly different size than my other ankle, too. I've noticed that my foot rolls more easily the same way it sprained, and it worries me, because I can no langer naturally land on my foot a certain way to change direction because the bottom of my shoes catches too early. These shoes should give that extra leverage I need to compensate for this handicap. Any thoughts?

10/27/11 @ 14:04
Comment from: ZH [Visitor]  
ZH

I have Treksport size44 that were starting to get to snog on my feet, so I ordered a pair of Komodo size 45. But when I tried to put them on they were very tight. I had to take them off because they were cutting off circulation. The opening doesn't have alot of stretch to them is that normal? Did I get a bunk pair of komodos?

11/19/11 @ 19:39
Comment from: Tyler [Visitor]
Tyler

I am planning on buying a pair of Komodosports. However I don't know which one would better suit me. I am stuck between getting the LS or the straps. I have tried on the LS and it fit well, but I don't like the colors. I have not been able to try on the strap as the stores don't have them where I'm at. Which one keeps the shoe tighter to the whole foot ( mainly the top of the foot. I had space prior to tighting the LS and was wondering it the strap took up that space as well.)

Thank You

01/17/12 @ 13:30
Comment from: Sarah [Visitor]
Sarah

I purchased my Komodos last September (2011) with hiking/camping in mind, since my friends and I usually end up in places where we need to grip onto rock. Sometimes damp rock. And sometimes vertically climbing rock. The two main reasons I went with this model:

1) textured sole for gripping rock and whatever else we're hiking/climbing on
2) heel strap to minimize any chances of the shoe slipping from my heel while climbing

I've only been able to hike in them once, but I love them and I wear them on a normal day. I cannot wait for warmer weather to put these to a true test, but I want to preserve them specifically for camping & hiking purposes so they last longer......... but I love Vibrams so much, I ordered the Classics from their site about 30 minutes ago so I can wear them everyday =)

If I could make only one suggestion for Vibram though, is that I REALLY wish they could do an option where the second toe is a little longer than the big toe. Other than that, I am completely sold!

02/26/12 @ 20:17
Comment from: lemonjelliee [Visitor]
lemonjelliee

I'm on the yellow komodos since dec 2011. They're fantastic but the black sharp lines at the front and the side of the big toes are all coming off. they've actually started coming off about 1.5 mths into usage. I don't run long distances in them. Max 10km runs and i run only on alternate days. i guess it might be due to the massive amount of flexing at the big toe area.

03/18/12 @ 11:29
Comment from: jane [Visitor]  
jane

i just bought a pair of komodos and i absolutly love them.. i was caught beteween KSO's and the komodo but i went with the komodo for the color combination.
i've heard that if you walk in them too much the traction on the bottom will shed.
i bought them for running and other athletic abilitys
but are they okay for just casually walking?

03/26/12 @ 11:00
Comment from: geauxgirl [Visitor]
geauxgirl

Confession: I've got 7 pair. So far, the Bik's, Bik LS, and Jaya were my faves. Until I picked up a pair of the Komodo LS's-- it was love at first walk. But new love can't last I guess... day 2, the insole comes out. Every. Time. I. Take. The. Shoe. Off. (tres' annoying). And only on the left foot, and only from the TOES. The heel stays put. So toes out is even harder to get it back in. I don't dare wash them. I"d take them back and swap for another pair, but I bought them while traveling. *sigh* So I figure I've gotta try my own fix, but I'm hesitant....

I'm thinking either carpet tape (double sided stuff), or super glue, or that glue stuff that we'd stick the rubber bumpers on our sneaks back together with. None seems like an ideal solution considering it's fabricky-footbed stuff.

Anyone have any better ideas? Or invented this wheel already?

04/19/12 @ 19:10
Comment from: Bob [Visitor]
Bob

i recently went on a 4 mile hike in my komodosports, in the Appalachian Mountains, so it was pretty rough terrain. when i was finished i took the shoe off and the footbed at the heels had worn down through the yellow soft stuff. is that normal?

08/01/12 @ 19:01
Comment from: madi kanga [Visitor]
madi kanga

I find the KOMODO having a wider foot bed than the BIKILA and SPYRIDON : definitely given the same size the KOMODO feels shorter and wider( specially at their wider section, corresponding to the foot ball) than the other two models.
Also i wish to ask a question : why do the yelllow KOMODO SPORT come with the little arch in light gray or black, is there any difference btween the 2 colors than what meets the eyes?
Thanks

12/15/12 @ 07:54
Comment from: jd [Visitor]
jd

can you get them wet no one knows

05/31/13 @ 16:17
Comment from: Jesse [Visitor]  
Jesse

I've been looking for a pair of minimalist shoes for barbell training, sprinting (on asphalt), and ultimate frisbee.... These look like the perfect shoe!

09/26/13 @ 19:47
Comment from: JohnNS [Visitor]
JohnNS

Hated my Komodos. Well, love/hate.

Loved the feel and everything, but...

The insoles came out of both almost right away, very weak glue. From then on even just walking in them the heel would rise up along the side and be uncomfortable. Take them off, reseat them, go a little, they wiggled out again. Repeat. Not talking running here, just walking. Used all different manner of glues to hold it and nothing works well.

That and the pattern on the bottom completely fell apart on both the toes and the heels, mainly on the left shoe. A very thin rubber glued to the main shoe's rubber sole - pretty bad

Not entirely sure why a 'sport' shoe would have an insole that slides around...

11/29/13 @ 14:05