Facts

  • Use

    Workout

    Shoes with optimum cushioning, lateral support, and flexibility for daily workouts and studio sessions. See workout shoes

    CrossFit

    Versatile, low-profile shoes for constantly varied exercises including plyometrics, sprinting, weightlifting, and rope climbing. See CrossFit shoes

    Weightlifting

    Heavy-duty shoes with a wedge and an elevated heel that create a sturdy platform and promote ankle mobility. See weightlifting shoes

    Walking

    Shoes for daily wear that ensure a smooth walking gait cycle. Check out walking shoes

  • Arch support

    Neutral

    For people with normal pronation. Also provide support for high-arched feet with underpronation (excessive outward rolling of the foot). See neutral training shoes

    Stability

    For people with low-arched or flat feet and moderate overpronation (excessive inward rolling of the foot). See stability training shoes

    Motion control

    Shoes feature stabilizing technologies for people with severe overpronation. See motion control training shoes

    Good to know

    Stability and motion control add-ons are uncommon for workout shoes and are never present in CrossFit or weightlifting footwear. They are mostly found in walking shoes where the gait is easier to correct.

  • Price
    $110
  • Weight
    Men: 7oz
    Women: 6oz

    Weight

    Training footwear typically weighs between 200g and 300g per shoe to accommodate agile workouts. Minimalist trainers go as low as 150g, while weightlifting shoes can go as high as 500g.

  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 0mm
    Women: 0mm
  • Heel height
    Men: 3mm
  • Width
    Men: Normal
    Women: Normal
  • Release date
    Jun 2014
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Updates to Vibram Furoshiki

  • The Vibram Furoshiki features a unique construction which puts it into sharp relief against any other walking shoe on the market.  The trainer draws its inspiration from the Japanese art of wrapping things in cloth, known as “furoshiki”, which can be observed in the way its upper wraps the foot up with the help of criss-crossed side panels. The material used in the shoe is a combination of elastane and nylon, which allows the foot to expand and the toes to splay naturally for a customized fit.
  • The extreme lightness and flexibility of the Furoshiki allow it to be easily rolled up and carried in a small bag anywhere you go. Vibram markets this shoe as versatile footwear which consumers can wear everywhere and for any activities, even including water sports as the upper material is quick to dry.
  • The 2018 version of the shoe has addressed some of the glaring issues which early adopters had encountered, such as the upper being too flimsy, the outsole cracking, and the inconvenient unisex sizing scheme. The 2018 version now features a one-piece outsole construction that protrudes up at the back and the front to provide extra protection. The fabric of the upper has also been re-engineered to fit more snugly so that no excess cloth bunches up. As for the sizing, Vibram has reconstructed the footgear to offer separate models for men and women.

Vibram Furoshiki size and fit

The Vibram Furoshiki is available in men’s and women’s versions which are both specially crafted to fit the shape of each gender’s foot. It is recommended to get one’s regular athletic shoe size to achieve the right length. Widthwise, it only comes in a Medium profile which is D for men and B for women. This model is meant to feel like second skin and wrap the foot more snugly than a traditional training shoe. The stretchy fabric and the easily adjustable upper construction allow the shoe to accommodate the natural expansion of the foot throughout the day.

Outsole

In keeping with the minimalist shoe design, the outsole of the Vibram Furoshiki is made of a lightweight, low-density Vibram rubber. It is crafted to be flexible and provide traction on different types of surfaces.

The rubber extends up to the upper in the form of multiple thin filaments. These sturdy lines not only provide structure to the top part of the shoe but also serve as a protective element to keep the fabric safe from the wear-and-tear. The extended rubber also allows the shoe to accommodate a wide-set foot without compromising the integrity of the fabric.

The outsole also protrudes up to cover the toe area, rendering protection against bumps. It also forms a heel cup at the back, ensuring that the rearfoot is steady while walking.

Midsole

The outsole of the Vibram Furoshiki also serves as its cushioning unit. The minimalist construction promotes proprioception of the foot and also absorbs shock. Delivering further comfort is the lightly cushioned textile footbed. This 2-mm component attenuates shock but doesn’t take away the barefoot experience.

Upper

The Vibram Furoshiki’s style is inspired by the Japanese style of wrapping presents in a piece of cloth. As the name implies, the shoe follows this design and holds the foot securely in place, like a neatly wrapped gift. The upper is made of 28% elastane, which is a type of stretchy synthetic fabric, and of 72% nylon, giving it the ability to hug the foot snugly.

There are no laces to fuss with, just two hook-and-loop mechanisms on each side of the rearfoot. When the flaps are spread out, there is a visible toe box at the front and a heel cup at the back which help in keeping the foot in place. Users would just slide their feet into the toe box and make sure the rear part is not folded in for a comfortable fit before wrapping up the sides. Then the wearer can adjust the fit to as loosely or as tightly as they please, depending on their comfort zone.


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