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.

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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 gladly 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.

They are conceived to have an anatomical fit on any foot type & its sole comes to envelopes 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 from 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 centimetres and add a centimetre 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.

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.

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There is 48 thoughts on this article titled “Vibram® Furoshiki Running Shoe Review”.

  1. i just got mine in the post, your sizing is mroe accurate than the one of the website, so unfortunately we have many small pairs…too small. they run small and narrow. what shocked me is that the shoes are made out of what seems to be tights material. not even a heavy winter tight but a normal dark tights material. the way they grip your foot is weird as well they are pulling tight at the toes area and do not provide any tightness around the arch of your foot wher eit might be of benifit. the straps are also very short on the boots and the velcro is at the very end of them so if you want them looser or tight you would need to put yoru own velcro on them, they are not very flexible when it comes to tightening them which i thought would be one of the main advantages of the shoes. the sole is grippy which is nice, but damn they are very much something you would wear to a dance class or a swimming pool or maybe kung fu lessons. i had the fibram five fingers and the sole on those was very sturdy adn the upper was quite a sturdy i think neopreme or similar fabric. i could walk through puddles and in the woods without much fear, but these are so flimsy that i do not imagine they would be able to be worn for a walk ..one snag on a little branch or stone. ….you can feel how thin the soles are and not a bit of bounce i always felt the vibram five figers i had i could leap adn jump in them, but these on a hard concrete city sidcewalk would give no protection for the hard ground. no bounce. no support, no protection, and weird. they look veyr different to the nice photos online aimed to sell them, as they never show the upper part of the shoe, the way the upper part is is like a canvas slipper shape you know the ones with string soles very very basic shape and not very ergonomic, the top is also square for some bizzare reason. where your toes go. i was really dissapointed i have to say when its such a great idea, just not very well executed. also the closing mechanism falling short and being on the inside so that there is a flappy bit between your feet, instead of the outside where it would be bothe easier to close and also not get int he way of walking at all. they are such a wonderful idea but for them to work i think they need to look at the design again. i also got the high and low cut “shearling” boots. of course they are nto shearling at all. they are very lightweight synthetic shearling, nothing geat quality and again the design means they are not as felxible to somones leg as you mgiht imagine not giving support in the right places. etc. i probably shouldnt have bought so many pair slol! but it was black friday so i was tempted by the low price.

    1. These are designed to be minimalist shoes and will provide very minimal arch support. If you are someone looking for a supportive shoe, this most likely wouldn’t be the best option.

    1. Hey Lois, while the shoes aren’t marketed as water shoes, they are marketed as more of an urban minimalist shoe, you can wear them in water if you like. You will want to make sure that they are dried out fully before wearing them again as to avoid acquiring mildewy smells. It’s also important to note that you don’t want to dry them in a dryer.

  2. I have 5-Fingers that I wore once a year to the water park with my kids. After the 3 year the sole pulled away from the material….I glued it back but that didn’t work so well…I literally wore them 3 time and they fell apart.
    I’m looking for replacement water shoes that I can wear to the water park…I always had a hard time getting my two smallest toes into the 5-fingers and am considering these Furoshiki…will they hold up better than the 5-fingers?

    1. Hey Dave, it’s possible the FiveFingers you had may have been defective as destroying after three wears does seem odd. Did you contact FiveFingers about that? The Furoshiki shoes are definitely made of quality and designed for everyday wear. These are more of a casual, fashion model as opposed to the FiveFingers.

  3. Hey there, going from the sizing review and guidelines, am I right in saying that there’s no difference in the men’s and women’s sizing ad compared to generic shoes.

    1. Hello Clare, if I understand your question correctly, the Furoshiki shoes are sized by length and will have less size options as opposed to regular shoes although, thanks to the wrapping technique, you can make them smaller if needed to fit your feet. They are more or less following the same size guidelines as regular shoe models as they generally are measured in length. The main difference is that one Furoshiki shoe may be suitable for 3 regular shoe sizes ex. XS = US 6 to US 7.5 . I hope this answers your question.

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