For those of you who were able to get a pair of the Vibram FiveFingers before the hysteric obsession began and back-orders galore, you may be interested in reading this CNN article on barefoot running knock-offs. Chinese counter-fitting companies are copying the shoes, even down to the packaging.
“Unsatisfied customers, unaware that they bought fake shoes from counterfeiters, have started returning the bogus copies to Vibram itself (often using the fake Vibram return labels provided by the counterfeiters). This is a thorny problem for Vibram, which can’t start issuing refunds on fake products from bogus manufacturers. Sometimes the company extends a goodwill offer, sending duped buyers coupons for Vibram FiveFingers shoes at half off.”
Does this dissuade me from wanting to buy the latest in the Vibram FiveFinger family? No! I can’t wait to get my hands feet on those lovely new trail running TrekSport or KSO Treck, (though I’ll probably get black again). I love you, Vibram FiveFingers!
I recently did a review on barefoot running and my favorite athletic shoes I’ve ever owned—you can read it here: Vibram FiveFingers.