Comment from: Angel [Visitor]

Great review hope to get a pair soon I'm between getting these or wait for the black ones

12/19/12 @ 11:14
Comment from: Josh [Visitor]  

any word on when the all black is going to be available?

12/19/12 @ 11:15
Comment from: aSquard [Visitor]

I'm super excited about The Ten - I'm waiting on the black ones though as I could wear them to work everyday and not draw too much attention to them :)

12/19/12 @ 11:18
Comment from: Dan [Visitor]

Drat, I bought a lot of Classics when they were discontinued because I was afraid VFF would not release anything that would come close. Otherwise I would grab a pair.

Still love Classics though, but the heel issue sometimes bugs me, too.

12/19/12 @ 11:21
Comment from: Brian Rose [Visitor]
Brian Rose

As an early adopter of VFFs--I've been wearing minimalist shoes since about 2006--I'm really excited about these.

This is what the initial sensation was all about when the first models came out. Not about lugged soles, fancy straps, laces, etc., but about a foot glove that approached the experience of barefoot walking and running.

Mine are on order and should arrive in a day or two.

12/19/12 @ 11:25
Comment from: Hai [Visitor]

No smaller sizes? and not for women? what the heck is Vibram thinking?

12/19/12 @ 11:38
Comment from: Hai [Visitor]

and how many pairs did they send you? i can see three from your video.

12/19/12 @ 11:55
Comment from: Dana Roueche [Visitor]
Dana Roueche

Justin, thanks for yet another fantastic review, I love this web site. I am a high mileage runner with all of my running done on groomed or mild/soft trails. The KSO and Bikila have been outstanding for me with the Treksport having more protection than I need. I have thought of trying the classic for a less shoe experience but stayed away out of concern about getting a lot of sand, gravel, pebbles in the shoe. The KSO, Bikila and Treksport have done a great job at "keeping stuff out" which I find an important characteristic for the surfaces I run on. What excites me about the EL X is that it has a full upper that appears to fit snug around the opening and looks like it will do a great job at keeping your feet free of debris.

I find it interesting that the name EL is to designate "Entry Level", maybe from a price point but as far as running, I see these shoes appealing to runners who are more advanced with respect to wearing toe shoes.

Thanks again for the great review. I see a black/black pair in my future.

12/19/12 @ 12:05
Comment from: Ryan [Visitor]

These look great! Love tne grey/orange. I just bought another pair of Bikilas for running, darn. I really would like to know how these hold up for running.

12/19/12 @ 12:07
Comment from: Jason Jantzen [Visitor]  
Jason Jantzen

What's the Dri-lex stuff? Does it retain odor less? That would be nice :)

12/19/12 @ 12:23
Comment from: Dan [Visitor]

To Hai,

I am betting the Entrada will be similar to the EL-X but more styled to women.

12/19/12 @ 12:34
Comment from: Peggy [Visitor]  

Can't wait for the women's version! And for some reason, I was not aware of the Classics elimination! That is a bummer. They are my favorite, go-to shoes.

12/19/12 @ 15:33
Comment from: Boo [Visitor]

I really wish this came in women's sizes, or at least the smaller men's sizes. I know there's similar models coming out for women, but those models are either strappy or open-topped. Not that I mind strappy or open, but for toeshoes - since I don't want to buy five different pairs - I just want something simple, practical, and functional. These look like they would've been great.

12/19/12 @ 16:02
Comment from: M [Visitor]

Coming from someone with a pair of grey & green KSOs that have been relegated to mowing duty, unless you really like the orange & grey, you should wait to get what you want. It won't be *that* long, and you'll be that much happier for it. Now if only I can find someone to buy my NIB Classic Smartwools. ;-)

12/19/12 @ 16:52
Comment from: Ryan [Visitor]

Personally, I hope they *never* make these in Women's sizes.

Women already have the Jaya, Jaya LR, Performa Jane, and soon, Entrada, and Alitza, among others;
Heaven forbid us guys get something cool just for us!

