Verdict from +100 user reviews

8 reasons to buy

  • Almost all of the reviewers commended the comfort delivered by the Vibram FiveFingers VI-S; some even mentioned no longer experiencing foot and back pain since they started wearing it.
  • A vast majority of shoppers called this trainer cute and were very pleased that it paired well with casual getups like shorts, dresses, capri pants, and it even looks good with gym clothes.
  • The footwear was deemed versatile by a myriad of users because they were able to use it for working out, hiking, running errands, walking, jogging, etc.
  • Numerous owners liked that they often forgot they were wearing this model because of how light it was.
  • The fit was deemed perfect by a good number of people.
  • Plenty of individuals were amazed that this merchandise brought a true barefoot experience while it still protected the foot against elements on the ground.
  • The outsole was grippy on smooth gym floors and wet, uneven surfaces, according to a lot of fitness enthusiasts.
  • Multiple buyers appreciated the upper material because it was breathable and dried fast if it got wet.

4 reasons not to buy

  • The strap irked a minority of critics because it felt too flimsy, dug into the skin and that the closure can easily get unhooked.
  • Several testers noted that if you are new to wearing minimalist shoes, this model may not be the best starter footwear because the outsole is so thin that the wearer feels everything she steps on.
  • Those with bunions do not recommend getting this footgear because it will not be able to accommodate the foot issues.
  • A handful of wearers complained that the arch section of the outsole was too narrow which resulted in a part of their foot touching the ground.

Bottom line

Though the Vibram FiveFingers VI-S received mostly positive feedback, there were still some unhappy purchasers. However, because it was very comfortable to wear, not to mention stylish, lightweight, and versatile, it still came highly recommended by those who bought and regularly used it.

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Good to know

  • Dainty doesn’t mean weak, especially when you’re wearing the Vibram FiveFingers VI-S. This trainer may look like a ballet shoe because of its delicately designed upper but the brand describes it as being as tough as the KSO EVO from Vibram.
  • The sole unit is made of the XS TREK rubber compound. It is manufactured to be hard-wearing and provide traction even on wet surfaces. For shock absorption, it features a 2-mm ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) foam sockliner lined with an anti-microbial Drilex fabric for odor control.

This minimalist footwear employs a 3.5-mm XS-TREK outsole. This innovative rubber compound has been crafted to be durable, withstanding walking on rough pavements and uneven terrains. Don’t be afraid to use it indoors as it will not leave scuff marks on polished floors. Another remarkable feature is its ability to deliver traction even on wet surfaces, making it an excellent companion for water-related activities.

As expected of minimalist footwear, the Vibram FiveFingers VI-S lacks the typical thick midsole. Instead, this model uses a 2-mm EVA foam sockliner as a cushioning element. The Drilex fabric covers the footbed which helps to wick moisture away from the foot and has anti-microbial properties that keep odor at bay.

Uncommon to trainers, the Vibram FiveFingers VI-S sports a cut-out upper which means there are no quarters, just the vamp with the toe pockets and the heel cup. This construction ensures that it is lightweight, breathable, and very flexible.

A polyester fabric makes up the upper of the footwear. It features a design commonly found on lace fabrics, giving it an elegant and feminine touch.

Two thin elastic straps secure the foot to the shoe. It has a G-hook at the end of one strap that anchors to an adjustable metal buckle on the other strap.

  • The Vibram FiveFingers VI-S is vegan-friendly. It does not use materials from animals or animal by-products.
  • This pair is machine washable. As for drying, do not use any heat sources to maintain its structural integrity.

How VI-S compares

This shoe: 81
All shoes average: 79
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This shoe: $85
All shoes average: $87
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Nicholas Rizzo
Nicholas Rizzo

Nick is a powerlifter who believes cardio comes in the form of more heavy ass squats. Based on over 1.5 million lifts done at competitions, his PRs place him as an elite level powerlifter. 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 Forbes,, Elite Daily and the like. Collaborating along the way with industry leaders like Michael Yessis, Mark Rippetoe, Carlo Buzzichelli, Dave Tate, Ray Williams, and Joel Seedman.