Comment from: Tuck [Visitor]

"Woah, dude, your feet are like, so weird, man..."

Interesting idea. I don't think this would fly at my office for the toes alone.

Vibram definitely gets kudos for pushing the limits of the idea.

I'll be interested in trying a pair on.

08/09/11 @ 12:18
Comment from: dirk verelst [Visitor]
dirk verelst

OK, that answers my question about the Bormio being the warmest VFF in production. Too bad there is no verdict about the water-resistance, yet. I'm eager to get a pair to compare with Cortina's. Apparently the Bormio is stiffer, for it has never crossed my mind lowering the zippers to regain mobility in the ankles with those. One of my main worries would be the quality of the zippers. I'm sure I will enjoy setting a new trend with these - in style! A footbed in wool still stays on my wishlist, though, my guess is it can be traded off against more groundfeel.

08/09/11 @ 12:49
Comment from: Wilco [Visitor]  

I already have these in my collection and i must say they are really amazing. At first it takes a little getting used to because it doesn't stretch out as much as the other five fingers but after time they fit like a glove.

08/09/11 @ 13:42
Comment from: Robinson [Visitor]  

Do you think you could run in these? Might they be a viable option for minimalist winter running? in snow?

08/09/11 @ 13:46
Comment from: Chronin [Visitor]

Any chance you could test the water resistance? If they are good then it would be the perfect shoe for winter for me. I just need something that can go through a parking lot covered in snow and stay mostly dry. Do you think these would work?

08/09/11 @ 14:41
Comment from: [Member]


I'm sure you could run in them, but at $160, for one, and with the ankles likely to rub over time, I'm not sure they are really ideal for running.


I think they would do ok in this short-term water exposure. If I can walk out in the pouring rain in them (if I get the chance) in the next few days, I'll do it and report back.

08/09/11 @ 14:48
Comment from: Kent Cowgill [Visitor]
Kent Cowgill

I'd wonder if you could use one of those sprays for moisture repellence, maybe something like this:

08/09/11 @ 14:49
Comment from: Wayne LaMagdeleine [Visitor]  
Wayne LaMagdeleine

Thanks Justin! Living in Alaska I've been looking for something that will get me through winter. Im hoping that I can get a pair of these and put them through some rugged testing for our 8-9 months of snow. To improve on the water resistance do you think that some leather oil would help? I will hopefully be wearing them all day. I teach preschool up here and in the winter we actually spend quite a lot of time outside.

Again, thanks for the review... Im interested in tying them!


08/09/11 @ 14:53
Comment from: Justin [Visitor]

I'm hoping for a pair of VFFs that won't soak my feet stepping in a half inch of water. How about doing a soak test by gradually increasing the depth of water in a pan or bucket?

08/09/11 @ 15:10
Comment from: Talonvaki [Visitor]

I live in Boston. I WANT these!!! No, scratch that, I NEED these!

08/09/11 @ 18:12
Comment from: N.Vodden [Visitor]

Thanks for the review!

I've been looking forward to more info on the Bormio since I saw the preview photos on here. Really liking the look of the brown ones, very stylish imo.

Very interested in finding out how they are in wet conditions. I wear VFF's day in day out and resort to flows for the daily commute if its raining. If these are water resistant to a degree on rain soaked pavement, that would seal the deal :)

08/09/11 @ 18:48
Comment from: Ryan P [Visitor]
Ryan P


I've been looking forward to these ever since they were first announced,
and wanting them before that.

Thanks so much for the details!
I can't wait to get my feet into a black pair :-D

(I'm also a universal 43, except for Flows. The neoprene necessitates a 44 for me)

08/09/11 @ 21:30
Comment from: Jon M [Visitor]
Jon M

Aw man, there goes another $160! I replaced my Treks with Vivo Barefoot Dharmas last winter to keep out the cold/wet. Hopefully these will be able to replace the Dharmas, but the "mitten" effect of normal shoes helps a lot in the cold. Still, I can't wait to get my feet in a pair!

