Vibram Women’s V 2.0 Trail Running Shoe – Review

Vibram Women’s V 2.0 Trail Running Shoe – Product characteristics

  • Synthetic-and-mesh
  • Imported
  • Synthetic sole
  • Shaft measures approximately low-top from arch
  • Polyester fabric upper with added lamination around the toes to prevent seam splitting
  • The new upper is also more water repellent than the previous version
  • Bungee laces with adjustable toggle closure for a secure fit
  • Fabric linings
  • Vibram 3D Cocoon technology is molded into the sole for rock stopping protection and unparalleled grip on wet and dry surfaces

Vibram Women’s V 2.0 Trail Running Shoe – Reviews

Restrictive forefoot & toes are way shorter, length sizing is the same

I’ve worn Vibram fivefingers for physical activity since 2013 and mostly wear minimalist shoes casually too these days. I’ve had the KMD Sport x2, KSO Evo, and V-trail (1.0). My original V-trails are falling apart (sole coming apart from the seams, holes between the toes and on the sides, sole fairly worn) though I’ve had them since 2018. I’ve hiked quite a bit in them but didn’t track miles or anything so I can’t really tell if the wear and tear was expected in that timeframe or not. For the original V-trails, I really like how grippy the sole is (Vibram megagrip!), the fact that it’s comfortable hiking in wet or dry, that my shoes are light and isn’t bulky, and that I don’t need to worry about the interaction between my foot and the shoe, it acts as one (I never get any blisters, even when I land too much on the outside of my foot and roll my ankle slightly, I can walk it off, it’s never a sprain or more serious unlike shoes w/ larger stack heights). Since I loved the old version I decided to try the 2.0.A lot of reviews have said that these fit smaller than the old version, so I sized up. I’ve worn a size 39 consistently in Vibram fivefingers and I got a size 40 for these. They are definitely too long for me and sticking with a size 39 would have been the correct move but in length only.I have long toes the toe pockets on Vibram fivefingers have always been too short for my toes, but it wasn’t ever a significant problem. However, the moment I put these on I noticed that the toes on these are way shorter! I measured the big toe from the toe seam on the upper fabric and it’s almost a full centimeter shorter. I also provided photos with my finger pressing on the point where my toe naturally starts and in the 1.0, the toe pocket is a little bit short for my toes, but in the 2.0, you can see it’s way shorter. Also, the pinky pocket was tight and the placement of the rubber sole that goes up in front of the toes was uncomfortable on the pinky toe. Because the toes are way too short for me, my toes feel very restricted.Furthermore, the extra layer that wraps around the foot (the black parts on the olive and teal version) is too tight for my forefoot. My feet are wide and more “duck” shaped (splays out at the forefoot and toes) rather than rectangle (straight) shaped and the restrictiveness at the forefoot was noticeable and uncomfortable as soon as I tried them on. In Vibram’s FAQ about widths, they say:”Most Vibram FiveFingers footwear features a stretch fabric upper that accommodates most medium and wide widths (up to eee) comfortably.”and that has been true for the old version and other models I’ve tried but the fabric on the forefoot is too restrictive and won’t stretch much if you have wide feet for the 2.0’s.From a comparison from the soles with my 1.0, the 2.0’s soles look much narrower but I would say that’s likely due to new vs. wear and molding to my foot over time because when I try to measure the soles, they actually come in at very similar dimensions. The real problem is with the toes fabric and extra fabric on top of the forefoot.The sole and ground feel feels the same and it looks like it may be more durable than the 1.0.I’m going to try the men’s version and if that doesn’t work, I’ll try to hunt down a pair of the 1.0’s or switch to hiking sandals and zero drop non-fivefinger trail runners.

Reviewed in the United States on March 13, 2021

A great therapy shoe!

I have foot issues so I got these to help build the muscles in my feet, not so much to go running or any of that. It helps to activate the muscles in the foot by keeping the toes separated. They are a bugger to put on at first but if you scrunch your foot in little by little and align the toes up slowly, they will go in fine. Takes some getting use to however. A plus, they fit pretty spot on. A minus even with them laced up I’ve walked on dirt trails and they will get tiny little rocks and debris falling into the shoe…this is cumbersome. I don’t know how a runner would deal with that, constantly pulling little bits of gravel out of the shoe as you are trying to run. Now…it could be me and the way I walk, so…the verdict is out on that. Do take your time in them as the foot takes a while to get use to being activated. Also, you may have one stubborn toe that just does NOT wish to comply with the rest of the foot. My little toe on the left side likes to sandwich to the neighbor toe, so…that is a bit of a struggle but give it 5 minutes and it usually works itself out. A good therapy is to shoot for about 10 minutes a day in them for a week then add more time after that. The heal feels good, no rubbing and it looks like very good quality materials to make the shoe.

