FiveFingers Unisex Black
Walking Yoga Fitness Shoes
We know you may have come across many different types of shoes in your life. Maybe you have even pictured the kind of unique shoes we will be walking you through in this article in your mind.
In other words, most of the people reading this may likely feel that the “unique” shoes in question are simply the ones that are slightly more fancy than their other counterparts, or have a slightly more unique shape and would help you get a little more attention than your regular shoes would. But if you’re thinking anything along those lines, oh boy are you in for a real surprise. Well, yes, the kind of unique shoes these reviews are based around are nothing like anything; they are likely nothing like what you have ever seen or been introduced to.
They are arguably the most unique kind of shoes ever made, and perhaps are going to hold that title for quite a long time to come. And that’s because when it comes to unique shoes, there’s nothing that can come close to what we term as the minimalist footwear.
However, the Vibram products featured here go a step further, as they are exceptionally unique even by minimalist footwear’s standards. They look super cool and easily stand out among the sea of regular, boring footwear. They are incredibly comfortable and soft and give you the “barefoot” feeling. However, this doesn’t mean a compromise on the kind of protection or support they offer, as they are also surprisingly supportive. There have been people that found them to be a great fit after having undergone a foot surgery. This speaks volume about the kind of uniqueness these shoes bring to the table, as minimalist footwear is typically known to be a poor option as far as getting enough foot support is concerned.
Well, we guess that’s enough. You’re probably getting annoyed now as you’re already excited and just want us to get down to business and walk you through the wonder products that may very well bring about the kind of “footwear” change that your feet are pleading for.
Before we dive into it the reviews..
Keep in mind that picking the right size when buying these shoes can get a little tricky. So it would be highly recommended to refer to the sizing chart before hitting that Buy button; something that you’re likely to desperately want to do so after being introduced to arguably the most unique shoes to have ever hit the market.
So without further ado, here we go.
First things first, this wrap shoe review will make it clear to you why exactly there’s really nothing out there that can come close to offering what these “wonder” shoes do. The reason we put them this way is that they are indeed the most comfortable type of footwear you would have ever come across, and you may likely not see anything like them for a long time to come.
Well, that’s quite a bit of hype without really telling you much about these particular sneakers, so let’s get to it. Now, there’s really a lot to discuss about the Gru Sneaker, but it’s hard to describe this little beauty in words; you can only get to know it by getting a feel of it.
That said, we will be trying our best to tell you everything you need to know about them. The first thing you should know about the Gru Sneaker is that ranging from the material it’s made of to its looks to the way it treats your foot, everything is incredibly unique. In fact, the way these would make your foot feel may very well change the way you see shoes.
Coming to the material, the Gru Sneaker is made of extremely soft and comfortable fabric. The product itself being imported, the kind of fabric we are talking about here is indeed pretty unique as well.
Then there’s the famous Vibram sole. For a type of footwear that are so unique, the sole cannot be any less unique.
And the Gru Sneaker comes with something known as a wrapping sole, which is probably the reason many people are going to end up on this article while searching for something like wrap shoes review as well. The wrapping sole is as flexible as it’s unique, and it would keep changing the way it makes your foot feel depending on the factors that affect its comfort. In other words, no matter where you are and what you’re doing, you’re going to experience the best in terms of shoe comfort.
Another thing you would want to take into consideration is the fact that the Furoshiki is the only sole out there that manages to cover your entire foot. You will have no part of your foot deprived of the heavenly comfort it offers, which is something you can never expect from your typical shoes.
Similarly, the fit is going to be surprisingly comfortable no matter your foot type, thanks to the upper being made of stretch fabric. In addition to that, there’s the hook and loop closure that paves the way for a quick, easy and comfortable fit.
Coming to the overall comfort, there’s probably nothing that can match the Gru Sneaker or other Furoshiki shoes. They feel more like socks than shoes, and they are so light-weight that you may as well feel that you’re walking barefoot. What’s more, the comfort also brings with an improved foot health. Yes, the Gru Sneaker may help strengthen your ankle as well if you make it a habit to walk in these shoes daily for some time.
Finally, these Vibram wrap shoes are a little pricey, but they are worth every penny you spend on them if you want to treat your feet the same way you treat the rest of your body.