08/09/11 @ 22:06
Comment from: chirmer [Visitor]

Man, these shoes give me the MAJOR heebie-jeebies when sitting alone... They do look likr severed feet from a distance. When on feet, however, I am DIGGIN' THEM bigtime, especially the brown. I bet with some wear they will darken and smooth up nicely, like leather foodbeds tend to do...

Before i went all minimalist/barefoot, i wore flip flops until the first snow practically... Cold has never bothered my feet. If they turn out to be decently water resistant i will definitely be investing in these babies for the frigid Indiana winters.

08/10/11 @ 11:39
Comment from: Mike Panian [Visitor]
Mike Panian

I like the idea of a casual pair of five fingers and the boots remind me of the casual leather laced models that I have seen.

I am dedicated to minimalist footware and I live in a colder climate. I also work in the field.

How to make a minimalist shoe for the winter or rainy conditions is something that I have pondered. I know that these boots are more for casual wear...but there is a real need for foul weather minimalist shoes/boots.

I have 2 ideas about this. The first is that Vibram ought to make an overboot for fivefingers. I have a pair of Neos that I use with my vivobarefoot boots. Neos are an overboot. They have several is insulated with studs! The non-insulated version is awesome and adds 20 degrees of warmth. If Vibram made overshoes for fivefingers that were designed to be minimalist and integrated as a system that would be awesome.

The second idea is that there ARE historical minimalist winter shoes. They are mukluks or moccasins. There are modern surrogates to these...pacs and so forth...the simpler versions the better...but I would really like to see a well designed funky high top moccasin that has the same characteristics as ancestral moccasins in terms of support and toe box et cet.


08/10/11 @ 13:23
Comment from: justin [Visitor]

Horrible idea! These things are ugly and you could never get away with wearing these at a real business. The Vibram novelty is wearing off...2-3 years top and they will be out of business (shoe business)

08/10/11 @ 17:04
Comment from: Matt [Visitor]

If I get push-back in my office for wearing my black Treks with Dockers - for how they look issues I say "So you're saying women shouldn't have been given the right vote, because it's different and change is bad?" If they think they're not safe, I ask "And what of all the women wearing open toed shoes or flip-flops? Can I get away with it if I paint my toenails?" Shuts them up every time. I can't see HR justifying firing me for wearing VFFs when there's all kinds of shoes across the spectrum from flip-flops to stiletto high-heeled boots in mini-skirts (some days are better than others!).

Seriously, I am intrigued with the shoes. I may give them a try because I think Treks are overkill for the office (given their intended use).

08/11/11 @ 00:24
Comment from: Nicole [Visitor]  

These are the most hideous, idiotic pieces of footwear I have ever seen in my entire life. You couldn't pay me to wear these. If they were the last type of shoe on the earth I would rip up my favorite shirt and tie it around my feet with that instead. Just so that I didn't have to wear these "shoes"

08/12/11 @ 01:51
Comment from: Jimbo [Visitor]

I can't believe with all the wonderful synthetics available that they insist on using animal leather for their higher end models. There is no way I would even consider purchasing these.

08/12/11 @ 10:51
Comment from: [Member]


Honestly I take the opposite view -- I'd likely not pay $160 to buy non-leather versions of these. But I have no moral qualms with leather.

08/12/11 @ 11:03
Comment from: Jen [Visitor]

@Justin -

I'd hope if they were non-leather, they wouldn't cost $160. But who knows. I wouldn't buy them either - mostly because I'm cheap - and I don't care for the look of them.

Sad part is, with any other attempt at 'toe' shoes getting shot down by vibram - it's likely they're gonna stay that spendy. At least with the non toe variety you have some choice about how much you decide to spend. And even companies like Vivobarefoot have sales - which Vibram doesn't seem to do (unless a retailer is shedding stock to make room for new, which isn't Vibram, it's the retailers).

