Vibram FiveFingers Bikila–($100)

  • By Mario Fraioli
  • Published Sep. 1, 2010

2010 Fall Running Shoe Review Homepage

The Bikila is named after the Ethiopian marathoner Abebe Bikila, who won the 1960 Olympics unshod. The shoes are essentially a wrap of structured three-millimeter rubber and machine-washable stretch fabric and strap to keep the sock-like FiveFingers affixed to your feet with each little piggy getting its own slot. Testers are impressed with how they adapted to the barefoot experience and to the feeling and freedom they experienced. It made them very aware of their form, and they were careful to ease into using the Bikila, saying it is a useful tool to supplement their training. The sizing is a little tricky and requires some measurements and use of the online chart or in-store fitting.

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Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli is a senior editor at Competitor magazine. A cross-country All-American at Stonehill College in 2003, he now coaches the Prado Women's Racing Team in San Diego and was the men's marathon coach for Costa Rica's 2012 Olympic team. His first book, The Official Rock 'n' Roll Guide To Marathon & Half-Marathon Training (VeloPress, 2013) is available in bookstores, running shops and online.

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