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"Great for people having to stand or walk for hours daily"
This review isn’t going to be much different from the one above, as both the products are fairly similar. This means that you’re likely to get pretty much the same level of comfort that the Gru Sneaker offers, but there are a few difference that we would like to address.
First, although the level of comfort offer seems pretty much the same, the Murble Sneaker might just have a slight edge over the other products we reviewed above. They are a great alternative to going barefoot, and if your work involves having to stand or walk in your shoes for a considerable amount of time daily, then the Murble Sneakers are certainly worth considering.
We know how annoying, uncomfortable and even harmful wearing those “usual” shoes all day while having to walk or stand for a long time can get, so these extremely unique and super comfortable sneakers should definitely be a pleasant change. Furthermore, instead of harming your foot the way other types of shoes do over time, these sneakers may actually help you get the additional support your feet need without subjecting them to any kind of harm.
These sneakers are also easily adjustable and adjust by themselves to keep your feet feeling comfortable at all times. The fit is perfect yet comfortable, with the heel offering a snug fit that ensures an even better level of security given the top being a little loose to pave the way for a higher level of comfort.
That said, however, don’t expect a lot from the Murble Sneaker on the looks front. They don’t look ugly per se, but they are nothing like those fancy shoes you see out there. However, would you want to pick fashion and style over your feet’s comfort and health? We hope it’s a “No.”
Another thing you may want to know about the Murble Sneaker is that they allow you to get a feel of the land beneath you, something you typically tend to “miss” when wearing thicker shoes. They are very flexible and if you’re standing on stones, you would be able to feel them pretty much the same way as if you were standing on them barefoot. However, you still get the feet protection and comfort along with that. How cool is that?
Finally, we would like to make it clear that the Murble Sneaker, or pretty much any other Furoshiki shoes for that matter, are not cheap in any way. However, they offer a lot more than the typical shoes do, and are still priced fairly low compared to most other types of shoes out there that fail to bring any kind of uniqueness to the table. To us, the uniqueness and comfort of these barefoot shoes is a clear winner over other cheaper, regular options.
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"Made using high-quality and extremley comffortable material"
If you’re looking for the extremely rare combination of an amazingly high level of comfort AND a super-cool style, the Rebozo Sneaker may turn out to be your best bet. While pretty much all Furoshiki shoes are incredibly unique and comfortable, the one aspect where many of them don’t fare as well is the looks factor.
Most of them are nowhere close to offering the style and looks that some of the much more fancier options on the market do. However, if you think the style factor is a priority for you, but you still want the comfort and other benefits that these product offers, then the Rebozo Sneaker is probably something designed just for you.
Ranging from its color to its overall design, it may very well give a run to some of those cool, stylish men’s shoes and gorgeous women’s heels out there. But fortunately, they don’t come with any of the negative effects that the said options tend to have on your feet, so you kind of get the best of both worlds.
Coming to the color, there are actually many different ones although the overall color theme is dominated by the orange color. However, this rather unique color design makes the Rebozo Sneaker very attractive and something that’s sure to spark the curiosity of people around you everywhere you go.
Then there’s the other style element – the design itself. Unlike some of the other Furoshiki products, the sides of the Rebozo Sneaker go all the way back to the part of the shoes that covers your ankles, and beyond it. This gives it a very impressive styling touch. This, coupled with the random yet attractively unique design of the rest of the part of the shoes, makes it quite a stylish footwear option. However, the style factor doesn’t come at a compromise on the comfort front.
The material & wrap sole used to make the Rebozo Sneaker is the same as what’s used to make other Furoshiki products.
Needless to mention, they are pretty lightweight as well, and you would still get the kind of feel that you do when walking barefoot. As far as the fit is concerned, you will have to be a little careful with the size, as apparently there have been some issues with respect to that due to some customers not putting some time into figuring out the right size.
The Vibram Furoshiki sizing chart we mentioned at the start of this article should come in handy, and you should definitely consider referring to it before deciding on a particular size and making the purchase.
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Wondering what they look like in real life?
"Very artistic and look super cool"
Again, when reading this article, you may feel that you’re actually reading about the same product that we reviewed above. Just like the first two products , this product is fairly similar as well but it is actually unique in its own way.
