More toe shoes!
January 19, 2011
The 2011 autumn lineup for Vibram’s FiveFinger’s line looks good. Birthday Shoes, the de facto outlet for Vibram FiveFingers news, reports on several intriguing new models which are much more fashion-friendly than previous designs (at least, as fashion-friendly as toe-shoes can be). Previously, the most covert FiveFingers model was the original Trek, sporting a one-colour leather exterior in either dark brown or black. This autumn, men will also have the option of sporting the Bormio, which is an ankle-height leather “boot,” as well as the Trek LS which is basically a lace-up version of the Trek with, presumably, more leather and less elastic. We can easily see our original Trek becoming a pure hiking shoe, and using a Trek LS for most casual outings. The Bormio could fill this same role in cooler months, and if it ends up being mostly water resistant, we can finally get rid of our hiking books that we keep around purely for when it’s raining hard or snowing.
The bit about lace-ups is also interesting, because frankly, lace-up FiveFingers are awesome; we own a pair of Speeds that we ordered from the UK, and they’re quickly becoming our favorite shoe. The sizing wasn’t obvious for us, but the fit is fantastic with the laces, and so we have high hopes for the Trek LS. The only thing we would have preferred is for the Trek LS to have a non-Trek sole (necessitating a name-change, obviously) because we find the thickness of the Trek sole unnecessary for day-to-day use. The Trek sole makes more sense in the Bormio (as it’s a boot), and here it’s gladly welcomed. Of course, the Speeds are also coming to US shores, so that means that North Americans will be able to pick a pair up for much cheaper than ordering from Europe.
We’re not too enthused about the rest of the lineup, though admit, amusingly, that if we were of the female persuasion, we’d be giddy to pick up a pair of high, furry-topped Kangas. Birthday Shoes has pics of all these models, and more.