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Vibram FiveFingers EL-X Reviews

49 reviews
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Overall Rating:

100%Rated 5 stars

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Customer Fit Survey:

60% "Felt true to size"

91% "Felt true to width"

71% "No arch support"

Additional 44 EL-X Vibram FiveFingers Reviews

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October 29, 2013

John H

from Champlin MN

Fantastic shoe, absolutely love FiveFingers! This is my third pair of this type of shoe (not the same model). Takes some getting used to, but once you do, regular shoes become ancient artifacts in your closet.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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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

 

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Excellent arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

 

May 16, 2017

DAVID H

from Shippensburg, PA

Look great. Can't wait to wear them, but I need one size larger.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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December 13, 2016

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Anonymous

from Miami

These are my third pair of Vibrams and I love them more than my 3 previous pair combined. I love them so much that I'm buying 2 or 3 extra pairs as reserve for the future. The style and comfort of this shoes are unmatched at least to me. They look stylish and badass at the same time. My girlfriend told me that I looked like a ninja about to kick the sh&&^% out of some bad guy :) Do yourself a favor and get a pair or two before I grab them all!

Brands I'd also recommend: none

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

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No arch support

 

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Felt true to width

 

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September 18, 2016

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Anonymous

 

Excellent minimalist shoes, great for the gym or running. If you want to see your squats and deadlifts go up, wear these during. If you want to see your calves grow into gnarly cows of power, run in these. They are the perfect minimalist shoe. In the beginning they felt a little tight but after a few uses they broke in. If your normal size is already tight I would suggest going up a size in these, but if you have a little wiggle room in your normal VFF size then go with that size for these as they do stretch out. These are essential gear for any fitness enthusiast.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt a half size smaller than marked

 

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No arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

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June 16, 2016

Karolyn R

from Boise, ID

I can't vouch for the shoe yet, they are for my husband who has trouble with his rubbing together, I hope they work for him. I can vouch for Zappos customer service though!! My husband wears a size 10 1/2 - 11, so I ordered the size 42 which looked very small when it arrived. I did an exchange online and received the size 43 less than 24 hours after I initiated the exchange. I returned the first pair to Zappos today. I've never heard of a company sending a replacement before they received the original and getting it here that quickly! Thank you Zappos for the excellent customer service.

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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No arch support

 

Poor Support

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Felt true to width

 

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April 20, 2016

Anonymous

from Hawaii/Miami. Now in Houston

he Zappos reps could not be more helpful.I needed to return a pair of "Vibrams" cuz they were too small. They faxed a return label to me and put a size larger in the mail asap.(without waiting for the return.) I got the new shoes back in like a day and half. TERRIFIC SERVICE and very helpful and friendly staff. I will def. buy again from this great company. Steve K.

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

 

Runs Small

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Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

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Felt true to width

 

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January 29, 2016

Alan D

from San Francisco Bay Area

Five years and three pairs into the FiveFingers brand, this is my favorite model. Had KSO and Seeya's. Happy to skip any closure straps or ties--this is all I need. Size 44 KSOs worked for me, but 44 Seeya's were too tight--I realize now. I got both 44 and 45 EL-Xs and sent back the 44s. The 45 is a better fit. Feels minimal and great!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt a half 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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July 9, 2015

Anonymous

from Dallas, Texas

The Vibram FiveFingers EL-X are very nice looking. I just need time to get used to wearing a FiveFingers shoe. I think they will break in very well. Thank you.

Brands I'd also recommend: Nike

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

 

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No arch support

 

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Felt narrower than marked

 

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July 5, 2015

Ray

from Streetsboro, OH

Sizing is always an issue when you buy shoes online. Zappos got my sale since I have used them a handful of times and they have been excellent. However, along with trying a different model Vibram, I also used www.rei.com for sizing on these. (Sorry, Zappos, but your customers need to know). A couple of years ago I had tried on a different model of Vibrams and was a size 42. I took a chance on sizing with these at 42 and it ended up being perfect. A size 42 is comparable to a size 9 men's flip-flop. They should fit snug at first. But after wearing them a handful of times, they loosen up some. Which I am fine with because eventually you can slide your toes in the pockets easier. I have not had any problems with the heel slipping out but I could see why some might. I noticed that when I was walking in them, my heel would bend some of the fabric down And get caught under my heel. When the sun is out, they can start to feel warm. But when they get warm, they get more flexible, too. And the tread has not shown any signs of wear yet after wearing them a handful of times on concrete. I would not recommend buying these if your smaller toes are longer than your big toe due to the shape of the toe pattern.

