Vibrams

Help with buying them online

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08/05/2011 at 20:22
I really want to buy a pair of Vibrams - seems like the only way is online - therefore really confused about which ones....? Think i've narrowed it down to the Bikla or the KSO but think that's really just because i think they look a bit better! I will hopefully be doing some longer on and off road runs in them, have had a right side sciatica problem recently just before doing the London marathon, so hoping it might also help posture. I wear a neutral shoe and have a high arch foot and always get horrible blisters after long runs. If anyone has any advice on these shoes i would most appreciate it. Many thanks Hannah
08/05/2011 at 21:13
Bikila are the five fingers designed specifically for running, so if you want them only for this these are the ones to buy. If you have not used them before you will take a long while to transition to them, specially is you do not use a minimalist shoe at this time. Posture and core exercises will help posture more than a change of shoe imho
Edited: 08/05/2011 at 21:29
09/05/2011 at 07:01
Probably goes without saying, but watch who you buy from... there are lots of fakes floating around.
09/05/2011 at 07:49
Thank you both for your help. I was looking at this one

http://www.vibramfivefingers2011.org/vibram-fivefingers-bikila-womens-magentaorange-p-25.html

it's hard to tell if fake or not?

Many thanks again.
09/05/2011 at 08:04
Hannah Oliver 3 wrote (see)
Thank you both for your help. I was looking at this one http://www.vibramfivefingers2011.org/vibram-fivefingers-bikila-womens-magentaorange-p-25.html it's hard to tell if fake or not? Many thanks again.


I would not personally buy from the URL you provide as the domain is registered in China, the land of fakes imho. The website also does not have a contactable phone number or address stated on the site. The shoes are also far to cheap, at £58 they are cheaper than the Vibram sell them for.. without doubt imho they are fakes.
Vibram themselves sell pink bikila like the ones you list for 120 euro's which is approximately £106 http://www.vibramfivefingers.it/eng/Bikila.aspx?gender=W

I would only buy from an auhtorized store then you have a high chance of getting the real deal, you can find a list of approved stockists by using the serach at the vibram site.
http://www.vibramfivefingers.it/eng/stores.aspx

I am yet to see legitimate bilkia shoes for under 100 quid.

Edited: 09/05/2011 at 08:10
09/05/2011 at 09:10
Also make sure that you look at the sizing issue. VFFs sizes are not the same as your normal shoe size.

http://birthdayshoes.com/wiki/index.php?title=FiveFingers_sizing

For instance I normally take size 45 shoes, but my treks are a 43 and fit perfectly.
09/05/2011 at 20:05
OK many thanks both - this was the other one i was looking at http://www.fivefingersuk.org/index.php?main_page=account but as you say prob best to go through the dealer so will do!

Thanks
Hannah
10/05/2011 at 08:51
Hannah Oliver 3 wrote (see)
OK many thanks both - this was the other one i was looking at http://www.fivefingersuk.org/index.php?main_page=account but as you say prob best to go through the dealer so will do! Thanks Hannah


I would not advise buying from fivefingersuk.org as like before the domain is registered to an individual in China as can be seen at the following URL : http://whois.domaintools.com/fivefingersuk.org

When you compare this information to the official website you can clearly see the differences, such as the domain is registered to the company Vibram SPA which you can do a company check on, if you really desire. You can see this info at the following URL : http://whois.domaintools.com/vibramfivefingers.it

Yet again the prices quoted at fivefingersuk.org are massively cheaper than that on the manufacturers website which should ring alarm bells. They are without doubt fakes imho.. Use a recognized and reputable retailer which provides contact numbers and address on their website and it is unlikely that you will get stung. If in doubt call the number stated on the website to check.
14/05/2011 at 01:37

I agree with the comments above about fakes but don't understand why Vibrams cost so much in the UK. I checked out some TrekSports on e-bay yesterday, seller in Hongkong, they look like real Vibrams but are less than half the UK price. Too good to be true? Maybe, but they are also selling to the US and are only a little cheaper than standard US price....so why are Treksports around £120 here and about £70 in the US?

