Vibram FiveFingers KSO Evo - Test & Review

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Vibram FiveFingers KSO Evo - Test & Review
Vibram FiveFingers KSO Evo - Test & Review
The Vibram FiveFingers toe shoes are among the first and most famous barefoot shoes. However, the FiveFingers are also a reason why barefoot shoes still have a bad reputation with many people. I took a closer look at the model Vibram FiveFingers KSO Evo*.

Are the Vibram FiveFingers KSO Evo barefoot shoes?

Yes, if we look at the criteria of barefoot shoes we see that the KSO Evo from Vibram are barefoot shoes. Briefly in the overview:
  • Zero position / zero drop
  • Thin sole
  • Completely flexible
  • Wide fit / wide toe box
  • Breathable
  • Light weight

Are toe shoes better than barefoot shoes?

I have already written a detailed article about the theme barefoot shoes and toe shoes. In general I think that toe shoes are not better than barefoot shoes. Toe shoes even have certain disadvantages.

Obviously, the appearance is a problem. Even if it is a question of taste, most people here agree with me. The KSO Evo, especially in black and red, look really cool, but they are an alternative. In my opinion, the shoes are almost only usable for sports. That also rather outside (e.g. running or hiking). Even in the studio, the toe shoes sometimes have a deterrent effect. For everyday life I consider FiveFingers, or toe shoes in general, to be unsuitable.

Another problem can be the toes, the special feature of this kind of barefoot shoes. Because the toes have a fixed size. Here comes a similar problem, which often occurs with gloves. We have one size fits all. Every foot and therefore every toe is different. So a toe shoe can even press on the toe. In my opinion, this can restrict the freedom of the toes somewhat. For me, the toe shoes from Vibram usually don't fit me perfectly either. However, the fit is generally still okay for me.

The problem also affects the way I put them on. It takes a little longer because of the separated toes. Because you usually won't hit the toes directly. When I put on the suit, I always have to tug on my toes until it fits.

Sole

Let's get to the bottom of the KSO Evo. There is a zero position, which is essential for a barefoot shoe. The thickness here is 3 millimeters, which is very good. Compared to the Vibram FiveFingers Classic a big difference. In the test of the FiveFingers Classic I was a little disappointed. It is different with the KSO Evo. Here the sole is much more flexible, which has an enormous effect on the barefoot feeling. Here a thumbs up for this model from the FiveFingers.
Sole of the Vibram FiveFingers KSO Evo
Sole of the Vibram FiveFingers KSO Evo

Flexibilität

The thin sole also affects the flexibility of the FiveFingers. The KSO Evo is extremely flexible and can be bent and turned in all directions. Not a little force is needed to do this. Thus, of course, the classic barefoot shoe proof photo, which I love very much, is also possible.
proof photo - barefoot shoe flexibility
proof photo - barefoot shoe flexibility

Breathable

Not all Vibram models are breathable. However, the KSO Evo has an airy upper shoe, which makes it very breathable. However, this does not make the KSO Evo waterproof. It can be worn in water, but your feet will get completely wet.
The upper shoe of the FiveFingers KSO Evo is very breathable
The upper shoe of the FiveFingers KSO Evo is very breathable

This is a great advantage, especially for use in sports, for which I recommend the FiveFingers KSO Evo. In other models the foot sweats, which is not the case here. The shoe is also incredibly lightweight due to the permeable material.

Quality

In general, Vibram is a good manufacturer and convinces with quality. This also applies to this model. The shoe is clean and well manufactured. There are no unsightly seams or glued joints. Also the durability of the shoe convinces in the test.

How's the barefoot feeling?

I have had several FiveFingers from Vibram on my foot and I have to say that the KSO Evo is my favorite. The sole is extremely thin and the shoe is damn light. This makes the barefoot feeling authentic and very comfortable. The shoe offers enough protection with a good barefoot feeling.
Running with the KSO Evo
Running with the KSO Evo
At this point, the hold on the foot can also be positively emphasized. The shoe has no laces. It is held in place by an elastic band, which also provides very good service. Even when running, the shoe stays firmly on the foot, which is not the case with all Vibram models.

Can I recommend the Vibram FiveFingers KSO Evo?

I myself am not the biggest fan of toe shoes. If you know me and my side, we already know that. The KSO Evo* is surprisingly an exception. The shoe is very comfortable to wear and offers a good barefoot feeling especially compared to other models of the FiveFingers. The sole is thin and the fallibility is convincing, which naturally has a positive effect on the barefoot feeling.

However, the shoe has two disadvantages. These would be the optics, which is not so bad with the KSO Evo model. Especially the black-red version is very convincing. Nevertheless I consider the FiveFingers KSO Evo unsuitable for everyday use. For outdoor running or hiking I can recommend the Vibram FiveFinges KSO Evo.

The second disadvantage is putting on the shoes. The toe does not always slide directly into the right pocket. That makes putting on the shoes a bit more complicated. For someone like me, who likes to put on shoes quickly, this is of course a small disadvantage. But once the FiveFingers are on the foot, they also get stuck. In general, I was surprised and can recommend the Vibram FiveFinges KSO Evo*. Under the toe shoes definitely my favourite.
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