Facts

Discontinued
Terrain
Road
Arch support
Neutral
Use
Competition
Price
$100
Weight
M: 183g | W: 136g
Heel to toe drop
M: 0.0mm | W: 0.0mm
Widths available
M: Normal - D | W: Normal - B
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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

Summary

We spent 8 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • The traction is just superb, according to the same experts.

  • Sufficient protection is available for the truly minimalist runner.

  • It is extremely lightweight.

  • The Five Fingers Bikila literally fits like a sock.

  • It is unbelievably flexible.

  • Minimalist runners will find it incredibly comfortable.

  • Good price.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Not ideal for other types of runners.

  • Some runners preferred better cushioning in this shoe.

Bottom line

Few other shoes truly embody the real minimalist kind of running the way the Vibram Five Fingers Bikila does. Obviously, it does not have any kind of arch support as it is extremely light and flexible. It naturally shines where natural running and barefoot experiences are involved. It is simply one of the best minimalist shoes a runner can ever find.



World wide, Bikila is in the top 50% most popular running shoes. The brand, Vibram FiveFingers, is the 20th most popular.

Map: Shows popularity per continent based on 987 shoes


Ratings

4.5 / 5 based on 534 ratings

5 star
81%
4 star
3%
3 star
10%
2 star
0%
1 star
6%

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Expert reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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85 / 100 based on 3 expert reviews

  • 89
    Peter LarsonLevel 5 expert
    by Runblogger
    I immediately realized that the snugness that I had initially though migh be a negative was actually a positive on the run.
  • 86
    SolereviewLevel 5 expert
    by Solereview
    Novice minimalists should exercise caution while transitioning into the shoe, loading up miles gradually while strengthening their lower body.
  • 75
    NickLevel 3 expert
    by The Running Shoe Review
    They were easy to run in, and the strap did not cause any pressure issues. If your technique is not good though, I imagine they could cause problems, as they are very unforgiving.
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Updates to Bikila

The Vibram FiveFingers Bikila features the Vibram outer sole that is specifically designed to deliver right amount of traction while running on the road. At the same time, it gives enough underfoot protection while maintaining a closer ground contact for an effective barefoot running.

The upper construction of the shoe is also a notable feature. It is designed to deliver a combination of comfort, breathability, protection and support. It is made of quick-drying mesh that is breathable and has anti-debris properties.

Bikila size and fit

When it comes to sizing, the Bikila is true to its size. It is ideal for narrow footed runners. However, those with standard foot measurements could also find a great fit in this shoe if they choose the right size. The shoe is available in standard running shoe width.

Outsole

The outsole of the Bikila uses the Vibram outsole element. It features the 4mm thick contoured pods that deliver enough traction while running. It is designed anatomically contoured, following the contour of the foot. The TC1 non-marking rubber is specifically designed to deliver a combination of traction, durability and protection.

Midsole

For a maximum barefoot running experience, this shoe was no specific cushioning system for a greater ground contact. The rubber outsole gives the underfoot protection while running. This shoe is not ideal for those who are looking for cushioning.

Upper

The upper of the Vibram FiveFingers Bikila uses a quick drying mesh material that delivers a breathable coverage while running. It comes in thin layer yet it is very durable and gives enough protection against stone bruising. It is also designed to prevent debris from entering the shoe.
The interior of the shoe features the AEGIS Microbe Shield that is designed for antibacterial treatment. There is also enough padding on the collar and 3M reflective system, giving added visibility while running on low light.


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