Comment from: Jason Carney [Visitor]
Jason Carney

Good review of the KSO's. I picked up a a pair yesterday after reading an article about toes which led me to one about how shoes are bad. There was a discussion on slashdot and someone posted about the five fingers. I started reading more about them, more about being barefoot and barefoot running and then decided to buy me a pair of KSO's (same color as yours!)I've only had them a day now, but am liking them very much. Look forward to reading more about my new birthday shoes here on your site.

04/23/09 @ 16:29
Comment from: [Member]


Glad to hear you've picked up some KSOs! I look forward to hearing more after you've "broken them in" (I say this tongue-in-cheek because the break-in time on VFFs is effectively *zero*).

I thought that DailyMail article was pretty excellent and blogged on it the other day here. I just wish they hadn't given Nike an easy out with their Nike Frees.

Speaking of free and feet, feel free to shoot me a photo of you sporting your new kicks and I can throw it up on the photo section!

04/24/09 @ 00:22
Comment from: Chrisp1 [Visitor]  

06 June 2009 I just picked up my first pair of FiveFingers and I went with the Blue KSO's and they are so comfy!

Once I got them on, yes as everyone says it takes a bit if it's your not use to toe seperation, I very quickly felt the comfort in my stride walking about the store like I was barefoot but not!

I ripped the tags off the FF's I was wearing, the very pair/color my wife dared me to come home with! Wore them out of the store and headed home in them driving. Ends up FF's are pretty comfy for driving too! Before I got home I stopped at the home depot real quick and I made it out alive! People were checking out my FF's for sure but no riots or violence over my FF's!

I came home wore them inside and out and back and forth through the moist soggy overgrawn & dog-land-mines lawn and into the shed with no fear!

So it was six hours later I took them off and my feet still feel great! None of my usual aches and pains are brewing in my goes and feet! My feet are happy all around!

These will be my everday relaxing, wash the car, stream exploring, gardening, at the park, frisbee, fishing, boating, downey ayshun hun on da bordwalk, playing and living in shoes!

I think I'll have to get some FF Flows when the weather gets colder, and keep my feet warm with neoprene and maybe those crazy toe socks too. Maybe a black pair for around the office? Who knows!

Most comfortable 'shoe' I've ever worn is now the Five Finger KSO! More comfy than my Crocs which surprises me to say and hey are so much more useful at the same time...

Try them you'll like them!

06/21/09 @ 01:52
Comment from: crc [Visitor]

Thanks for the comparison....i've been going back and forth on whether to get the classics or kso's and your review convinced me that the kso's are the way to go. Now i just gotta decide between the brown and black ones.

07/21/09 @ 21:40
Comment from: Bryant Hankins [Visitor]
Bryant Hankins

Thanks for your review of the KSOs!

I picked up a pair a few weeks ago and have been running in them constantly. So comfortable and I love the feedback they provide to your feet. Definitely adds a whole new level to running.

08/30/09 @ 10:58
Comment from: Tony Price [Visitor]  
Tony Price

Where do I start, I pick up my KSO (Blue) before I want on vacation to Jamaica. I decided to take them off rode you can say. My wife and I did the Dunes River Fall tour. It was quite nice, you go up the fall walking in water. Along the way up there are pools that you can swim in. As you walk you come across rocks that you need to step or climb over. Remember I'm in the water which means things are very slippery. You can point the people out who aren't wearing any thing because they are the first ones to fall. You know how many times I fell or slipped. None, all thanks to my KSO. What a shoe, it truly is the next thing to being barefoot. They are so comfortable and yes an eye catcher indeed. So what ever your outdoor adventurer is the Vibrim Five Finger KSO is the way to GO.

10/28/09 @ 20:23
Comment from: lunapaws [Visitor]

They are great, I even ran through hot lava in them and they stood up to the challenge.

02/17/10 @ 20:06
Comment from: danny valdez-rodreguez [Visitor]
danny valdez-rodreguez

I received my kso's today and they are nothing short of amazing. The instructions say to break them in but they really dont need to be, I walked for hours in them at the art festival. The main thing I have to get used to is people stopping me to ask me what kind of shoes they are...

06/27/10 @ 01:31
Comment from: nkvball [Visitor]

KSOs are lousy for hiking because of their limited traction. They also have lousy traction on wet sidewalks.

