Blog post updated 30 June 2010
As a newcomer to the joys of ‘barefoot’ running, I’m interested to see which UK ecommerce websites are stocking this must-have product. I’m sure I’m not the only one.
This blog post provides details of how to spot fake or counterfeit Vibram FiveFingers and where to buy legitimate Five Finger products in the UK.
There are two main issues you may encounter when trying to buy Vibram FiveFingers (or Five Fingers) in the UK:
- stock may not be available in the size you want (check the sizing video for important information)
- the European Vibram site doesn’t make purchasing very easy
- the Vibram site doesn’t clearly identify stockists outside the US
However, if you do a search in Google, you’ll find many, many sites selling (what appear to be) Vibram FiveFinger (VFF) products.
The trouble is that many of those sites are selling fakes/counterfeits whose sole intention is to fleece you (and potentially steal your credit card details).
You have been warned.
How to avoid fake or counterfeit Vibram FiveFingers
Do you want to avoid being scammed? If so, take a look at these pages:
In summary, a site is likely to be the supplier of fake products if:
- the URL contains the phrase ‘vibram’ or ‘fivefingers’ (apart from http://www.vibramfivefingers.com!)
- the retailer provides no contact information
- the colours or materials don’t match the ranges shown on the official VFF website
- 20% or larger discounts are offered
- product photography includes packaging (VFF don’t provide those photographs)
- fabrics and materials look different from the range shown on the VibramFiveFingers.com website
- the site has poorly written product descriptions or low-res product images
Also, many of the products listed on eBay as Vibram Five Finger products are fake or counterfeit. My recommendation is DO NOT purchase VFF products from eBay. Period.
Here are some of the sites listed in Google’s UK results which are believed to offer fake or counterfeit VibramFiveFingers (please note that many of these use sponsored ads to try to appear more credible):
Where to buy Vibram FiveFingers in the UK:
There are several UK sites selling real Vibram Five Finger products. They include:
- Pure Footwear – 10% off if you quote code EZ16 (ends 31 July 2010). Ships internationally.
- Fitness Footwear
- Advanced MP3 Players – an odd choice of retailer but they do sell ‘real’ VFFs
- Naked Ape
For US visitors, please check out the following legitimate sellers of Vibram FiveFinger products:
However, prior to purchase, please ensure that you’re happy that the website you purchase from is legitimate.