I have nothing against Vibram trying new things and releasing new styles and whatnot - but when it seems like they've lost all interest in updating the originals and favorites, something's not quite right. I'm getting tired of "toe shoes," actually. Not wearing them - they're still good shoes - just them being a giant purist monopoly.

08/12/11 @ 11:35
Comment from: Angel [Visitor]  

I started wearing VFF's in April and absolutely love them. I wore a pair for most of my vacation in Thailand because my feet were happier in those than regular gym shoes. I work in an office where I don't think my KSO's will be accepted. Does VFF anticipate making more dressy shoes? Also, since I live in the Chicago area, is a women's version of this toe boot on the horizen?...we need love too! :-)

08/12/11 @ 16:01
Comment from: penny [Visitor]

found these shoes in a store in Canberra and got my mother onto them, she has progressive MS and these have made a MASSIVE difference for her, walking around has improved, wish we had found these years ago!! expensive, yes but for the diffence they make well worth it, really has helped with her grip on the world, Literally.

08/15/11 @ 07:57
Comment from: Mori [Visitor]

I want these. I really, really, really want these!
I'll probably go for black, because that goes with everything, but I'm intrigued by the brown. In some of the pictures, it looks like a sort of tannish color, but in others, it appears much darker/redder. If it's reliably the latter color, I might need them as well...

08/15/11 @ 12:20
Comment from: Timothy [Visitor]

What's with all the visitors here hating on VFFs? Why are you even on this blog? Are you reps from some other footwear company?

08/15/11 @ 13:50
Comment from: Kelli [Visitor]  

Love the way they look!! Only question I have: When do we get a woman's boot? I have been wearing my Vibrams for about 6-7 months, and I LOVE them, my knee pain and hip pain has diminished greatly. Only problem, I live in Ohio. Need something like that for here. Any news on Woman's?

08/16/11 @ 13:05
Comment from: Eric Villanueva [Visitor]
Eric Villanueva

What's next? VFF work boots with individual steel toes? They really are pushing the toe pocket boundaries.

08/18/11 @ 14:15
Comment from: Justin B [Visitor]
Justin B

Tell Vibram to work with Uggs... add a layer of the wool on the inside, then get the waterproof leater treatment, and you are talking fantastic winter shoes.

My g/f loves her uggs, but I dare not wear the mens version, I would wear VFF Uggs though

08/19/11 @ 12:03
Comment from: Phill [Visitor]  

hi Justin,

Love the blog and I am an avid barefoot (totally shoeless) runner and wear five fingers for everything other than running. Do you know if Vibram intend to release the boots to the UK market? Or if any US outlets will ship to the UK?

Thanks for your time,


08/20/11 @ 07:50
Comment from: Tony [Visitor]

I would like to see a highrise boot type with laces instead of zippers. Any rumors on the rumor mill?

08/22/11 @ 17:53
Comment from: Ramon [Visitor]

These look amazing but I'm a bit torn between buying these and buying the Trek LS. I like the LS for the shoelace but I like these because they look a bit more casual.

P.S. Justin what size are you in a regular shoe? I'm a 10 in regular size and the 42 Speed feels a bit small but I'm thinking it might be because I just got them on Saturday. In fact everything feels good except for one finger which feels odd when I'm in them.

08/22/11 @ 21:33
Comment from: [Member]

I'm usually a 10.5 regular shoes. 44-44 in European sizing.

No word on laced boots. They would be rad though!

I think sheepskin lined Bormio would be sweet.

08/22/11 @ 21:46
Comment from: Tim Chaten [Visitor]  
Tim Chaten

Any word on what fall means for these are we looking at the end of September or even later than that? Are these going to be harder to find because of their even more niche use than the other VFFs?

08/23/11 @ 17:16
Comment from: Bill [Visitor]

What I would like is a lined version for the cold...with Kevlar shielding topping the toes...