Anyway, back to your question....I started by buying a pair of cheap (genuine) Vibram VFF Classics from e-bay to see how I got on with them. I run in them, wear them as flipflops/slippers and around Tescos. I also bought some KSOs which I run and walk/trek in. I also have a pair of Merrell Trail Gloves.

To be honest the Merrells are every bit as good as the VFFs but a lot cheaper, the reason I'm thinking of getting some VFF Treksports is not because they will be better than the Merrells but just because I love the feel of the VFFs. 

I find the sizing matches my standard running shoe size. My "normal" shoe size is 43 and that is the size that I have in both the Classic and KSO Vibrams. The question over which style you buy is a balance of price against the type of running you do. If most of your running is hilly off road then go for a treaded version but if it is mostly road with a bit of tow path/parkland then the cheaper KSOs will be perfect. 

14/05/2011 at 02:10

Just had a quick look at the two web sites that you mention and both look genuine to me but have a look at

http://birthdayshoes.com/these-are-not-vibram-five-fingers-spotting-fakes-counterfeits-knock-offs-and-other-pirated-black-market-five-toed-shoes

for help in avoiding the fakes.

I recently read an American review of Treksports which suggested that you might want to consider spending the extra $25 and buy the Kangaroo leather Treks.....$25!!! They are around £45/$70 more in the UK....The prices quoted in the first website that you refer to just reflects the non-UK price for VFFs.

14/05/2011 at 02:29

But now see that

 http://www.vibramfivefingers2011.org/vibram-fivefingers-bikila-womens-magentaorange-p-25.html

is listed as a fake supplier. The other might be genuine as it does not appear on the fakes list.

20/05/2011 at 13:41

I would seriously suggest trying before buying... I have just got the new VFF Bikila with the cord lace release which works well for me as i have a high 'top foot' (it's more flexible and doesn't compress my foot)..other VFFs with the velcro strap just didn't do the job for me. If you know someone in the US then that must be your best source .. I paid 99 dollars (65 pounds) in the US last month, and yet see them priced up to 130 pounds here in the UK

20/05/2011 at 15:05
Sports Direct have started to sell Vibrams on their website, they may have them in store to try on as well, at £110 they should be genuine.
30/05/2011 at 11:10
thanks all for your help i think i'm just going to buy from the official website!!!
30/05/2011 at 23:08

Hannah, I've got ksos, bikilas and sprints. I bought the bikilas recently from Run and Become in Victoria. If you are based in the South East, its worth the trip to ensure that you get the right fit.

22/06/2011 at 14:20
Thanks for the heads-up Toco - R&B in victoria are perfect for me!
22/06/2011 at 14:51
Hannah Oliver 3 wrote (see)
Thank you both for your help. I was looking at this one http://www.vibramfivefingers2011.org/vibram-fivefingers-bikila-womens-magentaorange-p-25.html it's hard to tell if fake or not? Many thanks again.


On the official site, it says any site with any kind of VFF variation in the title i.e. 'vibramfivefingers2011' is fake.

Do not encourage them!!!

23/06/2011 at 13:43
The staff at Run & Become are also extremely helfpul and knowledgeable about barefoot/minimalist running. They will also allow you to run outside in the shoes to see if they are right for you or not. Definitely worth a visit
23/06/2011 at 15:38
Tricia - Do all Run & Become stores stock Vibrams and enable you to do this?
30/06/2011 at 16:58

I would recommend trying on the Fivefingers in store before purchasing them. The sizing is diffrent to a normal shoe, plus although the size guide on the Vibram website is good, I found that I was actually a size bigger than recommended. I found my pair at Suka Sport in Central London, they are based on Beak Street 5 minutes away from Picadilly, and they will let you try them on and have enough space in the store and their yoga studio to try them out. And it was nice to receive a 10% discount due to me being a member of a tri club.

 

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