Verdict from 3 experts and +100 user reviews

5 reasons to buy

  • The upper of the KMD Sport is made up of Polyester Fabric + Nylon Mesh.
  • It features the XS TREK compound that offers flexibility, stability and comfort.
  • The quick lacing system and locking buckle promote custom fit quickly and easily.
  • It features the AEGIS Microbe Shield that helps control odors.
  • The polyurethane footbeds of the Vibram FiveFingers KMD Sport lessen underfoot friction.

2 reasons not to buy

  • The upper is not really breathable, according to some reviews.
  • Some runners were having durability issues with the KMD Sport.

Bottom line

The Vibram FiveFingers KMD Sport is a minimalist running shoe that encourages natural midfoot or forefoot strike. It offers lightweight construction, minimal arch support, flexibility and comfort. Though some have minor issues when it comes to breathability and durability, it is still regarded by some as a reliable shoe. The KMD Sport is a great shoe for racing and fitness workouts.

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Good to know

  • The Vibram FiveFingers KMD Sport features another outsole technology from Vibram FiveFingers, the XS Trek Compound. It delivers the necessary traction needed for trail running and performance training. It is reliable and durable enough to tackle tough terrains.
  • It also features the newest footbed system of Vibram FiveFingers. The 2mm seamless footbed gives protection and irritation-free environment for a more comfortable running experience.

When it comes to sizing, the KMD Sport runs small. Runners need to order half size larger to find the right width and fit. The midfoot and heel area can accommodate medium widths and the toe box is just right.


The outer sole of the shoe features the XS Trek Compound that delivers a combination of traction and durability. It is specifically designed to give a responsive ride even on unpredictable terrain.

The Vibram TC1 rubber outsole, which is also present in the Bikila running shoes, also gives added traction and protection while doing performance training. This outsole material is also used in other running shoes from Vibram FiveFingers.


For an effective barefoot running, this shoe does not come with the traditional cushioning foam. But it has the 2mm PU footbed that is seamless to reduce fiction. It is also designed to minimal protection while keeping the closer ground contact.


The upper of the Vibram FiveFingers KMD Sport is made up of a flexible material that stretches naturally to adapt to the foot’s shape. It also gives breathable coverage throughout the run. It comes also with an anti-debris mesh that keeps stones from enter the shoe.

How KMD Sport compares

This shoe: 85
All shoes average: 82
56 95
This shoe: £110
All shoes average: £120
£40 £280
This shoe: 190g
All shoes average: 270g
100g 437g
Author
Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.

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