Comment from: Curtis [Visitor]  

Well said. The only other ones I have are Sprints, but I tend to go for the Classics for most things. Especially just wearing around town and around the house.

09/26/09 @ 09:40
Comment from: Joakim [Visitor]  

The first VFF's I ever saw were the classics and I instantly loved them. But when I went buying my own I chose the Sprints instead.

I always thought the only difference between Sprints and Classics was the velcro strap over the leg and behind the heel. Is there anything else that's different?

10/08/09 @ 04:08
Comment from: Steven McG [Visitor]  
Steven McG

I have actually had the opposite experience at airport screening with Classics.

The screening agents seem to think my black KSO's are closer to shoes than my black Classics. In fairness i have never had to take either pair off and neither have beeped, but there is definitely more discussion about the shoelyness of KSO's. Something to do with the velcro strap i think.

The Classics are my favourites of the original 4 styles too. I actually wore through the soles of my first pair and need to get around to buying another pair.

For me the Classics are the ultimate travel shoes: No constrictions on blood flow while flying, like you get with straps. Easy to slip on and off. Comfortable walking around airports and city streets. Easy to wash in a hotel bathroom sink.

10/08/09 @ 06:38
Comment from: widmerpool [Visitor]

I assume the KSOs simply fit a much wider range of feet a lot better. I wear my KSOs everywhere, sprints in the gym. I pull on my classics only when it's too cold to go barefoot round the house. The heel is simply too wide for any active use.

Also, constrictions on blood flow while flying are a good thing. I wear flows when flying and they stop swollen feet while being much more comfortable that sitting in shoes for hours.

10/08/09 @ 08:47
Comment from: [Member]


I'd say the difference between Classics and Sprints as far as fit and feel is pretty large. The Sprints' rear heel comes in a lot more than the Classics. That in combination with the on-skin strap make the Sprint fit very snugly and "locked on" to the foot (more attached than the KSO in my experience).


Seems every airport security checkpoint is different, and I probably should add that I usually am wearing pants and not shorts with the KSOs in the airport, which probably helps cover up their most obvious shoe-like quality -- the strap (as you noted).


I'm not sure that's the case that the KSO fits a wider range of feet better. There are a lot of cases where people with high arches and high insteps find the KSOs to fit very snugly on the top of the foot. These same individuals would obviously fit better without a covered top/more adjustable top (as with Sprint or Classic).

I wonder if your Classics are a size too big -- despite the "bulbous" heel of the Classics, I'm still able to run/climb/play/do most things in them (though I still prefer KSO for planned active use).

10/08/09 @ 08:56
Comment from: Steven McG [Visitor]  
Steven McG


True about the compression to prevent DVT, but aren't Flows a little hot for air travel?

I find the toes too short on the KSO and even though my Classics are a size too big, because i can grip with my toes, they feel very secure.


Yeh security screening is very inconsistent, though fingers crossed, not about my VFF's yet.

10/08/09 @ 09:33
Comment from: Wholly Yoga [Visitor]
Wholly Yoga

I love my classics. easy to slip on but snug on the feet

10/10/09 @ 09:57
Comment from: Somer [Visitor]

Well said. I own every style minus the old water style than comes up mid calf. I love my flows in the winter, KSOs with pants and running. My sprints were my first pair but I think they are the least comfy of all the styles- I still run in them on occasion though. However I LOVE the classics- I have 2 pairs and wear one of which pretty much daily. I have wore holes in the bottom of my first pair in the year and a half I have had them. I do have one question though- has anyone else noticed that the material is different in the older styles of classics from the newer ones. I think the newer classic upper is a bit thicker and more sturdy.
Oo and I recently got the performa's and I am crazy about them. I am afraid to wear them too much though. Howerver they seem to be holding up quite nicely.

10/13/09 @ 18:37
Comment from: Norma [Visitor]

I love my classics, I think they go well with anything. I do prefer to run/workout with my Sprints. But I like wearing my classics all the time. Only problem, I live in MN and well it's getting colder.

11/10/09 @ 16:12
Comment from: Pink Karma [Visitor]
Pink Karma

Definitely love Classics over KSO! Don't even own any KSOs since for me, those look way uglier than Classic and Sprint. I do wear the Sprint more often than Classic, just because I like my Sprint color better:P But that is just because I'm a girl and things go better with pink than with black;))

And if asked my womans opinion: I think my boyfriends Sprint look way better on him than the KSOs:)

01/08/10 @ 00:25
Comment from: Cico [Visitor]

I have the Classics but can't stand it anymore. The back heel rubber tab scuffs my archilles tendon when doing casual strolls. I've tried tricks to have it not hurt me but it's no use.