Not saying they would let me wear them overseas....But I would try.

The military loves and hates these shoes. The Army bans them for unfair advantage reasons (makes no sense to me given that everyone has to buy their own shoes anyways), The Marine Corps leaves it up to their CO, The Navy allows them in the PT Uniform, and the air force is still thinking about it.

I saw them in Afghanistan though, and I swear by em.

Buying Bornio whenever I can find the damn things.

08/26/11 @ 11:30
Comment from: Kevin [Visitor]

If they made these to meet ANSI Z41.1 specs I could wear them at work. As it stands now I go barefoot in the office and slip on my safety shoes when I go out in the shop.

08/26/11 @ 14:03
Comment from: tr47 [Visitor]

Im in market for some nice hiking boots cause I moved to study in Norway and you can spend months here just walking and watching the landscape. I was so many times this far ->||<- from buying some fivefingers and actually hiking ffs would make more sense than anything else for me (I dont jog and I dont spend much time on beach so..). Its just sad that Vibram never created some cool hiking mid-top ffs.

08/29/11 @ 07:11
Comment from: Reemi [Visitor]

Very beautiful these leather Vibram boots.
Love the brownish ones. Justin, do you know if they are going to be made for the women too??
Very fashionable with white jeans! I don't mind strange looks at all especially when I feel so comfortable with my Komodo's or Bikila's. I am looking forward to the women Vibram boots!!

08/29/11 @ 09:28
Comment from: David White [Visitor]  
David White

I have to say, I were my Brown KSO-Treks as a dress shoe. I have even served communion with these on. I like the look of the boot and will have to check them out. Although, without the loop in the back, not sure how I will keep my pants from draggin along the ground.

08/29/11 @ 09:59
Comment from: Paula Barnoskie [Visitor]
Paula Barnoskie

I was surprised by them in the first week!!! No pain what so ever. I had a lot of problems with my arches being fallen. Two months later my arches are not flat against the ground in bare feet. I not only want to own every pair, I recommend them to everyone!

08/29/11 @ 10:20
Comment from: oliver [Visitor]  

how rugged is the leather and stitching on these boots? i do a lot of work in fields with lots of briars 'n such. i don't care about the leather getting scuffed 'n scratched; just need them to not fall apart. thanks!

08/29/11 @ 11:19
Comment from: [Member]


It strikes me as pretty rugged/well made. I wish I could tell you better how they'd hold up against harsh plants -- might have to try and abuse mine a bit.

08/29/11 @ 11:43
Comment from: kirstan [Visitor]

I am hoping for a pair of neoprene Komodo Sport boots or Bikila LS sport boots. It would be great to have some warm/relatively waterproof (at least warm) to run the trails (that turn to little tiny rivers in winter) and in the fields. Maybe???? Something vegan that will let us still run.

08/29/11 @ 12:47
Comment from: skysong263 [Visitor]

I tried the fivefinger sneakers for hiking this summer. I was delighted at how much better my knees felt than with hiking boots. I am finding that boots hurt my knees by constraining my ankles. I have the same trouble with snow boots. I am wondering whether these boots would solve this problem or not.

08/30/11 @ 00:00
Comment from: oliver [Visitor]  

how much do these kangaroo leathered five fingers stretch with use? my feet measure just under 11" so i got the 43s. they seem quite snug however and with injinji liners bumping up on "tight". but, if the leather's gonna give a bit they're probably good-to-go. thanks!

09/01/11 @ 12:15
Comment from: Pieter [Visitor]

Love these shoes! These or the Trek LK will be my 4th pair of Vibrams. You could definitely wear this to an office. I have been doing it for months with other models. I have literary using them for everything; work, sports, I have even done seminars wearing Vibrams. You might get some strange looks, but everyone likes hearing about them when I explain!

09/10/11 @ 08:13
Comment from: Jessica [Visitor]  

If only they went up to a size 50 for my husband! This is exactly what he needs.

