NOTE: The Vibram FiveFingers Moc has been discontinued!
The Vibram Five Fingers Moc for men (See the Performa for the women's version) further blurs the line between shoes and socks (Jump to posts on the Moc below!). The Moc lacks a single-form sole and instead utilizes the leather sheath of the shoe and seven strategically located "pods" of Vibram rubber (One at heel and forefoot and one for each toe).
Like a driving glove for your foot, the Moc, is sold for indoor-use only. The Moc features an open-topped design not totally unlike the Classic and is secured to the foot via a bungee cord that runs the circumference of the opening and can be cinched behind the heel. One deparature from the Classic is that the Moc has a higher "vamp," meaning the "hem" that runs over the front/top of the foot goes higher on the foot than in the Classic.
Given it's limited indoor-only use, the Moc is slated to be used for fitness (like some CrossFit, Yoga, or Weight-lifting), casual wear, or possibly even for the work environment.
Like all Vibram Five Fingers models, the Moc has five separated toe compartments that allow the foot to splay on contact with the ground. The Five Fingers Moc has no arch support and no cushioning or padding — indeed it is little more than a leather glove for your foot with thin rubber "pods" at the major contact points of the foot.
The standout features of the Moc include:
- The Moc is almost entirely kangaroo-leather with just a tiny bit of Vibram rubber. It lacks no real "sole" and could arguably be considered more like a high-end toe sock than a shoe.
- It's extreme minimalist construction lends it the most ground feel of all Vibram Five Fingers models; unfortunately, this extra feel makes the Moc less functional — Vibram advises buyers that is is for "indoor use only." It's not that you can't run in them, it's that doing so will both void your warranty and quicken the demise of your fairly expensive leather toe shoes.
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 the Moc sizes slightly smaller than the same size in the KSO (and other closed-top models). So a 43 Moc will fit smaller than a 37 Moc. For this reason, Vibram prescribes you size up in the Moc compared to the KSO. Alternatively, the Moc should size the same as the Classic or Sprint.
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 Moc'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 Moc via these reviews:
Okay, I want some Mocs. How much are they? Where can I get them?
The Moc retails for around $110 and can almsot always be purchased with free shipping from online retailers. Find the Vibram Five Fingers Performa 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 Moc posts below —