Comment from: Kent Cowgill [Visitor]
Kent Cowgill

This is awesome! CitySports is my favorite online VFF retailer!

05/24/11 @ 13:01
Comment from: Joe [Visitor]
Joe

Sweet! I've been holding out on other models, just so I could get these in black! You just made my day!

05/24/11 @ 13:05
Comment from: Leslie [Visitor]
Leslie

What an awesome prize this will be! Thanks for the opportunity to enter. :o)

05/24/11 @ 13:13
Comment from: Tab Wilder [Visitor]
Tab Wilder

OMG! I am soooooooo excited. I've been putting off getting a new pair of VFF for awhile, now I know that was so I could get these!

05/24/11 @ 14:09
Comment from: Me [Visitor]
Me

when will we be notified about the winner?

05/24/11 @ 14:09
Comment from: Gwen wallace [Visitor]
Gwen wallace

Do you know how well the Vffs speed shoes in white will hold up? Will the mesh turn grey over time like regular tennis shoes do?

05/24/11 @ 14:15
Comment from: Topher [Visitor]
Topher

I've been anxiously waiting for these to come to the US! Any word yet on pricing?

05/24/11 @ 15:41
Comment from: EdH [Visitor]
EdH

I really want a lace-up version of the regular KSO and KSO Trek. I don't like running with a thick sole like the Bikila and prefer laces for my trail running/hiking as well, and the KSO Trek has the best upper construction and outsole IMHO for that.

05/24/11 @ 15:55
Comment from: Mr. Leigh [Visitor]
Mr. Leigh

Awesome. I have been waiting on these for months. I am glad to see that BDS and Citysports have teamed up for a giveaway.

05/24/11 @ 16:40
Comment from: John Guca [Visitor]  
John Guca

I want to win me some VFF Speed's please!!!

05/24/11 @ 17:00
Comment from: joe [Visitor]
joe

how are these for running? How about the metal eye holes and water?

05/24/11 @ 20:05
Comment from: Chad [Visitor]
Chad

Grrrr! I just imported mine. Well, now I can get a 2nd pair quicker. I can attest to how comfortable they are for everyday use.

05/24/11 @ 23:04
Comment from: Kitkatbird [Visitor]
Kitkatbird

oh no. I heard these were coming out and I have been waiting anxiously for them. Asked a local store to call me when they get them in. But I really wanted the black and white ones. Before I started wearing VFF's I wore several pairs of black and white sneakers out since that was all I woulc wear. I was so looking forward to wearing them again. I could get a really small mens size but my feet are narrow. Does anyone think that I could still fit into them comfortably?

05/25/11 @ 10:37
Comment from: andrea [Visitor]
andrea

Sweet! For those who have imported them, did you order your normal size or go up a size, like the european site suggests?

05/25/11 @ 15:37
Comment from: Bob [Visitor]
Bob

Laced up KSO's for the win (with the top material at the edges continued in, not the mesh!)!! I've thought for a while that a lighter laced VFF would rock, though those Speeds DO look like they have long big toes (an issue for me with some models, Speeds were a no-go, KSOs are ok (fine when I'm moving around, slightly annoying when I'm sitting), Treksports are better)...

05/25/11 @ 16:01
Comment from: Chad [Visitor]
Chad

For sizing, I wear a 43 KSO and I got a 43 Speed. They fit perfect. I have high arches and normally wear a size 10-10.5 shoe.

05/26/11 @ 20:18
Comment from: Jeff [Visitor]
Jeff

These are sweet! I cannot wait to get my hands and feet on these! :)

05/26/11 @ 21:37
Comment from: ABMann [Visitor]
ABMann

I'm getting to the point where I want to collect all these darn crazy shoes.
#firstworldproblems

05/27/11 @ 10:32
Comment from: Tony [Visitor]
Tony

I've had a pair of euro models since their debut last year and they are every bit as good as the hype! I wear them everyday and love them!! I paid WAY to much for them but they've been worth every penny!

05/27/11 @ 10:46
Comment from: Unshod Soldier [Visitor]
Unshod Soldier

I've got three pair of VFF's and I think I sized too large, my next pair will be 42's and hopefully fit a little more snug. I still love my pairs though! Can't wait for the Speeds to be available.