12/19/12 @ 18:18
Comment from: Mathew [Visitor]

I need this in Women's!!! My feet are not big enough for Men's...

12/19/12 @ 19:09
Comment from: Zack B [Visitor]
Zack B

I'm very excited. I was hoping they would come out with something a little less than the SeeYa's, I just wish I had known about these before I bought a new pair of Bikila's and Komodo's on Vibram's black Friday sale. The free shipping from REI means I can get them on Friday. I don't think they'll keep my feet very warm up here in New York though! If they are all they live up to, it might be my new road racing set of VFFs!

12/19/12 @ 20:14
Comment from: Harrison Howard [Visitor]  
Harrison Howard

Is there a black version for sale also?

12/19/12 @ 20:42
Comment from: John [Visitor]

It's great to see a VFF go back to the Classics feel without the cord. I hated the cord. It always picked on my achilles tendon. The cord always won. Until I cut it off. Now I can't wait to buy a pair of ELKS. er...EL-X...

12/19/12 @ 20:58
Comment from: Joan [Visitor]

All blacks? Who sent you yours? REI just told me they won't stock the all blacks.

12/19/12 @ 22:52
Comment from: Jonathon [Visitor]

Now Vibram, use this sole and put it towards making a new kso.

12/19/12 @ 23:15
Comment from: M [Visitor]

Zack, I know they're scarce in the US, now. But, FWIW, I have been wearing the Bormio straight through WNY winters. With a generous amount of Sno-Seal applied and set with a hairdryer, the inside remains protected from slush and salt. The thicker sole is enough to keep me warm, even on ice. They key, however, is that I have to stay moving. I found that standing on concrete for 5 minutes made me cold, but when I walk for 15+ on ice-covered sidewalks, my feet stay warm. I suspect that's because the micro-fleece is only on the side. However, I don't think I would change it, because they get pretty warm indoors (or when the temps go above freezing). Perhaps if I used them with wool socks, they'd be even warmer yet.

Harrison, there are photos of actual black versions of the EL-X (see above), but no one is selling them yet. If history is any guide, they likely will in (relatively) short order.

John, Elks... I like that better than El ex or Elten. :)

12/20/12 @ 08:34
Comment from: M [Visitor]

It's kind of funny... when I bought my first pair of VFFs (grey/green KSOs) nearly three years ago, I was pretty concerned about how thin they were, and that they would wear out in no time.

Now, I'll admit, I haven't been using only one pair of VFFs, but in the summer, I wear my black KSOs exclusively (unless I'm doing yard work, when I switch to the grey/green). Also, I don't run. But, this spring is going to mark my second year of wearing the black KSOs, and they don't feel like they're going to wear out anytime soon!

I'm normally a very practical consumer, and I used to poke fun at my wife because she buys shoes before the ones she has have worn out. Before VFFs, I did't buy clothes unless they were replacements for things that have already worn out, or they were on a significant sale. Yet (and especially after reading that Justin finds the ground feel to be improved over the siped soles, which I love -- thanks Justin!), I now find myself wanting to buy a pair of the black EL-X as soon as they go on sale! I have so many VFFs now (most still new, in the box), that I'm starting to feel guilty about that. ;-)

12/20/12 @ 08:54
Comment from: M [Visitor]

Jonathon, why don't you think these could replace the KSO as-is?

12/20/12 @ 08:58
Comment from: Dan [Visitor]

To M,

What size are your NIB Classic Smartwools?

12/20/12 @ 09:43
Comment from: M [Visitor]

Dan, 99% sure that they are 44 (the Bormios I have on now are 43, and I vaguely recall classics being +1). I forgot to check last night, but I will check and repost ASAP to eliminate that 1% doubt. :)

12/20/12 @ 10:16
Comment from: Andy [Visitor]

For $75 this seems to be my next pair (provided they ever make them in size 38).
Also it's great to see Vibram making more minimalist shoes again, they just need more unisex models as a lot of current models are either too big for me or look too girly.

