Vibram® Expands on Groundbreaking FiveFingers With Watersports Style

Vibram®, the worldwide leader in high performance footwear soles, is building on the success of its unique glove-styled FiveFingers™ footwear with the introduction of two new styles: Sprint and Surge.

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Vibram® Expands On Groundbreaking FiveFingers™ Shoe With Watersports Version

Surge And Sprint Answer Consumer Demand

CONCORD, Mass., (August 10, 2005) – Vibram®, the worldwide leader in high performance footwear soles, is building on the success of its unique glove-styled FiveFingers™ footwear with the introduction of two new styles: Sprint and Surge. Since the recent launch of the FiveFingers™ Classic, Vibram has received numerous requests from consumers asking for more models and colors. Among the interested have been “barefoot” runners and walkers, windsurfers, kite boarders, and white water enthusiasts.

“FiveFingers has taken on a life of its own, as athletes from a variety of outdoor sports embrace the benefits of barefooting,” explained Tony Post, president, Vibram USA “The new FiveFingers Sprint and Surge were developed in response to the many e-mails and phone calls we received asking for more offerings that could be used in fast moving water and during more active outdoor sports.”

The new Surge, built on the same platform as the Classic, is available in a charcoal grey neoprene upper that covers just above the ankle. The Surge offers more thermal protection in cold water and a secure fit via three hook and loop strap closures. The patent-pending FiveFingers platform provides a unique sense of touch and feedback so important in board sports.

The new Sprint, like the FiveFingers Classic, is a low cut slipper style, yet offers a more secure fit with a dual anchored hook and loop strap across the instep and a redesigned heel fit that provides more customization. This versatile shoe provides an interesting alternative for barefoot runners and walkers, and is available in three colors: Taupe/Putty/Clay, Blue/Aqua/Grey, and Vapor Grey/Orange/Pearl for both men and women.

Vibram is offering four new colors in the popular FiveFingers Classic: Khaki/Tan/Black and Sand/Dusty Blue/White for both men and women, plus Mauve/Sand/Grey for women, Dusty Blue/Sand/Grey for men. All three models will be available in men's sizes 41 to 47 (8 to 14) and women's sizes 36 to 42 (5 to 11.5). All patterns feature a patent-pending Vibram outsole designed to follow the contours and flex points of the foot and toes.

FiveFingers is the first and only footwear to offer the exhilarating freedom of going barefoot with the protection and surefooted grip of a Vibram sole. FiveFingers add a sense of touch and feel to any activity – also referred to as a “haptic response,” it puts the user more in touch with his or her natural surroundings. Wearing any FiveFingers can improve balance, agility, and general foot health. And, using FiveFingers as an after sport recovery shoe, can reduce potential injuries by strengthening foot muscles while improving range of motion.

Vibram® is recognized worldwide as the leader in high performance soles for outdoor, recreational, work and fashion footwear and is relied on by the world' s greatest climbers and athletes. Vibram® soles have set the standard since Vitale Bramani created mountaineering's first rubber lugged sole in the late 1930's. Vibram® soles have gone on to conquer Mt. Everest, K2 and a host of the world's tallest peaks. Today, the company works with premium brands including Danner, La Sportiva, Lowa, Merrell, Red Wing, Scarpa, The North Face, Timberland, Vasque, Wolverine and many more. For further information, visit



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