Frequently Asked Questions

Is barefoot running good for me and my feet?

Yes. In many cases, barefoot runners have come across less injuries. With Vibram FiveFingers, you are more likely to strike mid-foot or on the balls of your feet (where the toes join with the rest of the foot), avoiding "heel-striking" which is known to be a harmful method since heel-striking carries more force with it, thus creating a higher chance of injuries in the knees, hips, and other areas.

What’s better, mid-foot strike (MFS) or the balls of your feet (BOF)?

One is not better or worse than the other. MFS is more for endurance, and BOF is more for sprinting/speed. They both have specific uses. It also comes down to what you prefer and are most comfortable with. Both are good for your feet.

My legs hurt after using Vibram FiveFingers. Why and how long will it last?

Chances are you are a new user of minimal shoes. The transition takes time since you are (most likely) changing your foot strike, which modifies the muscles you use in your legs and feet. For the first few uses, wear them for short periods of time. Within a month or so, your feet should be used to the shoes.

How can I clean my footwear?

Use gentle/delicate, warm water cycle with liquid or powdered detergent. Hang to air dry. Make sure to keep the KSO Trek, Performa and MOC away from direct sunlight or heat source while drying as leather can shrink.

Size 42, 43? How do I know which size fits my feet?

To figure out your shoe size for Vibram FiveFingers, please use the sizing tool.

My shoes are damaged (loose stitching, etc.). What can I do to have them repaired?

There are two options. First, send an email or call Vibram about this issue. We recommend this, especially if your shoes are still under warranty. Second, take them to a local shoe repair store and see if they are able to repair them.

For more related information, check out our FAQ category in our blog.