Chandlery April 2008 Issue

Five Fingers Fit Like Gloves

Unique watersports shoes protect a notch above barefoot.

Vibram, the Italian company known for putting the rubber sole into The North Face, Merrell, Timberland, Columbia, and Nike, has developed a funky-looking shoe called the Vibram Five Fingers. The shoes look like gloves for your feet. The individual toe slots are designed to gently spread your toes, enhancing balance and stability, and promoting a more natural motion to reduce the impact on your joints and back. The upper sole is made with a thin, abrasion- and tear-resistant stretch polyamide fabric. The foot bed is antimicrobial microfiber, and the sole is a non-marking rubber that is razor-siped for better grip. The weight varies by size and model. One menís size 42 (8Ĺ in the U.S.), weighs 5.6 ounces. while a womenís 37 (U.S. size 6Ĺ) weighs 4.4.

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