05/30/11 @ 16:25
Comment from: Carlos [Visitor]
Carlos

Why can't vibram release more colored men shoes? I like brighter colors on my shoes or any color beside grays and blacks. I've wanted speeds forever but really wanted the white version. But of course us Americans only like black.

05/31/11 @ 12:28
Comment from: David Steedley [Visitor]
David Steedley

I got mine from purekit.com and I payed way more than 99.99. and my pair came with white laces but I love'em.

05/31/11 @ 12:33
Comment from: Zephyr [Visitor]  
Zephyr

I think that the recommendations based on the size chart are wrong. You'd better size up and get the same size as VFFs Classic and Sprint.

06/01/11 @ 11:14
Comment from: [Member]

Zephyr, I size in Speed same as Bikila ... feels the same to me. What are you basing your comparison on?

06/01/11 @ 11:27
Comment from: Zephyr [Visitor]  
Zephyr

@Justin,
I own a pair of (legitimate) Speeds in size M41 purchased to a European retailer. I reach the end of the big toe pocket in them (both my feet are 10 1/4 inches long). I can compare with my Classics and Sprints in the same size M41 and all of them fit more or less the same. In contrast, my Treks and KSOs are M40, Treks fit perfect whereas KSOs are little short behind the heels but I had tried M41 and could hardly introduce the toe in the pockets.
I can't say much about Bikilas since I've only tried once. They were M40 and fitted too snug, the sole pods under the foot pad didn't seem to be placed correctly either. I sent them back to Vibram and didn't bother to get a larger pair.
I'm not the only who recommend same Speed size as Classics and Sprints, and a number above KSOs, the size guide the UK retailer baselayer.co.uk website also recommends so:
http://www.baselayer.co.uk/admin/image-resizer.php?w=320&keepAspect=y&img=project/uploaded-media/7-5fingers-size-guide.jpg

06/01/11 @ 13:01
Comment from: [Member]

Thanks for sharing the sizing experience, Zephyr!

So this all reminds me that sizing varies from person to person. I'm technically between sizes -- 43 and 44, but I find 43 fits me best across all models. Personally I peg the Bikila fit as between my Classics and KSOs, and I'd peg my Speed fit as the same as the Bikila fit. Sprints and Classics are definitely a bit more snug on me than my Speeds -- all sized at 43.

Just to put a point on how subjective VFF sizing is, the European sizing chart for VFFs suggest different numerical sizes for the same measurements as the US chart -- this is despite the fact that all VFF numerical sizes are exactly the same no matter where you buy them. In other words, from what I understand, European sizing charts reflect the opinion of Vibram in Europe whereas the U.S. sizing chart reflects the opinion of Vibram USA -- all on the same shoes.

06/01/11 @ 13:27
Comment from: Zephyr [Visitor]  
Zephyr

Additional comment:
In the Vibram website for Europe Speed, Classic, Sprint and Bikil, Bikila LS, KomodoSport, KSO and low are all sized the same, whereas KSO Trek and TrekSport are sized one number down respect to the former models.
I only have doubts with KSOs, I find M40 a little short under my heels but I also tried a pair in M41 of the same color (brown) and they were already too long.
Vibram Europe size chart:
http://www.vibramfivefingers.it/images/sizing_eng.gif

06/01/11 @ 13:29
Comment from: Zephyr [Visitor]  
Zephyr

@Justin,
Sorry, if I had known you were going to post so soon and adding a comment on the size chart in the Vibram website for Europe I wouldn't have posted commenting the same.

06/01/11 @ 13:44
Comment from: MJ [Visitor]
MJ

Im a guy with small feet. I wanted to buy the speeds in black, I take a W38 in female for treks, Tsport and komodos. Anyone know if they will release black in W38????

06/01/11 @ 17:39
Comment from: Zach [Visitor]
Zach

How come the Speed doesn't show up on Vibram's website?

06/01/11 @ 18:02
Comment from: Diana [Visitor]
Diana

What is the newsletter title (the one that reflects much of the text of this blog post)? You know, before I jump around shrieking at a false alarm.

06/01/11 @ 21:16
Comment from: Mr. Leigh [Visitor]
Mr. Leigh

So, any plans on releasing the name of the winner that we are all envious of?

