January 27, 2019

How to Wear FiveFingers: Toe-Socks or No Socks?

Vibram FiveFingers  are usually designed to be worn free of socks, but there are some models that are carefully designed to work well with toe-socks.

There’s no way you can wear normal socks with Vibrams because they simply won’t work.

In this article, we’re going to look at some of the most common questions people tend to ask when trying to wear toe-socks with Vibrams footwear.

Have a look through to make sure you get the best fit possible!


Is it normal to wear toe-socks with my Vibram FiveFingers?

There’s no rule to say you can’t, so it comes down to what you think feels best.  At Vibram Baltics, we know that around only 30% of our customers wear toe socks with their Vibrams in the summer, while in winter, as much as 90% of Vibrams users wear socks.

When it’s cold, the more the layers the better. Some models, like the Vibrams Trek range, actually have a degree of space in the design that’s meant to allow for a layer of thick socks. But in contrast, there’s bound to be a whole lot of Vibrams users that have gone sock free for years because they simply love the freedom that these shoes provide.

The things you have to remember

  1. Wearing cheaper knock-off socks is always more likely to lead to discomfort.
  2. High-quality toe-socks might seem expensive, but you really do get what you pay for. The better the quality of the socks, the better they will combine with Vibrams footwear. Good socks will offer a fit that’ll create less friction and offer more compression, which means less sizing issues.
  3. A lot of FiveFinger fans will love the feel of quality socks with their Vibrams and end up rarely wearing these shoes without socks in all seasons!

Do I need a larger size to allow for toe-socks?

Nope! A lot of people that have never worn Vibrams assume these shoes work like normal trainers and that you should always look for a little bit more room so you can wear thick socks if needed. This is a mistake with Vibrams FiveFingers.

Toe-socks come in a wide variety of different styles made by a range of brands. Injinji is an example of a toe-sock brand that offers a great selection of light socks that’ll pair nicely with Vibrams.

Are there other toe-sock brands that are good for Vibrams?

Injinji are the leaders in the market, as they’re the original creators of the performance toe-sock, so it’s best to start your search with them if you want to jump straight to the very best. If they don’t do it for you, you might want to check out GOTENA or V-Toes.

That’s that! We hope this quick overview of the best socks to wear with Vibrams footwear has helped! Take note of the pointers we’ve outlined above and you’re sure to find the right toe-socks to fit with your Vibrams perfectly!