09/27/11 @ 08:35
Comment from: Dave [Visitor]

@Justin: were you ever able to test the water-resistance of the boots? I'm considering getting a pair for my winter boots in NYC, but I want to know if they can keep out slush/wet before I invest in a pair.

10/10/11 @ 10:20
Comment from: oliver griswold [Visitor]
oliver griswold

Would someone with a pair of these please go stand in a deep over ankle high puddle and let me know if the water comes pouring through the side zippers or do they reasonably hold out the water for a period of time. Thanks!

10/14/11 @ 12:28
Comment from: noah meineke [Visitor]
noah meineke

guys, maybe you should go spend 160 of your own dollars on a pair and walk into a puddle yourself. i have a pair and have given this a decent amount of thought. I'm guessing that they will purge water. the zippers go almost all the way down to the sole & they are definitely not designed to be water tight. thats something that vibram has on the back burner if they are smart. slightly outside-offset rear waterproof zipper with a cinch strap over the top of the arch. leather and gtx, trek sole. that would be the shoe you guys are seeking. this one is not.

10/15/11 @ 18:29
Comment from: Ted_S [Visitor]

Bormio water test results:

The leather is not even slightly water resistant. Water soaks right in.

You can waterproof the leather. I sent an email to Vibram customer service asking for their recommendations. The rep who responded was not only lacking in suggestions, but added that using any waterproofing treatment on the leather would void the warrenty.

The full-length zippers are the real show-stoppers. At less than an inch of water depth, (2 cm), water starts to pour in.

The Trek LS is a better candidate for waterproofing. Its vulnerability is the lack of a tongue gusset, but the lowest point of the tongue opening is about 2 inches (5 cm) from the pavement. That's twice the water depth before flooding compared to the Bormio.

I purchased my pair of the Bormio at a local store where I can return them. I'm still considering whether they are useful for anything. I like the secure lace-on foot-hugging feel of the Trek LS much more than the loose floppy top of the Bormio. Also the leather of the Bormio will stretch, and there is no way to make the Bormio snug around the foot when this happens.

10/16/11 @ 20:50
Comment from: oliver griswold [Visitor]
oliver griswold

Thanks Ted_S for the feedback; very helpful!

I'm evaling the Vivobarefoot Off Road Hi shoe but it is a bit tight widthwise in the forefoot area for me forcing me to go longer than optimal. I like the Bormios but based on what you're seeing they won't work for what I do (ranching cattle 'n such).

10/17/11 @ 12:03
Comment from: Shakina [Visitor]

When will there be a women's boot!!!
It's cold up here on the mountain and I love five fingers toes shoes!!!! Women like boots too...Also my kids would like to know why they are called "five fingers" and not "five toes".

10/19/11 @ 01:44
Comment from: Steve [Visitor]

I will be in Toronto next week. Do anybody know where I could buy the Bormios? (in a real store, not online :) )

10/22/11 @ 10:14
Martín Alejandro Carmona Selva

I know, this is stupid and, I also know this may have been covered already, but...

What about them in Winter? My Bikila -even with Injinjis- are not enough right now... And it's not even winter in BCN:(

10/23/11 @ 19:18
Comment from: Maggie [Visitor]

I have to say that was the best damn review of a product that I've ever read. I've been on the fence about purchasing Bormio boots for several months now. You review addressed my concerns and had the answers that no one including Vibram had. Thanks for writing such a thorough and useful review. Keep up the good work!

11/25/11 @ 11:18
Comment from: Joe [Visitor]

RE: concerns about waterproofing leather -- I have used a product called Snow Seal with great effect. It spreads with your fingers, has a waxy consistency, and will dull the luster of a shine. It's tacky at first, but will dry to soften and waterproof leather. My treated hiking boots are cozy and dry in the snows of Vermont, Colorado and Ecuador. I have walked through shallow streams. And it lasts… and lasts.