12/20/12 @ 10:52
Comment from: Jonathon [Visitor]


M, I will be completely honest and say that I'm sceptical of how secure the El-X will be for rigorous sporting activities. I am a competitive runner, amateur boxer and amateur triathlete. I currently rotate between the KSO Treksport, Komodosport Ls, Bikila LS and Seeya. I don't want to have to rely on a stretch material that may lose a certain degree of tightness after a few months of activity. Having a hook and loop velcro system like the kso and kso treksport would make this the ultimate secure and FLAT soled vibram. It's really just a piece of mind thing. I am happy that they are going for the completely flat sole look. Each foot will be able to adapt a lot easier to these shoes in the future. It just keeps the bio-mechanic side simple.

12/20/12 @ 10:59
Comment from: M [Visitor]

Jonathon, fair enough. Regarding your triathlons, if I were in cold water, I think I'd want neoprene VFFs. That said, isn't switching clothing part of a triathlon (or are you looking to skip that part to gain time)? I've cut the velcro strap off entirely on my KSOs, because I was tired of the velcro catching the upper. The only time I've had issues with them slipping is with use in deep water, but that goes back to my want of a neoprene pair. I'd suggest, maybe, finding a used pair of KSOs and either cut off or completely unfasten the strap and test them out, unless there's another activity where you can use the EL-X, if you're not happy with them in competition, FWIW. :)

12/20/12 @ 17:02
Comment from: Kirk [Visitor]

I wore my El-X all day yesterday. It was a cold day (below freezing, anyway) with a dusting (around an inch) of snow on the ground, which is expressly the opposite conditions to which the El-X really seems suited, but I was wearing them around the office, and didn't feel like changing when I went outside.

They perform in those conditions about like one would expect. :) On the upside, though, they do seem to have great grip, even on slick, icy terrain.

I did just a few quick little test-runs, and they seemed quite nice provided one isn't dealing with goathead thorns (long, rigid thorns endemic to some areas). I am a little concerned that the tread may not stand up well to significant amounts of road running, but time will tell.

They do seem like they will be superb for gym/treadmill use, though.

So far as fit goes, I normally opt for a 42 in my VFFs because I have a very high instep, and it's impossible to fit a VFF to my foot sized by length, according to their sizing chart. I typically end up with a bit of slack in the toe pockets, though. It's not really a problem, but on this pair, with the stretchy, relatively open upper, I opted for a 41.

The toe pockets do fit more like what a VFF toe pocket is supposed to with the 41, but my foot width and high instep pulls the material enough in other directions that heel fit suffers. They never came close to falling off, but I have a hunch that had I conceded that I'll just have to live with a little extra toe space even in these, and had I gone with a 42, heel fit might be better. Over all, though, I'm pleased with these.

They will be completely useless for me when running around my home, as the tread will be useless against the aforementioned goathead thorns, but in milder situations, I may end up wearing them a lot.

12/21/12 @ 10:36
Comment from: Ryan [Visitor]

Got my pair today! :D

I haven't had much time, but I'm already in love!
These put KSOs to shame-
They're pretty much the ultimate realization of an outdoor-friendly, ultra-minimalist foot glove.

We may have lost some beloved SKU's (Classic, Sprint, Moc),
but these fill their shoes (har har) very adequately.

They almost remind me of my beloved, lost Moc,
except they are fit for outdoor wear.

I agree with Justin here- a perfect 10.
Great work, Vibram!

12/21/12 @ 22:17
Comment from: Emmanuel Santiago [Visitor]  
Emmanuel Santiago

What about the big toe pocket? Are they as wide as Komodosports' or narrower like Classics and KSOs?

12/23/12 @ 01:04
Comment from: Kelvin [Visitor]

how are they sized? are they similar to the classic sizing cos i am looking to pick up a pair in M42.

