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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.

Price
$120
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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 9.6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

4 reasons to buy

  • Many runners favored the lightweight construction of the Vibram FiveFingers Spyridon.
  • Some were impressed by the traction of the Spyridon because of the Vibram MegaGrip technology in the sole.
  • The shoe is flexible, but protective at the same time based on some reviews.
  • Some runners noticed the perfect combination of stability and flexibility in this shoe.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The Spyridon is slightly expensive.
  • The Spyridon is not breathable and keeps the foot warm, according to some reviews.
  • Size runs small.

Bottom line

The Vibram FiveFingers Spyridon is designed for off-road running. It has impressive grip that helps runners on wet and dry surfaces. The lightweight construction of the shoe makes it ideal for trail running, trekking and competition.


Rankings

Best rated Vibram FiveFingers running shoes:

Ratings

4.4 / 5 based on 213 ratings

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4 star
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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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86 / 100 based on 11 expert reviews

  • 85 / 100 by Sweet Natural Living • Sweet Natural Living • Level 1 expert

    The reason why I bought these is I need more protection from larger rocks, and this did the trick!

  • 82 / 100 by Caveman Clarke • Andy • Level 1 expert

    I personally find the fit of the Spyridon to be much, much more comfortable than the Spyridon LS's fit.

  • 93 / 100 by Minimalist Running Shoes • Nicholas Pang • Level 4 expert

    The Vibram Five Fingers Spyridon is recommended for barefoot running and light trekking by Vibram.

  • 94 / 100 by Gear Junkie • Stephen Regenold • Level 3 expert

    You can sense every root and pointy rock you step on. Depending on your perspective, this may or may not be a good thing. (I happen to like it, as I feel more in touch with the hike and can walk or run more naturally.)

  • 83 / 100 by Wear Tested • Nicholas Pang • Level 3 expert

    I was worried that the visible stitching might cause hot spots as I always run sockless. But that never happened fortunately!

  • 79 / 100 by Outdoor Kinetics • Andrew Bentley • Level 3 expert

    Another significant down-side with fivefingers and the spyridon in particular is the price.

  • 93 / 100 by Birthday Shoes • Leah • Level 1 expert

    I’m sold! Even though they caused me a little bit of pain, I’m willing to keep working with them to break them in even more.

  • 92 / 100 by Wild Forest Gym • Michael Cohen • Level 1 expert

    Every time I launched, straddled, got a footing it felt that I had good contact.

  • 85 / 100 by Barefoot Monologues • Trisha Berube • Level 1 expert

    The two biggest factors are the excellent tread that really lets me tear up some trail without sliding around like a cat on ice skates, and (again, believe it or not) the benefit of separated toes, for that added feeling of control in the front of my foot.

  • 78 / 100 by FeetUs Born To Run • FeetUs Born To Run • Level 1 expert

    The performance in wetter, muddier conditions diminishes somewhat. I found the Spyridons to lack adequate grip to cope with the demands of technical trails in wet mud.

  • 74 / 100 by Run And Become • Helena Laczko • Level 1 expert

    Although the shoes were comfortable, they felt the heaviest out of all the Five Fingers I have used before. I was really aware of having them on the feet. They scared me a little.

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Updates to Vibram FiveFingers Spyridon

  • The Vibram FiveFingers Spyridon features an improved outsole unit. It features the 3.5mm thick Vibram outsole that delivers right amount traction and protection on varied surfaces. It is also durable enough to survive a rugged barefoot running. The directional thread lugs are aggressive enough to give a powerful push-off and braking capacity in the heel area.
  • This shoe also features the molded nylon mesh layer that delivers cushioning and extra protection without affecting the overall ground contact.
  • This shoe also comes with Coconut Active Carbon that is designed for breathability and odor control. This shoe is also flexible that it can be twisted without breaking.

Vibram FiveFingers Spyridon size and fit

When it comes to sizing, the Syridon is in standard running shoe length. The heel and forefoot areas have a narrow fit while the midfoot has a medium width. This shoe can only give a perfect to several people since it has a tight fit.


Outsole

The outsole of the Spyridon features the 3.5mm Vibram sole that is low profile but gives necessary protection and efficient barefoot feel. The aggressive tread is specifically designed for trail runners. It delivers great grip for rugged terrains and on soft and muddy surfaces.


Midsole

The Spyridon features the molded Nylon mesh in the midsole that provides a minimalist platform for maximum barefoot experience. Yet, it does not sacrifice protection. It protects the foot against impact trail debris while absorbing impact during landing.


Upper

The upper of the Vibram FiveFingers Spyridon features the stretchable material that also delivers lightweight and breathable coverage. It is flexible enough to deliver an adaptive fit for a more comfortable ride. It also features the hook and loop system that is easy to adjust while giving a snug and more secure fit.