dealsvibram five fingers kso men's black (vmk201) for…

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site is not a legitimate vibram retailer. there's a high chance these are fakes/ripoff shoes.

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Yes, because everyone wants to buy genuine ugly, pointless shoes.

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@zollars23: Spoken like a true sofa jockey.

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soooo whats the negatives of buying from a potentially non legitament seller?

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As a sofa jockey, I would still like to own a pair.

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Hey, just so everyone knows, these shoes are amazing! My friend has a pair, and have any of you tried running in bare feet? It actually feels great, minus the painful terrain you're running on. These shoes are like running in bare feet, extremely easy to run in stuff like gravel, climbing, water sports, etc. they're not just ugly shoes.

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But.... they're toes??????

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Can anyone else confirm this site is not legit?

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@noelnkc: You think they look freaky now? Just wait until you try on a pair! I have a pair of hot pink, neon orange and grey Bikilas. There's a learning curve getting them to fit during the first week, but I love mine. I automatically shift to running more forward on the balls on my feet. They really ARE like running bare foot. So far no complaints other than some ever so slightly sore calf muscles after my first wearing.
I went through an Amazon site and got a screaming good deal. As always on any deal here, shop wisely.

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@mamabebop: thanks for posting the link to bdayshoes -- yep MountSport sells counterfeits. They've fooled a lot of people via facebook ads I think.

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Yeah, that site about fake FiveFingers specifically lists Mountsport.com as a counterfeit distributer. It also says you should be suspicious anytime that Fivefingers go on sale from some little site because there is always such a high demand for them, they rarely go on sale.

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We have reached out to Vibram directly to determine if these are real or not. Until then, the deal will stay up. If something is amiss, we will remove this deal. Thanks all!

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These are fakes. Sole is all wrong. Identifying labels are in the wrong place.. Look at the cheap construction and stitching. Heal cup doesn't even look right.

I would avoid at all costs.

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@thefenst: FYI from Vibrams Official site @ http://www.vibramfivefingers.com/counterfeits/how-to-spot-a-fake.html

The "retailer" can't be found on our store locator. All authorized Web retailers of Vibram FiveFingers® products must have a brick-and-mortar presence.

I see no mention of a brick-and-mortar store on their site.

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These shoes do need to be washed fairly regularly because the smell can be overwhelming if you don't. Even when they're in my husband's gymbag it's hard to ride in the same car with these shoes if they haven't been washed recently.

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I'm gonna guess fake too. In the pics on their site you can see that both shoes have the Vibram logo stitched below the big toe. In real KSOs it's only on the left shoe, not both (this isn't the case with the Trek Sports and maybe some others).

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PHONIES!!1 These are PHONIES!! Big fat PHONIES!!

Hey everybody! Look at the top of the page! Big fat PHONIES!!!!

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These things sound great, and all, but my toes are MUCH longer in relation to my foot than this, and my second and third toes are longer than my "big" toe. I just don't see these things working.

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@mrmucox: True, but just because they are not authorized to sell them doesn't mean they are not authentic. It probably does, but I would like to err on the side of caution here.

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http://www.resellerratings.com/store/Mountsport

That's why you don't buy fake Vibrams. Expect a poor fit and subpar materials. Which honestly is a bit surprising considering it's just cloth+rubber, but whatever.

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So what if they are fake and will probably destroy your arch if you use them... they give $20 OFF if you "like" them on facebook! I'd buy lead candy if it was $20 off.

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I have the black KSOs and those are not legit. They look like good fakes but fakes nonetheless...

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@achyder: yeah they'll destroy your arch -- because human beings evolved over millions of years with arch supporting shoes like Nikes.

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@jnowings: Apparently, @achyder forgot his /sarcasm tag on his post.

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these are fine for your arch. i ran long distance track and crosscountry in them and used them for triathlons.

this isnt much of a deal though, theyve been as low as $59

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Can someone give solid evidence as to how these knockoffs are really that much worse than the legit KSOs?

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@seans33: Go to the birthdayshoes.com link in one of the first posts. They list some of the problems. Basically, there is no recourse if they go bad. Why take a chance like that, esp. since this isn't a great deal. Real KSO's are only $85 from a reputable dealer: http://www.citysports.com/Vibram-FiveFingers-KSO---Mens/140998/Product for example. And free shipping to boot!

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I personally have a pair of KSO's and the logo is not in the correct place and the materials do not look right at all. THESE SHOES ARE FAKE.

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I bout a pair of KSO Treks from this store not knowing they were fakes. However if you look at the site it isn't just the KSOs that are on sale. Every shoe on the site is 74.99 with a 20% discount. So I don't know how great these shoes coming on the mail will be, but they sure aren't going to be $125.

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I own a couple pairs of five fingers (KSO and KSO trek) and sizing is extremely important. If you're going to order them online the way that worked best for me was order three pairs (measured size and +/- 1), then return the two that don't fit. The first time I ordered only one pair, and wound up having to return it and order another one.

I've used REI in the past for these shoes. Their prices are pretty typical, but you get free shipping to the store, so I try them on when I pick them up, and then return the two other pair while I'm there.

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Whoever thinks this is running barefoot is an idiot. These haves soles, hence, no barefoot, duh. If you want to actually hike barefoot, just do it. Don't spend $75+ to look like a douche and still not walk barefoot, do it for free, just take off your shoes and go walk.

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@l355thanz3r0: Who said anything about barefoot? It's a minimalist shoe, for training to run barefoot, learn the correct mechanics, and begin toughening up your feet. I'm no expert, but if most people "just take off their shoes and go walk," they'll end up with abrasions and blisters, and never attempt it again.