Our verdict


Its impressive outdoor performance, day-to-day wear comfort, and lightweight nature are some of the characteristics that wearers loved about the Vibram FiveFingers V-Aqua. On the contrary, those unfamiliar with Vibram that caught the wrong size were displeased with the purchase. Despite the grievances, it earned a spot among highly recommended outdoor and indoor footgear.


  • Relieves foot problems
  • Perfect sizing
  • Outstanding outsole grip
  • Dries quickly
  • Lightweight
  • Awesome ground feel


  • Durability issues
  • Lacks traction

Who should buy the Vibram FiveFingers V-Aqua

This FiveFingers V-Aqua is an amphibious pair that's wearable for both land and water adventures. But a caveat to those new to Vibram, this model runs small. That said, getting a size up is advisable. This minimalist trainer is a solid choice if: 

  • You prefer footwear that helps relieve foot problems as you have been enduring discomfort for quite a while now. 
  • You are looking for a shoe that offers a sense of assurance through its outsole grip as you use it on various surface conditions like wet rocks, surfboards, docks, boats, pool tiles, etc. 
  • Your fitness lifestyle requires you to pack and move fast, and you need a pair that has quick-dry properties. 

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Innovative multisurface outsole grip

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.

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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.

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Protective underfoot cushioning

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. 

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It has been treated with silicon, preventing the foot from sliding during wet conditions. The footbed has perforations that assist in water drainage.

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Quick-dry upper

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.

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Abrasion-resistant overlays

Synthetic overlays reinforce the toe pockets and some areas of the midfoot, protecting the underlying material against abrasion.

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The Vibram FiveFingers V-Aqua's adjustable strap

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.

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There is also a fabric loop at the back of the collar that makes it quicker to pull the shoe up.

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