Reviewed in the United States on August 17, 2020

Buy socks or blister

Ive been running barefoot in fivefingers daily for 8 years. This is my 5th pair. The seams in this specific pair are pretty aggressive. After a trail run I had gnarly blisters that left me unable to wear shoes for several days. I ordered a pair of lightweight toe socks and was still able to fit in my normal size. But its tight. The socks have kept me blister free even on 10 mile trail runs. Socks also keep debris from working its way in. Moral of the story, get socks if you buy trail runners.

Reviewed in the United States on September 14, 2020

Inner Seam created a wound on my toe

Perhaps I just got a defective pair. Right shoe has a toe inner seam which feels like the stiff exterior rubber material – poking inward. I wore on a 4 mile hike and halfway through I realized it wasn’t a rock but a defective seam. It was too late and the hard protrusion had created a wound as big as my finger tip. I’ve had many pairs of Vibrams and none have ever done this. We’ll see if the seller refunds my purchase as they describe impossible requirements to return. Perhaps Amazon will intervene.

Reviewed in the United States on July 7, 2021

Definitely thick and sturdy, but also less comfortable than other styles

I got these as an alternative to hiking boots for my trekking in Florida. I wanted something thicker and tougher for trails than my KSO EVO’s (which I absolutely love but are showing their age). Unfortunately, the V 2.0 is not as comfortable as the KSO EVO’s. As other reviewers have mentioned, there are some uncomfortably thick seams in places like the base of my toes (where they stem from the top of the foot). I also feel like they just barely fit (I usually wear a 7.5 in normal shoes, and my KSO EVO’s are 38). I do, however, think that over time these are breaking in a bit more each time I wear them. And to be fair, I don’t wear them often. I also started wearing toe socks with this style, whereas I did not with my KSO EVO’s. Without the socks they would definitely be unbearable. So, I’d say consider sizing up in addition to have toe socks at the ready if you are going to try V 2.0. While these are not my favorite pair, I’m still going to wear them for trekking and eventually look into other styles of Vibrams. I guess you have to really know the styles and find the one or ones that work for you.

Reviewed in the United States on February 1, 2021

Gotta love 3rd party sellers

I have the first fivefingers in size 42 and they fit great with just enough room to spare. This size 42s are so tight that my my toes felt like they were already rubbing raw from just putting them on.Amazon needs to start screening their 3rd party sellers. I have to pay for return shipping which is fine it’s only 6 dollars. Read the fine print you may have to pay a restocking fee or may not. The instructions have you giving the return the white glove treatment but yet they shipped you a box of shoes in one of the plastic envelope bags.

Reviewed in the United States on April 18, 2021

Vibram Women’s V 2.0 Trail Running Shoe – FAQ

Is there any way to effectively stretch out the toes? Currently wearing them for over 40 hours and still these shoes make my toes go numb.

My first pair was the same after wearing them for approximately 7 times in 30 days I finally called vibram and voiced my complaint. they suggested I go one size up. They were right. They have a 90 day policy for returns. I am now a proud owner of 6 pairs. You have to read the comments and suggestions noted on each style. They are almost all different. This will help you with each style and purpose your interested in.

are socks worn with these shoes?

These shoes can go with or without socks. If you choose to wear socks then you may need to get a slightly larger shoe size to fit the socks, and you’ll obviously need to wear those 5-toes socks. We also have a pair of Vibram v-run which I used to road running, and wear it with socks – it is very comfortable and fits just perfectly.

Will my feet get wet in these?

Yes your feet will get wet in rain and snow.

are socks worn with these shoes?

Five fingers are made to be worn without socks, bust can be worn with toe socks if you prefer. I always wear socks with mine because they tend to get sticky fast if I don’t. Most people I know that wear them don’t wear socks with them at all. I hope this helps.

what size?

True to size

Is there arch support for flat feet?

Yes, you will feel arch support. They are really quite comfortable.

These are usually in european sizes. what would be an eu 39 in womens?

They are in American sizes.

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