Facts

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

10 reasons to buy

  • A significant number of runners were very comfortable in the Spyridon MR Elite.
  • Runners were able to appreciate this shoe’s performance when it comes to running, as well as walking, hiking and other off-road adventures.
  • The water-repellent upper received positive feedback from people who wanted to stave off water while running in wet conditions.
  • The outsole’s traction capability impressed many of those who have tried it.
  • Some runners valued the excellent ground feel and the variable protection against sharp objects or rocks.
  • Testers found it easy to wash this shoe.
  • The quick-drying upper prevented odor-causing moisture, stated several purchasers.
  • A handful of runners noted that it does not smell so bad like some of the shoes produced by Vibram.
  • A few runners have also used this on slightly gravelled paths without any issues.
  • Many reported that the Cocoon 3D protective platform effectively shielded the foot against rocks.

6 reasons not to buy

  • More than a handful complained that the Vibram Spyridon MR Elite is so tough to put on.
  • Many were not able to get the right fit and sizing.
  • The mid-rise top is useless in keeping mud and small rocks out, according to a few reviewers.
  • It was half-a-size smaller than the sizes that a number of runners were used to.
  • Some runners experienced chafing near the heels or ankles because of the mid-rise top.
  • The price was a bit expensive for some consumers.

Bottom line

Vibram goes all-in when it comes to OCR and mud-running in particular with the release of the Spyridon MR Elite. This mud runner is basically a twist off of the popular regular model, which is designed for the usual trail running. It has one of the thickest (only 5mm), but softest soles in Vibram’s range and offers just enough support that barefoot runners should feel at home running in. The mid-rise top is designed to keep off mud and rocks, which should really matter only when the runner or OCR enthusiast is not ankle deep in mud. Barefoot running advocates, especially mud runners will love the ample protection, comfort, durability, and grip at a reasonably steep price.


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Expert Reviews

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82 / 100 based on 6 expert reviews

  • 82 / 100 by RUN Forefoot • Bretta Riches • Level 3 expert

    I really think, the MR Elites, which are built for all-weather conditions put you on a better path for better protection while still having sensory feedback to your advantage.

  • 85 / 100 by Paradoxicles • Paradoxicles • Level 1 expert

    This one is my favorite and better than any of my other two Vibrams, the KMD Sport and the Bikila Evo.

  • 82 / 100 by RUN Forefoot • Bretta Riches • Level 3 expert

    They especially handle well in slightly wet conditions with having a water-resistant upper, keeping your feet dry. One of the biggest benefits of the MR Elite's is they grip well on wet rocky surfaces and wet grass.

  • 80 / 100 by Feetus • Feetus • Level 2 expert

    Is there a 'die-hard mud-running minimalist' market that are willing to shed money on another pair of Vibrams just for their muddy races? Probably not, but on inspection, we felt that the Spyridon MR is more than just a mud runner shoe.

  • 84 / 100 by Ketogenic Endurance • Ketogenic Endurance • Level 1 expert

    Very comfortable. I have worn them with 5 finger socks and without any socks, for distances between 3 and 10 miles. No discomfort at all.

  • 84 / 100 by Greg Groppoli • Greg Groppoli • Level 1 expert

    Very happy with them. They fit on the ankles well. The bottoms are very sturdy, yet flexible.

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Updates to Vibram FiveFingers Spyridon MR Elite

  • One clear difference between the regular Spyridon MR and the Spyridon MR Elite version is the presence of the mid-rise top found in the latter. As it is purposely-built for the mud runner, the elevated top should help keep off mud and rocks. The design should effectively work unless the user has to wade in ankle-deep mud.
  • Another update in the Spyridon MR Elite is the “instep brace” or what is technically a rubber strap covering the whole midfoot from the lateral to the medial side. This added support is to prevent the shoe from slipping off when running in mud.
  • This shoe-slipping protection is further enhanced by a hoop and loop high-cuff. This serves as more reinforcement in keeping the foot in the runner’s shoe for the duration of his or her mud runs.
  • Lastly, the water-resistant upper is another difference in the version designed for mud runners. The water-repellent feature is for those who want to use the shoe during inclement weather. This feature also helps keep mud off of the upper.

Vibram FiveFingers Spyridon MR Elite size and fit

Vibram’s fit and sizing is quite tricky as the company has its own kind of measurement. Fans of the FiveFingers should be more familiar with how the fit goes. In the Spyridon MR Elite, runners will find a really snug fit with enough room in the forefoot while the toe slots can easily accommodate the toes. Heel grip and midfoot hold are superb, so there is no chance of the shoe slipping off of the foot. It generally runs true to size.


Outsole

360° of traction is ably provided by the countless lugs in the outsole of the Vibram FiveFingers Spyridon MR Elite. Vibram’s own Megagrip Compound covers the entire outsole and is responsible for the sticky grip on different types of surfaces. It measures only 5mm, which should be enough protection for barefoot mud runners. The outsole, right beneath the arch, also has a very sturdy, but flexible 3D Cocoon protection.


Midsole

The non-existent midsole takes the form of a 2mm EVA sockliner with Dri-Lex anti-microbial properties. This also adds a little more cushioning and underfoot protection in this shoe.


Upper

The upper is largely made of polyester with water-resistant features. Despite the water-resistance, it is still sufficiently breathable. The huge rubber strap around the midfoot helps keep the foot in place. This is also the function of the hook and loop cuff around the ankle. For convenient cinching, speed laces are provided by Vibram. Pull loops are located in the heel and the front to help runners with shoe entry or exit. Almost the entire section of the interior has very soft lining for a plush feel.