Our verdict


A substantial number of barefoot training enthusiasts were very pleased with the freedom of movement that Vibram FiveFingers V-Train provides. The shoe was also lauded for its comfort, even when used over an extended period. While some concerns were raised about this Vibram pair, the benefits it provides overshadowed them.


  • Lightweight
  • Eases shinbone discomfort
  • Barefoot-like feel
  • Efficient outsole grip
  • Extra lateral support
  • Breathable


  • Strap and laces redundancy
  • Loose hook-and-loop strap

Who should buy the Vibram FiveFingers V-Train

This minimalist training shoe provides a balance of barefoot experience and protective cushioning. The Vibram FiveFingers V-Train is a solid choice if: 

  • You are looking for a shoe that could help ease shin splint pain.
  • You are into rope climbs and gym workouts and need a shoe that offers enough traction for such activities.

Vibram FiveFingers V-Train Logo

Enhanced outsole traction

The V-Train employs a 4 mm rubber outsole that features the brand’s proprietary XS TREK compound. It provides traction on unpredictable terrain. The material also delivers steadiness and comfort. It is also flexible and promotes natural foot flexion.

For enhanced traction, the outsole has different features like the circular lug pattern in the forefoot and heel sections that supports multi-directional movements. It also has Rope Traction Lugs on the medial side of the midfoot that aid users during rope climbs.

Vibram FiveFingers V-Train Outsole

Shock-absorbent footbed

The V-Train uses a minimalist 2 mm EVA footbed for its midsole. This component is flexible and provides impact protection to the bottom of the foot. It is lined with the NZYM Antimicrobial Poly Fabric Sockliner that prevents the buildup of odor-causing microorganisms.

Vibram FiveFingers V-Train Midsole

Barefoot-feel upper

The Vibram FiveFingers V-Train utilizes polyester and spandex materials in the upper. The form-fitting fabric has enough stretch to accommodate most foot shapes, and it is snug but not restrictive, which allows mobility.

Vibram FiveFingers V-Train Upper1

Snug lacing system

At the midfoot is a cage-like structure made from TPU and synthetic overlays. It integrates with the lacing system and delivers a snug fit when the laces are tightened. At the top is a single hook-and-loop strap that allows users to tune in the fit and keep the foot firmly in place.

Vibram FiveFingers V-Train Lacing System

Added stability

Two layers of synthetic material form an external heel counter at the back of the shoe. This structure cups the heel, keeping it steady and preventing slippage.

Vibram FiveFingers V-Train Heel2