My Vibram Five Fingers (1 year on)
I got my first pair of Vibrams in early 2010. I decided on the Sprints, and was lucky in that I had no trouble finding the right fit for my feet. Their snug design made them a very comfortable pair of “shoes”, and I can still remember my first few adventures in them. I had gone straight from regular running shoes so it was a wonderful feeling the freedom they gave my toes.
A common complaint about the Vibram Five Fingers is their robustness (or potential lack of it), and many people question their durability. I just read on another blog someone questioning this very aspect, so I wanted to share my experience.
I took the photo above today, because I wanted to show a real world photo of what a years worth of use on a pair of Vibrams looks like.
I pretty much only wear my Vibrams when I do physical exercise, such as running, jumping, climbing, and lifting weights. Since I also try to go 100% barefoot whenever possible such as on the beach, or a grassy area I am confident is free of broken glass, this means my Vibrams have seen only moderate usage, which I would estimate at roughly 3-4 times per week for an average of an hour.
As the photos below show, they are still for the most part in great condition. A few areas have the rubber starting to peel away from the fabric, as shown in the photo of the heel, but a little bit of glue should fix this right up.
Overall I think they were a great purchase. Whilst expensive, the flexibility and freedom they allow my toes, and the very authentic barefoot running experience they provide, mean I will definitely be purchasing another pair soon. The next pair I have my eye on are the KSO TrekSports, which have a sole twice as thick as the sprints with a greater tread for traction. I plan on using these for touch football on grass, and to help me break into trail running.
Do you own a pair of Vibrams? How are they holding up? Let us know in the comments!