Which Vibrams Are Best For The Gym and Running?

If you plan on using your Vibrams FiveFingers for some intense workout, you’d best get a design that suits your activity as much as possible.

Which Vibram Fivefingers should I buy?

The Vibrams range is wide and varied, so it can seem like a daunting challenge to pick the perfect pair.

In this article, we’ll highlight some of the most popular designs to give you a heads up on what to look for.

Which Vibram FiveFingers are the Best For Gym?

The Vibram Fivefingers V-TRAIN was first released a few years back and was designed with CrossFit and intense training in mind. The upper fabric is reinforced giving the shoe greater protection from a variety of common activities. Climbing ropes and strapping your feet into machines are good examples of moves that lead to more wear on top of shoes, so this feature really helps make the V-TRAIN more durable for this type of action.

The sole of the V-TRAIN has a multi-directional tread with a rounded pattern, making it great for ballistic indoor exercises like weight training. You‘ll find it hard to beat this shoe in terms of sheer stability and maneuverability on the spot.

Used to feeling a little too unstable in normal trainers? These will erase that issue straight away.  

The Vibram V-TRAIN is not designed to be the perfect running shoe. It’s fine for short bursts or getting warmed up on the treadmill, but the tread isn’t really designed for optimum performance in all-out running.

The Vibram Fivefingers V-TRAIN is perfect for gym users too.

What are the Best Vibram FiveFingers For Running?

The Vibram Fivefingers V-RUN is one of the most popular designs in the Vibrams range for its versatility. It’s built to be a hybrid between a gym shoe and a running shoe. It’s very light, has a minimalistic aesthetic and can be used for a great range of activities, including casual footwear.

If you have a wide foot, the V-RUN is worth a try. If you think your feet are more narrow than most peoples, then the V-RUN will still be very comfortable for you. The more narrow your feet, the more excess lace you’re likely to experience when they’re fully fastened, but this will not make the experience worse.

Best Vibram Fivefingers For Everyday Use

The Vibram Fivefingers EL-X came out in 2013. The name stands for Entry Level Cross Trainer, and that’s exactly what this shoe is designed for. The EL-X is ultra minimalistic. It has no fastening mechanism, a sensitive 3.5mm sole, and is Vibram FiveFinger’s lightest men’s shoe. If you’re looking for the ultimate ‘barefoot feel’, these are the ones to go for.

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