The Vibram FiveFingers are so popular they I guess it had to happen. Fake ones are being sold. Here is an email I received from BarefootRunningShoes.org.
“If you were considering buying Vibram FiveFinger shoes and haven’t yet done so we just wanted to let you know that quite a few copycat/counterfeit FiveFinger shoe manufacturer’s have popped up selling their own versions of the popular line of barefoot shoes. While these fake versions might be cheaper often they are not made with the same materials and hence the quality is not as good (meaning they’ll probably fall apart soon after you purchase and use them). The other risk when buying these FakeFinger shoes is that you might end up giving your credit card information to less upstanding citizens.”
Here’s the link to learn more about their recent blog post about Fake Vibram FiveFinger Shoes. On the site, I read the following, “Not only are other companies copying their trademarked style, but many of these companies (which happen to be Chinese in origin) are just outright pretending to be the Vibram! They are making their own fake versions; putting Vibram’s logos on them, using the same shoe names, and flooding the market with their Vibram FakeFinger shoes.” They even list 25 websites where the fakes are sold.
If you decide to buy a pair of shoes online, shop carefully.
BarefootRunningShoes.org offers regular emails on a variety of minimalist shoes including reviews, how to make modifications, tops, and more. Check them out.