The first major difference you will see is in the looks and style they sport. While both of them are pretty stylish, the Shipibo Sneaker have a “cool” feel to them while the product above is a little on the funkier side.
There are multiple colors with an overall blue and black color theme that make them look bright and attractive, and you’re likely to get a few compliments for wearing them; some of the other customers talking about their purchase experience did, too.
Now with the looks and style part being taken care of, let us get to the other more important factors. If you’re looking for Vibram Furoshiki running shoes, that are also very stylish and look great, then the Shipibo Sneaker will likely be right up your alley.
We also read the review of a customer that said that they are going to have a foot surgery, and the Shipibo Sneakers are the only shoes they wear. This actually speaks volumes about the level of comfort and foot-support these shoes offer. We think that you can also consider this product if you’re looking for shoes for arthritis, pilates or other similar conditions.
Now, let us address what may be a typical customer concern about the Shipibo Sneaker. It’s believed that as they are so lightweight and “thin,” they aren’t going to be durable enough and may not last too long.
However, there seem to be customers using them regularly for months without any issues, so they certainly seem to be fairly well-made. Sure, you may not want to go too rough on them, but they should turn out to be durable enough to withstand most of the challenges they are subjected to.
Finally, when it comes to the Shipibo Sneaker in particular, they are likely going to turn out to be a major attention grabber. They are artistic and look nothing like the ordinary footwear stuff you see out there, so you’re likely going to have many curious people asking you about them.
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"Can be helpful for some foot conditions as well as to improve your foot’s health"
Here’s another wrap shoe review that you may not find to be much different than some of the other ones above, but as mentioned earlier, every pair of Furoshiki shoes has something unique to offer. And talking about uniqueness, the first clear difference that you would notice about the Caribbean Sneaker that makes it very different from its counterparts is its style and looks.
While many of the other Furoshiki shoes seem like they come in a style more suitable for women than men, it’s going to be the other way around with this one. It has a unique combination of colors with blue being the highlighting one, it has a pretty “bold” feel to it that should go well with a man’s style.
That said, this makes it a slightly less appealing option for women, although that might depend on their personal style and preferences. With that out of the way, let’s get to some of the other, more important factors to consider.
And what can be more important than the comfort factor? But when it comes to that, the Caribbean Sneaker absolutely nails it.
It’s likely one of the most comfortable things you would ever put on your foot, with your favorite cool and comfy socks being no match to it either. There are customers saying how comfortable they really are, and those typical shoes that you’re used to wearing may never come close to making your feet feel the way these super comfy shoes do.
Apart from the amazing level of comfort, there’s also the fact that they are surprisingly supportive. This is really quite a rare combination to find in a piece of footwear, even if you’re willing to shell out like four times more than what the Caribbean Sneaker cost. This is primarily due to the foot wraps sole, that magically manages to cover every single part of your feet. This is probably why many customers even recommend these as a preferred footwear choice before and after having a foot surgery, as well as for a variety of other foot conditions.
While you may not expect the Caribbean Sneaker to be heavier by any means, you would still be surprised by how lightweight they turn out to be. This is important for many people, including both those that are suffering from some kind of foot condition and those that have a job that involves having to stand or walk a lot on a daily basis. For both these type of customers, the typical shoes may lead to various problems, including making their feet feel uncomfortable after a while as well as leading to foot pain and other issues related to foot health.
Finally, there are what seem to be a couple of downsides to these shoes, too. The first is that they aren’t made to be subjected to a lot of wear and tear, as despite being made with a fairly high-quality material, they are very lightweight and soft and would not be able to withstand constant wear and tear.The second is actually very subjective but some people that are particularly picky about the arch support may be left a little disappointed. The Caribbean Sneaker apparently focuses on providing complete, all-round support to your feet, and doesn’t really have anything special for your arch.
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So we finally have something that’s completely different from all the other products we have reviewed so far. If, for some reason, you didn’t really liked any of the above products, then the FiveFingers Black Sneaker may turn out to be something you may want to consider. It has a different, “five-fingers” shape and a very minimalist look, but manages to be unique enough to draw attention at the same time. It actually looks pretty cool as its shape is nothing like anything, and you would be hard-pressed to come across something that offers you so much on the style front while being perfectly comfortable.