Would like to try the Sprints when I get a chance to get to the states. I'll stay with the KSO for now.

02/04/10 @ 09:23
Comment from: [Member]

That is weird that the heel tab (not the elastic cord right?) is causing such abrasion on your tendon -- I could understand maybe if you were running in them but casual wear this shouldn't happen. Could you possibly be wearing a size too small?

For what it's worth, I'd go KSO next before Sprint -- Sprints are hard to nail the comfort down on due to the complex strapping mechanism.

02/04/10 @ 10:47
Comment from: Diane Begos [Visitor]
Diane Begos

Apart from running and athletes... I am searching for comments/recommendations on pro cons for those with diabetes. Also, what about the sedentary person starting out with exercise such as walking and an elliptical? What about socks? Cold weather in Wisconsin.....

02/07/10 @ 15:35
Comment from: D'ye [Visitor]

nice article justin! i'm one of a few users of VFF here in the Philippines.. been using kso for a while usually for urban trekking.. i did break in my pair in singapore on an 8-hour death march circling around the city. i'm happy about the kso but somehow i'm longing for classic for easy wear and an acceptable look on my profession. i'm a dentist by day and photographer by night. i, somehow barefooted when waiting for patients arrive my clinic so usually i'm in a hurry wearing the kso (socks and shoes sometimes) when patients arrive which can be annoying and time consuming, hence my lust over classics. sad to say.. stocks of classics (or even other VFF) dwindled, so i'm stuck with the black-black classics (i prefer khaki-black or the grey-orange-black).. but oh well.. maybe i'll buy 2nd pair of classics when stocks are replenished. more power to you and our VFF's!

02/08/10 @ 21:38
Comment from: Andrew Harwood [Visitor]  
Andrew Harwood

I totally agree. I love my classics the best. I have a question though. I have only owned my classics for about 5 months and wear them all the time (literally). I am wondering how often others wear their classics and how long they last?

I ask this because this morning i just noticed that a seam at my big toe has torn open. I am kinda pissed only because I love these shoes. I also want to get a new pair of classics. I try to argue with myself that this little tear is nothing...and it isn't (1/4" in length). But still. Just wondering about use life.

02/11/10 @ 10:24
Comment from: [Member]

That is a bummer! I'm glad you posted here b/c I had seen your tweet about this, but hadn't had a chance to respond.

I think your best bet is to try your hand at sewing it back up. I've actually never had a seam tear in any pair I own (even my oldest Classics which are almost two years old). Granted, I have so many VFFs that I get to spread out the wear, but my old Classics definitely have seen a ton of use.

Short answer: wear varies. My brother-in-law actually poked a hole into his Sprints on day one of wearing them (he dragged his toe and it ripped the fabric). Still sucks though.

02/11/10 @ 10:27
Comment from: Andrew Noyes [Visitor]
Andrew Noyes

I originally got the sprints in summer 08 because i wanted the ones i could do the most in, and i had read reviews how the classics werent the best for particular physical activities. my sister got the classics a year later and said the elastic band hurts her foot.

i'd like to own one of each pair! personally, i just liked how the sprints looked better, but i definitely still want to try the classics. my sprints have worn through in multiple places and i'll be getting some brown treks soon. but yes, definitely going to have a pair of each eventually :)

thank you for this article, it's further encouraged me

02/18/10 @ 10:38
Comment from: sara [Visitor]

I've always been the queen of when I saw these at my local shoe store, it was love at first sight. I opted for the classics because I have a really high instep, which is preventative to most straps, and five fingers were no exception. I have to say though that the ability to just slip these little guys on gives me the complete satisfaction of being a real live hobbit...with purple feet! I walk my Old English sheepies in them, I hike in them, I use my computer treadmill desk with them....they are really awesome, and just for the record...I'll never again wear anything else unless I HAVE to! (which I won't!)

03/09/10 @ 16:08
Comment from: Mark Ferwerda [Visitor]  
Mark Ferwerda

After repeatedly getting blisters on my achilles from the tab that sticks up at the back of the "classics," I've given up on the classics. I do love my KSO Treks however; even wear them to my white collar job. Get lots of "looks" -- but oh well!

04/23/10 @ 07:43
Comment from: Rick [Visitor]

I just got mine in the mail from the Vibram web site. Wore them for about 5 hours on the job (I'm a nurse so I walk a lot) Thur. night and must say I like them a lot. I did start to get a bit of a rub on my left achilles and a twinge on both little toes but nothing big. I am sure this will lessen as I "break them in". I was going back and forth between the classics and the kso's but with much research including you blog, I did go with the classics. I really like the minimal look. I don't like straps on shoes and rarely use them even on my Teva's. Thanks for putting the word out about VFF's!

