Vibram FiveFingers 2011

Vibram’s FiveFingers line of foot-glove shoes has taken off this year like gangbusters. Here below is a preview of the 2011 line, where the company will expand on its road running collection with the Bikila LS model. It has an off-center speed lacing system and a new type of sole.

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Vibram FiveFingers Bikila LS

For fitness, the company will unveil the men’s and women’s KomodoSport. And for — dare we say? — fashion and everyday use, the women’s Jaya and Jaya LR are new entries.

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Close-up of the Bikila LS sole

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FiveFingers KomodoSport

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FiveFingers Jaya

Also, of note: In 2011, Vibram will be launching its first-ever FiveFingers children’s collection. No pics on the kiddie foot-gloves yet.

—Read Gear Junkie’s Vibram FiveFingers review here: http://gearjunkie.com/gear-review-vibram-usa-fivefingers

Posted by arqorange - 07/15/2010 10:00 AM

what kind of sock do i need for this shoes?

Posted by Jess - 07/15/2010 10:45 AM

Ok, I know it says 2011 line, but does that mean it really won’t come out till 2011 or will they come out sooner? Would love to know before I buy a new pair.

Posted by editor - 07/15/2010 10:53 AM

People often wear Injinji socks — www.injinji.com

Posted by editor - 07/15/2010 10:56 AM

Jess — yes, really 2011. usually Jan. or later for 2011 lines.

Posted by EpicGizmo - 07/15/2010 12:11 PM

I’ve seen your article on these from a while back. Have you tried them and do you like them?

Posted by Gear Junkie - 07/15/2010 01:16 PM

EpicGizmo: Short answer, yes. Long answer, read here: http://gearjunkie.com/gear-review-vibram-usa-fivefingers

Posted by EpicGizmo - 07/16/2010 08:55 AM

Thanks!

Posted by Scott - 07/16/2010 03:18 PM

On the topic of socks…I have the “sprint” model. I’ve had mine for a couple months now and I’ve really grown to like them. I golf, jog, hang out at the lake and have done a 7 mile hike (high elevation change) in the Rockies with them. I would never wear socks with my 5 fingers. But that’s just my opinion.

Posted by arqorange - 07/17/2010 11:22 AM

thanks

Posted by Benjamin Williams - 07/20/2010 08:19 AM

Your product is very innovative and hot!
Although, I haven’t tried your tennis shoes, I am very interested in finding out how comfortable they are!

Posted by anonymous - 07/21/2010 12:51 AM

First saw it I fell in love. So I bought a pair. Very comfortable to wear, and very stylish.

Posted by william adkins - 07/21/2010 06:07 AM

I purchased a pair of the vibram five fingers and was told by the retailer that supply or these shoes is hard to come by. Will the 2011 series be easier to get?

Posted by Asa - 07/22/2010 06:49 PM

I feel like this is a good idea that’s now been taken over by marketers. I saw them at the store and was surprised at how stiff the sole was. It’s basically a thin-soled shoe.

Posted by Marianna - 07/23/2010 09:22 AM

I LOVE-LOVE-LOVE my sprints and I’m trying out a pair of free Bikilas. Next best thing to going barefoot.

Posted by Amy - 07/27/2010 05:47 AM

Those five fingers shoes are awesome…the color and quality are great…and very comfortable on foot…

Posted by LM - 08/19/2010 10:18 PM

I wish someone would talk about the KSO Trek’s drawbacks, primarily the leather footbed. As soon it gets damp (e.g., from sweat or anything) it becomes clammy and slippery, not to mention builds up an odor. The shoe itself handles moisture terribly, bleeding black dye all over my feet if I do something like run when there’s still dew on the grass, never mind something really extreme like going out in the rain. Also, leather gives over time, stretching out at the tighter spots. In many shoes, that’s an advantage – with these, it just makes the fit worse.

The thicker sole is invaluable for running rocky trails and such, but I think leather is just the wrong material for these shoes – it doesn’t hold its dye; it stretches and sags; and it doesn’t do so well when wet. I would just like a tougher KSO with materials that hold up to normal use.

Posted by sved - 08/20/2010 04:35 PM

The Kso Treks are great if you use them w/ silk socks

sockless…wow thats just asking for blisters

after a few months of use I’d suggest getting 1 size larger than the size you’re measured for at the shop since they are definitely more comfortable w/ socks in cold weather…and you can do much more than just running

Try Yoga, Martial arts, Bouldering, Hiking, Boating…you get the idea

even @ $85+ per pair they are uniquely worth it but make sure you get yours w/ a good store warranty in case of poor stitching on the sides of the fingers.

Posted by zeephyyr - 08/26/2010 04:58 PM

I am a man but I like the Jaya design. They seem very comfortable, even more than the Classic. With some leather and also the toe pockets seem roomier. With shorter back sole below heel, in the classic soles (Classic, Sprint) this part is oversized to fit people with wide and protruding calcaneus (heel bone.)

I also like the Bikila LS design but my previous experience with Bikila wasn’t good. Perhaps in this new model the upper doesn’t fit so tight, but still the sole seems the same thick and rigid Bikila’s sole with too short toe pockets.

I’ve recently learned that the size correspondence for the Bikilas is different from KSOs and Flows and KSO Treks, their sizes are equivalent to Classic and Sprint, i.e., a unit higher than KSOs for a same size (KSO M40 = Bikila M41). See here size guide [ http://www.purefootwear.co.uk/vibram-fivefingers-flow-speed-shoe-prod21081/ ]. However, this size correlation for Bikilas is different from the one actually exposed in fivefingers.com !!

