The Secrets of FiveFingers
Vibram FiveFingers are a type of minimalist shoe manufactured by Vibram,
originally marketed as a more "natural" substitute for diverse outdoors
performance (sailing, kayaking, canoeing, and as a camp or after-hike shoe). The
footwear is intended to reproduce being barefoot and has thin, flexible soles that
are contoured to the shape of the human foot, including visible individual sections
for the toes.
Invented in 1999 by Robert Fliri, a design student from Vinschgau who wanted to
"figure out a way to move around in nature better." Vibram FiveFingers were
developed and introduced in 2005.
Vibram FiveFingers were initially targeted to yacht racers to maintain grip on
slippery decks without compromising the barefoot experience. Their potential use
as a minimalist running shoe was suggested to the Vibram CEO by Ted McDonald,
a runner who earned the nickname "barefoot Ted" for his unshod feet and
successful career as a barefoot running coach. The purpose of these shoes as
outlined by the manufacturers is to provide footwear to be mainly used for fitness,
running, water sports, yoga, trekking and travelling, and other sports.
Vibram FiveFingers come in a variety of shapes and sizes, including the men's
KomodoSport, KomodoSport LS, FiveFingers CLASSIC, FiveFingers Sprint,
FiveFingers FLOW, FiveFingers KSO, FiveFingers TrekSport, FiveFIngers Trek
LS, FiveFingers KSO Trek, FiveFingers BIKILA, FiveFingers Bikila LS,
FiveFingers Speed, and FiveFingers Bormio. Vibram FiveFingers also come in a
variety of women's styles including the KomodoSport, KomodoSport LS,
FiveFingers CLASSIC, FiveFingers Sprint, FiveFingers Jaya, FiveFingers Jaya
LR, FiveFingers FLOW, FiveFingers KSO, FiveFingers TrekSport, FiveFingers
KSO Trek, FiveFingers BIKILA, FiveFingers Bikila LS, and FiveFingers
Speed. Vibram FiveFingers also offers girls and boys KSO style footwear.
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