Vibram's Patented Barefoot Concept Continues to Evolve with New Models - SNEWS

Vibram's Patented Barefoot Concept Continues to Evolve with New Models

Vibram® is once again expanding its offering of the unique glove-styled FiveFingers® footwear with the introduction of two new models: KSO (Keep Stuff Out)and Flow, a style offering a low cut and thermal protection.
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Vibram®, the worldwide leader in high performance footwear soles, is once again expanding its offering of the unique glove-styled FiveFingers® footwear with the introduction of two new models: KSO and Flow. Originally developed as a “barefoot alternative” for sailing, climbing, and light trekking, FiveFingers footwear is quickly gaining popularity among runners; yoga and Pilates practitioners; martial artists; fitness enthusiasts; surfers; kayakers; hikers and travelers.

“The consumer response to FiveFingers is exceeding our expectations,” explained Tony Post, president, Vibram USA. “As people discover and enjoy the sensation of ‘barefooting' they keep dreaming up new ways to use their FiveFingers. The new KSO and the Flow extend the ‘barefooting' comfort while offering some unique performance features ideal for an active lifestyle.”

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 unique sense of feel to any activity, putting the user more in touch with their body and their surrounding environment. Wearing FiveFingers can improve balance, agility, and general foot health. And, using FiveFingers for training or as an after sport recovery shoe, can reduce potential injuries by strengthening foot muscles while improving range of motion.

The new Flow model covers the entire foot and features a 1.2mm Neoprene upper and 2mm EVA footbed for thermal insulation and protection. The Flow also features Vibram's new GM5O performance rubber sole for added slip resistance over a variety of terrain. The Flow is ideal for trekking, climbing, bouldering or running in cooler temperatures and for a broad variety of water sports. The Flow is available in all-black and grey/camouflage colors; $90 MSRP.

The new KSO features a thin, abrasion resistant, breathable stretch mesh that wraps the forefoot to "Keep Stuff Out". Whether scrambling up a rocky bluff, bounding along a riverbank trail or traveling the Italian countryside, the KSO will keep sand and gravel from seeping in. A single hook and loop closure helps secure the foot. The KSO is available in taupe/palm/clay, cinnamon/boulder/bronze, black/black/black, and grey/slate/grey colors; $80 MSRP.

Back for spring ‘08 is the original FiveFingers Classic. The pioneering Classic has been used in a wide array of activities from the Boston Marathon to yoga, and everything in between. It comes in khaki/tan/black, grey/orange/black, all-black and sand/dusty blue/white for both men and women, plus mauve/sand/grey for women and dusty blue/sand/grey for men; $70 MSRP.

The Sprint also makes a return in 08. It features hook and loop closures across the instep and a redesigned heel fit that provides more customization and security during barefooting activities. This versatile shoe is available in five colors: taupe/putty/clay, blue/aqua/grey, vapor grey/orange/pearl, red/black/black and, new for spring '08, slate/palm/lichen for both men and women; $80 MSRP.

All four models will be available in men's sizes 40 to 47 (7.5 to 14) and women's sizes 36 to 42 (5 to 11.5). Each style features a patented non-marking Vibram outsole designed to follow the contours and flex points of the foot and toes with razor-siping for a sure grip on wet, slippery surfaces. The inner footbed utilizes the AgION â„¢ inert antimicrobial application that kills odor-causing microbes without any adverse environmental impact.

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 please visit www.vibram.com or www.vibramfivefingers.com.
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