We spent 8.3 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what training geeks think:

5 reasons to buy

  • A majority of the owners raved about how comfortable the Vibram FiveFingers V-Aqua was; it even helped to solve foot problems for some persons.
  • The sizing was deemed perfect by droves of users who recommended getting their usual Vibram size.
  • The traction provided by the outsole greatly impressed a lot of outdoor sports enthusiasts; it was grippy on wet rocks, surfboards, docks, boats, pool tiles, etc.
  • Multiple consumers liked that it drained water fast and dried quickly.
  • A few reviewers lauded the lightweight nature of the trainer because their feet did not feel being dragged down while swimming or doing water aerobics.

6 reasons not to buy

  • Several people not familiar with Vibram’s sizing obtained pairs that were either too small or too large for them.
  • Some folks complained about the quality of the Vibram FiveFingers V-Aqua because the fabric loosened when it got wet and the heel strap did not properly secure the foot.
  • Because of the perforations, walking on the beach resulted in sand-logged shoes, according to a few wearers.
  • The outsole dismayed a couple of buyers because it did not provide adequate traction on surfboards and detached from the upper after about a year of use.
  • A critic noted that the back of the collar dug into their Achilles tendon.
  • The upper material was not breathable, stated one commenter.

Bottom line

Purchasers of the Vibram FiveFingers V-Aqua were generally ecstatic about its performance during outdoor activities, especially when it involved getting in and out of the water. It was deemed comfortable for everyday wear too. However, those not accustomed to wearing Vibrams obtained the wrong size and were unsatisfied with their purchase. Other minor issues included the quality of the material and construction, and that sand could get easily trapped inside. But overall, the FiveFingers V-Aqua came highly recommended for most types of indoor and outdoor activities.

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  • Don’t settle for going barefoot when it's time to hit the water — the Vibram FiveFingers V-Aqua has got your back. This minimalist trainer is an amphibious tool ready for any adventure, be it on land or water. The upper is crafted from a lightweight and breathable material that is quick-drying and leaks water fast.
  • The sole unit is made of the Megagrip technology that is created to provide traction on both dry and wet surfaces. It has numerous perforations at the bottom to facilitate water drainage. The ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) insole provides cushioning, but it has been crafted to be porous to allow water to go out.

The FiveFingers V-Aqua from Vibram caters to both male and female athletes. It comes in EU sizes 39 to 49 for men and 36 to 42 for women, which is the rough equivalent of US sizes 7.5 to 14 and 6.5 to 10, respectively. According to the brand, this model runs small, so shoppers are advised to get a size up. As for the width, it is only available in a medium profile, but the stretchy upper material allows it to accommodate a broader foot shape. There are straps on the midfoot and around the heel which help to deliver a locked-down feel.

The Vibram FiveFingers V-Aqua is equipped with a 3.8-mm Megagrip sole technology. This innovative rubber compound is flexible which aids the foot in gripping uneven and wet surfaces. It is fitted with triangular lugs that provide superior traction and steadiness. The outsole also has multiple drainage ports that facilitate water seeping out and keep the inside aerated.

Found inside the shoe is a 2-mm EVA insole. It cushions the underfoot and serves as another layer of protection against uneven and rough surfaces. It has been treated with silicon, preventing the foot from sliding during wet conditions. The footbed has perforations that assist in water drainage.

A textile fabric makes up the upper of the Vibram FiveFingers V-Aqua. This material is stretchy and delivers a sock-like fit. It is also breathable and quick-drying. Synthetic overlays reinforce the toe pockets and some areas of the midfoot to protect the underlying material against abrasion.

The trainer features a slip-on construction, but straps allow wearers to adjust the fit. One of the straps is found at the midfoot which delivers a locked-down fit, while the other is around the heel, helping to secure the rearfoot and keep it steady. There is also a fabric loop at the back of the collar that makes it quicker to pull the shoe up.

  • Vegan shoes may not come in abundance, but many of Vibram trainers are, including the FiveFingers V-Aqua. Vegans can rest assured that no animal products were used in the manufacturing of this model.
  • This footgear is intended for various indoor and outdoor activities which means it can get dirty very quickly. The good news is it can be machine washed so cleaning won’t be a hassle. After cleaning, let it air dry away from direct heat so the integrity of the footwear won’t be compromised.
Nicholas Rizzo
Nicholas Rizzo

Nick is a powerlifter who believes cardio comes in the form of more heavy ass squats. Based on over 1.5 million lifts done at competitions, his PRs place him as an elite level powerlifter. His PRs have him sitting in the top 2% of bench presses (395 lbs), top 3% of squats (485 lbs) and top 6% of deadlifts (515 lbs) for his weight and age. His work has been featured on Forbes,, Elite Daily and the like. Collaborating along the way with industry leaders like Michael Yessis, Mark Rippetoe, Carlo Buzzichelli, Dave Tate, Ray Williams, and Joel Seedman.