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Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low 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.
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WeightMen: 7.5ozWomen: 5.5oz
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The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.
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WidthMen: normalWomen: normal
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82 / 100 based on 6 expert reviews
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.
This one is my favorite and better than any of my other two Vibrams, the KMD Sport and the Bikila Evo.
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.
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.
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 MR Elite version of the Vibram Sypridon, 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.
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.
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.
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.