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Patrick goes rafting on the Ocoee River in KSO Vibram Five Fingers

Patrick goes rafting on the Ocoee River in KSO Vibram Five Fingers

Got a couple great Five Fingers photos in from Vibram Five Fingers KSO fan Patrick. The pics were taken while rafting the Ocoee River. Here's what Patrick had to say about whitewater rafting wearing Vibram Five Fingers:

Just got my brown KSO's this past Friday in time to go camping Friday night and rafting on the Ocoee on Saturday. Attached are two pics (one mine from a waterproof disposable, one taken by the outfitter's pro photog on shore ...) featuring the shoes. I wasn't the only one; one of the guides and one of the other rafters were also wearing VFFs in our group of boats.

I took my shot in Bush Gardens just after the put-in for the Upper. The pro shot was taken at Humongous in the Olympic Section.

So far, the shoes are great. Keep up the good work keeping us informed with the blog!

Glad to do it! Thanks for sending in the photos!

Good to see that you don't need Flows to take to the river — KSO Vibram Five Fingers (Keep Stuff Out) serve the purpose fine!

Latest Vibram Five Fingers Reviews 6/28/09

Each week I will be making a list of latest VFF reviews. If you read a new review of VFFs (One published this week) that I am missing, please let me know so I can add it!

This week's reviews:

  • Barefoot Running – Vibram Five Fingers Are Worth It at Set Higher Standards dot com:

    I’ve worn the Vibram FiveFingers for about a half-dozen runs and a bunch of walks around town. Already my feet feel stronger. I’ve also worn them in the gym, and I feel much more in control and powerful when lifting – particularly squatting and lunging. I also think that running around in these shoes is helping my balance in yoga practice, so much of balance depends on foot, ankle and toe strength and control.

    If you are a casual or serious runner, I highly recommend checking out these shoes. If you are lucky to live in a place where you run around grassy fields barefoot, that is ideal. Otherwise, the Vibram FiveFingers will keep your feet safe and give you all the benefits.

  • Five Fingers Five Toes at Das Mixture:

    Since I was unable to run, I talked the wife into an early evening walk of about two miles. A splendid idea, especially since I would be able to test a suspicion I had: hot pavement. Specifically, how would these bad boys hold up. Surprisingly, the Five Fingers didn't heat up during my walk (temperature outside: 90 degrees).

    They were also easily more comfortable than a sandal or flip-flop. It didn't necessarily translate into a "barefoot" experience, but then again, if I would have walked out barefoot, it would have been a repeating series of "hot, hot, hot" and I think you know what I mean.

  • Vibram Five Fingers Classic Review at RunColo.com:

    The first few runs in the VFF were on a rainy night, it was pure bliss running through the wet grass, it reminded me of all
    the reasons that I loved to run. I've also been using the VFF to do yard work and for walks around the neighborhood, but highly doubt that I will wear them in public. I already get idiosyncratic looks when I'm out running in them, but if attention seeking appeals to you, you will definitely get it and the questions that follow by slipping on a pair of VFF.

    ...

    In conclusion, the VFF are one of the best running products that I have bought in my lifetime. Pick up a pair, strengthen your feet and remember what it's like to run "naturally" without a big bulky shoe.

  • Vibram Five Fingers Shoes For Hiking and Water Sports at rajiv.com:

    Sometimes simplicity and minimalism provide wonderful experiences. The Vibram Five Fingers shoes are excellent for outdoor activities and for working out at the gym. The natural feeling that comes with being outdoors with these shoes enables the wearer to feel one with nature. Walking while wearing these shoes is a sensory experience that allows you to notice and feel the Earth.

And one more review from way back in March that I just found:

  • 350 Miles on Vibram Five Finger KSO’s at Red Rocks Blue Sky:

    I have been pretty impressed with how these shoes handle the the rough Southern Utah desert. I can do things that I could not do in Hauraches, or Barefoot. Even when I was wearing standard trail shoes (Solomon GTX’s as of three years ago). I did start to run with injini socks, but found them to be too hot. The socks however made running on the shale like ruble more tolerable. The secret though is making sure that you are running perfect barefoot form. This is why I start and end each run barefoot on pavement so that I am constantly building the necessary muscle memory.

    Running in KSO’s is a dream as I scramble up and down steep boulder strewn sections of the trail. Even thought the the top of the shoe is not protected like my Solomon’s are, my barefoot training and the stickiness of the rubber allow me to jump and run through these sections of trail without worrying about twisting my ankle.

    Also see Red Rocks Blue Sky's follow-up posts Another 50 Miles on Fives and Repaired my Fives.

More in the weeks to come!

Jesse Sights a Blue Man in Black KSO 5 Fingers

Jesse Sights a Blue Man in Black KSO 5 Fingers

In the mailbox comes this note from Jesse:

First off...a fan blog just for VFF??? sweet

I've been wearing them for somewhere around a year now and swear by them. I've had cartilege damage in a knee and a bulging disk for decades now and these things are the only shoes I walk in...after a suitable break-in period of course!

I'm not the subject of this photo however, I was at the Fremont Solstice Parade last weekend and spotted this well dressed dude. I've already sent this shot to Vibram, didn't know about your site until today!

