Vibram Five Fingers Bikila LS Review

Minimalist running shoes improves the sensory processing in the foot, ankle, knee and hip joints as well as the central nervous system. This greatly improves movement coordination and awareness of body position, resulting in more functional movement patterns that significantly reduce stress on the body when walking and running.

More specifically, when you can feel the ground with your feet, the nerves lining the bottom of the foot are more optimal at processing information about ankle, knee, and hip joint position. This also improves reflex coordination which helps you land significantly lighter with sturdier balance control when walking and running.

So, as you can begin to notice, the nerves in the feet play a vital role in helping you run safely.  This is why its important to NOT disrupt sensory processing in the feet, and is also why I love the Vibram FiveFingers Bikila LS.

Vibram Five Fingers Bikila LS Review

Vibram Five Fingers Bikila LS Review

Because of its impressively durable outsole and comfort, the Vibram Five Fingers Bikila LS is excellent for the marathon.Vibram Five Fingers Bikila LS Review

When running, the thin outsole provides a consistent stream of sensory feedback which enables you to be more aware of your forefoot strike and helps you maintain good form over longer distances, like the marathon.

Because the Vibram Bikila LS are fully flexible and barefoot-like, enables the feet to work independently, allowing them to functionally strengthen  and therefore adapt to new environments and training levels.

Vibram Five Fingers Bikila LS Review Vibram Five Fingers Bikila LS Review

Overall, the Bikila LS is extremely flexible, can be worn for trail running and they are also grippy on wet and icy surfaces, so they can be worn in cooler temperatures.

Other notable features of the Bikila LS:

  • Provides good grip, similar to the TrekSport.
  • Closed lacing system accommodates a wider in-step and a wider range of foot types.
  • Thicker outsole provides comfort when stepping on something unpleasant!
  • Fits snug, glove-like.
  • 3mm thin insole footbed.
  • Provides good side-to-side agility.
  • Great for transitioning from heel striking to forefoot striking.
  • Feels great with or without socks.
  • Durable upper mesh that is made of Coconut Active Carbon for more breathability.
  • The stitching is pretty solid.

The barefoot like nature of the Bikila LS allows you to develop stronger feet and ankles, which will help correct for biomechanical abnormalities during running, including ways (i.e landing on the forefoot) that lessen impact forces. One more note on the Bikila LS, make sure you go one size up for the best fit.

Unfortunately, I hate to announce that the Bikila LS has been discontinued. Thankfully, the shoe has been replaced by the V-Run, which is essentially a lighter version! You’ll love it. See here for my V-Run review!

If you’ve enjoyed this review, you’ll love my other analysis’s of forefoot running footwear.

Bretta Riches

"I believe the forefoot strike is the engine of endurance running..."

BSc Neurobiology; MSc Biomechanics candidate, ultra minimalist runner & founder of RunForefoot. I was a heel striker, always injured. I was inspired by the great Tirunesh Dibaba to try forefoot running. Now, I'm injury free. This is why I launched Run Forefoot, to advocate the health & performance benefits of forefoot running and to raise awareness on the dangers of heel striking, because the world needs to know.
Bretta Riches

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