The Five Fingers takes a new approach to shoes with a patent-pending design. It was developed as an option for people who enjoy going barefoot but still want the protection of a shoe. The low profile stretch polyamide is lightweight and resistant to cuts, while the rubber soles protect your feet and give the wearer more grip over different terrains. The Five Finger shoes have become a popular option for people who follow the pose running technique, most of whom prefer a shoe that is so low profile and unassuming that they're almost running barefoot. The Five Fingers provides a nice option in that case since it has none of the bulk of a typical running shoe while providing you with protection from sticks, glass and other hazards you may come across.
The shoe is quick drying and can be worn for a variety of activities including: yoga, pilates, sailing, kayaking, boating, running and walking. Vibram states that they are machine washable, and should be air dried. For people looking for a more secure fit with their FiveFingers should try the FiveFingers Sprint with hook-and-loop closures.
The Classic uses an elastic strap the runs the rim of the "shoe" that can be cinched at the back. Unless being used in an active setting, this cord can be worn completely "loose" for maximum comfort. Some even remove the elastic on Classic Five Fingers. As Classics are open at the top, they afford ease of entry making them the most casual, sandal-like Five Fingers model.