Upon receiving the Vibram FiveFingers into our shop, I was very skeptical. I thought they were just “the newest weird shoe trend”, and I thought they had no actual benefit. But being a dedicated Kiteboarding.com employee, I dove in and checked out the product for myself.
I must say, I was pleasantly surprised when I got these shoes on my feet. They didn’t feel weird at all, in fact they kinda felt right. But the ultimate test was still to be done, that night I took them for kiteboarding run. I kited for 2 solid hours in these shoes (have to wear some sort of foot protection, for fear of getting sliced on oyster shells), these shoes are head and shoulders better than wearing neoprene booties. Nothing feels the same as barefoot on a kiteboard, but these shoes come very close and I don’t kite without them now. They protect my feet extremely well and allow for maximum feel and control on my board. After that night I decided I was a believer in the Vibram FiveFingers.
I continue to wear them for kiteboarding and have recently switched to the Vibram FiveFingers for all my training purposes, running, cross training, weight lifting, and most outdoor sports. It’s safe to say that these shoes aren’t just a trend, they are the real deal.
- Nate Antonetz
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