Vibram V Run Review for Forefoot Running

What I love most about barefoot running shoes, like the Vibram FiveFingers, is that they are part of the solution, not the problem when it comes to avoiding running injuries.  This is because sensory input at the feet is very relevant in that the more sensory input you can bring into the feet, the better, more coordinated you will run. This is why the Vibram Five Fingers V Run is a great investment.

If you’ve ever tried the Vibram Bikila, you’ll love the new V Run by Vibram. The V Run is an upgraded version of the Bikila Evo, but the only major difference is that the V Run has a more durable outsole and the midsole has slightly more padding, giving you added comfort for ultra-long runs on the roads or gravel roads, and even on the treadmill.

Ultimately, the V Run is great medicine for your feet because it’s super flexible and provides adequate ground feel which translates into stronger feet and ankles and therefore, strong legs and better running form. Don’t forget that your body uses the sensory stimulation on the bottoms of the feet to extinguish high impact foot-ground interactions, making running less physically demanding and gives you a boost in the right direction.



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Vibram V Run Review for Forefoot Running

The V-Run has more stretch to them, so they really accommodate a wider foot. They also make for a great summer shoe because the upper is well-perforated –your feet will definitely sweat less! The upper is more improved as well as it seems more sturdy.

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As for the overall appearance of the shoe, aside from wearing it for running, it looks great for casual use too because the shoe looks leather, but it’s made of actually woven polyester lycra stretchy material

The overall shoe is made of very light materials, so the shoe gives you a little competitive edge because it feels like you aren’t wearing anything on your feet. But because of the high quality material, the V-Run gives you lots of protection for the longer distances.

Other notable features of the Vibram V Run:

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  • 4 mm rubber outole + 2 mm EVO insole
  • weighs about 4.8 oz
  • machine washable and air dry
  • a little more structure to the shoe compared with other Vibrams
  • improved fabric of the upper
  • very comfortable fitting heel cup
  • better underfoot cushioning
  • can be worn with toe socks in cooler weather
  • excellent ventilation
  • zero drop
  • adjustable cord closure helps the shoe come on and off easily

Because of the extra padding, you can definitely run longer in the V Run’s. They hold up well over long distances, like the marathon.

Every time you run in these shoes your dynamic and static balance will improve dramatically as compared with wearing regular, cushioned running shoes. Also, just like going barefoot, the Vibram’s are great for lower leg proprioception (sensory nerve function). Notably, the Vibram’s increase sensory nerve function in the bottoms of the feet, promoting healthy nerve connections between the feet and ankle, knee and hip joints. Also, this increased foot-nerve activation is key in boosting intrinsic foot muscle strength.

Remember, when it comes to footwear, a thinner outsole is better. In contrast, running shoes with a thicker outsole and thicker midsole padding interrupts the information from the tactile-sensory nerves in the soles of the bare foot and the ankle joint as well, resulting in poor reaction speed and strength in terms of balance (Hosada et al. 1997).

Other work found that participants in thicker cushioned running shoes had an impaired ability to respond to imposed balance perturbations (Perry et al. 2007). So, when you wear minimalist shoes like the Vibram FiveFingers, you lower your risk of balance perturbations and thus injury while running.

If you found this review helpful, you’ll enjoy my other reviews and recommendations on barefoot-like running shoes for forefoot running.

More From Run Forefoot:

Why Heel Strike Running is More Dangerous Than Forefoot Running

How Heel Strike and Forefoot Strike Running Differ

The Dangers of Cushioned Footwear

Why Ethiopian Runners Run Differently and Better


Hosada M, Yoshimura O, Takayanagi K, et al. The Effect of Various Footwear Types and Materials, and
of Fixing of the Ankles by Footwear, on Upright  Posture Control. J Phys Ther Sci. 1997; 9 (1):47-51.

Perry SD, Radtke A, Goodwin CR. Infl uence of footwear midsole material hardness on dynamic balance control during unexpected gait germination. Gait & Posture. 2007; 25: 94-98.

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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