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 normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

    Stability / overpronation / normal arch

    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.

    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.

  • Use

    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.

  • Price
    $120
  • Weight
    Men: 4.8oz
    Women: 4.8oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 0mm
    Women: 0mm

    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.

  • Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Unknown
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Summary

We spent 6.6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

5 reasons to buy

  • Many runners applauded the lightweight construction of the Vibram FiveFingers V-Run.
  • This shoe is highly breathable as mentioned in some reviews.
  • The V-Run is available in different color options.
  • It gives an impressive fit.
  • This shoe is reliable when used on extremely low conditions.

2 reasons not to buy

  • The sole wears out quickly based on some reviews.
  • This shoe is slightly expensive.

Bottom line

The Vibram FiveFingers V-Run has a softer upper and more breathable upper. It provides a combination of support, durability and better ground contact. This shoe was equipped with the necessary technologies to perform even on extremely low temperatures.

Rankings

Expert Reviews

Experts are runners, 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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87 / 100 based on 6 expert reviews

  • 95 / 100 | Anthony Privetera

    Vibram V-Run: Barefoot armor for your feet

    If you’ve never tried a pair of Vibram Five Fingers before the V-Run is the style to try.

    Vibram has really nailed the upper on this one, and you barely notice the tops when they are on your feet. Now, these are as minimal as minimalist can get so I’ll sprinkle in words of caution based on my own experience through the rest of the interview.

     

    Fit

    Fits like a glove is an understatement for this shoe of course. It is quite literally a glove for your feet, with an almost stealthy goodness once you find the right size for your foot - which can vary depending on the shape of your feet. Be ready to try on a range of sizes to avoid dealing with painful pinch points.

    I’ve been acclimating to these shoes for about six months now and the only problem I’ve found is my mechanics don’t seem to keep up with my desire to run in these shoes. Be careful as they’re really, really fun to run in, especially if you enjoyed running around barefoot as a kid. It’s a love-hate relationship but I’m in it for the long run and taking my time.

    Upper

    Uppers are a synthetic mesh that stretches efficiently and keeps your feet feeling fresh mile after mile.

    Protection is nearly non-existent so remember the tops of your feet are essentially barefoot. The lacing system is different and takes a bit of getting used to, but the construction seems solid and able to last.

     

     

    Like the Merrell Trail Glove 4, the insole is stitched to the outsole, which provides incredible comfort. However, it seems to be lacking the extra bit of compression molded EVA that you can find in other models.

    Check out the Vivobarefoot Primus or New Balance Minimus as alternatives to find what feels right for your foot and realize that it might take some time to find the right fit (or your foot to adapt).

    Durability

    The Vibram outsole is the hallmark of this shoe (and the brand in general) and the Vibram Run, XS Run, and Mont compounds are placed in strategic areas that provide unparalleled grip on a wide range of surfaces.

    Very little wear and tear are present after wearing them daily. I’ve put in over 100 miles running and see the sole lasting until at least 1000. If you are a barefoot aficionado looking for a little armor for your outdoor activities look no further.

     

    Pros

    • Durable outsole provides excellent traction
    • Incredibly lightweight
    • Excellent ride and responsiveness with considerable protection underfoot

    Cons

    • Minimal protection from upper
    • Would not be comfortable for extended cold or wet conditions
    • Smell will develop over time or need to buy special socks

    Conclusion

    For the definition of a minimalist experience look no further than the Vibram Fivefingers V-Run. The responsiveness and grip of the sole paired with the individual movement of each toe mean you have complete control of your foot. Your arch is slightly exposed on the side but if you’re doing serious trail running just pick up a pair of the V-Trails.

    I can’t end this review without recommending to listen to your body when making the move to these shoes. Your brain will take a bit to process the change in gait needed with all the dynamics in play.

    Once the switch flips, though, just be sure to only increase your mileage in very small increments. Do not think you have to comply with the schedule Vibram suggests or suggestions from friends. Just take it slow and have fun.

    This expert has been verified by RunRepeat. Reviews are neutral, unbiased and based on extensive testing.

  • 90 / 100 | Daniel Weiss

    Vibram Fivefingers V-Run review after 600km

    I started running a few years ago. Coincidentally, that was when the VFF series, especially good for daily training and high volume running on paved roads. They provide excellent breathability while being usable all year round if the winter is neither too cold and wet. I recommend these shoes for any minimalist runner or people who want to transition into minimalist running.

    The price of this shoes was what made me give its overall score. I bought them for 140€, which is pretty pricey. You can get shoes that are cheaper per mile when it comes to their life value, however, the more minimal the shoe is the lesser life expectancy it has.

    I can clearly see that Vibram is improving the shoe design from model to model and every time they get better and better, which I am happy to see. There is always some small improvement in grip, stitching, breathability and small things that make big difference.

    This expert has been verified by RunRepeat. Reviews are neutral, unbiased and based on extensive testing.

  • 87 / 100 | Joey Green

    These things are just great!

  • 83 / 100 | RUN Forefoot

    The only major difference is that the V-Run has a more durable outsole, and the midsole has slightly more padding.

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Updates to Vibram FiveFingers V-Run

  • The Vibram FiveFingers V-Run features the Vibram Vi-Lite technology that is designed to deliver a lightweight yet responsive cushioning. It absorbs shock during landing and releases energy efficiently for a solid rebound.
  • The shoe also features the brand’s XS RUN outsole compound that delivers maximum stable hardness on different surfaces. It also enhances ground contact for an improved running experience and it delivers an impressive grip on soft surfaces.
  • It also features the Vibram Mont compound that is formulated to trekking, mountaineering and motorbike racing. It delivers highest reliability while running on different terrain at relatively low temperatures.

Vibram FiveFingers V-Run size and fit

When it comes to the sizing, the Vibram FiveFingers runs large. You need to purchase one size smaller than the actual running size. It has snug fit in the heel and midfoot. For an improve fitting, the shoe has a single-pull lace for the footwear closure.


Outsole

The outsole of Vibram FiveFingers V-Run is made up of Vibram Run rubber. It also has Xs Run technology that delivers impressive grip on varied surfaces. It is also designed to deliver improved ground contact.


Midsole

The midsole of Vibram FiveFingers V-Run is made of EVA material for excellent cushioning and durability. The Vi-Lite midsole technology delivers a lightweight cushioning. It absorbs shock efficiently and maximum energy release for a more powerful toe-off.


Upper

The upper of the Vibram FiveFingers V-Run is made up of Polyester Lycra Stretch Mesh + Polyester Microfiber. It provides maximum breathability. It keeps foot well-ventilated, keeping it cool and dry all throughout the run.