But the worst thing is that they DO NOT last. In 6 months at only about 6-7 miles of walking and hiking per week the soles have worn through on both sides right at the ball of the foot.

I have also had lousy luck with the Treksport with the crosses or nubbies peeling off.

Barefooting is great but fivefingers are not durable and are quite expensive. I have hiking shoes with Vibram soles that have lasted forever, so it is quite a disappointment to spend $95 to $115 for fivefingers.

02/05/11 @ 01:40
Comment from: sean [Visitor]

I bought my KSO's about a week ago after wearing Filas skeletoes for a few weeks. what a difference. I quickly ousted my Filas and have been wearing these everyday since. The best thing about them is the fit, I love how true to my foot they feel, they bend with my foot very naturally. the only thing is my right pinkie toe doesnt quite fill the pocket whereas the left one pretty much does. I'm looking into getting a pair of classics for around the house but I've definitely given Vibram my barefoot loyalty.

02/08/12 @ 18:08
Comment from: Eric Zwerneman [Visitor]
Eric Zwerneman

I love the KSOs, but it seems like Vibram may be phasing them out...any word on if that's true? I say that just because they seem to have limited size and color availability on their site...

04/22/12 @ 10:42
Comment from: Alan [Visitor]

In response to the above comment - I sincerely hope that they are not phasing out the KSO. When my current pair wear out I will definitely wanting another pair. I think if they did phase them out there would be howls of protest from loyal fans.

06/25/12 @ 17:38
Comment from: Alan [Visitor]

I have to say my experience is very different to nkvball. I bought my KSOs 2 years ago and they are still going strong. I've used them for running, walking, hiking and used them on all surfaces. The only downside is they don't grip in slippy mud on a hillside, but a greater degree of serration would mean a loss of ground feedback and flexibility. i'd take ground feedback and flexibility anyday. Mine have been incredibly durable and incredibly versatile and utterly life-changing. I no longer suffer terrible foot or knee pain.

06/25/12 @ 17:43
Comment from: santelmo [Visitor]

Do you know where I can buy the Vibram side logo. Both on my KSO peeled off and I can't find the other one.

11/01/12 @ 13:38
Comment from: [Member]


I really doubt you could buy it anywhere.

11/01/12 @ 14:13
Comment from: Ingo [Visitor]

i just got my pair of KSO's today and i need some advice

my feet measure about 9.72 inches and i ordered womans 40 because they were the closest to it, but they feel pretty tight on the front, so i was wondering if thats normal and if they will stretch out after a while or if i should return them and get a pair in male 40

11/06/12 @ 04:28
Comment from: [Member]


The women's have a slightly more narrow last for the same length as the men's -- so if your foot is tight on the sides, men's might work better. IF your toes are ramming the ends of the caps, you might try sizing up.

11/06/12 @ 09:20
Comment from: Santelmo [Visitor]

@Justin Owings

Thanks Justin. Maybe I'll just look for 2nd hand VFF/KSO sold online and peel the logo off then use it on ^_^


When I bought my VFF, the salesman advised me to always buy it 1 size bigger. Because eventually, it will have a tight/snug feeling on the toes when walking. The advice was accurate. I am comfortable with my KSO. ANd besides, you can always adjust and tighten the strap if ever you find it too loose.

So when my dad bought his very 1st KSO Treck last week, he did the same and bought his, 1 size bigger. (Men size)

11/07/12 @ 21:31
Comment from: Dak [Visitor]

Hello. Just got my first pair of VFFs, a pair of KSOs bought online on ebay India.
Everything else seems ok and as per description (new item), but I find stitching under all my toes, and part of the upper scrunched up below my toes. It gives me a disconcerted feeling.
I also find glue marks on the outside of some toes.
Have I been saddled with a fake?

04/21/14 @ 12:03
Comment from: Laszlo Marosi [Visitor]  
Laszlo Marosi


Thank you so much for the many many reviews about barefoot shoes and sandals, your site helped me navigating through the dozens of shoes but I feel I finally get closer to the decision.

May I ask which one would you recommend: the KSO or the EL-X?
Everyday use, running, water, dirt, anything else. Which one has the better barefoot experience?
I'll definitely buy Gladsoles as well but I just love the feel of the separated toe bags. :)

Thank you in advance!

09/23/17 @ 11:12

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