12/23/12 @ 07:23
Comment from: Brian [Visitor]

Got mine on Friday and wore them playing basketball in a parents vs. middle school team game. Other than the fact that some of the parents were concerned about my feet getting stepped on and all the pounding on the floor--neither of which I have any concern about having worn VFFs for sports activities for years--it went quite well. The EL-X, of course, is not designed for basketball, and you would want a more secure heel for higher level play. But they felt great in general. The parents won, btw. Yesterday and today I walked all over Manhattan in them.

12/23/12 @ 16:22
Comment from: Hendrix76 [Visitor]  

Any thoughts on the usage/need for Injini socks with these? I've been +1000 miles in vibrams for each of the past 3 years and although I've tried other models am pretty well settled on the standard KSOs with Injinis and the standard Bikilas without socks but 1 size smaller than the KSO. Had a lot of success with this approach but on two Marathons one hot and sweaty and the other rainy I had hotspots on the tops of my feet from a seam on the Bikilas that led to a scar in one case. In 2012 I introduced a lot more miles of true BF running and am excited about the concept of such a minimal version and would hate to add a layer of Injinis unless the upper was an issue here too.

12/25/12 @ 10:00
Comment from: A C C [Visitor]


Now for the black color to come out from REI and other official retailers, orange just won't do.

Women have the Entrada, right?

12/25/12 @ 22:51
Comment from: Keanu [Visitor]

Nice, been waiting fr these puppies since my old KSO has passed to the afterlife of my house's attic. Anyways i noticed that on the vibram website, the EL-X are classified as casual and fitness shoe. In terms of durability and multiuse like KSO, are the EL-X good enough to replace my old KSO?

12/27/12 @ 09:12
Comment from: M [Visitor]

Dan, sorry for the delay (out of town). They are indeed 44.

12/27/12 @ 12:34
Comment from: Greenville_Gent [Visitor]  

I think I'm a bit less impressed than Justin is with the El-X. In particular, I don't like the feel of the heel cup. I've been running in VFFs for three years now, and have a dozen pairs. My favorites continue to be the KSOs, followed closely by KomodoSport, which I find the most versatile. What these have in common: the velcro strap. I don't know about you, but I like having the strap to customize the fit just a bit. With these "strapless" VFFs, I find myself thinking a bit too much about how they are sitting on my feet. The heel of the El-X feels similar to the Seeya to me (though the Seeya do indeed have the strap). So, while I love the concept of this shoe, it's not immediately clear to me how the El-X will fit into my repertoire.

12/31/12 @ 14:29
Comment from: Hey [Visitor]

Seriously you received a pair of all blacks you can't tell me you have no clue about when they will be available.

01/05/13 @ 21:37
Comment from: Derek [Visitor]

I cannot wait to purchase a pair of these. Does anyone know if these are going to be available in a size M39? I can fit into a M40 but a M39 is a better fit.

01/07/13 @ 19:25
Comment from: Dan [Visitor]


Darn I use 42.

01/08/13 @ 13:01
Comment from: Derek [Visitor]

Just for everyone's information, I e-mailed Vibram about what sizes the EL-X will be available in and they responded that the model will come in sizes from 38 to 50. So for those with smaller feet like me, fret not!

01/08/13 @ 21:27
Comment from: Jonathan [Visitor]  

Great review Justin. Mine just came in the mail today, and they are fantastic. These will now replace my KSOs as my running shoes for track and cross country. I am confident that they will stay snug and secure, the fit is perfect. The interior is far better than the KSOs, and there is no where for blisters to rub.

01/13/13 @ 00:06
Comment from: Alan [Visitor]

I hope that the women's model is released soon and is functionally identical to this. I am male but my feet are smaller that the smallest male sizes so I'll just have to wait... and keep my fingers crossed that Vibram do the right thing with the women's equivalent

01/14/13 @ 17:51
Comment from: Ben [Visitor]

I have a pair of KSO size 43 - love them. I just got a pair of El-X size 43, but they seem a little too snug... my toes are comfortable in my KSO's, but they are cramped in the El-X. Does anyone else have this problem? Do these run smaller - should I replace these with a larger size, the 44's?

