Five Finger Shoes Benefits. Vibram Five Finger Shoes Review.

“The human foot is a work of art and a masterpiece of engineering.”

Leonardo Da Vinci
Leonardo Da Vinci

Vibram Five Fingers Shoes

Vibram Five Fingers Shoes? What's this?

Vibram Five Finger Shoes are not new in the market.

Maybe Vibram Five Finger Shoes are just not marketed enough.

Maybe we just don’t see Vibram Five Finger Shoes around too often.

But Vibram Five Finger Shoes are not new.

Vibram Five Finger Shoes are in the market since 2007.

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The first time I saw Vibram Five Finger shoes

I love shoes. I love all kinds of shoes and I always pay attention to what other people are using for their footwear.

Not long ago I was in a local airport waiting to pick up my friend coming back from her trip to Israel. While waiting I was lazily looking around, on “rent cars” counters, on a souvenir shop window, on people around me… My eyes were just wondering and my head was empty of thoughts on this early Sunday morning. Then… all of a sudden, my brain gave a sharp start as it realized the picture my eyes sent to it.

In a chair across the row a young guy was sitting with a backpack by his feet. Something was strange about him but I realized what exactly only when he moved his feet for a more convenient position. He was wearing the weirdest shoes I’ve ever seen. I myself was wearing Shape-Up shoes and before I got used to them, I thought that they look weird. Now look at those shoes this guy was wearing. The first thought that I got was “Wow, these are Hobbit feet”.

Another thought was “Hehe, these are gloves for your feet”

I had no idea that I was looking at Vibram Five Finger Shoes

The young man noticed that I was staring at his feet and smiled. Apparently, he was used to this reaction. I smiled back to him and apologized for my behavior. We started talking, and after ten minutes of questions-answers I was sure that I am going to try these Vibram Five Finger Shoes. I love to try new stuff especially when this stuff looks sooooo….. well….. unusual. Like you have gloves on your feet

This is what Vibram company says about Vibram Five Finger Shoes:

The typical human foot is an anatomical marvel of evolution with 26 bones, 33 joints, 20 muscles, and hundreds of sensory receptors, tendons and ligaments. Like the rest of the body, to keep our feet healthy, they need to be stimulated and exercised.

That’s why we recommend wearing FiveFingers for exercise, play, and for fun. Stimulating the muscles in your feet and lower legs will not only make you stronger and healthier, it improves your balance, agility and proprioception.

Just a Glimpse (habitually bare feet)

Feet of native barefoot populations
Feet of native barefoot populations
Feet of a newborn baby
Feet of a newborn baby
This is what our shoes do to our feet
This is what our shoes do to our feet
Back to nature...
Back to nature...

Back to Nature with protection

When we wear stiff normal footwear our foot hits the ground with its heel first and then rolls forward; the cushion absorbs some of the shock, but the leg absorbs the most, which leads to bone and joints pain and other problems. When a bare foot hits the ground, the arch of your foot flattens out and then springs back to the arch leg shape as you take the next step. Our feet were naturally designed to be an excellent shock absorb on their own. This way of running, climbing or simple walking might save you many problems in future (like joints and back pain).

When a child is diagnosed with “flat feet”, a pediatrician advises a child’s parents to encourage their child go barefoot, because it helps to develop stronger and more coordinated feet.

Do you remember how you were running barefoot in your childhood, free and lightweight, and the whole world was yours? And then you had to put those stiff shoes on and all the magic of life was gone. How many times you tried to wiggle your toes in those stiff shoes…

Vibram Five Finger Shoes

Vibram Five Finger shoes were designed to give you the feeling of being barefoot while having protection for your feet.

You can wear Vibram Five Finger Shoes practically anywhere (from running a marathon on a blacktop road to hiking on uneven terrain, from enjoying the comfort of them while barbequing to having a freeing sensation as if running barefoot as a child, but without the fear of being injured from stepping on a sharp object).

Vibram Five Finger Shoes are perfect for martial arts and yoga because of their grip and flexibility needed to perform difficult positions and moves.

And you can wiggle your toes freely!

But like with any new type of shoes you should start using them gradually. Don’t overdo in first days of walking in Vibram Fivefingers.

Watch for updates from my own experience.

How to choose the right size? Consult Vibram chart.

Wiggle your toes, wiggle them so... Wiggle them high and wiggle them low... Wiggle them left and wiggle them right.... Wiggle your toes out of sight.

