Vibram Five Fingers Review

A Side by Side Comparison

Vibram Five Fingers shoes are often the first barefoot running option that people learn about. But, at this point, they are far from the only player on the field. If you are looking for bare foot protection, which brand should you choose? In this Pedestal vs Vibram Five Fingers review, we’ll see how these two options compare. We’ll also talk about common questions people have about Vibrams like how do I wash my Vibram five fingers?

For an honest comparison, we broke each product down by these characteristics: Maintenance, Weight, Convenience, Sizing, Sourcing, Soles, Comfort, & Price.


When you have footwear like Vibrams or Pedestals, maintenance is a key factor in longevity & proper performance.

How do I wash my Vibram five fingers?

To properly maintain your FiveFingers, Vibram’s website recommends hand washing. They note that machine washing is acceptable if done on a gentle cycle in cold water with detergent, followed by air drying. They DO NOT recommend putting them in the dryer. They also mention that  using hot water wash and dyer machines will almost certainly result in ruinin gyour cherished Vibram minimal shoes. Finally, if you plan on w earing your FiveFingers to the beach or pool, Vibram recommends promptly washing them in cool, fresh water immediately after.

How do I wash my Pedestals? What makes them different?

Let’s talk Pedestal now. Our grip socks are super durable and can be thrown right in the washing machine like any other pair of socks. You can either air or machine dry at your option. What makes our minimalist show replacement sock a step above the competition, though? Our anti-bacterial silver treatment lining. The addition of this awesome modern technology kills odor and bacteria AT THE SOURCE! This means Pedestals can go a while between washes. Silver-treated to kill germs and eliminate odors – a welcomed & necessary improvement! Shop now.


Depending on the size you choose, Vibram’s Five Fingers weigh in at around 13 ounces. Pedestal Grip socks weigh in at 2.4 ounces. If you’re looking to go barefoot hiking, exercise, or otherwise need to ditch weight where possible, Pedestal has the upper-hand.


Everything added to your workout bag or your hiking backpack makes a difference. Vibram’s take up as much room as any other pair of shoes, which can detract from the convenience of a barefoot lifestyle. Pedestal socks are compact, foldable, and take up barely any room in your bags. Pedestal Footwear wins round two!


The sizing on Vibram’s can be fiddly. The between-the-toes shape requires a very particular fit. This makes shopping for them online difficult as you can’t try them on for comfort, feel or sizing. Because grip socks are elastic and conform to your feet, getting sizing right is far easier. This product comes in three sizes and only one style, which means a better chance of getting a pair that fits. Advantage, Pedestal.


Vibram has manufacturing facilities in China, Brazil, the Czech Republic, Italy, and the U.S. Because of this, it can be hard to track where your product was made and the working condition of the makers. Pedestal grip socks are 100% made in the USA. In fact, the rubber grip soles come from the only existing rubber factory in the U.S.


Vibram Five Fingers have a sole that is thinner than most athletic shoes’, but still thicker than true barefoot socks. Whether this is a pro or con depends on your preference. If you prefer foot protection that still gives you a true barefoot sensation, the thinner nature of Pedestal’s grip socks may be a better bet.


Vibram’s have a long “break-in” time, so it takes a while before they truly feel comfortable. Pedestal socks wear comfortably from the first day to the last. This means no aching feet, no risk of blisters or abrasions.


No contest here. Vibram’s cost around $90 a pair. Pedestal socks are about a third the price, and even less if you purchase multiple pairs.

The Winner

For barefoot enthusiasts, Pedestal socks come out on top in nearly every respect. Pick up a pair today to begin a healthy and comfortable barefoot routine. Shop now.

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