I've added another shot that is of me, if you can see the VFFs you're welcome to add this one to the site, it's on a hike up along the Snoqualmie River outside of Seattle.

Keep it up!

Jesse

Thanks for sending in the sighting photo, Jesse! It's not often you see someone covered in blue carrying a trident — much less with black KSOs (Too bad he didn't have the blue KSOs! to complete the look).

Here's Jesse on his hike on the Snoqualmie River sporting his black KSO 5 fingers:

If you happen to snap any photos of others in their birthday shoes*, be sure to send them in!

* Make sure they aren't going to get upset about pictures of them in their birthday shoes!

More on the FiveFingers Trek, Glove plus the Cortina, Moc, and Performa

As a follow-up to the last post on the new fivefingers Trek and Glove comes a bit more information pulled from a scanned February 2009 edition of FN (Footwear News) [PDF] that was found by barefootnyc and posted to the forums. This was in their "Buzz" section (Bracketed words are inferred in place of words chopped off in the PDF file):

[Italy-]based Vibram ix expanding its Five Fignerse collection with winter-[sho]es for fall '09. For men, the KSO Trek — a version of the popular KSO [— ha]s 4 millimeters of EVA in the midsole and 3 millimeters of Vibram's TC-1 [performanc]e outsole. A new, lugged tread design adds traction, and a suede or shear[ling lined? $]125 and $140, respectively) supplies warmth. For women, a midcut, fully [lined] winter boot called the Cortina will retail for $290. the Performa and Moc styles, for women and men, use thin kangaroo leather in the upper for tear resistance and feature pods of Vibram rubber for flexibility in the outsole. Both versions, available in multiple colors, will retail for $110, with a shearling women's version for $140. All models are slated to deliver to outdoor, comfort and running shoops on Aug 1.

To sum up, we've got the:

  • Five Fingers Trek — suede or shearling, lugged, slightly thicker sole, and has 4mm of padding (pictured here)
  • Five Fingers Glove — kangaroo leather with rubber "pods" instead of the standard single-piece rubber sole, which should provide for maximal toe freedom Note: this may be what's referred to as the "Moc" or "Performa" in the above FN piece (pictured here)
  • Five Fingers Cortina — some sort of fully-lined boot only for women
  • Five Fingers Performa — maybe the same as the Glove? Maybe something different?
  • Five Fingers Moc — maybe the same as the Glove? Maybe something different?

Still trying to piece this all together until we get something official from Vibram. If you hear anything, please let me know!

Other posts regarding new Vibram FiveFingers models:

Sprint Vibram Five Fingers and Big Foot in Manhattan from Brian

Sprint Vibram Five Fingers and Big Foot in Manhattan from Brian

Brian (barefootnyc in the forums) sent in the above photo of his Sprint Vibram Five Fingers taken in a New York park atop a sculpture of a big bare foot. Here's what Brian had to say about his size 47 Vibram Five Fingers compared to the foot sculpture:

Justin,

Was walking through a park in Manhattan and came across this big foot. Included size 47 VFF sprint for scale.

The foot, by the way, is part of a playful sculptural ensemble by the artist Tom Otterness in Battery Park City, which is downtown along the Hudson River.

barefootnyc

Here's another photo (Pop-up, link is off site) I found of the "big feet" from the Otterness sculpture.

Strike a Pose! Ben in Vibram Five Fingers KSOs with Dr. Nicholas Romanov of Pose Running

Strike a Pose!  Ben in Vibram Five Fingers KSOs with Dr. Nicholas Romanov of Pose Running

From the photo mailbag comes a photo of Vibram Five Fingers fan Ben alongside Pose Running method founder Dr. Nicholas Romanov. Ben is striking the quintessential "pose" in his black KSO Vibram Five Fingers.

Hey Justin, here's a pic of me in my black KSO's with Pose running creator Dr. Nicholas Romanov, taken at a recent running clinic in NYC. Keep up the good work!

Pose running is a technique created by Dr. Nicholas Romanov back in 1977. From the PoseTech website, the method is billed as "Efficient, injury-free movement taught through poses. Use the Pose Method techniques to prevent injuries and to dramatically improve your athletic performance."

Ben is striking a "pose" in his KSO Vibram Five Fingers in the above photo with Dr. Romanov. I asked Ben to share a bit more about Pose and here's what he had to say:

I've been running Pose for about three months and am still learning each time I go out. Yes, that is a not-so-perfect attempt at me in the Pose position. The KSO's are my only running shoes, and I feel that they help me get my technique down better than if I used a regular heeled sneaker. I think the funniest comment I've gotten wearing them was during a run in Central Park, and some small child turns to his mom as I ran past and said "Mommy, why isn't that man wearing any shoes?"

Not surprisingly, Dr. Romanov has reviewed fivefingers here (Also listed on the Birthday Shoes Five Fingers Resources page!).

Thanks for sharing Ben! I'd like to get an in depth overview of both Pose and also Chi Running for the Vibram Five Fingers community (if any of you would like to write up something to post on birthdayshoes.com, please let me know!).

And thanks for sharing Ben!