01/17/13 @ 20:39
Comment from: Greenville_Gent [Visitor]

Yes, Ben, I definitely think that the El-X are among the smallest Vibrams per size. The Classics are a bit smaller yet, but El-X are surely smaller than my KSOs, Treks, KomodoSport, Bikila -- probably even smaller than Seeya (but pretty darn close to Seeya in many ways). This isn't a big deal to me, since I wear all of my other VFFs with Injinji socks. My El-X are now my "barefoot barefoot" shoes -- good for putting on for playing with my kids in the backyard, primarily.

01/18/13 @ 11:34
Comment from: Ben [Visitor]

Thanks G-Ville. I went to REI today and exchanged my EL-X's. The 44's fit perfectly. Wore them around the house some to get a better feel for them. I think they will be excellent once they are properly broken in

01/18/13 @ 21:24
Comment from: Jonathan [Visitor]

Hey Justin, I just noticed something about my pair. The heel cup is slightly different than yours. Where the suede strip runs straight down the back of yours, on mine it also wraps around the heel. Sorta hard to explain, but there is definitely much more suede on mine. Do you know why this would be? I got them off rei.

01/20/13 @ 14:49
Comment from: Kyhwana [Visitor]

How are these sized? I'm size 42 in the KSO classics/KSO Treks. From what other people are saying, i'd need 43's?

01/29/13 @ 01:03
Comment from: Larue [Visitor]

Just ordered mine from your link!!

01/29/13 @ 10:46
Comment from: Larry Evans [Visitor]  
Larry Evans

Barefoot shoes just do not get any better than this. EL-X is my most comfortable pair yet. I wish I had 2 pair (home and away).
Ever since I retired 3 years ago all my "ties" and regular shoes went into storage. These EL-X's are my 25th pair (I'm a devotee and VFF connoisseur). I still love and wear all of my Five Finger shoes, even the duck-taped ones I use to work around the house.
When you find something that works you stick with it. Why so many? ->
Borneo WORK and winter/wet boots (black and brown); then there's HIKING/biking, RUNNING, CASUAL around the house, and of course you need multiple colors to go with different outfits (women instinctively understand this).
My next pair will be EL-X's again (hopefully in another color???)

01/29/13 @ 11:03
Comment from: Ben [Visitor]

Kyhwana - I'm a 44 in KSO and had to get 43's in EX-L's. So, I guess if you're 42 in KSO, look at 41's. However, the best idea is to go somewhere that sells them and try them on.

01/29/13 @ 11:05
Comment from: ricardoromell [Visitor]  

Hi Justin.
Just for your opinion, i used to use my KSO's for running on concrete and on the beach. I loved the feel . How good are these as running shoes for may be 21 Km Half Marathon distance. Thanks a ton .

01/29/13 @ 11:31
Comment from: Kyhwana [Visitor]

Thanks Ben, though I doubt anywhere here in New Zealand has them :( (And if they did, they'd be at least twice the price of buying them online+shipping!)

01/29/13 @ 14:53
Comment from: Simon H [Visitor]
Simon H

Justin, Kirk:

I tried on VFFs for the first time today. I tried on Bikilas, KSOs, and Spyridon LSes.

VFF's size guide says I'm a 41, but I needed a 42 for all. I have a high instep. The Spyridon's fit the best. The strap ones tended to be overly tight across the top of my foot.

That being said, what size would you recommend for the El-Xes? I'm probably getting the Spyridon LSes and a cooler more breathable pair.

Also, I never had a chance to try the Komodosport LSes either....

01/29/13 @ 18:14
Comment from: [Member]

@Simon H

I'd probably go with a 42. A high instep tends to increase the size you need when it comes to VFFs -- as you experienced based on trying them on.

