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Terrain
Trail

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

7 reasons to buy

  • Some runners were impressed by the features of the shoe without affecting the weight.
  • Based on reviews, the interior lining of the Lontra is very comfortable for sockless running.
  • It has impressive grip, especially on wet surfaces, according to some testers.
  • The Vibram Lontra is very flexible based on several runners’ accounts.
  • It has a multi-layer laminated upper that offers water-resistance and insulation attributes.
  • It has neoprene heel cuff to keep debris and snow out.
  • The Lontra has reflective surfaces for increased visibility while running on low light.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The Lontra is an expensive shoe.
  • Some runners experience irritation in the Achilles caused by the shoe’s neoprene ankle collar.
  • Based on some reviews, the shoe is difficult to put on.

Bottom line

The Vibram FiveFingers Lontra offers a combination of the lightness and flexibility. The impressive traction, water-resistant feature and multi-layer upper make this a reliable minimalist running shoe, even when running in snowy condition.


Rankings

Best rated Vibram FiveFingers running shoes:

Ratings

4.2 / 5 based on 58 ratings

5 star
67%
4 star
7%
3 star
2%
2 star
22%
1 star
2%

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Expert Reviews

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82 / 100 based on 9 expert reviews

  • 95 / 100 by Primal Lifestyle • Primal Lifestyle • Level 2 expert

    These are the future of footwear, no doubt.

  • 82 / 100 by Birthday Shoes • Justin Owings • Level 2 expert

    I don't find my feet sweating up a storm in them for casual wear but there is more moisture than other more breathable barefoot shoes or FiveFingers.

  • 83 / 100 by Gear Institute • Donald Buraglio • Level 5 expert

    If you love FiveFingers but hate the way your toes easily get cold or soggy in winter conditions, the Lontra gives you all the protection you need to make it through the winter.

  • 79 / 100 by Minimalist Running Shoes • Nicholas Pang • Level 4 expert

    To begin with, the VFF Lontra is one of the hardest Vibram model to put on my feet. Maybe it’s the tightness from the fully taped seams on the mid-height uppers.

  • 80 / 100 by Aaron Olson • Aaron Olson • Level 2 expert

    It is beefier than the Spyridon and the Bikila and offers better protection.

  • 69 / 100 by Natural Runner • Tina • Level 2 expert

    The Lontras are VFFs’ first attempt into a water resistant model. Although it is a wonderful idea, the execution caused some issues in both fit and comfort that are not problems in other VFF models.

  • 91 / 100 by Dr. Nick's Running Blog • Nick Campitelli • Level 1 expert

    Finally a winter FiveFingers shoe that I can run in when there is slush and snow on the ground.

  • 86 / 100 by Frank the Shoe Fitter • Frank • Level 1 expert

    You'll be surprised how comfortable they are right through the winter months.

  • 82 / 100 by Toe Salad • Damien Tougas • Level 1 expert

    From this experience, I can say with confidence that these are not a winter shoe - unless you are doing a high-output activity, or live in a region where winter is mild.

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Updates to Vibram FiveFingers Lontra

  • The Vibram FiveFinger Lontra features an effective upper construction. It uses a breathable and highly stretchable mesh upper that delivers adaptive fit. It is also water-resistant. Aside from this, the Velcro strap is another unique feature that holds the foot securely while running.
  • The shoe also features the Vibram TC-1 Dura outsole. It is specifically designed to deliver the right amount of traction and durability while maintaining a closer ground contact.

Vibram FiveFingers Lontra size and fit

As compared to other previous shoes from Vibram FiveFingers, the Lontra looks bulkier but yet it true to its size. The heel is a lot snugger, given the padded heel collar. The forefoot is also a lot wider, allowing the toes to spread comfortably. This shoe is best for those who have medium foot value and those with slightly wider foot.


Outsole

The outsole of the Lontra uses the notable Vibram TC-1 Dura outsole. The 4mm thick outsole material delivers increased traction on wet surfaces and durability on high abrasion areas. The thin layer is enough to give foot protection without sacrificing ground contact.


Midsole

In the midsole is the injected EVA foam that is 4mm in thickness. It is a minimal cushioning yet it delivers right amount of underfoot protection. The midsole material also keeps the foot drier all throughout the runs since it has thermoregulation capacity.


Upper

The upper of the Vibram FiveFingers Lontra features a Laminated Stretch Mesh upper that delivers a breathable coverage and adaptive fit. The upper built is also water resistant in nature, keeping the foot dry even on wet conditions. Instead of the traditional TPU lacing, there is a Velcro strap in the shoe that keeps the foot secure while running.