User Review: Vibram Men's FiveFingers KSO
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $80
I really like these minimalist shoes for trail running, paddling, and casual wear. They take time to get used to, but once I embraced the minimalist mindset in footwear, they have become a regular part of my outdoor gear.
- Adaptability to multiple sports
- You can feel every rock and pebble... sometimes too much
I purchased these shoes when I took up trail running. I had previously purchased and worn minimalist shoes for road races and half marathons and liked how they felt and functioned. I decided to take them on a river canoeing trip last spring and wore them all day, everyday. In my opinion they are the ultimate water shoe as well and worked perfectly on the river and while portaging my canoe.
I strongly recommend finding a reputable dealer that has experience fitting people for this shoe and once you find the proper fit they will serve you well. Break-in time was pretty minimal and I was surprised at how fast my feet adapted to the new feel and style of this shoe.
While wearing them during my canoe trip I was pleased at how well they gripped and felt on the riverbed while entering/exiting my canoe and the support they gave me even on rocky terrain.
The hook and loop design allows you to obtain a custom fit across the top of your foot compared with other minimalist toe style shoes that are only of a slip-on design.
The one drawback I experienced with them is that they left my feet extremely hot and I feel that there is little ventilation in these shoes so once you come in from a run or from the river with your feet kicked up on the gunwales of your boat, your feet may tend to feel sweaty.