User Review: Vibram Men's FiveFingers KSO
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $90
I put over a thousand miles running and hiking on my first pair before they finally wore out, and my knees have never felt better.
- Light weight
- Reinforce proper walking biomechanics
- Not even a little waterproof
- Sizing crucial
My first pair was the basic Trek KSO, and I ran and hiked over 1000 miles in a year before I finally wore holes in the soles. Standard running shoes rarely get half the distance before falling apart. i picked up a second pair for running and grabbed one of the many later variants with deeper lugging for hiking.
These take a while to get used to, i admit. a new user really needs to ease into them, but i no longer have patellar tendinitis thanks to these shoes. just be careful to purchase shoes that fit like a glove - no room for slipping and slopping - and run without that damnable heel-strike.
A word on water: not at all waterproof. not even a little. walk across a wet parking lot after the rain has stopped, and you'll still end up with wet feet. that said, i've run in rain, sleet, and snow. Injinji makes wonderful toe socks, some even using Smartwool. toe socks help keep the feet sufficiently warm while moving, and the extra layer has so far been total guarantee against any blistering, which claim i could not make with regular running shoes or hiking boots.
Over years of use, these shoes have reinforced a more biomechanically efficient and natural movement, which has helped to rebuild my fallen arches. i just had to *pay attention* to how my feet are working, and the way i feel the ground through the minimal sole forces me to do that, so. easy. i've only ever once stubbed my toes, and that was near the end of a twelve mile run; i was very tired and just not paying attention.
I love these things and recommend them to anyone who is in decent shape looking to get into great shape.