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. It also received negative comments because others found it to be less durable and uncomfortable. In summary, the shoe still needs some improvement but it is still worth-trying.

Facts

Expert Reviews

81 / 100 based on 10 expert reviews

  • 81 / 100 | 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 | Runblogger | | Level 5 expert

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

  • 93 / 100 | Gear Institute | | Level 4 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.

  • 90 / 100 | Minimalist Running Shoes | | 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.

  • 79 / 100 | Feed the Habit | | 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 | Run And Become | | 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.

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  • 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.

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.


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. The TC1 rubber is also added to the Vibram FiveFingers Bikila and other well-known Vibram shoes for running.

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.


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.


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.

Author
Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.

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