Comment from: Garret [Visitor]
Garret

Those red Bikilas are awesome and I want a pair of them RIGHT NOW.

03/30/10 @ 11:50
Comment from: kaioslider [Visitor]
kaioslider

Well hopefully birthdayshoes members will be able to get the bulk of the bikilas. Assuming some retailers allow for pre-orders, I won't be surprised if stock sells out before the plane lands.

Which I knew how Vibram was going to distribute them, ie the larger resellers of will there be some portions allotted to the smaller outlets.

03/30/10 @ 15:00
Comment from: [Member]

I wouldn't count on too many pre-orders here stateside (at least not online), but who knows -- if there are, folks will definitely hear about it here.

03/30/10 @ 15:01
Comment from: Tom [Visitor]
Tom

Hi,

Is it possible to buy stocks in youre company, where if so?
Love the shoes!

R/Tom

03/30/10 @ 18:34
Comment from: Wen [Visitor]
Wen

I'm on TWO different waiting lists for Bikilas. I said go to your current local distributor and asked if they could add your name to list of people wanting a pair to get the first call. I'm in Charlotte, NC, i know they are going fly out the stores whne they arrive. If orders arrive during working hours, count on me getting "sick" in order to get the first pair & avoiding the chaos :) Both stores know me enough to call me at work & give me th eheads up... I'm still waiting Vibram!!!

03/30/10 @ 19:46
Comment from: Ryan Pifer [Visitor]
Ryan Pifer

As more and more people get into the minimalist running movement I think a how to transition guide is essential for five fingers. I personally know 2 people who tried to switch after seeing my success only to get injured. If all stores that sold five fingers paired them with a guide it would save a lot of injury ridden futures of runners. Justin have you thought about putting your guide on the market? I think it would go perfectly with a new pair of vff's. As would a copy of Born to Run, haha, but I'm guessing most people buying vff's already have that.

03/31/10 @ 02:53
Comment from: Anne [Visitor]  
Anne

There have definitely been quality problems. I had to return no less than three pairs of women's black VFF KSOs for defects before finally getting a good pair. My friends who bought before the boom had no such problems.

Anyone who is buying VFFs now should buy in person at a store with experience fitting them and a good return policy, if at all possible. Then wear them for a good solid hour indoors while checking for fit problems: discomfort from rubbing seams, too short toe pockets, and any twists, folds or other issues caused by sewing or gluing defects. Staying indoors for your tryout makes the shoes much easier to return, especially if you leave the tags on.

I ran into the following defects: poorly sewn toe pockets that made at least one pocket too short and caused it to twist and pull up; sole pieces glued incorrectly, causing a buckle on the side of the shoe (painful!); seams badly trimmed and glued into a raised lump (also painful!); one pair with fabric tops that were either for a smaller size or were sewn on with too generous as seam allowance, making them noticeably tighter than other shoes of the same size.

The salespeople at the store where I buy them are now telling customers that each pair is different and they should try on several in the same size before choosing one. That's good advice.

03/31/10 @ 13:35
Comment from: Ashley [Visitor]
Ashley

Wen, would you mind sharing which stores you know will have them? I've been told by a friend that Charlotte Running Co will have them. What other stores should I keep my eye on?

04/01/10 @ 15:47
Comment from: Alex [Visitor]
Alex

Vibram doesn't deserve any growth in sales until they fix the quality control issues.

04/01/10 @ 22:10
Comment from: Attila Pegan [Visitor]  
Attila Pegan

Why isn't Vibram looking to start manufacturing these shoes in the US. Flying them from China sounds really bad. I would really like Vibram start up some factories in the states and be more conscious and sustainable about their business.
My first pair of VFF will arrive tomorrow!!

04/01/10 @ 22:58
Comment from: Chris Johnson [Visitor]  
Chris Johnson

I noted one NC post. REI in Durham (but not Cary or Raleigh) carries VFFs and combined with their members (you need to be a member, great deal) return policy I have navigated into a wonderful pair of Sprints (away from KSOs due to my preference).
I returned one pair for a gluing issue but most of the rubbing/blistering I have encountered is from my funky newbie form.
Luckily (I guess) for me I can't buy another pair until September so maybe availablity will be easier by then.

04/05/10 @ 07:01
Comment from: Joshua [Visitor]  
Joshua

Just ordered my new 'Killas' from City Sports in
Manhattan. I agree with Atilla the Pagen- Tony, if you're reading this- please start making these shoes in the U.S. I for one would be happy to pay a little extra for that(I mean I'm already paying $100+ for about 3 or 4 dollars worth of plastic and fibers) And I'll speak for most of us in saying that we'd also love to see the FF's come in organic and/or recycled materials. But make them here! Doesn't take long for a backlash in THIS community. I'm just sayin'...

05/19/10 @ 21:50
Comment from: Matthew smith [Visitor]
Matthew smith

I have multiple pairs and love them I have the brown sawed ones also I wondered if you are going to get any casual dress styles. I also wanted to know if you could make agood sticky soul one for chefs in black I would be your test dummy. I have a design concept for a pair I would like to share with you.

Sincerely,

Matthew Smith.

02/23/12 @ 19:51


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