Who should buy the Vibram FiveFingers V-Train

This minimalist training shoe is designed to provide a balance of barefoot experience and protective cushioning. The Vibram FiveFingers V-Train is a solid choice if: 

  • You are looking for a shoe that could help ease shin splint pain.
  • You are into rope climbs and gym workouts and need a shoe that offers enough traction for such activities.

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Enhanced outsole traction

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.

Vibram FiveFingers V-Train Outsole

Shock-absorbent footbed

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.

Vibram FiveFingers V-Train Midsole

Barefoot-feel upper

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.

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Snug lacing system

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.

Vibram FiveFingers V-Train Lacing System

Added stability

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.

Vibram FiveFingers V-Train Heel2

Facts / Specs

Weight: 181g
Drop: 0mm
Update: Vibram FiveFingers V-Train 2.0
Use: Crossfit / Gym / Cross-training
Heel height: Men 6mm
Forefoot height: 6mm
Width: Normal

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Nicholas Rizzo
Nicholas Rizzo

Nick combines 10+ years of experience in the health and fitness industry and a background in the sciences in his role as the Fitness Research Director. During his competitive powerlifting years 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 Bodybuilding.com, LiveStrong, Healthline, WebMD, WashingtonPost, and many more. Along the way, collaborating with industry leaders like Michael Yessis, Mark Rippetoe, Carlo Buzzichelli, Dave Tate, Ray Williams, and Joel Seedman.