Facts

Terrain
Road
Arch support
Neutral
Use
Competition
Minimalist
Price
$90
Weight
M: 116g | W: 99g
Heel to toe drop
M: 0.0mm | W: 0.0mm
Heel height
M: 4mm | W: 3mm
Forefoot height
M: 4mm | W: 3mm
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 6.8 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

5 reasons to buy

  • The shoe is very light and offers great ground feel based on some reviews.

  • The upper of the KSO EVO is very breathable and flexible, as noted in some runners’ reviews.

  • It features the XS TREK technology that provides traction, stability, comfort and durability.

  • It has a quick lacing system.

  • The shoe is available in an affordable price.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Based on some reviews, the sole is too thin and not durable.

  • Some were complaining that the toes were too tight.

  • Fabric wears off quickly, said some runners.

Bottom line

The Vibram FiveFingers KSO EVO offers a combination of impressive ground feel and protection. It gives runners an enhanced running experience with impressive grip and flexibility. This minimalist running shoe is best for off-trail running and daily training.



World wide, KSO EVO is in the bottom 50% most popular running shoes. The brand, Vibram FiveFingers, is the 20th most popular.

Map: Shows popularity per continent based on 987 shoes


Ratings

4.6 / 5 based on 294 ratings

5 star
79%
4 star
13%
3 star
1%
2 star
0%
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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83 / 100 based on 11 expert reviews

  • 92
    Steve KalclashLevel 1 expert
    by Kalclash Fitness
    Brilliant ground perception, brilliant tread, lightweight, super flexible.
  • 87
    Plant SugarLevel 1 expert
    by Plant Sugar
    These have great grip, don't smell as bad as sole runners, easy to clean and pretty durable.
  • 84
    Running ShoesLevel 3 expert
    by Running Shoes
    KSO are the most versatile shoes from Vibram to date, great design and not slippery on wet terrain
  • 85
    Carly ZLevel 1 expert
    by Gear Diary
    Fit is excellent; laces help improve tightness in midfoot; new soles offer better traction and are warmer; great for weight lifting and light running
  • 85
    Robb MartinLevel 1 expert
    by Robb Martin
    I primarily use them for Lifting, yoga, HIT workouts, cardio and these are absolutely fantastic.
  • 84
    ElishaLevel 1 expert
    by Elisha
    It is so comfortable and I loved the feeling of the ground beneath my feet.
  • 83
    Edin BrothersLevel 1 expert
    by Edin Brothers
    These are my favorites after running totally barefoot.
  • 82
    MatejLevel 1 expert
    by Matej
    If you're starting with Five Fingers, this wouldn't be the smartest model to take because the thickness of the sole will not allow for much mistake in your running form, walking form, or jumping form.
  • 80
    SoupLevel 1 expert
    by Soup
    It definitely gives you a more barefoot feel than the regular KSOs.
  • 80
    Lifting FairyLevel 1 expert
    by Lifting Fairy
    They give me the perfect ground-feeling, especially during my leg workouts and make it much easier to feel the mouvements.
  • 70
    Alistair McGeeLevel 1 expert
    by Alistair McGee
    Great shoe, but after a month and half, the construction issues are very prominent already.
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  • Peter von Conta We Cast Productions
    The philosophy behind the shoe is to keep it really flexible with great traction, great breathability.
  • Riccardo Aragona Mountain Blog
    The sole has a special zigzag pattern that allows you to have a maximum feeling on the ground.
  • Richard Shop Zappos
    These awesome shoes are made out of polyester mesh and textile material for the upper with a bungee speed lacing in the front.
  • Sofien Rejeeb

Updates to KSO EVO

The Vibram FiveFingers KSO EVO is an all-encompassing pair of shoes that are actually shaped like actual feet. Each toe even gets to be wrapped entirely by its fabrics and systems. Made from durable components, this running shoe ensures the comfort and safety of its wearer, keeping the performance as lightweight and natural as possible without sacrificing quality protection and efficacy.

The upper unit of this running shoe uses durable polyester to ensure that it stays intact, even after many uses. It is not stiff in form, so it allows the foot to be as flexible as it is able. The inner lining features a soft mesh that’s not irritating to the skin. A speed lacing system permits fast adjustment to the fit, therefore keeping the coverage easy to manipulate.

The Vibram FiveFingers KSO EVO utilizes individual toe slots, which change its façade to actually look like the shape of the human foot. The purposes of this design is to enhance the natural dexterity and versatility of the foot’s movements, enabling the toes to splay naturally and let the shoe adapt to the runner’s own biomechanics.

The sole unit uses 2mm EVA, which isn’t much compared to the usual thickness of running shoes’ mid-soles, but it’s meant to be that way because it aims to deliver a barefoot-like running experience on all types of terrain.

The outsole uses a high quality compound that is created to withstand abrasion or wear. It is able to hold onto a variety of surfaces with ease, making sure that the running experience of its wearer isn’t limited or restricted to just flat surfaces. It can even handle trail adventures.

KSO EVO size and fit

The Vibram FiveFingers KSO EVO is true to its size. The sizing scheme that is used for this model follows the regular measurements when it comes to length. Its width is medium, so it allows those with medium sized feet to acclimate well to it when wearing it. Its semi-curved shape follows the natural curvature of the human foot.

Outsole

The Vibram XS Trek is a rubber material that is of high quality make. The durability of this section is reliable; it doesn’t easily wear off or lose its efficacy, even after many uses. Traction over the surfaces is very much afforded to the runner.

Midsole

The platform of the Vibram FiveFingers KSO EVO is very flexible. It allows the foot to move naturally through the gait cycle, making sure that the focus is given to the preference of the wearer, in terms of performance.

A 2mm Ethylene vinyl acetate foam is used as the underfoot cushioning system of this foot-shaped shoe. It is comfortable and it provides mild comfort that’ll make each ground contact easier and smoother.

The Drilex® nylon covers the EVA foam. It features anti-microbial and anti-moisture capabilities, thus keeping the interior as clean and healthy as possible for the foot.

Upper

Durable polyester makes up the main upper fabric of the FiveFingers KSO EVO. It covers the foot well, hugging it snugly and securely. It even allows air to enter the shoe in order keep the foot cool and dry.

The lining has polyester mesh, which is soft and smooth. The runner can even wear this without socks, as it doesn’t make the coverage feel irritating.

A speed lacing system makes it easier for runners to adjust the fit. Only one tug from the laces and the shoe will be able to feel adequately tight or loose. No knots are needed for this.


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