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Vibram FiveFingers V-Run review. Amateur runner’s opinion.

Since I’m so trendy on Google once people look for opinions regarding Vibram Fivefingers Trek Ascent Insulated shoes, today I decided to go with it and drop yet another overly positive this time a Vibram FiveFingers V-Run review.

How I got my V-Run shoes

As some of you may already know, I bought a pair of V-Runs right after I did my first runs on snow inside Trek Ascent Insulated shoes. Those felt extremely comfortable and I didn’t even think about my feet at least once while running in winter. That’s when I decided to get a pair for warmer season and was sure I’ll be more than happy with it.

Yet somehow I only started using my Vibram FiveFingers V-Run shoes only few months ago and of course exclusively for running. FYI I do no serious stuff, nor have I a clear goal of participating in a mass run to show of my clothes (which I lack). For two months I try to do three weekly 6k to 10k runs. Not always successful though…

My impressions on Vibram FiveFingers V-Run minimalist running shoes

Back to shoes and what this Vibram FiveFingers V-Run review is all about. There’s nothing bad I could say about those shoes.

  1. They’re super lightweight.
  2. Sit comfortably on my feet.
  3. Are a bit larger and fit not to snug thus it’s easy to put them on and hit all my fingers in the right pocket from the first time.
  4. Let my feet breath and sweat less.
  5. Not that it matters too much to me, but they’re nice to look at.

Not sure if it’s because I run with fingered socks (have a pair from Vibram and another one from Injinji), but after more than 150km in two months I have no blisters or other physical signs of friction inside the shoes. There’s also no bad smell some people are complaining about, which brings us to a conclusion either they don’t wash their shoes or they have really intense irreversibly penetrable smell. Both aren’t shoes fault though.

close up of mens feet with vibran fivefinger v-run blue running shoes and yellow pants standing on green grass

My foot size is something between EU 41-42. My VFF V-Runs are size 42. Even with fingered socks on my fingers still have some room, which according to consultants at Vibram is a good thing. Well it doesn’t come in my way – so I guess they’re right.

Socks or no socks?

That’s why I would strongly recommend getting fingered socks if you’re planning on getting a pair of running shoes after reading my Vibram FiveFingers V-Run review.

And in case you’re one of those who don’t see the point of running “barefoot” style wearing socks, let me assure you – running barefoot is completely different and magnificent beast (I’m definitely going to discuss and share my experience someday later). Socks won’t have ANY influence on your sensation, because the padding and sole of Vibram V-Run’s is thick enough to protect your feet from sharp stones and rocks, meaning there’s nothing similar to running barefoot and your feet will be more than safe.

Totally different than running in regular heel strikers pillow shoes, yet far from true barefoot experience. Not that it’s bad – it’s different and incomparable.

My FiveFinger running routes

My running routes contain many different types of terrain: grass, fine gravel, hefty gravel, stone rubble, asphalt, sand, mud, concrete, railroad tracks etc. As I already mentioned after 150km there are no signs of wear on the soles of my Vibram FiveFinger V-Run shoes.

vilnius suburban scenery durring sunrise with raildoad tracks, wide meadow, tree line, and a hot air ballon in the blue sky

Once I’m out for a run I don’t contemplate if this or that surface will damage my VFF V-Runs. 150+km deep there’s no heavy signs of wear on the soles. And I often end up on harsh paths.

Are Vibram FiveFinger V-Run shoes fitted for asphalt?

People tend to think that somehow FiveFingers aren’t fitted for asphalt, concrete and hard surfaces in general. This assumption is wrong and based on a myth that one shouldn’t run barefoot or minimalist on any of my mentioned types of “terrain”, because there is relatively no padding on the sole hence joint traumas are inevitable.

What they fail to realize is that people who run in Vibram FiveFingers or similar footwear are exclusively toe strikers. And since this is the most natural way of running for a human being, our bodies just know how to distribute the impact to keep reasonable level of comfort to continue the activity without injuries.

Trust me on this one – for the last month I’m living my life (running included) barefoot (meaning without footwear) – so I know what I’m talking about. So since there’s no problem in running bare on asphalt, why would one think Vibram FiveFingers aren’t suited for that? Wear? Maybe. But as I said – 150+k in, there is NO signs of wear on the soles.

Conclusions for this Vibram FiveFingers V-Run review

Maybe I’m just getting fitter every year, but after running my first 10k this summer in V-Runs I felt nothing close to last years 10k’s fatigue-wise. I’d love to believe that a combination of my level of fitness, state of mind, and Vibram FiveFinger V-Run shoes makes my runs a pleasure. Not only I’m always trying to beat my last pace, I also enjoy the views and running in general much much more.

One last interesting thing to note about the same combination is that the physical fatigue and calf muscle tension kicks in only once I stop running. Maybe that would change if I’d go for 20k or a Marathon. I remember the burning pain in my thighs just few kilometers into the run when I was heel striking in regular running shoes…

Would I recommend V-Runs to YOU?

Hell yeah! It doesn’t matter if you’re only starting your journey to minimalist running or even just running. If you want to advance as a human being, run around just for fun or are an athlete – go get a pair (don’t forget to add a pair of fingered socks too).

Thanks for reading my Vibram FiveFingers V-Run review. Hope I could clear some things out for you. Remember this is only my personal opinion based on my personal experience undergone in my unique body. You are one of a kind – so be sure to let me know your thoughts in the comments below!


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