A little background - I've been wearing VFFs for over 2 years at this point most days (Classics when it's over 60, KSO Treks when it's cold+wet or snow, KSOs the rest of the time). I am NOT a runner, but I can work in VFFs so I both live and hike (casually) in them.
Last weekend a stick tore a notable hole in the mesh area of my KSOs, making them less than work appropriate.
In theory I could just put the KSO treks on when it's too cold for the classics, but I find that they really start to reek if I'm not wearing socks, and I find the (Injinji) socks tend to wear out relatively quickly. In addition, there's a notable loss of sensation in the KSO treks as compared to the KSOs/classics. All other things being equal, I greatly prefer the sensation of the ground.
It also seems Vibram has expanded their lineup substantially.
Any recommendations from people out there on what to get? I ask in hopes that there's something KSO-like but more durable on top (several of my toes have small holes from minor wear and tear, especially when I do something clumsy and drag my toe). I'm willing to try thicker soles than the KSO, but preferably not as thick as the KSO Treks
Thanks in advance,