01/30/13 @ 09:58
Comment from: Larry Evans [Visitor]  
Larry Evans

BLACK EL-X just arrived. Minutes after posting above comment I went to City Sports and saw if I registered with them I could get an additional discount. Paid $71.20 delivered. They wrap your foot like a glove.
For me sizing depends on whether I'm going to wear toe socks or not. So my winter waterproof shoes are 44 and the rest 43... especially the EL-X... they stretch nicely.
PS. I've been wearing VFF's exclusively for the past 3 years since I retired and my health and agility have improved markedly (I'm on my toes all the time). All previous back, hip, knee/leg pains have been totally gone for years.

01/31/13 @ 15:29
Comment from: Greenville_Gent [Visitor]

I was comparing my El-X and KSOs yesterday. I put one on each foot. I'll tell you where the KSOs win hands-down against the El-X: toe flexion. It is much easier to curl my toes downward in the KSOs than in the El-X. Toe flexion is one of my favorite things about barefoot shoes, especially KSOs and most VivoBarefoot with a big toe box.

01/31/13 @ 16:26
Comment from: [Member]


Are these brand new KSOs or broken in KSOs? The break-in of the EVA would make a big difference. ALSO, are these "thin-toed" KSOs (this can be discerned by looking at the thickness in profile of the rubber at the toes of your KSOs -- some KSOs this rubber is incredibly thin; others its thick -- makes a huge difference).

01/31/13 @ 16:34
Comment from: Greenville_Gent [Visitor]

Yes -- thin-toed KSOs. And yes, broken in. Thanks for keeping me honest.

01/31/13 @ 16:56
Comment from: Larry Evans [Visitor]  
Larry Evans

Wow Greenville Gent... I can't imagine a defect but perhaps you should exchange your EL-Xs or try another pair. I've 3 pr KSO and both my EL-Xs have way more toe flexibility.. I can wiggle them almost like I'm barefoot. Did you see Justin's pics above? Also be sure to watch the EL-X video for the standard.

01/31/13 @ 17:37
Comment from: Greenville_Gent [Visitor]

Don't get me wrong -- they're flexible, indeed. Probably toe abduction, adduction, and extension are better in the El-X. It's the flexion -- curling toes -- that is easier in my KSOs and VBs than in the El-X. Frankly, I'm just trying to be a bit critical of the El-X to offer some commentary balance against Justin's unbridled enthusiasm. I'm happy to have the El-X as part of my barefoot repertoire. Cool shoes, but not among my top three favorite pairs of VFFs (KSO, KomodoSport, Bikila, then these -- followed by Trek, then Seeya bringing up the rear).

02/01/13 @ 08:15
Comment from: [Member]


I had completely forgotten to consider my own thin toed KSOs (the Remixes) in making the comparison, but then again, I think this is widely considered to be a non-standard or atypical implementation of the original FiveFingers sole, which was intended to be 3.5mm thick (even at the toes). I've never measured the thickness of the thin toed KSOs I've got but I'd guess (purely on memory as I don't have my pair in front of me) that it's a single mm or so thick, which would explain the additional flexibility. Funny thing about the thin toed KSOs (and a few Classics, but none I own) is that some loved this "feature" (I did!) while others hated it as a flaw, which is what it really was.

Anyway, it's a great observation.

That said, can you really compare any toe flexibility in FiveFingers to Vivo Barefoots where you aren't bending the sole in step with your toe movement (save for upward flex, perhaps)? This strikes me as a little apples and oranges. There are plenty of regular shoes where I can crunch my toes down (or up) inside the toe box but aren't minimalist. Or maybe I'm just misunderstanding and you are actually bending the VB sole in keeping with the downward flex of your toes (almost making a crease, as with VFFs) (?).

I like your ordering of your favorites. It's hard to do that for me. I wear Speeds probably more than any other VFF followed by Sorrentos. But for working out, I am wearing El-X (was wearing SeeYa). For running ... tough one but probably SeeYa or Bikila. Trails? Spyridon LS (or KSO Trek). Spring/Summer casual wear or wear with shorts? Classics make a frequent appearance.

