Vibram’s EL-X shoes are a minimalist shoe designed for runners, cross-fit enthusiasts, and all-purpose outdoor use. These shoes draw inspiration from Vibram’s earlier models, such as the Classic and Sprint, but offer superior flexibility, ground feel, and comfort. With a weight of just 4.23 oz, the EL-X is the lightest model in Vibram’s current lineup, making them the ultimate minimalist shoe for anyone seeking a lightweight and flexible shoe with a barefoot feel.
The EL-X features a thin, stretchy mesh upper that feels soft and comfortable against bare skin. These shoes are incredibly easy to put on, thanks to their elastic ankle collar, which molds perfectly to the foot. The EL-X is a slip-on shoe and features thin rubber overlays on the upper that provide a modicum of stability between the upper and outsole. While there’s no way to adjust the fit, the EL-X’s profile is slightly lower than other FiveFinger models, providing a snug fit around the ankle.
The EL-X is the most flexible shoe that Vibram has produced to date. With nothing more than your finger strength, you can roll the whole thing small enough to fit in your palm. The shoe’s lateral and diagonal flexibility is excellent, making it an ideal choice for running and outdoor activities where flexibility is key.
The EL-X also delivers superior ground feel, thanks to its 2.7mm outsole and 2mm insole. With complete flexibility, the EL-X delivers outstanding ground feel, allowing you to feel every nook and cranny of the terrain beneath your feet. The shoe’s new outsole pattern provides excellent traction on all dry surfaces, including roads, groomed trails, and indoor hardwood or gym flooring.
While the EL-X is not intended for harsh conditions like bushwhacking, the shoes’ shallow out.