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Vibram FiveFingers EL-X Reviews

27 reviews
total

Overall Rating:

77%Rated 5 stars

14%Rated 4 stars

9%Rated 3 stars

0%Rated 2 stars

0%Rated 1 stars

Customer Fit Survey:

67% "Felt true to size"

96% "Felt true to width"

56% "No arch support"

Additional 7 EL-X Vibram FiveFingers Reviews

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October 2, 2014

Marcus S

from Brazil

These Vibram are amazing! They are my first pair of the kind, so I started with this simplest version. It is a very nice option to play outside. I started using it and went out to play with my little son, and looked like I was a child again. It takes some time to get used to finding all the toes' pockets, and that is critical for comfort. Also, cut your nails: it can be uncomfortable to use it that way. The only downside is that it feels a like too warm, although my feet were not sweating. Overall, I highly recommend it!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt a half size larger than marked

 

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No arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

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July 7, 2014

T.A

 

I've owned a few vibram models, and to me personally this model is the best one ever,it's easy to wear and very light and comfy...but for indoor movements only (gym).

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

Runs Small

Runs Large

Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

Runs Narrow

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June 24, 2014

Jeff M

from Wilds of Metaline Falls, Washington

I bought a pair of these things, just because I thought the concept was wild. Had no particular 'use' in mind. Didn't know if my toes would have any objection to having stitched material between them, possibly splaying them out a bit. Toes had no complaint. My plan is to use these around the house occasionally, in small boats/kayaks and mixed surface beaches. Not recommended for social events. These run a tad small as reported by others. I chose the next size-up and they fit fine. My sister took one look at these shoes on my feet and said they were good for birth control.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

Runs Small

Runs Large

Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

Runs Narrow

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June 10, 2014

Anonymous

from Maine

I was looking for a pair of Vibrams I could wear out casually, almost like a sandal. These EL-X's fit the bill well. Easy to put on and well ventilated. You will want to make sure these fit properly, however, given that there are no straps to tighten things up. The stretchy material that goes over the top of the foot holds the shoe in place, but I imagine if you have high feet that they would be very tight. I've worn size 41 Vibrams for a while now and the size 41 EL-X fits me like a glove. These may be the best, most form-fitting Fivefingers I've ever worn. Perfect for beginners and experienced "barefooters" alike.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

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No arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

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May 6, 2014

Ethan E

from Waterloo, Iowa

I purchased these shoes on here and first and foremost, I was amazed at how fast Zappos got my product to me. A+ on the shipping speed. Now, the shoes. I received these shoes and after a full 24 hours of wearing them, I can honestly tell you I never plan to buy different shoes again. Even when these wear out, I will simply purchase another pair. These are the most comfortable shoes that I have ever worn in my life, they are not kidding when they call them barefoot shoes. Some reviewers that I watched on Youtube or read on websites mentioned rubbing in the heel and that you might get blisters, however, I did not really experience anything other than the most minor of irritation and I have no doubt this will no longer be a problem at all after just a few more days to break them in. If you are on the fence about these, get off your butt and buy them. You will not regret it.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

Runs Small

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Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

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February 25, 2014

Brian G

from Las Vegas, Nevada

This shoe is exactly what I thought it would be. Very happy with the ground feel and general feel of the shoe on my foot. I have seen others complain about the heel or the shoe feeling like it is going to slip but I have had no such sensation. The shoe fits me almost ideally so perhaps that is part of the reason for my good experience. A couple of notes: Sizing-I did use the size chart on Vibram's own site instead of the Zappos one which is a bit different and my size was right on. Use: Vibram is billing this as a sort of cross into five finger shoe which I suppose has to do with the ease of use but as a fair warning these are about as minimal as it gets without actually being barefoot, there is no support and any real cushioning at all to help you so proceed with caution if you are not fully acclimated.

