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The Evolution of Vibram FiveFingers

Vibram FiveFinger shoes are the most popular barefoot / minimalist shoe on the market.

Here’s a look at how they evolved.


bare feet picture from bottom



woman with painted toe nails drying



vibram five fingers barefoot  running shoe


Doug Robb is a personal trainer, a fitness blogger and author, a competitive athlete, and a student of nutrition and exercise science. He's also the co-founder of the Hive Health Media. Since 2008, Doug has expanded his impact by bringing his real-world experience online via the health & fitness blog – Health Habits.


  1. Michael

    May 24, 2011 at 3:25 am

    Oh I just love my Vibram Fivefingers :) I own a pair since a few weeks and after my feet get used to the new home, everything was easy :) Now I don’t want to go out without them anymore and I recommend warmly to everybody to try them at least once, you will love them, too! ;)

  2. Marina

    May 13, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    Once i saw a guy running on these shoes…i could feel the pain for him

  3. Marina

    May 13, 2011 at 8:12 pm


  4. Dylan

    May 12, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    Hey, nice idea but the five picture is if fake Fivefingers. That colour doesn’t exist. Other than that, cool.

  5. Todd Williams

    May 12, 2011 at 6:17 am

    How can you not love these? The feet are the only part of our body that we chose to put on something that all appendages are not free to move unrestricted. These shoes help you achieve that free feeling. I love them and will never go back to traditional running shoes unless god-forbid they stop making these things!

  6. Eric Marcotte, MD

    May 11, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    I love these things myself, got them for a rafting trip in Oregon last summer and have been working my distance up slowly. It makes a big difference to my gait and speed and running in shoes again always takes a little getting used to.

  7. JS

    May 11, 2011 at 11:54 am

    I think McDougall’s Born to Run provides a more accurate and less disparaging account of the barefoot running phenomenon. Since jumping on the Vibrams train, I’ve increased my leg press by 20% and taken 8 minutes off my half marathon time — with LESS training than I did in conventional shoes. And with fewer injuries to boot.

    Don’t knock it til you try it.

    • Douglas Robb

      May 11, 2011 at 12:31 pm

      I’m wearing barefoot shoes right now.

    • bodynsoil

      May 15, 2011 at 11:35 am

      I have come close to purchasing these shoes for myself on many occasions but whenever I have them on my feet I can’t get past the odd appearance. I know that I will come home with a pair soon and hopefully will write a review when I do.

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