Hard to order because so many different applications.

02/01/13 @ 09:18
Comment from: Greenville_Gent [Visitor]

Justin: You're right, it's not a perfect comparison -- but I'd say more like grapefruits and oranges. It was the VFFs that got me into barefoot shoes. Through your website & other recommendation by fellow VFF-loving friends, I gave VivoBarefoot a try. Now I wear VivoBarefoot most of the time. Still only wear VFFs for running, though. Anyway, I had on a pair of traditional "foot coffin" Allen Edmonds last week for a few hours & I thought that I was gonna cry ;->

So, indeed -- the toe flexion in KSOs is quite different from VivoBarefoot. But they are allies in the war against toe prisons, so there is at least some common ground for comparison.

02/01/13 @ 10:19
Comment from: Keanu [Visitor]

With all this flexibility and thinness of the shoe, how does it fare in terms of durability? Will it last long if i wear them almost every day?

02/04/13 @ 07:23
Comment from: Rob C [Visitor]
Rob C

I bought the black El-X, but returned them. I found out that I prefer VFF's that wrap the foot at a higher point like the KSO's or my black/green Spyridons.

I also did not like the heel cup at all. The KSO and Spyridon have the sole come up around the heel and it feels supportive.

The El-X has a thicker material that circles the back of the heel from the sole and when you set your heel in it, it causes the heel area to wrinkle and buckle. It is awkward.

02/05/13 @ 12:38
Comment from: Kyhwana [Visitor]

I can feel tiny screws on the ground when I step on them, in these things! (Even more so than the KSO's I have)

(Handy when you're wondering where that small screw you lost went to!)

02/13/13 @ 06:13
Comment from: AlmostEuro [Visitor]

@ Rob C

"wrinkle and buckle"

The exact words I would use to describe the EL-X sloppy heel. I even tried to size down from my normal, and the heel was better but the rest of my foot/toes were way too cramped.

So now; do I return both pairs and move on? or do I give the 40's a shot and just hope I can learn to live with the heel?

02/13/13 @ 07:51
Comment from: Michael B [Visitor]  
Michael B

Having just bought a pair of the Merrell Vapor Glove, I'm not sure I will be buying any more VFFs. Though I've worn them since before they were popular, in the end I'm not sure I get much benefit from the separated toes. Give me thin, flexible soles, light uppers, no arch support and zero drop, and I'm pretty happy.

02/13/13 @ 13:06
Comment from: jeri tatum [Visitor]
jeri tatum

Hey Justin, Great review but are us GIRLS going to be able to wear these anytime soon??
I run barefooted or w/ fivefingers or Vivo and I would LOVE these!!! Are they going to make them for us girlies!! And I hope if they do, they do make them in goofy bright so-called girly colors :) Not ALL of us girls like those bright colors :)
Thank you for your time!!

02/13/13 @ 13:37
Comment from: [Member]


The El-X is a men's only model. For girls, you're "stuck" with the Alitza or Entrada (two women's only versions).

02/13/13 @ 14:27
Comment from: Larry Evans [Visitor]  
Larry Evans

Justin... why couldn't a woman find a men's size that fits her... especially with EL-X or Komodo Sport that wrap the feet so well.

02/13/13 @ 15:11
Comment from: [Member]


No reason they couldn't (and some do) -- though sizing is an issue if you've got average-sized women's feet.

02/13/13 @ 16:24
Comment from: Adam B [Visitor]
Adam B

I wear a size 39M, since I have short, fat feet; and my feet are too wide for any women's models.

The only shoes Vibram has recently offered to guys who are size 38 or 39 are the KSO (black only) and Bikila LS.

If this is replacing the KSO, I hope they at least make this one is a 38 and 39!

02/17/13 @ 16:46
Comment from: Hank [Visitor]

Kyhwana - what size did you go for in the end?

02/18/13 @ 18:29
Comment from: Kyhwana [Visitor]

Hank:I went with 42,which is the same size I am for the KSOs etc.

