Vibram has a new version of its FiveFingers shoe, designed specifically for runners. It’s called the BIKILA, after Abebe Bikila, the winner of the 1960 Olympic Marathon in Rome, which he ran barefoot.
The Vibram FiveFingers BIKILA has a slightly thicker sole under the ball of the foot. They weigh 6.0 oz each, 0.3 oz more than the popular KSO (Keep Stuff Out) model. Some runners who have tried the BIKILA have reported that the soles don’t heat up as much as some of the other models. This may help to eliminate the blisters that FiveFingers users have reported on long runs. The outsole of the BIKILA’s are 4.0 mm thick, with a 3.0 mm thick insole, for a total thickness of 7.0 mm.
I bought a pair of BIKILA’s and promptly aggrevated a strained Achilles tendon. The low heel rise in these shoes puts a lot of stress on your Achilles. Ease into them slowly. You may want to do some heel raises to stretch and strengthen your calf and Achilles before strapping them on.
To find out where you can buy Vibram FiveFingers BIKILA’s, check out Vibram’s Store Locator.
Have you tried the BIKILA? What do you think? Tell me in the comments.