11/28/11 @ 20:07
Comment from: Jeff Huber [Visitor]
Jeff Huber

After much internal debate I've ordered a pair of these as I can no longer stand the idea of wearing my present thick-soled boots (Uggs) in the snow this year.

Waterproofing-wise, I plan on using mink oil, something my dad always put on his hunting boots and which is available from Kiwi just about anyplace you can buy old-fashioned shoe polish (it comes in a can that looks almost identical to Kiwi's saddle soap).

12/05/11 @ 22:28
Comment from: Jessica [Visitor]  

For the record: I've been wearing the KSO Trek in brown in an office environment (dean's office at a major university) for the past half-year. While I've gotten plenty of questions from coworkers over the months, there's been no push-back by the Dean to switch to conventional shoes. I've waterproofed the heck out of them, which I'm hoping will get me through this winter (thankfully, the KSO Trek is one of the warmer VFF shoes); I can't spring for the Bormio anytime soon. But with luck, I'll have a pair (in goes-with-anything black) for next year.

12/19/11 @ 09:35
Comment from: Kent [Visitor]

@Jeff - have you received yet? Did your waterproofing with oil work out? I'm in Halifax, CA and our fall/winters/springs are wet. No problems with the cold up to ~5 wo/ socks in my Treks but would love a colder weather option if they can hold out a bit of water.

12/19/11 @ 10:42
Comment from: Sara [Visitor]

These look really great...if only they were waterproof and about half the price! I'm trying the VivoBarefoot Franklin boots instead. I actually bought a pair on Ebay but unfortunately, they were too small, so if any of you ladies is a size 7.5-8 and wants a waterproof, warm boot that is minimalist and zero-drop, I'll be selling these Franklins at a discount ($60) and getting the next size up. When FF makes a waterproof version of the Bornio, I might have to bite the bullet and get a pair of those too!

01/15/12 @ 19:53
Comment from: Josef [Visitor]

I painted my pair of black Bormios black with black shoe cream/wax. And they look terrific, a perfect match with suit or any other business clothing. And an eye-catcher...

01/27/12 @ 08:27
Comment from: Emily [Visitor]

Love these.

I wish they sold them in women's sizing -- do you know if that's ever going to be in the mix? I'd buy them exactly as-is but the sizes are too big.

01/28/12 @ 22:36
Comment from: Mark [Visitor]

Hi There,

i'm from germany and do not know where to buy the bormio (brown/whiskey, 43).

Any ideas?


01/31/12 @ 07:06
Comment from: Chet D. [Visitor]
Chet D.

As far as wearing ANY Vibram Five Finger shoe in the snow (or in winter), I found that if you install a pair of shoe inserts like Dr. Scholl's for padding, you'll find them warmer and much less heal-shock while walking on hard floors.

02/06/12 @ 17:46
Comment from: Larry [Visitor]  

I just bought a pair, since I've been almost wearing toe shoes exclusively for 8 months.
It has finally become cold here in the NE, and when trying to put my shoes on, my small toes are now squashed. I now need wide width shoes if I'm to wear any.
I only see this as a good thing, aside from needing to replace almost all my shoes from dress to hiking.
I'm hoping that the bormio's along with toe socks will enable me to hike here down to 30F. I'll post another comment since I need to go pick them up tomorrow and test them out on a hike Saturday.
Thanks for your review! BTW, I just snagged them for 86 dollars with tax here in NY.

02/09/12 @ 12:23
Comment from: Ben [Visitor]  

I'm curious to know what happened when they finally reached the funky smell? With my Treksports, I can just wash them without worrying about it. With the leather in these, how did it work out?

02/23/12 @ 13:35
Comment from: Joe D [Visitor]  
Joe D

So I was wondering when wearing these say if I wanted to run in these, if the zipper was zipped all the way up would it eventually zip down?