Brands I'd also recommend: Vivobarefoot

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

Runs Small

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No arch support

 

Poor Support

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October 7, 2013

Hamish B

 

Great shoes. Very comfortable. It's so nice to be able to feel the ground underneath your feet.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

Runs Small

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Excellent arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

Runs Narrow

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October 6, 2013

Tim W

from Naples, FL

I love these shoes! Second set of Vibram shoes in two years. I use them for mixed martial arts fitness training. You can't go wrong with these shoes for in home or gym fitness. One observation the sizing seems to run small, keep that in mind when ordering.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt a full size smaller than marked

 

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No arch support

 

Poor Support

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Felt true to width

 

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August 24, 2013

Steven R

from Fullerton, California

I've had these shoes for 1 day and I'm already deciding on the next pair to order. As a previous reviewer wrote these shoes run small, but once you get them on and wear them for just a few minutes they feel like they conform to your foot. When I first tried them on my feet hurt to where I wanted to send them back; five minutes later pain is gone and they felt really comfortable. Highly recommend the EL-X.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

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No arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

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August 21, 2013

Jean-Pierre B

from United States

Really love these shoes, besides being some of the more light weight variety of the now famous Vibrams they're really easy to wash. More so than the KSO's. I put these in the wash with my normal gym clothes then take them out and they're dry in 30 minutes without even hanging them or anything. As far as comfort goes I find that the webbing between the fourth and fifth digit (pinky toe) is kind of cramped but I live with it and could just be my weird feet. They are a bit on the snug side but definitely feel light and comfy even while walking around Manhattan.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt a half size smaller than marked

 

Runs Small

Runs Large

Excellent arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

 

August 13, 2013

Annie

from Shreveport, LA

My husband loves loves these shoes! He has been running for 45 years in traditional shoes (Asics) which he uses for street; but he says these five fingers have opened up his running. They are like barefoot but with some bottom protection. He uses them only on grass. He says he runs faster, he feels, and less tired. He highly recommends them.

Brands I'd also recommend: Asics

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

Runs Small

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Felt true to width

 

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August 8, 2013

Nicole

from Cincinnati, Ohio

I got these for my husband to use in our gym we own. He absolutely loves them! The only con I would say is sizing - if you have wide feet, they may be a little sun. I can't wait to get mine!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt a half size smaller than marked

 

Runs Small

Runs Large

Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

Runs Narrow

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July 19, 2013

Anonymous

 

I wear these shoes in the pool for water aerobics and they work very well. I returned the first pair and ordered a size larger.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt a full size smaller than marked

 

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Felt narrower than marked

 

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June 22, 2013

JE

from Toledo, Ohio

After wearing other toe shoes, I have to say that this pair has it nailed! This is a toe shoe of all toe shoes. When I first got them, I felt that they were too small, was going to send them back. I wore them a few days longer and now am used to them. These shoes are so form fitting to your foot and toes it is unreal. The shoe itself is very tight on your foot, I mean SKIN tight! It is almost like wearing nothing at all. I also like the fact that there are no loops or tabs or tongue's on these shoes for my pants to get hung up on. These shoes are really like going barefoot. I can feel muscles in my lower legs getting sore, so that means these shoes are doing their job, going natural barefoot is building muscles not used before in other shoes. I wear them all the time, except at work, they wont let me, otherwise, these are on my feet all day long, only way they come off is at bed time. I also like the fact that with these, no more socks! my feet do not sweat in these either, not one bit! I cannot say much for the wear, or long term that it but they seem to be constructed well, the sole is very durable and your toes are well protected by a thick rubber in front. I love them!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

Runs Small

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Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

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June 8, 2013

MA

from philly

I have neuropathy in my feet and these are perfect for me. Since they are so minimal it forces my nerves to fire. I love these shoes. I have both the black and orange. I use them everyday, around town and the beach/pool. I can't wait to try them out this summer seeing our favorite bands.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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June 5, 2013

Anonymous

from Jersey City, NJ

First, thank you Zappos for making my world complete. For two years I've looked and wished and hoped that you would carry Vibram Five Finger and I yelped with joy when I finally saw them. What better than buying my favorite shoes from my favorite retailer! My world is now whole! Second, let me address the arch support rating - when the muscles and ligaments in your feet are strong, arch "support" is no longer an issue. Third - thank you Vibram for your shoes. And I've been looking for a simple, black shoe that I can wear with my dress clothes and this shoes is the perfect answer. It looks a bit floppy in the picture, but they fit like a glove an actually looks really cute with a summer dress.

