User Review: Vibram Men's FiveFingers KSO
Price Paid: $85
I've had these shoes for about a month and have used them for a multitude of applications. I like how versatile and lightweight they are.
The only reason they do not get 5 stars is because when hiking through moist areas your feet will get wet and they will remain wet until you hang them to dry. This is the only flaw I've found with them.
For runners, you will need to adjust your stride but I haven't found it all to hard to do. Overall, I've found my running to be smoother an more fluid although I can't run near as far as I used to.
For hikers, you do notice more of what is under your feet. You need to be aware of where your feet are going and I advise not hiking at night with these (I did and walked into a stump. No protection to your toes) but they are super lightweight so they feel like your wearing nothing.
I've taken them up on the Appalachian Trail in Southwestern Virginia and as long as it hasn't rained recently they performed excellent. Since they were so lightweight I noticed my pace was also a little faster while wearing these.
For boaters and swimmers, they are excellent. Nice they fit like a glove, it makes them great for swimming in lakes and rivers where you can't always see what is on the bottom. Also, since they fit tight, they do not fill up with extra water like other loose fitting water shoes do. I'd say this was probably their best use.
For work I travel a lot and these shoes are great for packing in a suitcase. They pack down very small and again their weight makes them nice. I've worn them out exploring New York City and Baltimore. When walking, they are not the most comfortable though due to low padding on the heels. It's not noticeable while walking in the grass or on dirt but when you walk for hours around NYC, your feet become a little uncomfortable, but never enough that a 5 minute break doesn't cure.
Overall, I really like my KSO's and would like to try their dedicated running shoes out and see how they perform.