06/02/11 @ 12:09
Comment from: MelanieN617 [Visitor]  
MelanieN617

Has anyone ordered from theshoemart.com and received their pair yet? I pre-ordered mine on Monday, and I got an e-mail yesterday saying they're back-ordered. I called Vibram and they confirmed they've been shipping the Speeds out to retailers since Monday, and that they should be receiving them soon. I also talked to a rep at theshoemart and she said that should be receiving them within in the week. I can't wait to get them! I've been wanting a pair since last year, and now that they've finally been released...I can't wait any longer!

06/02/11 @ 20:35
Comment from: Aaron H. [Visitor]  
Aaron H.

I just received my Speed's from City Sports and they are definitely on the smaller side.

I have both KSO and KSO Treks in 45 and the Treks fit perfectly while the regular KSOs are wearable but a touch on the "too snug" side.

I ordered the Speeds in a 45 as well (before I saw the discussion above with the European size chart) and they are too small to wear. Several toes are hitting the end of the toe pockets and the upper nearly can't close all the way to the tongue. I'll definitely be re-ordering in a 46 this time.

06/03/11 @ 13:15
Comment from: Heather [Visitor]
Heather

I received my speeds today, and they were smaller too. I'm a woman with size 11 shoes normally, and my performa's are perfect fit at a 42 womens. Using that length and the chart here I thought a mens 40 would be fine since it's a little longer. I wasn't able to properly extend my big toe on my right foot and it was a little snug on my left. I'm seeing how a size 41 fits now.

06/03/11 @ 21:43
Comment from: K. J. [Visitor]
K. J.

I really wish the Speed came in black in Women's sizing as well. I mean, it's really odd it doesn't. It's such a basic color and something many look for to show dirt less quickly.

At the very least, the should have more smaller Men's sizes for men who have smaller feet and women who have larger feet to have the opportunity to get it in black.

06/04/11 @ 17:24
Comment from: Andrea [Visitor]
Andrea

I too wish the speeds came in black for women. (purple would also be fun). The "process blue" arrived today and they are pretty darned comfy. Not as soft inside as the Komodos but they feel as though they'll be more breathable overall. The stitching inside above the toes (where the white saddle swoosh thing is) is a little scratchy, ok pretty irritating on bare skin, I'm hoping that goes away with a washing or with just breaking them in. Or it could be due to my long toes; the toe pockets in these are longer than the KSO's, thankfully, though still not long enough for me. I've been wearing 38's in Classic (perfect), Komodo (black perfect length, blue slightly long) and the new black KSO Trek (snug in length). The speeds feel slightly bigger, but super flexible.

And the color is so much better in person than pictured!

06/08/11 @ 18:16
Comment from: Dave [Visitor]
Dave

I found the Speeds in-stock at River Sports Outfitters. They have Free Shipping also.

06/10/11 @ 01:50
Comment from: Dan [Visitor]
Dan

These are literally the best five fingers ive ever tried! i just went on a quick six mile run and i feel great!!

06/13/11 @ 18:29
Comment from: Mike [Visitor]  
Mike

got mine from REI here in Portland, last Sunday...I LOVE THEM!!!

They are smaller across the top than my Bakilas but I really like them...

06/17/11 @ 17:43
Comment from: Mr. Leigh [Visitor]
Mr. Leigh

I found the sizing to be a little snug. There was no way I could get into a M40, which is what the Vibram chart suggested. I upsized to a M41 and although the length was perfect the width was narrow at mid-foot and they were a struggle to get on. I upsized to an M42, based on the salemans recommendation, and they were/are perfect. No noticeable extra toe length, but definitely more width at mid foot. I find it odd that I wear a bigger size in Speeds than I do in Classics, but hey if the shoe fits right.

06/20/11 @ 12:25
Comment from: Bob [Visitor]
Bob

I just bought a pair of Speeds in 47 off the City Sports and, even though I didn't really like them that much when I tried them on, picked up a pair of Bikilas for 60 bucks from there as well. The size experience above gives me some pause though. My KSOs and Treksports are long enough in 47 but I really wish they cut back further and were wider on the big toe. I really only notice it when sitting around.
I really shoulda bought, had made, or made myself some minimalist shoes. I actually have 2 pairs of Somnio Nadas in 12 and 13 (neither fits) that have been sitting in my room for the last month or 2. Whoops... Hell, I've taken to walking around barefoot with a pair of flip flops in my bag anyways.
If the Speeds fit I might be able to get away with them with cheater socks for Army APFTs, as they look like shoes. I REALLY wish they made some of these things without the individual toes.

06/22/11 @ 17:49


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