Some of the wildest looking shoes you’ll find anywhere – in the outdoor and backpacking world or otherwise – the Vibram FiveFingers KSO are purpose built equipment to give you the ultimate barefoot experience while still offering some protection. Some of the best shoes on the market for taking your fitness to the highest levels when “going primal”, you’ll totally notice these shoes the moment you slip them on – and so will everyone else you run into.
One of the health and fitness revolutions that has literally been sweeping the world is the “process of going primal”. More and more people are trying to get in touch with their inner caveman, all while adapting the latest and greatest modern tools and technologies. And while this is made for some pretty incredible and drastic changes in diet and exercise, none are more remarkable or noticeable as barefoot running.
But even the most hard-core and dedicated primal practitioners in the world aren’t looking to blow up their feet. So to give them the same feel and range of motion as barefoot running they turn to the best in the business: the Vibram FiveFingers KSO Mens shoes.
It is absolutely impossible not to notice a pair of Vibram FiveFingers KSO Mens shoes, either on your feet or anyone else’s. Looking like a second skin for your feet way more than an actual shoe, this is as close to naked running as you probably want to get. Having five dedicated areas for each and every one of your toes anything (and I’m talking super thin) 4 mm rubber soul, there’s no getting around feeling every single part of the ground when you wear this.
But that’s exactly the point.
The major push for primal everything has changed the way we look at fitness probably forever. Unlike most fad diets and exercise programs that gain a little bit of cultural traction and then quickly disappear, primal seems to be reshaping the way people actually act. From eating whole foods, avoiding all the processed junk that we stuff into our bodies on a regular basis, and really looking to make ourselves healthier rather than just simply better looking, barefoot running is playing a major role in transforming the bodies of people all over the world.
But nobody’s looking to actually beat the hell out of their feet in the process. And that is where the Vibram FiveFingers KSO Mens shoes come in.
Basically putting on a slip skin of rubber all over your foot, similar to the way a sock hugs your foot but leaving room for your little piggies to be individually protected as well, you’re going to feel every single bump, lump, crack, and crevice in whatever surface you are running on. This strips away completely the artificial way that almost all shoes force you to run in, allowing you to get back to the natural way of moving your body. There are a lot of benefits being touted by the barefoot community, and almost all Vibram FiveFingers KSO Mens shoes reviews come with high marks in the areas of health, stress, and foot pain.
While designed and developed to give you the most complete coverage and protection without stripping you of all the barefoot runner’s pure experiences, these shoes make for some of the best canoeing and water activity footwear you can find on the market. While not expressly waterproof, the rubber material keeps your feet from getting damaged by any debris inside or out of the water, and closely mimic the way you would naturally swim without any flippers. It has a closure system that literally locks the shoes to your feet, so you never have to worry about losing them on the road or in fast-moving currents.
If there is any knock against the specific choose (aside from what some backpacking shoes reviews are calling the ugliest thing to hit footwear since the platform shoe craze of the 1970s), it has to be that there is no dedicated tread system to rely on. Even still, these things are quite grabby even in sand and should let you get wherever you’re going without any real trouble.
The other obvious downside is the simple fact that they look so strange. You will almost always have people come up to you wondering just what the hell is on your feet anyways. You might want to practice smiling, winking, nodding, and saying “yeah, I know, crazy right?”. The last thing you want to do is lock eye contact and start making funny noises.
|Running shoe type||Barefoot|
|Upper||Polyamide fabric/nylon mesh|
|Heel-to-toe drop||Zero drop|
|Average footwear weight (pair)||11.4 ounces|
All in all, these shoes are a super low investment, give you exactly what you’re looking for if you’re into the barefoot running craze that is sweeping the planet. Versatile and fun, you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who owns a pair of Vibram FiveFingers KSO Mens shoes that was in love with them.