Vibram® Furoshiki Running Shoe Review

Text by: Léa Saint-Laurent

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Whether you’re a barefoot enthusiast or not, Vibram has come back once more with a new elaborate unisex design created by Masaya Hashimoto. I assure you that you will come to love the Vibram FiveFingers Furoshiki shoe for more than their snazzy appearance once you let your feet slip inside.

Our review of this product
8.8 / 10

The pros are:

No movement restriction

Compact & lightweight

Easy maintenance

The cons are:

Low breathability

Gradual transition from non-minimalist shoes a must

Coming from the concept of the traditional Japanese packaging wrap, Furoshiki, the shoe ties itself around the top of your foot with little or no pressure at all. Wrap & go! They are very lightweight, and can be rolled up into their little carrying case to be brought anywhere, on any journey.

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With a sole of only 5mm thick, you’ll feel every nook & crannies on your walkabout. This can either be a good or a bad thing, depending on the experience you want to encounter with a shoe.

They come in a few of funky tones, as well as black or a denim print. For their upkeep, throw them in the wash (cold or tepid water) & hang dry. Bam! You’re good to go! Wish you could freshen up all of your shoes, don’t you?

Furoshiki Comfort & Fit

If you have not previously been convinced about going barefoot, I’m sure you’d be glad owning a pair of these babies knowing that if you tend to have inflamed feet or if you’ve been unfortunate enough to experience a mild foot injury – they’ll still feel great on! It’s like barely wearing anything at all.

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They are conceived to have an anatomical fit on any foot type & its sole comes to envelops around the entire foot technically speaking. They allow natural movement without restraint for every stride you make, while also having a comparable comfort to being tucked in a soft/stretchy blanket. It’s like mini hammocks for your feet. At least from my perspective. They have become my everyday shoe since the moment I tried them on. If my feet could talk, they’d say that it was meant to be!

Sizing

Shoe sizing works by XS / S / M / L / XL. To select the right size you will have to measure the actual size of your foot in centimeters, and add a centimeter to that. Take into account that if you prefer something a bit loose compared to your actual size once you do the comparison, you’ll maybe want to go a size up.

Furoshiki Size Unisex EURO Foot Length
XS 36-37 21.5-22.5cm
SM 38-39 23.0-24.0cm
M 40-41 24.5-25.5cm
L 42-43 26.0-27.0cm
XL 44-45 27.5cm

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Furoshiki for Activities?

Vibram describes the shoe being for everywhere you go and everything you do. I’ve tried going on long walks, bike rides & even running with them and, as expected, I am more than content with the result. I do believe, as any other barefoot user, that these would still be great for hiking.

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Running in the Furoshiki

Barefoot runners, hear me out! I wasn’t sure if I’d feel good running with these rubbery cloth foot wraps because I usually run in FiveFingers. They are both minimalist shoe, but there is a crucial difference. You get more of a grip from every single toe with the FiveFingers, whereas I felt like with the Furoshiki missed that dynamic for running. I felt like the absence slowed me down a bit with them. It might just be a question of getting used to the difference though. I would still use the Furoshiki alternatively for running.

Negative Points

I can’t really think of any negative points to the Furoshiki other than they’re a bit less breathable than I had anticipated. By that, I mean that they take a bit longer to dry when damp or wet. Otherwise, I feel like they are something you get used to and that makes you feel better – just like kale.

There is 35 thoughts on this article titled “Vibram® Furoshiki Running Shoe Review”.

    1. Hello Sammie, the soles of these shoes are made from 100% rubber so they will be sticky although working in a restaurant, if you are in the kitchen often, you will need to be sure to keep the soles of the shoes clean as grease buildup may limit the traction of the shoes.

  1. I wear a 6.5 – 7, and seem to be right in the middle of your xs – s sizing. My foot is probably the right LENGTH for a 6.5, but after a couple of pregnancies, my feet sometimes prefer a 7. My ankles are slender. I want to take advantage of your excellent sale this weekend, but am not sure what size to purchase. Please advise. Thank you.

    1. Hi Sandy, the best option, in this case, may be to order both and try them both on. It’s hard to say which will be the right for you as it will be more of a comfort issue. We do offer hassle-free returns and if you’re a lifetime member, returns are free within Canada so you can easily return whichever isn’t a good fit.

  2. Hi
    I’ve been looking at these for awhile but haven’t pulled the trigger yet because a)I have very wide feet and b) my feet sweat very (very) easily.

    I know the upper is flexible but the sole looks quite narrow. Do you know anyone that has wide feet that has made these work?

    And when you say not so breathable, are you referring to daily wear. It’s incredible how hot my feet get, and then they start to sweat. The last thing I want is a pair of wet velcroed on socks on my feet! Many thanks

    1. Hey Jack, when we say not so breathable, the fabric used doesn’t allow moisture to escape as easily so you may end up with warm feet. As for sizing, the sole is narrow but depending on how wide your feet are, the stretch upper should fit most foot types as that’s how they were designed.

    1. Hello Sue, because these shoes are designed to fit very snug and close to your foot, if you generally wear a wider fitting shoe, you may find the footbed to be a bit narrow for your foot.

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