They mostly fit, though they "feel" loose around my heel, though I don't think they're actually loose..

02/20/13 @ 14:08
Comment from: Adam B [Visitor]
Adam B

When I checked Vibram's website, I was glad to see the size boxes for 38 and 39 listed for the EL-X.

I was able to track down a dealer who had the 39M in Gray and am now wearing them. :)

02/25/13 @ 20:14
Comment from: Alan [Visitor]

Hi Justin (and any others who have a view on this)
I have a pair of Soft Star Moc3 which I love except that I find them a little too snug around the toe area so my toes don't spread as they would barefoot (unless a wear a bigger size which is too big around the rest of my foot). Consequently I've always thought my dream shoe would have the flexibility and ground feel of a Moc3 but with fivefingers style toes. Do you think the El-x would fit the bill? Thanks, Alan

04/20/13 @ 11:06
Comment from: Stephan [Visitor]  

Hi Justin,

Really interesting article ! I would like buy my first vibrams.
I think I will use it for walking and running but I would like to be able to use it for climbing sometime or just walking on small paths. What do you think is the most convenient ELX or KSO ?

Thanks for your answer,

have a good day


09/12/13 @ 08:45
Comment from: Gede Adhyatma [Visitor]
Gede Adhyatma

Just bought a pair of this model 2 months ago and had ran less than 25 miles on it. Today i found out that the paint-on rubber that connects the upper fabric to the sole are starting to rip. Anyone else experienced the same thing?

09/14/13 @ 04:09
Comment from: sascha [Visitor]  

I wonder how long the relatively soft rubber sole will last when used for running 5 to 16 miles / 6 days per week?

11/07/14 @ 05:01
Comment from: Robin [Visitor]

For exactly two months, I have really enjoyed the Vibram FiveFingers EL-X shoes for casual wear around home and the office as well as for fitness classes (Boot Camp and Tabata) 2-4 times per week. My heel slips out of the shoe during extreme backward movements like mountain climbers, especially when wearing socks; otherwise, fit and function has been near perfect. I usually wear Injinji toe socks. I have washed the EL-Xs once — this past weekend.

Today, I notice that the soles are delaminating from the uppers on the insides of both big toes. I plan to return the EL-Xs to REI, but I'm bummed because I really liked these shoes for fitness activity and casual inactivity.

01/27/15 @ 16:07
Comment from: Nick [Visitor]

I've had the EL-X's for a while. I've really enjoyed the light, sheer feel of them. They're good for summer time. They are super easy to slip on. However only on flat, clear surfaces where there is no debris to step on as they their flexibility is very permeable to anything that might make your feet hurt like rocks or other rough surfaces (as to be expected).

They are not very durable at all. The fabric is fine, it has stayed together for the time I've had them. But the rubber soles become unglued from the edges along the inside of the arch and the other side all the way to the heel almost, as well as the toe pockets separating from the toe rubber as well. I've even had holes form on the sole rubber. I guess it is to be expected since they are so thin and I've worn them for so long. Another complaint is that they can be a bit tight. I tend to be lazy sometimes and sleep in my VFF's, these ones always make my feet ache tremendously if I leave them on for too long, even while sitting, as though it is trapping bloodflow, particularly around the heel, there is that seam on the heel that is a little thick and makes that nerve in the achilles area a bit achy.
Overall, good relaxed walking shoes for indoors, outdoors not so much. I find myself kicking off the heel a lot if I'm not walking much, I just wish the heel was made like the seeyas where there's no seam on the very back.

04/02/15 @ 11:09
Comment from: Alfonso Parrado [Visitor]  
Alfonso Parrado

I have a problem, and is that i am too tall, and there's only 4 types of vibram shoes with my size, this is one of them, but i want them to do parkour and running, and i think they are the thinnest, so i don't think they're good, or am i wrong? So, if they are bad for using like i want, what would you recommend me?

05/05/16 @ 12:42

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