Vibram Five Fingers Classic [Barefoot] Toe Shoes

he Vibram Five Fingers Classic is the original — the first "barefoot" toe shoes produced by Vibram — or anyone, as far as we know (Jump to posts on the Classic below!). The Classic features an open-topped design and the standard Vibram Five Fingers sole. It is secured to the foot via a bungee cord that runs the circumference of the opening and can be cinched behind the heel. Many Classic fans ultimately remove this cord (permanent, voids warranty!) to make the Classics more comfortable; some users find the bungee cord can dig into the top of the foot, causing irritation, which could also be why Classics tend to "break in" over time, becoming more comfortable with wear.

Like all Vibram Five Fingers models, the Classic has five separated toe compartments that allow the foot to splay on contact with the ground. The Five Fingers Classic has no arch support and no cushioning or padding. The Classic is a favorite for casual wear and travel, but is used by many for fitness and even running.

The standout features of the Classic include:

  • Open top makes the Classic airy and easy to put on or take off. It is the "flip flop" of the Vibram line-up (except it doesn't flop at all!).
  • The Classic, like the Sprint, features Vibram's most minimal sole approved for outdoor use. If you want barefoot feel but a small amount of rubber protection, you can't go wrong with the Classic.

Sizing and fit

If you've never sized your foot for Vibram Five Fingers, you need to consult the Vibram Five Fingers sizing chart (image) and measure the length of your feet as presecribed. Vibram sizing does not correspond to standard shoe sizes!

If you've sized in Vibrams before, note that Classics size slightly smaller than the same size in the KSO (and other closed-top models). So a 43 Classic will fit smaller than a 43 KSO. For this reason, Vibram prescribes you size up in the Classic compared to the 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 Classic's open top design makes it easier to fit "high feet" (as compared to closed-top Vibrams like the KSOs, Flows, Treks, or Bikilas).

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

Mods and other considerations:

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

The Classic retails for around $75 and can often be purchased with free shipping from most online retailers. Find the Vibram Five Fingers Classic 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 Classic posts below —

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Rare Vibram FiveFingers Classics

Two rare pairs of Classic FiveFingers - rare because they can only be purchased through Europe, and one pair (the floral variety) were one-off VFFs made a few years back and are only available via eBay.
Two rare pairs of Classic FiveFingers - rare because they can only be purchased through Europe, and one pair (the floral variety) were one-off VFFs made a few years back and are only available via eBay.
Covering some rare Classic Vibram FiveFingers, my all-time favorite toe shoes, in a crazy floral and black colorway as well as the awesomely white-soled with navy upper colorway only available in Europe. more »

Olympic-Themed FiveFingers Classics

Denmark flag-styled Olympic Classic FiveFingers ... coming sometime summer 2012?
Denmark flag-styled Olympic Classic FiveFingers ... coming sometime summer 2012?
If there's one FiveFingers model that garners more of a following all others, it'd have to be the Classic. It's my all-time personal favorite style of Vibrams and I'm not alone: just take this fan's 20+ pairs for reference. Unfortunately though, i… more »

FiveFingers in the Philippines

FiveFingers in the Philippines
Hey Justin! I love your site so I just really wanted to share my story with my Five Fingers. So here goes: In about a month, I and my friends are going to graduate from college and go on to study in medical school. To celebrate, we decided to take a… more »

That's a Lot of Classic FiveFingers

That's a Lot of Classic FiveFingers
There are FiveFingers fans and then there are really FiveFingers fans. While there are a growing number of people who have five to ten pairs of toe shoes in their closet, there are only a handful who have over forty — that's over 400 toe pockets.… more »

Vibram Five Fingers to Lose Weight and Get in Shape

July 12, 2009
Chris says, "Here's a photo of me in the VFFs July 12, 2009 at Carolina Beach. It's a little frightening to look at even for me."
The BirthdayShoes.com forum is chock full of great information from the most passionate minimalist shoe fans around. Sometimes the stories are so compelling that they need to be published here on the main blog. Chris's story is one of those. He has been… more »

