Vibram Men's V-Alpha Black Hiking Shoe

$109.94

  • 100% Textile
  • Imported
  • Synthetic sole
  • Shaft measures approximately low-top from arch
  • Light Wool and polyester material all around the foot
  • Megagrip Vibram Rubber
  • Machine Wash Cold / Air Dry

Brands:

Brand: Vibram

Product Code:

B074WLR7LR

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In Stock
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V-Alpha Men's

The V-Alpha is the essential outdoor minimal training tool, and is 100% true our original philosophy: a protective tool for the foot which allows ground sensory perception, performance and dexterity. The flexible rubber outsole features our most versatile compound, Vibram Megagrip. This compound provides both grip and durability over time in both wet and dry conditions.

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Technology and Compound

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Compound

V-Alpha Sole

Vibram Megagrip offers excellent grip properties on both dry and wet terrain while maintaining a high level of durability. Developed for the user who frequently encounters slippery surfaces, Megagrip offers an incomparable combination of grip and durability.

Details

  • Weight = 4.8 oz. / 136 grams
  • 3.7 mm rubber outsole
  • 2 mm Foam insole for added comfort
  • 50/50 wool / synthetic upper material for improved breathability and reduced odor
  • Machine Wash Cold / Air Dry

MEGAGRIP Compound

  • Unparalleled grip on wet and dry surfaces
  • Superior grip with rugged longevity
  • Optimal balance of stability and flexibility for ground adaptation

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Our Vision & Mission

VIBRAM creates innovative performance products that inspire people to experience the world. VIBRAM has a great vision: maintaining and strengthening its market leadership by offering reliable, high quality and high performance products for people who lead active lives. This mission has stayed the same over the years – Innovation, performance and quality – so that the company always lives up to its brand tradition. VIBRAM creates the best soles in the world.

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  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 5 x 5 inches
  • Item model number: 18M710139
  • Date First Available: January 9, 2018
  • ASIN: B0721PZHTV
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,008 in Clothing, Shoes & Jewelry (See Top 100 in Clothing, Shoes & Jewelry)
    • #70 in Men's Hiking Shoes
    • #83 in Men's Cross-Training Shoes
    • #21434 in Men's Shops

    I've been wearing 5 fingers exclusively for the last few years. I'm a mechanic and am on my feet all day every day on a concrete floor. I use to suffer from crippling headaches daily since childhood.

    Since I changed the way I walk (I walk on the balls of my feet) the headaches have almost completely stopped and now I just get them for normal reasons or if I start walking wrong again. (If my walking degenerates I'll have a headache within 2 hours.)

    The v alphas seem to be of good quality and the design is more subtle than previous versions which is good.

    * Update: It seems like the new 2020 models are wider and softer. Great improvement! (see photo, the blue is the 2020 model)

    After using the V-Run, V-Trail 2.0, and the KSO EVO for a while, this one is an amazing addition to the family. The perfect combination of a super minimal shoe with a good grip and high-quality materials.
    They are also beautiful!

    Let me start out by saying, I have in no way been compensated to give this review. It may feel like it by the time you get to the end, but it is my own 100% candid opinion.

    I've been wearing my Vibram V-Alpha Hiking Shoes for a week now. I feel qualified to talk fit and function.

    First, let me give you a short back story:

    I have had an increasingly difficult time finding shoes that, at least, don't torture my feet. I've been angry at the sadists that design shoes for many decades. No matter how soft the shoes are to walk in, they all squeeze the big toe and the 2 smallest toes into a rounded point. The 2 longest toes were always standing on the 2 smallest which had turned sideways to try to accomodate the shoes. Turning sideways also meant they tried to contribute to my balance by pushing on the ground sideways, rather than down as they are designed to do. It eventually got to the point that my feet ached and burned even when I was barefoot.

    I broke my smallest toe on the left foot about 3 months ago. In trying to find a comfortable way to deal with it, I found that putting cotton between the broken toe and the one next to it when taped together gave me a measure of comfort. I looked for toe socks because the cotton balls kept moving away, causing the broken toe to rub on its neighbor. I've been wearing toe socks ever since.

    While searching for more pairs of toe socks, the Vibram V-Alphas turned up. I was intrigued, thinking if the socks were comfortable, the shoes should be at least as comfortable. I ordered a pair. I wear a size 10 in normal shoes so I ordered in size 10.5 to 11 because the page says they run a bit small. The pair was too small pressing my 5 of my toes against the inner end of the toe in the shoe. I could see the quality of the construction so I ordered another pair (from AreaTrends) the next size up (11-11.5). The fit of this pair was ideal. I sent the smaller pair back. The seller was very good about it.

    I realize now that I hadn't measured my feet in a long time. Following the size chart in the detailed section (the section written by Vibram), I find that had I measured the length of my left foot (heel to the longest toe), I'd have chosed the correct fit the first time.

    These shoes are incredible! For the first time in so long that I can't remember my feet don't hurt in shoes! My poor abused smaller toes have there own space to protect them from their mean older brothers. In fact, they are more comfortable inside these shoes than barefoot!

    The info section of the page suggests that some people could have a hard time adjusting. I was fortunate, since I was spending as much time as possible barefoot already, no adjustment period was necessary.

    Now that I've been wearing them for a week, I'm finding my smaller toes are getting stronger and turning back upright. They are starting to press down to set my balance, instead of sideways. I never thought my feet would be pain free again, yet they are now.

