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  • Terrain


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


    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 / cushion / high arch

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

    Stability / overpronation / normal arch

    Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low arch. See the best stability shoes.

    Motion control / severe overpronation / 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

    Daily running

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


    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.

  • Price
  • Weight
    Men: 6.7oz
    Women: 5.4oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 0mm
    Women: 0mm

    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.

  • Heel height
    Men: 7mm
    Women: 7mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 7mm
    Women: 7mm
  • Width
    Men: Normal
    Women: Normal
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Expert Reviews

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83 / 100 based on 9 expert reviews

  • 95 / 100 | Primal Lifestyle | Level 2 expert

    These are the future of footwear, no doubt.

  • 82 / 100 | Birthday Shoes | | 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 | Gear Institute | | 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 | Minimalist Running Shoes | | 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 | Aaron Olson | Level 2 expert

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

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

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

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  • 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.
  • This trail running 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.

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.

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. This durable material is also added to the outer sole of the Vibram Bikila and other running shoes from Vibram Five Fingers.

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.

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.