Vibram Five Fingers Help with Plantar Fasciitis

Vibram Five Fingers Help with Plantar Fasciitis
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 »

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 »

Nautica Malibu Triathlon After Just 6 weeks in Five Fingers

Rafael at the Nautica Malibu Triathlon
Rafael swimming, cycling, running and finishing the Nautica Malibu Triathlon.
Though we suggest all runners transitioning to Vibram Five Fingers take their time and make a very gradual transition, Rafael ran in the Nautica Malibu Triathlon after just six weeks in Vibram Five Fingers.My name is Rafael from Sacramento, CA. I… more »

Traveling Light to Greece with a Collection of Vibrams

Traveling Light to Greece with a Collection of Vibrams
Hiking around the Acropolis. (Parthenon-Athens, Greece)
Steve took along his Vibram Five Fingers Classics, Sprints and Bikilas on a recent trip to Greece. That's about 2 pounds. Not bad for three pairs of shoes. After the jump, read what Steve had to say about his travels, see some more great pics and learn t… more »

Finnish Girls Hike Alps in Toe Shoes

Finnish Girls Hike Alps in Toe Shoes
Sara and Eeva were ready to get the heck out of Finland after graduation, so it was off to the German Alps where they could hike through the snow in their Five Fingers. They sent us some pics and a summary of their trip:We are two Finnish girls who a… more »

Close Up Review: Vibram Five Fingers Trek Sport

Close Up Review: Vibram Five Fingers Trek Sport
Vibram Five Fingers Black Trek Sports
Why Trek Sports?Being the new kid (geriatric new kid, that is!) on the Birthday Shoes block, I only own two pair of Vibram Five Fingers, the Classics and Bikilas. My Classics don't get a lot of wear except as an occasional flip flop alternative (Just… more »

Self Defense Instructor Teaches and Trains in Vibram Five Fingers

Michael hanging loose
Michael in his Classics with instructors and students at a Detroit self-defense school.
Michael "Sifu" Banaag is quite an accomplished martial artist and self-defense instructor. He was taught by James DeMile, a student of Bruce Lee. He is also a Vibram Five Fingers fan and wears KSOs to train and teach self defense. He recently acquired a… more »

Edward Edmond's Minimalist Approach to Marathon Training utilizes Barefoot Running and Racing Flats

Edward Edmond's Minimalist Approach to Marathon Training utilizes Barefoot Running and Racing Flats
Edward on a training run through the German countryside wearing his Nike Air Zoom Streak XC 2 racing flats.
We first ran across Edward Edmonds a few weeks ago in a youtube video of him running barefoot and posted it in our Link Love section. Later we discovered on his blog that he training full time as a runner and has the ultimate goal to run a marathon under… more »

The World's First Ever Five Fingers 5k race

Five Fingers 5k Starting Line
Runners line-up for the start of the first annual Five Fingers 5k.
The World's First Ever Five Fingers 5k, sponsored by Mahoney's was held this past weekend in Johnson City, TN. It was open to all runners, regardless of footwear. However, the winner was wearing fivefingers and finished the race in 17:33. Vibram Five Fin… more »

Competitive Runner Trains in Vibram Five Fingers

Sean training
Sean blasts out of the curve as he trains in his Vibram Five Fingers Classics.
Vibram Five Fingers fan, Sean, is a competitive runner from Canada. He runs for the Phoenix Athletics track club and has competed in the Canadian Championships. Read what Sean had to say about discovering and later training in Vibram Five Fingers:I… more »

Splish Splashin' in the Creek with Vibram Five Fingers Classics!

Mary at the nature preserve.
Mary says, "I absolutely love when I step in water in my Vibrams, because when I walk away they leave little footprints!"
Vibram Five Fingers fan, Mary, likes getting back to nature in her Classics. They provide sure footing and it's ok if they get wet! She told us why VFFs work for her:A friend and I spent the morning at Arbor Hills Nature Preserve, which is located… more »