In my opinion, the correct correlation is the chart guide of purefootwear.co.uk, I tried a pair of Bikilas in same size as my roomy KSO Treks, and they fitted way tighter (probably due to the upper shape) and even slightly shorter.

Posted by zeephyyr - 08/26/2010 05:07 PM

@arqorange I agree w/ Scott that V5F Sprint’s are best without socks even if they end up stinking, they fit more comfortable on your feet and you will get a closer feeling to walk or run barefoot. Just wash them in the washing machine, they’ll dry quickly and will look almost like new again.

Posted by barefootrunner - 09/02/2010 08:58 AM

Great job with the Vibrams review! They’re great for walking, running or even for the gym.

Posted by zeephyyr - 09/16/2010 12:34 PM

On relation to the sweat and smell issues caused by wearing VFFs w/o socks, I read some advice on spreading baking soda (= sodium hydrogen carbonate = sodium bicarbonate) to prevent bacterial growth. I’ve tried spreading a generous amount of bicarbonate and talcum powder (3:1 ratio or so) and then removing the excess to reuse the next time.
My VFFs Sprints haven’t smelled since I’ve been applying this treatment and I can keep my feet dry and cool much longer. A drawback is that if you have some open wounds in the skin of your soles they will probably itch.

Posted by borolet - 09/17/2010 11:57 AM

I have been reading reviews on several of the VFF“s especially the Bikila’s since I am a runner. I have seen some reviews and also heard from a running friend that there are some quality issues with some of the Bikila’s. I am wondering if the demand is so great that Vibram is pushing the makers to rush to get the shoes on the markets, which in turn is causing the lesser quality. I had originally thought that they were making some of their shoes here in the US or at least Vibram’s home base of Italy, but just like most everything else, I have noted the Bikila’s are made in China. I hope they do not sacrifice quality for quantity.

Posted by Anthony Barton - 09/22/2010 08:31 PM

I like the 2011 line. I don’t see the speed on there. Are we ever going to get the Speed. I really want a pair. I have a pair of the kso treek and love them.

Posted by Alec Beckett - 10/21/2010 06:25 PM

Those look sweeeeeet. Just checked out the www.YouAreTheTechnology.com web site… holy $#@^%!

Posted by craig the shoe master - 11/27/2010 01:35 AM

I love the fact that these shoes look really comfortable and is suited for outdoor activities. I would like to give one of these to my dad as a form of like retirement awards he gets from his office. I’m sure he’ll be happy.

Posted by Agent Orange Blossom - 02/08/2011 02:37 PM

I’ve been wearing VFF’s for 6 years, every day of the year. I like to be barefoot and this footwear allows me to do just that. Some people love them some people hate them; nonetheless they are an amazing piece of footwear for avid bare-footers. The is not a day that I am not being asked about the VFF’s comfort etc. In a nutshell here are my answers:

VFF“s are footwear not a shoe or sneaker.
Your feet will provide the support, not your VFF’s.
VFF’s are protection for the sole of your feet, nothing less and nothing more.
Learning to walk and run barefoot require training and time; you try too much you will get hurt.
There are different styles of VFF’s for different type of activities.
VFF’s are not waterproof, your feet are.
Wearing VFF’s does not make you Superman or Superwoman; you feet will once retrained properly.
VFF’s also look pretty cool.

Posted by Dave Crockett - 02/25/2011 12:20 PM

The idea here is to run as close to barefoot as possible. I actually have the best pair of shoes I have ever owned, my barefeet. People don’t go to a nudist area and ask what to wear. “ What kind of socks do I wear”? Puhleez, do you know what VFF are?
Just be careful with your own anatomy and biomechanics, neutral runners, with lighter frames are best suited for barefooting.

Posted by carly - 03/10/2011 09:21 PM

I’ve been kayaking for a few months and have been looking for a neoprene bootie that lets my feet breathe. I’ve tried wearing my Keens and they are way too big, and the neoprene booties I’ve purchased make my feet sweat too much. I would love something that provides protection against the sharp gravel, lets my feet breathe, and will still fit comfortably in my kayak. I’ve heard about these so called “five fingers shoes” but I don’t know much about them or their quality.
Nature of the beast: Well, to some extent, that’s just the nature of neoprene. It’s an insulator, of course, so if your feet are outside the water and it’s not real cold, they’re going to sweat. Maybe a lot.
Popular option: The “five fingers shoes” you’ve heard of are <a href=“http://www.five-fingersvibram.com” title=“Vibram Five Fingers”><strong>Vibram Five Fingers</strong></a>(several models around $80). They’re sort of a rubber/fabric glove for your feet. Each toe has its own, well, “finger.” So you get the foot-feel of, well, your foot, and the protection of a light shoe. Vibram came out with these four or five years ago and at the time it seemed they had made these almost as a joke. There wasn’t any clear market or marketing plan. But now the “no shoe” running crowd has picked up on them, and stores can’t keep them in stock. Anyway, they’re great for kayaking. They give you good foot protection and a little bit of warmth, but aren’t as sweaty as neoprene socks.
So i buy a pair of shoes from five-fingersvibram.com try fell the quality.After pay money from my Credit Card,just got 5days,i got my shoes.Just find shoes are fit my feet.So i want share a my Experience.
Read more: http://www.five-fingersvibram.com

Posted by Nick morlan - 04/11/2011 10:44 AM

Would be cool if men could wear jayas they look comfy

Posted by porter - 05/09/2011 10:30 PM

Great job with the Vibram five fingers review! They’re great for walking, running or even for the gym.

Posted by Andrew - 09/05/2012 12:58 AM

Would be cool if men could wear jayas they look comfy .

Posted by Uncle Chuck - 03/06/2013 04:00 AM

You don’t wear socks! This is an alternate to bare foot! Toes on the noes

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