Vibram Five Fingers:
Vibram's Five fingers is a concept unlike any other - a patented
design that mirrors the flex points and silhouette of your foot
to propel your body forward and promote a more natural gait. Customers
report an increased sense of balance, expanded range of motion,
and visibly improved posture.
Five fingers shoes act like a second skin shielding your feet from scorching surfaces and rugged terrain, liberating your body to move in a healthy, more natural way. Rediscover a smoother, more natural walking motion.
Trek LS for Men
The first casual/comfort shoe for men with a distressed kangaroo leather upper.
Bikila LS for Women
The Bikila LS offers a speed lace system to accommodate a wider foot or higher instep.
Speed for Men
Built on the popular Bikila platform well vented with nylon and polyester mesh.
FiveFingers KomodoSport LS
The KomodoSport LS will accommodate wider feet and higher insteps.
Engineered to separate your toes with a thin, anti-friction membrane.
- Sizing Vibram
Learn how to size yourself for a FiveFingers experience. Chick here
The Vibrams are sized according to the EU sizing chart, not the US sizes, so you'll need to make sure your ordering the correct size for your foot. This is further complicated by the fact that Vibrams fit more like gloves then Shoes - they're best worn snug around the foot - and many of our customers report that they end up comfortably wearing a shoe 1 or even 2 full EU sizes below what they would normally wear! We recomend coming into the store to try them on and make sure they fit if it's your first time purchasing them or if that's impossible carefully measuring your foot using the size chart to make sure you get the best possible fit.
On Barefoot Running:
Barefoot running has gotten a lot of press lately, including several scientific studies suggesting it may reduce injuries because the lack of cushioning forces a barefoot runner to land on the ball of their foot and roll forward onto their toes instead of heel-striking. Running this way dramatically reduces the impact force on your legs which in turn may help to reduce injuries caused by those impacts, particularly knee injuries. It also allows the foot to flex naturally so that the muscles in your toes, feet, and calves can develop the way they have evolved to over the eons.
The drawback to running barefoot, of course, is that the foot is left unprotected from frost, thorns, rock, glass, and all the other hazards of running - particularly in urban environments. The Vibrams offer a great way to gain all the benefits of barefoot running while offering protection for your feet. As an added bonus, their unique design separates the toes which can help prevent blistering caused by traditional shoes which press the toes together and place them in friction against each other.
Runners transitioning from traditional shoes to Vibrams or other thin-soled shoes should take special care to slow down and do shorter runs at first, paying special attention to how you land. Make sure you don't continue to heel-strike and carry over other bad habits! If you run in Vibrams and continue to land on your heels you can seriously injure yourself because there is no protective padding there to dampen the impact. If you're like most people in the industrialized world and have spent most of your life wearing heavily padded inflexible shoes the muscles in your feet will have atrophied and need time to strengthen. Transitioning from walking or running in regular shoes to Vibrams is like switching from skiing to Snowboarding: the two are obviously related activities but they're really different sports and it takes time to make that transition. So slow down, take care of your feet, and enjoy the freedom!