Facts

Terrain
Road

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.

Arch support
Neutral

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.

Use
Competition

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.

Minimalist
Price
$115
Weight
Men: 6.7oz
Women: 5oz
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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 7.6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

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. This shoe is great for racing and fitness workouts.


Rankings

Best rated Vibram FiveFingers running shoes:

Ratings

4.4 / 5 based on 283 ratings

5 star
74%
4 star
11%
3 star
2%
2 star
6%
1 star
7%

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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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81 / 100 based on 4 expert reviews

  • 85 / 100 by Paradoxicles • Paradoxicles • Level 1 expert

    These things last forever!

  • 80 / 100 by Runblogger • Peter Larson • Level 5 expert

    The only issue I had was a hot spot that developed under one of the seams at the edge of the black mesh panel behind the little toe.

  • 82 / 100 by Heavy • Kate Halse • Level 4 expert

    This multi-sport shoe caters to runners as well as the everyday fitness enthusiast looking for a minimalist shoe.

  • 81 / 100 by Amatop10 • Amatop10 • Level 2 expert

    The Vibram outsole itself is designed to deliver excellent grip even on treacherous surface as well as all the protection you need for your feet.

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Updates to Vibram FiveFingers KMD Sport

  • 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.

Vibram FiveFingers KMD Sport size and fit

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.


Outsole

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 also gives added traction and protection while doing performance training.


Midsole

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.


Upper

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.