Facts

Terrain
Trail
Arch support
Neutral
Use
Competition
Price
$120
Weight
M: 210g | W: 159g
Heel to toe drop
M: 0.0mm | W: 0.0mm
Widths available
M: Normal - D | W: Normal - B
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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 8 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

5 reasons to buy

  • The Vibram FiveFingers Spyridon MR is a lightweight minimalist shoe.

  • Some runners took note that this shoe has an impressive grip on trail.

  • This shoe is great for soft and hard surfaces based on some reviews.

  • The sole is thicker but maintains ground contact.

  • Many applauded the design of the Spyridon MR.

4 reasons not to buy

  • Size runs small and feels to tight for some runners

  • The fabric is not durable.

  • Upper built is ineffective since it does not prevent dirt from entering the shoe.

  • Some runners note that this shoe is not as comfortable as other Vibram shoe models.

Bottom line

The Vibram FiveFingers Spyridon MR is minimalist running shoe designed for off-road running. It is equipped with the necessary technologies to survive the toughest terrain. It is delvers a good combination of durability, comfort and traction.



World wide, Spyridon MR is in the top 50% most popular running shoes. The brand, Vibram FiveFingers, is the 20th most popular.

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Ratings

4.3 / 5 based on 99 ratings

5 star
63%
4 star
18%
3 star
7%
2 star
8%
1 star
4%

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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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82 / 100 based on 13 expert reviews

  • 92
    Primal LifestyleLevel 2 expert
    by Primal Lifestyle
    They don't soak up water; stay lightweight, they shed mud well, they don't come off and provide extra grip as the toes can work as they are designed to be used.
  • 86
    Beet Root BosherLevel 1 expert
    by Beet Root Bosher
    The protection on gnarly trail is just superb.
  • 95
    Caveman ClarkeLevel 3 expert
    by Caveman Clarke
    The Spyridon MR is just something else, something different, and in a league of its own.
  • 87
    Caveman ClarkeLevel 3 expert
    by Caveman Clarke
    It stands in my mind as a perfect all-rounder and strengthening tool for the whole body, but especially the feet and calves.
  • 93
    Health GaugeLevel 2 expert
    by Health Gauge
    For completely traditional long distance running on hard surfaces one would be advised to wear a dedicated traditional running shoe, but for off road and assault course in particular the FiveFingers Spyridon MR truly excels.
  • 84
    Simon EckerLevel 2 expert
    by Simon in Progress
    They really provide the best feel I ever got from any shoe, snuggling perfectly against my feet. Superb!
  • 80
    Health GaugeLevel 2 expert
    by Health Gauge
    If you're doing outside fitness, the Spyridon MR is definitely the shoe to check out.
  • 75
    Health GaugeLevel 2 expert
    by Health Gauge
    For completely traditional long distance running on hard surfaces one would be advised to wear a dedicated traditional running shoe, but for off road and assault course in particular the FiveFingers Spyridon MR truly excels.
  • 70
    Simon EckerLevel 2 expert
    by Simon in Progress
    The Syridon MRs (Mud-Runners) are a very minimal trail shoe, there’s no rock plate or midsole whatsoever, so demanding, rocky terrain isn’t really the ideal area of use for these shoes, but they excel in wet and soft conditions you often find in the woods (hence the name mud runner).
  • 84
    FeetusLevel 1 expert
    by FeetUs Born To Run
    It shows Vibram FiveFingers have recognised the massive growth in popularity of obstacle mud races over the last couple of years, and are looking to capitalise on this by providing a shoe that not only copes well in the wet and muddy conditions, but also stays on your foot!
  • 75
    Backpack Gear TestLevel 1 expert
    by Backpack Gear Test
    Though the soles were still functional, clearly they would continue to break down if I proceeded to hike with them.
  • 60
    Kurt PapkeLevel 1 expert
    by Backpack Gear Test
    Unfortunately, these are going in the garbage even though there is life left in the soles.
  • 50
    redditLevel 1 expert
    by Reddit
    Being advertised as MUD RUNNERS is a joke and pretty much a lie.
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  • Vibram FiveFingers
    Designed for the minimalist trail-runner, the re-styled Spyridon MR, short for Mud Runner, offers a 3D Cocoon technology molded into the sole for lightweight protection. 
  • 50 Campfires
    These lugs were based on mountain bike tires so you get 360⁰ of traction no matter what direction you're moving in.
  • Richard Shop Zappos
    We also have a lightly-padded EVA insole there with anti-microbial properties to give your foot a fresh feeling.

Updates to Spyridon MR

The Vibram FiveFingers presents the Spyridon MR with a new and improved sole unit. This shoe comes with a wider fitting to accommodate a wide variety of shapes and sizes of foot. It is also made to last quite a long period of mud running, while keeping the grip of the rubber in excellent condition. Even after machine wash or hand wash, the rubber lugs still remain grip and exceptional on muds.

The upper is now made from stretchy Polyester, which is a big update for a more rugged look and secure fit. Its sturdy construction allows the shoe to last longer and efficient.

The lacing system is also changed from the usual Velcro straps to the new speed lacing system. It allows personalized fit while keeping it easier to have end security with just a single pull.

The 360 degree lug pattern added into the sole offers excellent grip and maximum movement on all directions. With this design, running on any mud obstacle course or competing in trail race is excellently possible.

Spyridon MR size and fit

The Spyridon MR has a very accommodating size and fitting for a wide variety of runner’s feet. With the new design, the toe box and the mid-foot area is quite wider. The speed lacing system also enhances the fitting as it provides a custom fit tightness that suits the foot.

Outsole

The outsole features the usual Vibram FiveFingers sole unit, but there is a big difference in the lug pattern as this shoe comes with a 360 degree lug pattern that allows runners to control movement on all directions.

Midsole

This shoe features a set of midsole just designed for trail running. It has the 3D Cocoon Technology that is molded into the sole to provide lightweight protection against trails, especially on muds. Combined with this is the MEGAGRIP Vibram Rubber of 4mm thickness and the Polyurethane insole with Antimicrobial Drilex Sock liner of 3mm.

Upper

The upper of Spyridon MR is made of a set of tougher materials for mud running. The Polyester upper is enhanced with the Polyester mesh lining and a quick-lace closure system. Runners are offered with a more secured fitting as the locking toggle allows a personalized fit in one pull.

The inner part of the upper has the 3 mm polyurethane antimicrobial Drilex nylon that absorbs and wicks moisture away from foot. This technology provides the comfort and cushioning, plus the needed protection on mud running.


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