Comment from: Rich [Visitor]

The main complaint (under "what doesn't") here seems to be that these lack individual toe pockets / are a traditional closed sneaker. It seems to me that's an unfair criticism.

The vapor gloves strives to be the most minimal shoe in a traditional form out there. It seems to me that all reviews, including this one, agree that it succeeds admirably in that regard.

If you prefer toe shoes, or sandals, or bare feet, then fine. But evaluate this based on what it intends to be. Would you fault a huarache for not covering the tops of your feet very well?

Also, the "final thoughts" seem out of line with the review. The overall feedback seems very positive, with lots of positives and only a few negatives. Yet the final thoughts won't even recommend the vapor glove. I felt like I was reading the conclusion to a different review.

08/18/13 @ 21:06
Comment from: jason (marley mission) [Visitor]
jason (marley mission)

love these - to me - they are very close to the minimalist feel you get from seeyas (and signas)

i dont wear them for running though i think they would be my first choice cept i love my seeyas

i do wear them alot though - especially its nice to be minimalist w/o being the 'toe shoed ambassador' if you catch my drift

a pair - or two ;) - should be in every minimalist runners arsenal imo


08/19/13 @ 10:37
Comment from: [Member]

@Rich - The lack of toe pockets is something I've not mentioned in other reviews without complaint. The reason it sticks out so obviously here is because the Vapor Glove is SO thin and minimalist that keeping a closed toe box becomes exceedingly obvious. It deserves mention for that reason, as having a fully closed toe box on something this thin creates a sort of "pull" on the other toes that a normal sneaker would not. Also, you can't really expect to call your shoe a "glove" and not have that aspect critiqued.

I also do agree that there are more positives than negatives, but that still doesn't necessarily make it a definite buy. I think the shoe holds it's own but it doesn't knock it out of the park. $80 is still a lot of money to most folks. I prefer to invest in gear that knocks it out of the park, not just stuff that performs adequately.

The vapor glove is a passably good shoe. But it's not a game changer.

09/01/13 @ 17:58
Comment from: Alex [Visitor]

My vapor gloves are the best minimalist none toe shoes I've worn (which is lots I should be a reviewer!). Once I factor in the price versus say a pair of KSO (which they feel highly similar to) the Vapor Glove wins easily. I'm in the UK and the price difference between getting these or Five Fingers is truly massive. (I wear/wore KSO, Classic, Bikila, Sprint, Inov-8 Baregrip, Inov-8 Bare-X 200, NB MT00 - also excellent, Merrell Trail Glove, Vivobarefoot Neo and Breazy Lite - also good)

I appreciate the sentiments of the toe pocket criticism but would claim it's pretty minor.

11/03/13 @ 07:00
Comment from: Stefan Wrobel [Visitor]
Stefan Wrobel

I've been wearing these as my every day shoes since April of this year. After just over 6 months I have 3 rather large holes in the fabric where it attaches to the rubber on top of the toes. Rather unfortunate, but these do not seem to be very durable. The fabric snags very easily so I have some snags that I believe will develop into holes. Already looking into replacing these.

11/08/13 @ 17:40
Comment from: DGL [Visitor]

This review is silly.
You praise the shoe, yet don't tell us the negatives, but you can't recommend it based on a cartoon you found on Youtube.
In plain english, you contradict yourself rather badly.
Grow up.

03/07/14 @ 17:42
Comment from: Nirudha [Visitor]

I am considering getting a pair but I will need to import it and won't have the option of trying it on which is bad. Could you tell me what size you tried and what size of VFF you wear? I wear a US10/EU44 Nike Free, EU43 VFF Sport so hoping a size 10 of this would be ok.

05/11/14 @ 02:37
Comment from: [Member]

DGL - looks like you entirely skipped over the "what doesn't" section. It's probably a good idea to read an entire article before commenting. Also, if you could let me know what contradictions you found I'd be glad to address them. As for the cartoon link -- it was a joke. The review is hardly "based" on that. Relax, fella. It's a shoe review, not a free trade agreement.

Nirudha - After wearing these for a few more months I wouldn't recommend importing them. They're not worth the additional cost.

05/19/14 @ 13:11
Comment from: patricia parker [Visitor]
patricia parker

I'm trying to fine the vapor shoes in women size 12. Can you tell me if they come in that size and where I can find them.

06/15/14 @ 19:04
Comment from: Richard [Visitor]

These are exceedingly comfortable, but as you say, when compared with the EL-X these feel like something "less natural". The toe box really stands out as a social conformity, but that's exactly why I bought these. I wear them mostly to the office (in black, obviously) with toe socks, where they don't stand out under a sharp pair of pants. I used to wear the tough glove for this purpose, but in summer the leather is just way too warm.

I agree though that the fabric rips real easy; cycling through the woods a branch simply tore right through the fabric.

With toe socks these are the most comfortable "normal" shoes you can wear without getting a lot of attention. I really recommend them.

06/16/14 @ 08:32
Comment from: Davy [Visitor]


I just got the newest model of Merrell's vapour glove (2). Regarding size I normally take anything between a UK 9 and 10 for normal runners. I ordered a size 8 (42 European Size) and they fit really good. I can still manage to wear a sock with them on colder days but very comfortable with or without socks. Overall impressions so far are very good. If unsure about size I'd recommend dropping a full size down.

10/02/15 @ 04:59

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