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Terrain

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 / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who do 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 need arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal 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.

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.

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

4 reasons to buy

  • The shoe is very light and very flexible, according to some reviews.
  • It has an impressive ground feel, said most runners.
  • The upper of the Vibram FiveFingers Seeya features a polyester stretch fabric that is very lightweight and thin.
  • Some runners were impressed by the grip of the Seeyah especially when used in wet condition.

4 reasons not to buy

  • The shoe materials were not very durable according to some reviews.
  • Toes were uncomfortable based on some runners’ feedback.
  • Some runners were not impressed by the top strap; it failed to provide a tight fit.
  • The heel area felt loose, said some reviews.

Bottom line

The Vibram FiveFingers Seeya is very light and highly flexible that will not disappoint runners in getting the barefoot running experience. It has an impressive traction, minimal support, and little foot protection.


Rankings


Ratings

4.1 / 5 based on 759 ratings

5 star
55%
4 star
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3 star
9%
2 star
7%
1 star
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My Rating

Expert Reviews

Experts are runners, 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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82 / 100 based on 11 expert reviews

  • 93 / 100 by Gear Institute • Donald Buraglio • Level 5 expert

    Think of the SeeYa as a specialty shoe: it lacks crossover appeal for general exercise or going off-road, but if you’re looking to shave some extra weight for a race effort or hard workout on the roads, you’ll definitely notice a difference.

  • 81 / 100 by Runner's World • Runner's World • Level 5 expert

    The seams didn’t irritate (as in previous lace-up Vibrams) but the suede upper was a little hot for some. 

  • 50 / 100 by Runblogger • Peter Larson • Level 5 expert

    I experienced significant abrasion at the front of my arch on both feet.

  • 90 / 100 by Minimalist Running Shoes • Nicholas Pang • Level 4 expert

    The VFF SeeYa has replaced my barefoot runs on mild days. It keeps my feet clean and away from small debris on the asphalt or rubber track.

  • 88 / 100 by Men's Health • Men's Health • Level 4 expert

    The Vibram Fivefingers (VFF) Seeya, the only racing flat model in the VFF range, sets a new high in minimalism and performance.

  • 79 / 100 by Feed the Habit • Donald Buraglio • Level 3 expert

    I’ve done all my running sockless, and the upper is comfortable against the skin, although I develop some chafing in a few spots on the arch of my foot where the suede is fastened to the TPU outsole if my runs stretch longer than a couple of hours.

  • 96 / 100 by Run And Become • Jennifa Uddin • Level 2 expert

    The Seeya is by far one of my favourite shoes to run in! It is incredibly lightweight and the mesh makes it easier to flex on and off the toes comfortably.

  • 92 / 100 by Birthday Shoes • Tim • Level 1 expert

    They are ultra light weight and flex and move comfortably with your foot. The super thin sole provides great ground transmission and despite some quality issues with the stitching, I have no other complaints in using them for what they were intended.

  • 89 / 100 by Runnning Near Zero • Runnning Near Zero • Level 1 expert

    Has a sock-like fit as is the most flexible of all FiveFingers "sporting" models (along with the SeeYa LS).  The fabric is forgiving and stretches very easily to fit my foot.

  • 89 / 100 by FitNish • FitNish • Level 1 expert

    If you enjoy being barefoot and you’re looking to try something different, I would definitely recommend these.

  • 88 / 100 by Paleo Lifestyle Magazine • Brian • Level 1 expert

    Long story short, these have very quickly become my all-purpose shoes.

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Updates to Vibram FiveFingers Seeya

  • The Vibram FiveFingers Seeya comes with an updated upper construction. It features the lightweight and thin layer f polyester stretch fabric that is flexible and durable enough to withstand the rough elements of barefoot running. The upper material allows efficient entry of the foot.
  • The outer sole of the Seeya was also enhanced to cut off the weight of the shoe. It uses the Vibram TC1 rubber outsole for great traction and durability. The TPU material also gives added flexibility and underfoot protection.

Vibram FiveFingers Seeya size and fit

The overall fitting of the SeeYa is considered normal and the shoe is considered to be true to its size. The heel provides a secure fit and the Velcro strap of the shoe delivers an overall snug to the shoe’s fit. The forefoot is not tight for an average –sizes toes. The shoe is available in standard D and B widths for men’s and women’s respectively.


Outsole

The Seeya has a modified outsole. It is now lighter because of the flexible and lightweight TPU material extended in the entire sole unit. The Vibram TC1 rubber outsole delivers increased traction on different surfaces. A flexible plastic rubber material is also found only at the arch area of the shoe. All in all, the outsole of the shoe delivers a combination of traction and flexibility.


Midsole

The Seeya has a very minimal cushioning for a closer ground contact and this is true to almost all barefoot shoes. It delivers a very thin cushioning that delivers enough amount of flexibility for more natural foot movement and right amount of underfoot protection. The thin layer cushioning also contributes to the lightweight construction of this shoe.


Upper

The upper of the Vibram FiveFingers Seeya uses a lightweight and very thin polyester stretch fabric. It delivers a breathable coverage and it stretch naturally to adapt to the foot’s natural shape. It also allows the easy entry of the foot in the shoe. This shoe does not come with the usual heel counter and stability overlays but it comes with superior flexibility for an improved running performance.