User Review: Vibram Men's FiveFingers TrekSport
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $45
It's not as weird as you think. These are comfortable multipurpose shoes.
- Multiple purpose
- I get stopped in places like Wal-mart bathrooms so people can ask me about them.
- Sizing can be difficult
I picked these up on clearance from REI. One thing I'll say off the bat is GO IN TO A STORE AND TRY THEM ON. Vibram's sizing for these is weird, and I understand it, but it's still weird. So I ordered a few shoes and returned them before I just went in and tried them on.
The shoe is designed to strengthen the foot, give it a more natural gate, I suppose. That said, you really have to ease your way into using them. You don't want to buy them and immediately go run a marathon. You'll hurt your feet.
I've experienced a little stress in my left foot, probably because I wore them too much at the beginning. But that's dissipated and they're fine. I plan to use them for hiking in Florida or shorter overnight hikes. No elevation changes to put stress on my ankles, so why not wear something a little lighter weight?
One of the great things about the Trek Sport is that they can essentially be used as water shoes as well, which is fantastic if you're trail running and happen to need to cross a stream. Your feet are going to get wet, but they're probably going to dry out faster than if you were in non-waterproof boots too. Plus, you don't have to wear socks with these so it's not like they're going to hold in moisture and bother your feet.
So, there you have it. My review of the TrekSport. I like it. Most people who look at them on my feet don't. But they're pretty rad. Pretty comfortable if you don't wear them 100% of the time right away. You'd think the toe thing would be a bother, but it's really not noticeable. It's a good product. Go try on a pair.