Verdict from 7 experts and +100 user reviews

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.

Tip: see the best trail running shoes.

Good to know

  • 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.

The MR version of the Vibram FiveFingers Spyridon 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.

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.

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.

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.


How Vibram FiveFingers Spyridon MR ranks compared to all other shoes
Bottom 45% trail running shoes
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Bottom 27% Vibram FiveFingers running shoes
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Bottom 28% zero drop running shoes
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