Vibram Five Fingers Bikila [Barefoot] Running Shoe

he Vibram Five Fingers Bikila (released April 2010) is the first toe shoe designed specifically for running (Jump to posts on the Bikila below!). Like other Vibram Five Fingers models, the Bikila has five separated toe compartments that allow the foot to splay on contact with the ground.

The Five Fingers Bikila has no arch support and a minimal amount of cushioning or padding — it is slightly thicker than the Classic and Sprint which have zero insole, and the KSO, which has a 2mm insole: the Bikila has a 3mm insole. In the minimalist running shoe world, the Bikila is the "barefoot" running shoe to beat and if you're looking for a pair of VFFs to run in, the Bikila is worth serious consideration.

Model specifics

Here are the technical specifications of the Vibram Five Fingers Bikila straight from Vibram:

Built on an entirely new platform, the Bikila features a Dri-Lex® covered 3mm polyurethane insole (thickest under the ball) and a 4mm anatomical pod outsole design that offers more plating protection, and distributes forefoot impact without compromising important ground feedback essential to a proper forefoot strike running form. A more athletic padded collar and topline, a single hook and loop closure, 3M reflective surfaces, and tear resistant TPU toe protection finish off this breakthrough design.

The standout features of the Bikila include:

  • The heel cup, which makes your heel feel less bound and takes pressure off your Achilles tendon.
  • The interior is lined and has fewer blister-causing seams (As compared specifically to the KSO).
  • The Bikila has a more shoe-like look with a larger opening at the top and overall more "nice" looking materials including reflective material and a solid feeling strap material.

Sizing and fit

If you've never sized your foot for wearing Vibram Five Fingers, here is the Vibram sizing chart (image). The Bikila seems to fit somewhere between the same size of KSO and Classic. So a 43 Bikila would feel slightly larger than a 43 Classic and slightly smaller than a 43 KSO. Generally, it is better to size up if you're in between sizes — you don't want your toes bending out of lack of room! Also, the Bikila can fit more snugly over the top of your foot compared to open-topped models like the Classic or Sprint, so if you have particularly high arches or "high feet" the Bikila may not fit properly.

Read (and see!) more about the Five Fingers Bikila via these reviews:

Okay, I want some Bikilas. How much are they? Where can I get them?

The Bikila retails for right about $100 and can typically be purchased with free shipping from most online retailers. Find the Vibram Five Fingers Bikila in stock via the Store or subscribe by email to inventory alerts.

Looking for something else? Try one of these other Vibram Five Fingers models:



Of course, there are other barefoot shoes worth checking out!

More Vibram Five Fingers Bikila posts below —

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Toe Shoes in Galapagos!
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10 Marathons. 10 Days. In 10 Toed Shoes.

10 Marathons. 10 Days. In 10 Toed Shoes.
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In less than 24 hours, Robert Dallison is to run a marathon — one of ten marathons he'll be doing on ten consecutive days. And he's going to be doing it in Bikila FiveFingers*. The race is the Brathay 10 in 10 — here's a bit more about the… more »

Senior Year: Through the Feet of a FiveFingers Wearer

Senior Year: Through the Feet of a FiveFingers Wearer
Senior Year: Through the Feet of a FiveFingers Wearer
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FiveFingers for Dancing the Night Away at Senior Prom

Spencer and Jana show off their choice of Senior Prom footwear--toe shoes!
Spencer and Jana show off their choice of Senior Prom footwear--toe shoes!
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Vibram FiveFingers Bikila and Sprint Long-Term Review

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Natural Running in Huaraches and Vibram Five Fingers

James, Al and Spud
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James and his buddies have been gradually increasing their miles and competing in longer races in preparation for a half marathon. James sent us this story about their last run in the 2011 Pensacola Double Bridge 15K Run:Fellow barefoot runners a… more »

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Couch to Half Marathon in 8 Months wearing Vibram Five Fingers

Jeremy in his Bikilas
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Vibram Five Fingers Help with Plantar Fasciitis

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John running in a local Turkey Trot and trail running in the Coronado Mtns, AZ.
John sent us the following story about how Vibram Five Fingers have helped him solve his plantar fasciitis problems:Listen up kiddos. I have major feet problems, plantar fasciitis and the Army gave me inserts, which gave me Stress Fractures. Told m… more »

A Snowy Gobble Gallop in Vibram Five Fingers

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Dudley and his wife at the Gobble Gallop.
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New 5K PR in Five Fingers Bikilas

Matt in his Bikilas
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Dentists, Harleys and Vibram Five Fingers

Joy at the Hi-Tec Dental Rally.
Joy at the Hi-Tec Dental Rally.
Joy wore her Vibram Five Fingers to a rather unique Dental Convention and sent us her story:Recently, our dental laboratory, Dental South, traveled to Knoxville, TN for the 3rd annual Hi-Tec Dental Rally that takes place at Smokey Mountai… more »

Transatlantic Cruising Five Fingers Style

Bill jogging
Bill jogging on the Promenade deck.
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Clean Sweep for the 30 Somethings in Bikilas

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Dr. Jawa Runs his First Marathon

Dr. Jawa and his wife
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Dr. Jawa, is a long time reader and contributor to our blog. You may remember Dr. Jawa doing headstands, teaching in black KSO VFFs, running a half marathon in Las Vegas, or on vacation in Jamaica. Dr. Jawa recently continued his adventures in Vibram Fiv… more »

Jocelyn BQs in her First Marathon in Five Fingers Bikilas

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Father Dorn's Conversion to Five Fingers

Father Dorn's  Conversion to Five Fingers
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Flee Flies in Five Fingers

Post Race Elation
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Hiking the Garden of the Gods in Vibram Five Fingers

Andy and  Kaitlyn at the Garden of the Gods
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Jeremy Skydiving
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