The Vibram KMD EVO is a cross-training shoe that claims to, “defies gravity (and conventional wisdom), allowing athletes extraordinary freedom for dynamic movement both in the air and on the ground.” Unsure of what that meant, we put them through the widest variety of exercises we could think of. First, to determine what the claim meant, and second, if they could back it up. Here’s what we found.

A Quick Overview
Pros Cons
A cleverly designed rubber outsole that provides traction on wet or dry surfacesWeighing in at only 7.4oz (for the pair!), the featherlike weight certainly won’t keep you stuck to the ground

Super breathable mesh upper that prevents your feet from getting hot and sweaty while working out

The addition of 6mm midsole provides the cushion needed to take the high impact stress out of exercises, while still being thin enough to provide good ground feel

Some “true minimalists” may not like the addition of the 6mm midsole

If your second toe is longer than your big toe, sizing can become an issue (I personally recommend going to a store for a fitting if you have this issue)

Versatility: 9/10

As I’ve stated in previous reviews, for me, being able to spread your toes while exercising or running is important. It increases balance, proprioception, and lets our body move more naturally. This is one of the most significant reasons behind why I love Vibram’s in general. Where I feel they are often lacking is in having some kind of midsole to take the bite out of it when you run over rocks, or are doing exercises like box jumps.

That’s why I was so glad to see that they decided to add a 6mm EVA insole to this new model, and why I scored it so high on versatility. I actually enjoy running on the road in these more than my old pair of Vibram FiveFingers (VFF) Bikila’s. It’s far less taxing on the feet for longer runs, even though this is listed as a training and fitness shoe on their site.

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