The new amphibious shoe is for serious watersport enthusiasts and casual beach-goers alike
CONCORD, Mass. (March 6, 2018) – Vibram, the worldwide leader in high performance soles and creator of the Vibram FiveFingers articulated toe shoe, launches its latest minimalist shoe for spring 2018, V-Aqua, for high performance on terrain in and around water. V-Aqua combines Vibram’s signature barefoot-like feel with the superior performance of the award-winning Megagrip outsole, designed to grip slick surfaces both underwater and on shore.
“V-Aqua is a truly amphibious shoe,” states Peter von Conta. “Anyone who recreates around water—from serious watersport enthusiast to casual beach-goer—encounters times when going barefoot is not an option. V-Aqua solves that problem. If you’ve never tried FiveFingers, this is the model with the broadest application—not everyone runs or hikes, but most people visit the beach or get on the water every year.”
V-Aqua’s sole features Vibram’s bestselling, super sticky Megagrip compound. From walking down a rocky access path to the beach, to gripping a river bottom at the put-in and take-out points on a paddle trip, Megagrip sticks to nearly any surface and protects the foot from jagged or rough objects. Perforations in the Megagrip sole allow water to easily move through the shoe, and a silicone print on the lining prevents internal slippage. The lightweight upper is a quick-dry synthetic and features a Velcro closure, ensuring easy adjustment when the shoe gets wet.
“V-Aqua has everything I need for a shoe that optimizes performance while I’m on the beach,” states Vibram ambassador and professional beach volleyball player, Chara Harris. “It’s light, thin, flexible and it’s FiveFingers’ most progressive tool for the application.”
Also launching with the V-Aqua are two more minimalist FiveFinger models: V-Alpha for the trail and V-Soul for the studio. The V-Alpha enhances sensory perception and dexterity for the outdoor minimalist while protecting the foot. Like the V-Aqua, the V-Alpha features the versatile Megagrip compound, optimized to perform on both wet and dry surfaces. The upper of the V-Alpha incorporates 50 percent wool to help regulate temperature, wick sweat, and control odor.
The V-Soul, offered exclusively for women in 2018, reflects the performance-first philosophy of FiveFingers with a sleek profile. The V-Soul not only enhances any workout, but also takes consumers to and from the studio in style. The maximum articulation and light, flexible design make this the perfect choice for plyometics, pilates, yoga, and other indoor fitness training. The adjustable closure ensures the V-Soul forms to the foot and stays put through any exercise routine.
For additional information on Vibram’s Spring 2018 FiveFingers product line, visit www.us.vibram.com/shop/fivefingers/.
Vibram is recognized worldwide as the leader in high performance soles for outdoor, recreational, work and fashion footwear and is relied on by the world’s greatest climbers and athletes. Vibram soles have gone on to conquer Mt. Everest, K2 and a host of the world’s tallest peaks. Today, the company works with premium brands including Merrrell, Danner, La Sportiva, Lowa, Red Wing, Sperry, Scarpa, The North Face, and many more. Vibram’s Five Finger shoe line is on the cutting-edge of the minimalist footwear trend. Please visit us at www.vibram.com or follow us and our innovative products and services on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & Pinterest