Now as the comfort factor has been brought up, let us tell you that there are customers saying they absolutely love the FiveFingers for the comfort it offers. While some say it’s like wearing socks, some others think it’s like going barefoot; which is something common with pretty much all the shoes we have reviewed above, though.
The minimalist look and feel is something hard to come by, as there’s really just Vibram that can proudly boast of being able to make these kind of shoes that are exactly what you would expect in a minimalist piece of footwear. Vibram says that these Japanese wrap shoes were inspired by the Japanese custom of wrapping things in cloth fabric, which is actually a unique idea too to take inspiration from.
Vibram also mentions that the FiveFingers Furoshiki are powered by the unique Vibram soling technology, which means that no matter how things get out there, your feet are going to stay in an extremely comfortable condition inside these shoes. You get to have something that provides support to your feet at all times, all while being able to enjoy the barefoot-comfort.
You would also want to note that each pair of these shoes come with their own traveling case, making them a perfect footwear option while traveling.
We also read a customer review that said that the customer’s husband was severely injured a few years ago, and their feet would keep swelling all of a sudden; this would happen worryingly frequently. Needless to mention, most of the other footwear options on the market were useless for them as they would cause great pain and discomfort when the swelling would happen.
And this is when the customer found the FiveFingers, and they are very thankful for finding it because their husband can wear these shoes comfortably, thanks to their wrap-around feature. Also, they can be kept loose to take care of the swelling problem, while their husband also being able to enjoy a solid base when trying to stand which certainly ticks all the boxes they were looking for in the perfect shoes for their needs.
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"Great yoga shoes that are also incredibly comfortable"
If you’re into yoga and looking for the most comfortable shoes that are fit for pretty much every type of yoga that exists, then you would probably want to pick the Walking-Yoga-Fitness Shoes in a heartbeat. While they look fairly similar to the other unique Vibram wrap shoes that we reviewed above, they are actually made differently, with some of their features being unique to people practicing yoga.
This is especially due to the kind of flexibility they offer, which make them a great choice while practicing a variety of yoga exercises. The Walking/Yoga/Fitness Shoes come with a highly flexible sole that make them versatile enough to easily adjust in any type of condition. This means that while you would absolutely love doing yoga in these shoes, you’re going to be just as comfortable wearing them while traveling around for days. The flexibility and versatility is also further enhanced by the multi-size platform, which makes it an excellent option for people with foot conditions such as unusual swelling of foot.
Then there are also the special ergonomic bands that provide the extra support to your ankles that they need to comfortably absorb the shock they are exposed to during long walking sessions. Needless to mention, they are just as comfortable as the other Furoshiki shoes, but the freedom of movement is something exceptional.
If there’s a not-so-good thing about the Walking-Yoga-Fitness Shoes, then it has to be the fact that they aren’t suitable for walking on sharp angular gravel roads. Their sole may be flexible and easily adjustable, but it just isn’t thick enough to handle that type of surface.
However, this shouldn’t exactly be much of a problem as if you’re looking for comfortable yoga shoes, you (hopefully) wouldn’t go trekking in them anyway.
Finally, despite the great level of wearability, flexibility and versatility these shoes offer, they look incredibly stylish. There are apparently quite a few colors to choose from, but the while ones absolutely hit it out of the park when it comes to making you stand out from the crowd.
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We want you to have a comfortable walk!
There’s probably not much to talk about after everything we have discussed above. You should now have a very good idea of what these barefoot, light, incredibly unique and super comfortable shoes have to offer, and we think your decision couldn’t be easier.
This is especially given that many of the products are very similar, except some minor changes that may you may want to consider based on your preferences. Of course, there’s the FiveFingers and Yoga shoes if you’re looking for something different, but that’s pretty much all you can ask for unless you’re after something for trekking or something of that sort.
Finally, while we aren’t exactly against the idea of also having products of other brands on our list, but in all honesty the Vibram products are truly one of a kind and there doesn’t seem to be any other brand that offers a similar type of product that come with features that can compete with Vibram’s incredibly unique shoes. Hence the Vibram Shoes Review, only focused on these magnificent shoes!
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