Previously, almost jokingly, I mentioned the possibility that I would end up getting one of the "Sportiest" looking pairs of Vibram shoes to continue on my journey of running. To speak honestly on the appearance of shoes, when it comes to running, I don't usually go for the wild, loud, bright sneakers; I prefer a more subdued, quiet, classic looking shoe. ... these shoes have Coral pops on them. And a bright white stripe over the forefoot.
And I love them! May I introduce you, dear readers, to the Vibram KomodoSport LS:
I pulled my brand-new shoes out of their box this morning, and took them for a short test run. Conscious that there was more toe room, I was a little nervous about tripping myself with my shoe, and became cognizant of how much I was raising my toes before each foot hit the ground due to this fear.
Halfway through my run, I made myself push "reset" on my mind-set. "These are no different from a traditional shoe," I told myself when I paused to do push-ups at the park. "You don't need to run any differently."
Once I got myself back on track, I began to notice how free the Vibram FiveFingers KomodoSport LS feels, even though it has a lot more tread on the sole than the KSO. I was able to run un-inhibited, quick as ever, and the shoes are very comfortable. I did learn, for some reason unexpectedly, that since the material used in this shoe is more like a traditional running shoe, the foot had less breathability than the shoe I have favored over the past year. And, to be completely honest, since I was barefoot (I always run barefoot in my KSO's), there was more moisture held within the shoe (yes, my feet got sweaty). But this should not have been a surprise! I am used to the feel of wearing a water-sock with an incredibly breathable mesh upper, so this real shoe feel caught me off guard. I can be content with the need to get some toe-socks to fit inside my shoes. You can find yours made by injinji or SmartWool (both found at REI). I look forward to trying those both out! I have never owned a pair of toe-socks, and it appears my time has come.
Overall, if you are interested in a minimalist running shoe with toes, I would recommend this shoe. The drawcord laces are great for getting a snug fit, and the sole is constructed in such a way that you are given the tiniest bit of arch support. I'm pleased as punch that I bit the bullet, got the shoe, and now get to explore how we will work together.
Happy running adventures!