02/25/12 @ 00:43
Comment from: Jayson [Visitor]

I have worn my Bormios for two days now, first pair of Fivefingers. I measured my feet per Vibram instructions, these boots seem quite tight! Definitely to tight to wear with the toe socks as well. Considering I haven't worn other FF's I'm not sure if it's normal or not. They are very different than regular shoes! I plan on trying them out in a hiking trail soon to see how my feet will hold up in them. I will follow the instructions first however and let my feet adjust. Very unique shoe!

02/25/12 @ 18:27
Comment from: Dave Edgar [Visitor]
Dave Edgar

These things are just too plain. I think they make you almost look barefoot attracting MORE attention to the shoes.

The picture of the brown ones sitting on the floor viewed from the top actually look like severed feet.


03/08/12 @ 23:28
Comment from: Sole' [Visitor]

Ok I like to consider myself a "shuru" (shoe guru)I wear them all. All different brands styles & designs from stilletos,platforms,sneaks,boots Chucks,Bjorn,Nike,Pilner,Ferragamo, Diadora,Timberland,Dansk (ok, I dnt do Birkenstocks)I bought these after purchasing Adidas Adipure's & liking them but wanting sumthing sturdier. I love,Love,LOVE these. I had them in whiskey & just purchased them in black. I could care less about the freaky looks I get these feel delightful. I own & operate a daycare running behind little kids all wk & wk in the ER on wknds I ride motorcycles in my spare time. I used to wear higher end sneaks Nike Shox & Timberlands or Diadora racing boots for my biker girl needs for my fast paced life. I just cant take these off. They are a perfect fit & feel for everything I do!!! Even if they did almost get me kicked out of Sams Club for being 'barefoot' LOL I lucked up & got my 1st pair for 84.99 & my 2nd pair for 95.00.

03/09/12 @ 15:43
Comment from: Angel [Visitor]

I always get people (especially my father) likening my vibrams to "Gorilla feet". I'd rather have the lion feet comment, but I don't want brown shoes. :p

04/28/12 @ 15:57
Comment from: Kidzey [Visitor]  

Is anyone having problems with bormio's? Developed Achilles tendinitis with these, but never have with my kso, trek or mocs. Resolved when I stopped wearing bormio's daily. Even now can't wear them for an 8hr day. Was great through the winter winds and like them otherwise as casual wear.

05/03/12 @ 02:41
Comment from: Robert [Visitor]

Thanks for the post! I'm a dedicated ff owner for a couple of years now, love them. Started backpacking last year (one and two night trips), my KSO Treks were great for this. But some experienced backpackers have told me I need to use footwear with more ankle support. Would Bormios fill the bill for that? And do you agree about the ankle support assessment in the first place? I've had zero problems so far hiking in my Treks.

06/12/12 @ 11:58
Comment from: [Member]

I wouldn't worry too much about ankle support -- one of the biggest benefits of shoes where you feel so much of the ground and don't have a big "platform" on the bottom of your foot is that rolling an ankle is much, much less likely. That said, the Bormios don't really provide ankle support.

06/12/12 @ 12:03
Comment from: byron [Visitor]  

Would these work well for hiking and such, in dry western-states weather? Its been asked by a few people, but not fully answered...I don't care so much about waterproofing or warmth; just if they will hold up in the mountains.
They are labeled as a casual shoe, which makes me hesitate...
thanks, from Colorado :)
Great review, btw.

07/16/12 @ 22:48
Comment from: Robert [Visitor]  

Hey! Thanks for your response to my ankle support question! I have a similar question to byron's: I'm thinking about hiking the Inca trail next June. It's a four day intense hike. I really do NOT want to go back to a traditional hiking boot. Of course I would also hate to be stuck in the jungle in Peru with some type of unforeseen fivefinger related foot problem (perhaps due to the lack of waterproofing). Thoughts?