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

 

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Felt true to width

 

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June 16, 2015

Anonymous

from Johns Creek, GA

This is my second pair of Five Fingers as the first finally just gave out after a lot of use. I use these for water sports, pool, ocean, lake, river, washing cars, and just kicking around. They are much better for me than flip flops for traction and comfort. This style is a bit better for me because there is a bit more material on top holding my feet in. I make no claims as to the physical pluses for these but I definitely like the 'stretch' I get at the calves and ankles and if I do need to run I know I can. I would not hesitate to run on trails with these. All in all I think these are great shoes. Sizing can be tricky so do your homework.

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

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No arch support

 

Poor Support

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Felt true to width

 

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May 5, 2015

Anonymous

 

I got these for my boyfriend because I love my Vibram Vi-Bs so much, and now he loves his own! This is a fantastic first pair in his Vibram collection that will be sure to grow. Thanks to Zappos, I ordered 42 and 43 for his size 10½ and kept the 43. Woot!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

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Felt true to width

 

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January 18, 2015

Anonymous

 

Fits like a glove. Glad I got a half size larger. If your foot size varies from time to time with shoes. I recommend going a half size up.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to width

 

Runs Narrow

Runs Wide

 

December 3, 2014

Christopher T

from Columbus, Indiana

These shoes fit like a glove and are extremely comfortable, almost like wearing nothing at all. My only difficulty is getting them on my feet. Sometimes they slip right on. But if my toes are uncooperative, several minutes may be required. I suppose this has more to do with my toes than with the shoes.

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

 

Runs Narrow

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October 16, 2014

Bill R

from Monterey, California

I am not a runner, but when I drive long distances I prefer to drive without shoes. This is comfortable, but every time you stop and get out of the car, you have to put on shoes or sandals to walk about - which was a minor inconvenience. Recently at a wedding reception, one of the guests was leaving and had put on a pair of these shoes for the drive home! I thought this was a great idea. So although I am a bit leery of buying shoes online, I purchased these. Having never won something like this before, and knowing that they were for running, and stated they should be a fairly tight fit, the ones I received seemed uncomfortably tight. I thought they might require a break-in period, so I wore them around the house for about an hour or so for several days in a row. That did not help. I decided to go to a brick and mortar store and try on several sizes and made sure that I only had to go through one exchange versus several. Although the store did not have the exact same model, I tried on the next larger size (a 43) and it fit fine. Just for grins, I tried on the 42 or the same model, and it too was not as tight as the pair that I originally received. So I exchanged them for the next larger size (43). Zappos was great about doing the exchange, but it is not the easiest thing to find out how it is done. You basically have to contact a service representative and they happily take care of it for you. I recently drove with these shoes for about seven hours in one day and it was fantastic. They are comfortable to drive in. When you stop, you get out of the care without fumbling for shoes or sandals. Just be aware, however, that just because you have shoes on your feet, if you step on rocks, it is like stepping on rocks when you are barefoot. Bottom line: The shoes work great for the purpose they were purchased. The slip-ons made it easy to get in (or out), there were no straps or shoelaces that needed to be fastened, they were comfortable driving, and made it convenient to move around if one stopped along the way. Best of all, the service people were happy, friendly, and non-plussed about returns or exchanges. If you are considering these for athletic endeavors, your mileage may vary. And you may find the type with shoelaces or Velcro straps might provide a better fit.

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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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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Felt a half size larger than marked

 

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No arch support

 

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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

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Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

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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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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 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

Runs Large

Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

Runs Narrow

Runs Wide

 

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

 

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No arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

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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

Runs Wide

 

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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Felt a full size smaller than marked

 

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No arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

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

 

Runs Small

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No arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

Runs Narrow

Runs Wide

 

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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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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Felt a half size smaller than marked

 

Runs Small

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Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

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