    I really wish I'd have found these a long time ago. It is a shame that they aren't available in shoe stores. It sure would make getting the correct sizing easier. ;)

    I will never again wear stylish shoes. I will be buying more of these shoes in different styles since they are the only shoe I'll ever put my feet in again. When winter gets here, Vibram also make an insulated shoe.

    Thank you AreaTrends and Vibram for making my feet very, very happy!

    Let's start with the bad: I can't condemn this product because 90% of my issue is user error but please let this be a warning to those of you looking to do barefoot jogging, if you ramp up too fast you will fracture your foot. Not a break, but a hairline fracture just above your toes that will take you off your feet for weeks. I'm paying the price for that right now big time. While I wish there was a disclaimer that warns users about this injury, had I done a little research on my own I probably could have avoided it.

    The good: incredibly comfortable, sizing is as expected, and the rubber bottoms are perfect for medium-rough terrains. The design is also less obnoxious and it looks more like a climbing shoe or minimalist slipper at a glance. I haven't tested in water yet but based on the bottom padding you might want to stay out anything above ankle depth as it will likely retain water weight.

    Great product but BE CAREFUL and stay off concrete as much as you can!

    Initially I was unconvinced this shoe would fit. I have an odd shoe size (13 6E), even if I find something that size it's usually uncomfortable and causes joint problems, I often resort to getting shoes custom made, often $300 or so. I've been looking at five fingers since they debuted, I love minimalist footwear, but I always assumed that they would be much to narrow. At the coaxing of my wife I finally decided to try a pair at size 49. I feel absolutely ridiculous having not tried them out years ago. They are very flexible and contoured to my foot for a comfortable fit. I mostly use them for road running and run about 30 miles a week or so with them. It's a plus and not a problem for me, but I would add that the sole is quite thin. If you're running on the hot asphalt or rough gravel you'll feel it in your feet, something to keep in mind. Overall, these are great shoes and I will definitely be purchasing more.

    I have arthritis, so my toes are a bit twisted up. It takes a bit of effort to get my into the right "box." But once that's done, the shoes are perfect for keeping my toes from rubbing each other raw. I was amazed at how easily I could walk around with them. No discomfort, no chaffing. They are worth every penny and I highly recommend these toed shoes.

    These are great shoes. I can't count how many Vibrams I have had over the years, but these are fastly becoming my favorite. Great grip on the rocks when hiking and yet still allows you to feel everything on the ground with your feet. Easy to clean, and they are really comfy. Keep up the great job Vibram!!

    Fit is a bit off but I normally where a 12 and the 44s fit me best. The big toe is tight but the other toes are only about halfway in the slots. Still, they feel great when walking, running, and hiking. Excellent product.

    Das sind meine neuen Lieblingsschuhe.

    Bei Vibram kann man sich unterschiedliche Schuhe für unterschiedliche Funktionen kaufen. Mein Fazit: Kauft euch diese hier und nutzt sie überall, weil sie sehr stabil sind: Wandern, Fitnessstudio, Spazieren, Joggen, Trekkinglauf, Fahrrad fahren. Nur Schwimmen habe ich nicht probiert. Alles Andere ist Geldmacherei. Wenn ihr eure Vibrams schonen wollt, kauft euch noch Socken dazu. Ich empfehle auch diese nicht in die Waschmaschine zu schmeißen, da der Kleber schneller abgeht. Lieber Handwäsche und mit wenig, oder gar keinem Waschmittel.

    Nur noch ein Tipp: Bitte geht nicht sofort 5km damit joggen. Der Muskelkater ist sehr schmerzhaft. Fangt mit Gehen an und steigert euch auf 1 km. Nach einer Woche 2 km nach 2 Wochen 5km. So habt ihr einen guten Ramp Up.

    Gern geschehen!

    Comodissime, non posso più vivere senza! Le ho da un mese e le indosso sempre, è diventata la mia scarpa quotidiana, dato che stavano andando a ruba ho preso il secondo paio da usare in palestra.
    Avevo comprato le KSO EVO bere suola rossa, bellissime, pochi giorni dopo esce questo nuovo modello con più grip così lo ordino, arrivate e provate....ciao EVO, rimandare indietro subito, ALPHA tutta la vita sempre! Morbide e comode sembra di essere scalzi e si no averle!
    Le indosso con i calzini, sono perfette! Le ho indossate anche per comunioni e battesimiXD

    Tolle Idee und gute Passform. Benutze die Schuhe hauptsächlich für kürzere Spaziergänge in der Stadt und in der Natur (d. h. 1-2mal die Woche), wobei ich jedoch steinigen oder harten Untergrund meide. Oben lösen sich jedoch bereits (nach 3 Monaten) trotz moderater Nutzung an mehreren Stellen die Nähte, was bei einem Produkt dieser Preisklasse doch etwas überrascht. Ansonsten fünf Sterne.

    Update: Leider nach einem Jahr Nutzung in der Freizeit (Spaziergänge) Löcher im Bereich der Zehen. Verkäufer sieht keinen Grund für Ersatz.

    Sehen so Hammer aus die Schuhe, topp.
    ABER: viel zu und und starr der Einstieg. Man kommt kaum rein, ist man drin, ist er am Knöchel viellllll zu locker.