Sprint Design
Sprint Design
Classic design
Classic design
To put Five Finger shoes on, you should put them flat and crawl into them.
To put Five Finger shoes on, you should put them flat and crawl into them.

I love my weird funny shoes.

I really love my Vibram Five Finger Shoes.

After I got my Vibram FiveFingers shoes, I can tell for sure that they are very comfortable and feel right a part of your foot.

I ordered them with Injingi toesocks and they feel very nice together too.

The shoes came with a very nice booklet that besides telling about different Vibram FiveFingers designs, also had lots of very useful tips and “how to” advices.

When you put FiveFingers on, you cannot just slide your foot inside for clear reasons- every toe should go into its own pocket.

So, you should “crawl” into the shoe, finding with each toe its “cave”. It is not hard to do at all; as a matter of fact, it is easy, at least I don't have any problem doing it. When your toes are in their pockets, you just pull up the back of the shoe and fasten it as you like.

Before ordering the shoes do the measuring of your foot very carefully.

Put your foot on a piece of paper and mark with a pencil your heel and the longest toe. Then measure it with a ruler. When checking my size I just put my foot on a ruler and ordered my shoes according to this. My shoes arrived, and they were slightly long. When I did as I described, I got the right measurement.

I had to exchange the shoes for a smaller size and I’ll tell you: Vibram made the process of return/exchange really easy and convenient.

I love my weird funny Vibram FiveFingers Shoes and I feel very comfortable, like I hardly have any shoes on my feet at all.

Socks or no socks?

It is up to you to decide if you want to wear Five Finger shoes with socks or without.

Just keep in mind that if you are going to wear Vibram Five Finger Shoes with socks, you should probably order them one size bigger.

My Classic design style is exactly my size and it feels somewhat tight with a sock.

Another style, Sprint design, is one size bigger and socks are just fine with them.

What they are made of.

The Classic, Sprint, KSO and Flow models’ upper is made with a thin, abrasion-resistant stretch polyamide fabric.

The Moc, Performa, and KSO Trek models’ upper is made with a soft, tear resistant kangaroo leather.

The patented Vibram® sole is made from TC1 performance rubber compound, it’s non-marking and provides excellent grip and ground feel in both wet and dry conditions.

How to take care of them.

Vibram FiveFingers are machine washable. Use gentle, warm water cycle with liquid or powdered detergent.

Hang to air dry. Make sure to keep the KSO Trek, Performa, and Moc away from direct sunlight or heat source while drying.

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Comments 36 comments

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Vladimir Uhri 6 years ago from HubPages, FB

ReuVera, an interesting information. Thanks.

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ReuVera 6 years ago from USA Author

Vladimir, are you going to try these shoes?

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breakfastpop 6 years ago

Interesting hub, but I hate the way the shoes look. I can't even wear flipflops!

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ReuVera 6 years ago from USA Author

I know, Pop. They DO look weird on your feet :D, may be mostly because we don't see them very often. I also know what you mean about wearing flip-flops. Sometimes it drives you crazy when there is something between your toes. It's a matter of being used to it, I suppose.

But I love going barefoot and fivefingers is a good option to go naturally without fear of injuring your feet soles.

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theherbivorehippi 6 years ago from Holly, MI

I must get a pair of these!! Let me know how you like yours!!

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ReuVera 6 years ago from USA Author

I will, when I have my own opinion built.

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nanatam 6 years ago from Olympia, WA

Those are the coolest. I personally prefer to go barefoot as much as possible, but my busy life often prevents that. These shoes just may be the ticket I need.

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ReuVera 6 years ago from USA Author

I can't wait when mine are delivered. Then I'll write more.

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dcase 6 years ago

these look amazing... I think the black on black ones would be less obviously-weird-looking... they are expensive though... but it would be nice to have something to just pull on and walk out the door... I will definitely stay tuned...

Rachelle 6 years ago

These are very 'interesting' shoes. They defiantly have me intrigued. I would love to hear more! the concept of being barefoot with protection is a great idea and does sound more natural. I have to wonder how they would be. Hiking with them sounds a bit dangerous but it may be doable with sefishent training in them on level and somewhat uneven ground.

defiantly want to hear more about these shoes.


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ReuVera 6 years ago from USA Author

dcase, thank you for visiting. I agree about the black color. Actually, I ordered mine in black for the same reason :)

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ReuVera 6 years ago from USA Author

Rachelle, actually, these shoes have tiny grooves in their soles, (like vehicle tires, only tiny grooves), to give them an extra traction.