Brands I'd also recommend: Nothing compares to Vibram Five Fingers.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

Runs Small

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Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

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May 15, 2013

Anonymous

from Miami, Florida

These are great shoes for exercise and perfect for programs like the Insanity workout. They allow your Achilles heel (which I have chronic tightness in) to fully extend, unlike running shoes, so you get full access to the muscles in your feet as well as legs. The toes of the shoe feel weird for the first few days but then your feet adjust and they feel natural. As far as arch support goes, I have high arches and these provide ample support. The sole actually matches the bottom of your feet quite well. Anyway, these are worth a try if you like to move your feet and they yearn for more freedom.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

Runs Small

Runs Large

Excellent arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

Runs Narrow

Runs Wide

 

July 14, 2014

Anonymous

from Alabama

My husband loves these shoes. He wears them everywhere. They do tend to smell and require washing weekly.

Brands I'd also recommend: Keen

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt a half size larger than marked

 

Runs Small

Runs Large

No arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

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May 20, 2014

Anonymous

from Maryland

The sizing chart on the Zappos website in entirely inaccurate. I noted a review that suggested that I check the sizing chart on the Vibram website which was more accurate. I called Zappos to inform them and the response was along the lines of, "Well, that is the sizing chart that Vibram gave us." the fact that is the case does not let Zappos off the hook for not having an accurate sizing chart which only makes for a prolonged wait and disappointment. I might buy a Vibram product through Zappos again, but I'll be wary.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt a full size smaller than marked

 

Runs Small

Runs Large

No arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

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August 23, 2013

Anonymous

 

I bought a pair of smartwool five fingers on clearance a few years ago and wore them until there were holes in them. This was the closest I could find to what I liked about the design of the discontinued version. I love them. They look a little odd, but once you get used to them they're extremely comfortable. I miss the warmth of the smartwool, and need to wash these ones more frequently to keep them from smelling funny. Apart from that, I'm very satisfied and would buy these again.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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May 22, 2014

Rylan M

from Honolulu, Hawaii

With all the buzz about the False Advertising Lawsuit against Vibrams (which I heard of a day after I ordered). I was hesitant to wear it when it came but after wearing it for almost a month now I'm pretty satisfied with this product. I don't really feel a difference health-wise (hence the lawsuit) but I like that barefoot feel at the gym and casual activities. The grip is also well made and non slip, I ran over a puddle of water (not paying attention) and still didn't even skid the slightest. The cons for me is the steep price (I bought them because I believed their health claims of better balance, ease on the back..etc). Had I known this claims were false I wouldn't have bought vibrams for the price. The quality is good just not for the price listed... and be prepared to get stared at by people when you walk into the gym with these on, people just like to stare when they see something out of the ordinary. As usual really fast processing and shipping times from Zappos alone!

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

Runs Small

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No arch support

 

Poor Support

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Felt true to width

 

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January 15, 2014

Fawaad K

 

I bought these because I travel frequently for business and needed something very light, which these are. These tend to be at least 1, if not 1.5, size smaller than your regular sneakers. They're also somewhat difficult to get on since your toes have to line-up correctly with the pockets in the shoes, and it takes considerable getting used to. Overall, I like them because they're light and flexible to pack. I don't wear them for workouts when I'm not traveling though.

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt a full size smaller than marked

 

Runs Small

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No arch support

 

Poor Support

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Felt true to width

 

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