Who should buy the Vibram FiveFingers V-Alpha

The Vibram FiveFingers V-Alpha is a training shoe that is meant to be used outdoors. It has two versions specifically created for men and women. The shoe employs a combination of materials and technology to provide wearers support and comfort. It is a solid choice if:

  • You are into hiking and are looking for a shoe that provides reliable traction both on dry and wet surfaces.
  • You are looking for a shoe that would help boost your foot strength and mobility and bring your physical form to new heights.

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Wet and dry surface-optimized outsole

The shoe employs the proprietary Vibram rubber outsole for durable protection against punctures. The Megagrip compound is added to exhibit a strong grip on both wet and dry terrain while enduring rigorous wear and tear. It also affords the wearer a balance of both support and flexibility to keep up with different fitness activities.

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Anti-microbes insole

Since the Vibram V-Alpha is a minimalist trainer, it has no dedicated midsole. This is to enhance one’s sense of proprioception. Instead, it utilizes a low-profile EVA foam insole that serves as underfoot cushioning. It also helps to maintain a healthy interior for the foot by preventing odor and bacteria from building up.

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Barefoot-like upper

A 50/50 blend of wool and synthetic materials make up the upper of this Vibram FiveFingers shoe. This combination keeps the interiors ventilated to avoid unwanted odors. The interior is lined with soft textile for in-shoe comfort.

The brand is popular for the barefoot-like style of its shoes. The toes have their own separate pockets to allow the foot to move naturally and sense the ground.

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The Vibram FiveFingers V-Alpha lacing system

It employs a lace-up closure that is secured by a cord stopper to bar the shoelaces from getting untied in the midst of a strenuous fitness activity. The sides are reinforced as the shoelaces are tightened, therefore boosting lateral support.

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Handy pull tabs

Due to the snug fit of the footgear, a heel pull has been attached. It makes for an easy wear-on and-off experience.

Vibram FiveFingers V-Alpha Heel

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 4.8oz / Women 3.6oz
Use: Workout / Gym / Cross-training
Heel height: Men 6mm
Width: Normal / Narrow, Normal
Features: Lightweight
BRAND Brand: Vibram FiveFingers
Colorways: Black

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Nicholas Rizzo
Nicholas Rizzo

Nick combines 10+ years of experience in the health and fitness industry and a background in the sciences in his role as the Fitness Research Director. During his competitive powerlifting years his PRs have him sitting in the top 2% of bench presses (395 lbs), top 3% of squats (485 lbs) and top 6% of deadlifts (515 lbs) for his weight and age. His work has been featured on Bodybuilding.com, LiveStrong, Healthline, WebMD, WashingtonPost, and many more. Along the way, collaborating with industry leaders like Michael Yessis, Mark Rippetoe, Carlo Buzzichelli, Dave Tate, Ray Williams, and Joel Seedman.