We spent 6.7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what training geeks think:

6 reasons to buy

  • Many buyers were happy with the lightweight nature of the Vibram FiveFingers V-Train.
  • Several consumers reported that the trainer helped them ease the shin splint pain.
  • A significant number of reviewers enjoyed the comfortable barefoot-like feel provided by the trainer.
  • The grip of the outsole was efficient for most users.
  • A few Vibram fans observed that this model offered more lateral support than other versions.
  • Some people appreciated that the upper material kept the interior of the shoe well ventilated.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Some wearers thought that the use of both the strap and the laces was redundant.
  • The hook-and-loop strap consistently came loose, according to a handful of users.

Bottom line

The Vibram FiveFingers V-Train was deemed very comfortable and felt light on the foot when used for extended periods. It delighted many barefoot training enthusiasts with the freedom of movement.



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The Vibram FiveFingers V-Train is a minimalist training shoe, designed to provide a balance of barefoot experience and protective cushioning for a variety of activities. The polyester and spandex materials in the upper offer a snug yet breathable support. The NZYM Anti-Microbial Poly Fabric Sockliner keeps the inside odor- and microbe-free.

The shoe sports an XS TREK compound for its outsole. This extremely thin 4-mm rubber is durable enough to protect the foot throughout the training session. It also offers traction on both the gym floor and the rope.

Unlike the majority of workout shoes on the market, the V-Train features five separate pockets for each toe to deliver the ultimate freedom of movement. When putting on the trainer, one should first slide into the toe pockets and then slip on the heel section.

The V-Train employs a 4 mm rubber outsole that features the brand’s proprietary XS TREK compound. It aims to provide traction on unpredictable terrain. The material has also been engineered to deliver steadiness and comfort. It is also flexible and promotes natural foot flexion.

For enhanced traction, the outsole has different features like the circular lug pattern in the forefoot and heel sections that supports multi-directional movements. It also has Rope Traction Lugs on the medial side of the midfoot to aid users during rope climbs.

The V-Train uses a minimalist 2 mm EVA footbed for its midsole. This component is flexible and provides impact protection to the bottom of the foot. It is lined with the NZYM Antimicrobial Poly Fabric Sockliner that prevents the buildup of odor-causing microorganisms.

The Vibram FiveFingers V-Train utilizes polyester and spandex materials in the upper. The form-fitting fabric has enough stretch to accommodate most foot shapes, and it is snug but not restrictive, to allow mobility.

At the midfoot is a cage-like structure made from TPU and synthetic overlays. It integrates with the lacing system and delivers a snug fit when the laces are tightened. At the top is a single hook-and-loop strap that allows users to tune-in the fit and keep the foot firmly in place.

Two layers of synthetic material form an external heel counter at the back of the shoe. This structure cups the heel to keep it steady and prevent slippage.

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.