04/24/10 @ 05:27
Comment from: Kourtney [Visitor]

I have been barefoot running at the gym for a few months now, and I finally decided to buy a pair of Vibrams so I could run safely in the parks of NYC in this nice weather. I ran one mile in the Classics and while my feet and calves were completely unscathed, my Achilles tendons got major blisters. I tried to wear them again for just casual use, but they reopened the scab on my blisters so I gave up on them. I measured my feet to make sure the size was right and it seems to be accurate. Any advice for how I can use the Classics again? Should I shelf them or just keep trying?

05/08/10 @ 21:41
Comment from: Nick Johnson [Visitor]  
Nick Johnson

My wife just got a pair of sprints. She wore them just around her work today to get a feel for them and they rubbed blisters on her achilles. Is there a way around this? Can you cut the tab off or is it there for support?

05/12/10 @ 07:55
Comment from: PAt [Visitor]

@Nick, I had that problem for a while. Just adjust all the straps. Make the strap on the back as loose as possible.

05/13/10 @ 01:40
Comment from: Kediil [Visitor]  

I bought a pair of Classics not quite seven months back and I've absolutely loved them. I wear them in day to day use, which basically involves going to classes four days of the week, maybe a trip to the grocery store, not much more than that. The average day puts less than a mile, probably even less than half a mile, on them and I came to see today that the sole has worn away from the inside, right pinkie toe (looks like it never extended far enough in judging by the 'untouched' part, and the sole is gone or nearly gone on the right big toe. The rest of everything is fabulous. I've never busted a seam or had any tears or holes. It's mainly just that big toe. I'm going to contact Vibram, but even so, is there any way or knowledge about repairing a relatively small area of the sole on these things?

Even if they do replace them, I'm dreading going without them for any length of time. I despise shoes and I've come to rely on these babies for my foot-sanity.

09/28/10 @ 22:12
Comment from: maureen [Visitor]

I have classics and at first I thought I needed a strap to keep them on when I ran but this turned out not to be the case. The first month of running in them I had bruises on the back of my heel and blisters everywhere else, but this went away and now I am a tried-and-true barefoot runner

11/05/10 @ 09:00
Comment from: Sasha [Visitor]  

About the elastic band, i have been wearing my Classics for almost 5 years now. I nearly quit them early on because they just started to hurt after a couple hours, not because of my foot but because of that elastic band, one day i met a man who was like..while just cut it out.

i did. i have never love a foot covering so much! Classics are the best. Feet down, cut your elastic band and fly over heavenly clouds of vibram souls.

12/20/10 @ 16:28
Comment from: hwhay [Visitor]

im planning to get another pair of VFF in addition to my KSO, but im struggling between Sprints and Classic. I understand the convenience of the Classic - sliding them on and most minimalistic of them all. but what about the Sprints? with just an additional strap over it, how "inconvenient" can it get?

and im honestly worried that the heel tab will cause painful blisters (i plan to run in them up to 4miles).

any advice?

01/27/11 @ 13:23
Comment from: Janel Riel [Visitor]
Janel Riel

I just purchased my first pair of VFF's about a week ago. I opted for the Sprints because I will mainly be using them for regular daily errands, walking and such. No real extreme exercising and or sports. Plus I liked the look of them. I've always been a barefoot girl so these are my dream shoes! I have however had a bit of an issue with the heal tab rubbing painfully on my achilles tendon. I must say it has gotten much better with wear even in one week. Also washing them and wearing them until they dry helps to break them in. The other thing I noticed completely by accident is that tightening the heel straps helps to keep the back of the shoe up and in place so the tab doesn't slide down and put pressure lower on my heel. I was wearing them as loose as possible thinking that would help but for me the opposite was true. My next pair was going to be Bikilas because of the padding at the heel but after reading the comments here I think I may try a pair of Classics. Thanks for all of the insight.

07/01/11 @ 13:33
Comment from: Kel [Visitor]

i tried the classics on and they seem to slip off real that meant to be the case as i am worried that they might come off while i walk.

11/04/11 @ 21:21
Comment from: [Member]


They're probably too big (you need to size down) if they're slipping off that easily. Classics sizing is a bit tricky but it should be snug at the ends.

11/05/11 @ 14:52
Comment from: Kel [Visitor]


OK, I tried a bit of walking in a pair of classics and they didn't come off while walking which is what i was hoping for and so that sealed it enough to get a pair.

11/21/11 @ 08:25
Comment from: Dan [Visitor]

Is anyone else annoyed that they are discontinuing this line? I am a 42 Men and I can't seem to find a legit version of them anywhere -- whether at a store or online. Any suggestions?

09/04/12 @ 16:15

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