Vibram, the world leader in high performance rubber soles, have announced they've 'secured an important victory' in their ongoing 'fight to defend the brand'. Moulds and thousands of fake soles were seized in China.
The success follows an intense period of investigations after the initial seizure of several thousands of pairs of fake soles and heels in China in January.
HoHo, I bought a pair of these fakes, for 19£ including delivery from China on ebay. Theyre not that bad, they were supposed to be VIBRAM five finger KSOs, but were more comparable to Vibram classic in quality. Still going strong after a year.
Regarding gripiness, this can be different from sole to sole. Boot soles tend to be made to last longer, longer lasting soles are always less grippy no matter the marketing jargong.