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anglnwu 6 years ago

Brilliant hub. Love the way this hub is presented and being the kind of girl who is pretty much fashion backward when it comes to shoes, a great introduction to the finger shoes. I think I may even try but I wouldn't want a total stranger commenting on my shoes--hehe.

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Garrett McLee 6 years ago from Florida

I want these so bad, but dropping $70+ for shoes is just something I don't do...

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ReuVera 6 years ago from USA Author

Angeline, I know, you love flip-flops. So, fivefingers might be just right for you. Choose black, they are less noticeable. LOL.

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ReuVera 6 years ago from USA Author

Garret, the solution is- Hubpages, AdSence, etc.... :)

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sjk6101983 6 years ago from Milwaukee, WI

I did see these shoes before in my Apparel marketing class last semester but they were a more expensive version. you'd be surprised the shoes some designers come out with. :)

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ReuVera 6 years ago from USA Author

I added some info in the hub after I got my Five finger shoes. I just love them.

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ReuVera 6 years ago from USA Author

Love 'em, love 'em, love 'em! Not a word of criticism can be said about five finger shoes. Love them!

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Garrett McLee 6 years ago from Florida

I have a pair of these and I love them

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ReuVera 6 years ago from USA Author

Garret, I am glad you got them!

I love my Five Fingers too!

Liz 6 years ago

So I really love being barefoot, and I'm trying to get into shape. Should I get these or the Shape Ups?? I don't have a lot of money, although I wish I could get both!

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ReuVera 6 years ago from USA Author

Liz, it's up to you to decide.... I feel that Fivefingers and Shape-Ups tone different types of muscles, so it would be an advantage to have both (maybe not immediately, but with some time). Probably with Shape-Ups you can go to more places because they look more "normal". LOL. But with Fivefingers you can run, with Shape-Ups you can't run. Did you check my hub about Shape-Ups?

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hot dorkage 6 years ago from Oregon, USA

I love mine! and I can't stand wearing flip flops. The Vibram does put something between your big toe and the next one, but it moves with your foot, completely different sensation than that annoying rub that the thong of a flip flop gives.

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ReuVera 6 years ago from USA Author

Thanks, hot! So nice to meet another lover of Vibram Five Fingers! I can't wait for summer to start wearing them again. And your are right, the fabric is so soft between your toes that you hardly notice it.

sa_ben 6 years ago

Great-great-great!!!!! Now I know what I will definitely have for next summer! I love walking so I always choose comfortable footwear. Besides, I like unusual things and if there is a chance I do my best to get them. And here's such an opportunity to go back to your childhood and feel joy and happiness again. Thank you for sharing your experiences.

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ReuVera 6 years ago from USA Author

sa_ben, try checking Vibram website,

they might have distributors in your area. I wonder if you can order FiveFingers from Amazon to be delivered to where you live?

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fadibody 5 years ago

I had a very good time reading. This is very interesting!

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ReuVera 5 years ago from USA Author

fadibody, thank you for visiting and commenting. I am very glad that you enjoyed reading my hub.

Stephanos000 5 years ago

FIrst of all we were born naked!!! so we suppost to run with now shoes god didn't make us to run on shoes so i have to agree on the healthier part.. 2nd they seem so COOL MAN ... I'm gonna buy them please messege for any shops in london or a trusted web for the shoes and original please i dont want them to smell bad or rip in a week thanks!!!

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dusy7969 5 years ago from San Diego, California

Don't limit yourself by refusing to learn the details about Five Finger Shoes Benefits. Vibram Five Finger Shoes Review. The more you know, the easier it will be to focus on what's important.

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Foxy8609 5 years ago from East Coast, USA

I've seen these and I want to try them. I wouldn't mind knowing what its like to run "free".

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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

Although they look rather cartoonish, or costumish, the benefits make them very tempting.

My son is giving them a try as he travels to Australia right now and I'm looking forward to a report on them.

The crawling in exercise is good for feet. We should be doing that every day even if we don't wear the shoes. Foot therapists recommend putting a cloth on the floor to practice picking it up with the feet after toe crawling to grab it!

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alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

Excellent description of Vibram. I'm linking this to my Vibram hub. Voting this Up and Useful.

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hanwillingham 5 years ago

Wow! Very cool! I hadn't realized there are shoes like this. Thanks for sharing this fascinating hub!

hiit 4 years ago

I really like your hub, thank you for putting it up .

Ron from Fitness

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