07/17/12 @ 09:06
Comment from: [Member]

@byron and @Robert,

I might actually recommend the VIVO Off Road His -- these:

Just got a pair to review and they're really nice albeit expensive. I just don't think the Bormio is meant for hiking abuse. While they'd probably manage it ok, why put such a nice pair of toe shoes through that kind of use when that wasn't it's intended design?

07/17/12 @ 09:25
Comment from: Franz [Visitor]  

Hi, any idea where I can still get the Bormios in a size 46? It sucks that they were discontinued.

07/18/12 @ 17:46
Comment from: Robert [Visitor]  

@Justin thanks for the link! Vivo's look interesting. I might try them, although I hate to shell out the bucks, and they don't look like they would be quite as comfy as my vff's. Half a mind to take my KSO Treks to Peru. I wonder what's the worst that could happen...?

07/19/12 @ 11:01
Comment from: Chris [Visitor]

I have a pare of Spirydon Ls shoes(specifically for hiking). I've hiked in them a lot and they're great! Of course, if there are rocks or nails, I try to avoid them, but overall, my shins and legs and effort have been Diminished. I had new balance shoes and couldn't walk a few feet without my shins getting swollen and I couldn't walk because of the pain. I don't know why, but I thought about this company and their shoes. The ONLY "bad" thing I have to say about these shoes is my Calves are getting a workout all the time, lol. I ordered a pair of the Tan Bormio and another pair of something. I usually wear Wallabees but have noticed my feet hurt and my knees hurt because the sole is slightly worn down. I can care less how these look in public, I'll wear them because I'll be comfortable and my back and legs won't hurt as much as the dumb bimbos complaining that it is "hideous" when they're wearing high heels. As for hiking, they don't need to make an ankle high hiking boot. That's dumb, their shoes are already great. Just make sure you get one with a thick sole, but they're better than any other shoe. Ups didn't have my address right, do I have to wait until tomorrow to try them out. Also, UGG FUR INSIDE THESE BOOTS WOULD SUCK! Why? Everytime you wear vibram shoes, even if you have the cleanest feet, you'll sweat. Fur on the inside would only absorb this sweat and cause the inside to smell more, making us either have to wash after every use, or have smelly feet. The insole isn't leather because the yellow sole absorbs odor better than leather would. It's also better on the feet. A leather sole isn't as maleable as the yellow sole, so it'd be contradicting to the comfort ability purpose of the brand. I mean, I'm wearing Wallabees now, and the bottom of my feet are killing me. I need these shoes!

08/22/12 @ 20:16
Comment from: Leon La Prairie [Visitor]
Leon La Prairie

hello all you bormio owners...just wondering how your boots are holding up and any other info. I wish to get a pair,my other 2 pairs of five fingers are size 43(i am a 10.5)if i want to wear these with the injiji socks should i therefore go to a size 44? or let the stretching in period do its course?
Leon Vancouver,Canada

09/30/13 @ 19:07
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10/17/13 @ 02:20
Comment from: Bryan [Visitor]  

I've loved my Bormios as I wear them all the time under jeans. It appears that I was one of the few people who did love them, though, as they have been discontinued. Any idea where I could find another pair out there?

11/03/13 @ 14:22
Comment from: Nolan [Visitor]

Absolutely love these and have been trying to get my hands on a pair, 47's. Wouldn't have any ideas would you?

11/26/13 @ 16:53
Comment from: Craig [Visitor]

I need ( want these in black brown and blue can't find I know older models any ideas for me I need 44 or 45?

11/03/14 @ 11:19
Comment from: E.E.M. [Visitor]

My old pair of Bormio are long in the tooth, but comfortable still. I am seeking to locate replacements in size 43+. Please advise for Oregon store or On-Line mail-order.

05/19/15 @ 15:01
Comment from: Jarrod D. Johnson [Visitor]  
Jarrod D. Johnson

I really do want these boots! I can’t believe I missed out on this great opportunity! Damn!

01/23/18 @ 06:35

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