My Favourite New VFFs
Vibram FiveFingers (VFF) has added a whole lot of models to their line-up of toe shoes recently and it looks like they’ll be continuing that trend in the near future. The new women’s casual model, Entrada, is a reboot of their original Classic and uses the same outsole as the recently reviewed Alitza. I must admit that the Entrada is my favourite new VFF and I’ve spent a lot of time enjoying wearing them walking the dogs, doing errands, and looking fashionable (that’s right, these are my fancy VFFs of choice).
Price: $75 USD
Width: Narrow to Extra Wide
Sole Thickness: 3.5 mm + 2 mm EVA midsole
Drop: 0 mm
Weight: 2 5/8 ounces or 76 grams
Insole: None included
Sizing: 34–42; Full sizes only; Fits same as VFF KSO
Comfort & Fit
I love everything about the comfort and fit of the Entradas. These slipper-like toe shoes fit my wide feet perfectly and all the toe pockets feel like the perfect length. Because the upper is made of a stretchy mesh, I have no doubt that this model will fit pretty much any width of foot from narrow to extra wide, even if you have a high instep or low. The elastic collar does not dig anywhere around my feet and ankles. The footbed is soft and has just the right amount of cushioning for my liking.
Barefoot Feel & Function
With a total thickness of 5.5 mm and a super flexible outsole, the Entrada has fantastic ground feel. I can feel any sized rock that doesn’t manage to get stuck between the grips (which is pretty small but doable if you walk on fine pebbles). The shoes easily bend around ground contours and my feet are free to move and function naturally with every step.
Unlike the Alitzas, the cup of the heel does not bother me at all; I’m somewhat confused and pleasantly surprised by this because these two model use the same outsole. In the Alitzas, I feel like the flat part of the heel is not large enough and I’m often landing on the curve, which is quite distracting to me. I don’t find this to be the case with the Entradas so I prefer to wear them both in terms of comfort as well as barefoot feel and function.
The grip pattern of the rubber outsole provides ample traction on wet or dry man-made surfaces as well as hard natural surfaces, again, either wet or dry. As these are casual shoes, they are not designed for muddy or slippery conditions.
Weighing under 80 grams, they feel more like socks than shoes.
The Entrada uppers are made of a stretchy polyester mesh with a colour-accented, thin, synthetic overlay that provides some structure to the shape of the shoe as well as design added as dots to the toe pockets. There is ample breathability as the mesh is quite holey, making them an excellent warm weather, casual shoe. There is no break-in period required for this shoe as they were comfortable right out of the box. They are easily machine washed in cold water and air dried. Like most VFFs, they will get smelly if worn without socks, so machine washing is a definitely a plus.
Just like the Alitzas, the Entrada outsole is made of a 3.5 mm TC-1 Vibram performance rubber and the midsole is 2 mm EVA. The footbed is anti-microbial drilex sockliner. The total sole stack height should be about 5.5 mm and is incredibly flexible. The Alitzas have no arch support designed into the shoe but the outsole mildly hugs the foot arch but provides no actual support.
Although the quality of the materials appears excellent, the quality of manufacturing could use some improvement. There are visible glue marks along the edges of the toe pockets of both shoes of the review pair and one of the toe pockets is even separating from the outsole already. This model is definitely not designed for rugged wear, therefore, I highly recommend gentle, casual wear only.
The Entradas are a women-specific, casual, minimal toe shoe with an elegant design. They are currently available in five colour-ways, including cream/black/grey, purple/violet, orange/white, purple/black, and a ubiquitous all black. I like the colour-accents and their simplistic style. These are the shoes I’ve been wearing this summer for walking the dogs, errands around town, and with some of my fancier outfits.
As mentioned above, these should be used for gentle, casual wear only. They are not designed for rugged use like hiking or running. As suggested on the VFF website, you could probably wear them in a light fitness class as they do stay well-attached to the feet and provide good grip, but they may wear out faster with such use.
At $75 USD, they are the lowest priced VFFs and competitively priced in the minimalist, casual market. If you can find a pair with few manufacturing faults, this is a good price for a pair of casual, gentle use, minimal shoes with great comfort and ground feel.
The Entrada is one of two replacement models for the original VFF Classic. It has an updated outsole with superior grip and flexibility as well as a wholly redesigned upper with new materials and more mesh for improved breathability while maintaining the open upper and slipper-like feel. The new colour-accented design is a little more modern looking and stylish, and comes in five colour options. Compared to the Alitza, I find them more comfortable with their open upper design and I believe will fit a wider range of foot shapes and sizes because of this. They are extremely comfortable with great ground feel allowing my feet to move naturally. If you already love VFFs, these are an excellent shoe to add to your casual-wear shoe closet and if you’ve never tried VFFs before, this is a great model to start with and give them a try.
For more information about the Entrada and other spring/summer 2013 models by VFF, you can check out their website at VibramFivefingers.com.