FiveFingers go Casual, For Kids

Vibram has announced a line of “lifestyle” models for spring 2012, including FiveFingers shoes made for daily wear. One model, the men’s Sorrento, is advertised as “a whimsical penny-loafer” style, and it has a canvas insole and a leather upper with perforation. It snugs on the foot with an elasticized opening that requires no adjustment. The Rimini, a similar shoe built for women, is made with a canvas upper and insole. These casual shoes will cost $120 and $85 respectively.

Men’s Sorrento (top) and Rimini for women

Another women’s shoe, the Grado has a leather upper and canvas insole, and it is perforated for breathability. Cost will be $100. Finally, the Fresca gives some color to the casual line. It has a lightweight, stretchy upper and polyurethane on the toes, sides and heel for abrasion resistance. Made for women. It will come in three color options for $85.

Grado (left) and Fresca models

Two new models for kids, the Sprint and the Speed, round out the new VFF line. The Sprint has a Velcro closure, and the Speed laces. They come in colors for boys and girls and start at $55.

FiveFingers for kids

All models in this post come to market in the spring of 2012.

—Stephen Regenold

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Stephen Regenold is Founder and Editor-In-Chief of GearJunkie, which he launched as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column in 2002. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for nearly two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of four small kids, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.