Vibram FiveFingers with Socks Or Without? | The Advantages and Disadvantages

Do you wear your Vibram FiveFingers with Socks? In terms of wearing Vibrams with socks, some would recommend using them with two pairs of socks. The first pair of socks should be a thin to medium thickness, and the second pair can be thicker for insulation purposes.

You don’t want your feet to become sweaty just because your feet are too warm. It’s best to regularly remove the innermost pair of socks during your activity for better ventilation and circulation.

When my feet start to sweat a lot, I tend to get blisters on the top of my toes. I use an anti-friction solution to avoid blistering: dermatology tested and hypoallergenic, and safe for sensitive skin and contact lens wearers.

Dealing with the stench

One of the issues I have encountered when using Vibram FiveFingers is the
smell. That is why I recommend using a Vibram FiveFingers product like Smelly Sole that allows your feet to breathe and deodorize.

The pros and cons of wearing socks with Vibrams

Some people favor the use of socks with their VFFs, while some are totally against it. But the one thing that both camps seem to agree on is that you have to choose the proper length of socks to wear with Vibrams. Longer than normal socks may bunch up in the toe section, which may not look very good.

Why I usually wear Vibrams Five Fingers without socks

I prefer to wear my Vibram FiveFingers without socks in public. This is especially true when I am indoors. When I go outside, I will wear socks because it can be cold.

Vibram FiveFingers are designed to let your feet breathe and be exposed to the elements so you can feel the ground more like a natural barefoot. That puts me at a clear advantage in terms of the ground or textures on the ground that may cause blisters while wearing VFFs with socks.


People with hairy legs may experience some issues when wearing socks. According to VFF, if you have hairy legs, you must wear socks whenever you are in your shoes for a long time. You can also check out the socks available on Amazon – Low Cut Socks.

Useful links

Upper Body Movement

Feet and Ankle Strength and Flexibility Training

Beach Running with Vibrams

Ten benefits of Vibrams FiveFingers

Vibram FiveFinger FAQs

The Five Fingers website:

The Five Fingers blog:

Vibram FiveFingers Review on Inov-8

“How to Choose the Right Socks for Vibrams FiveFingers Shoes”

“How to Wear Vibram Five Fingers with Socks”

“More Tips for Wearing Vibram FiveFingers”

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