Do I need to size-up in Vibram FiveFingers to accommodate toe-socks?

If you wear Vibram FiveFingers, or are thinking about buying a pair of Vibrams, this can be a common issue. First of all, you need to decide whether you want to wear toe socks under your FiveFingers – and then – if you did use toe socks – would you need to get a bigger shoe size to accommodate the extra bulk from the sock?

Should I Wear Toe Socks Under My Vibram FiveFingers?

This all comes down to personal preference. At Feetus, we find that around 30% of our customers wear toe socks in the summer, but in winter, this percentage increases to around 90%. As you can expect, the colder months prompt barefooters to reach for socks to add an extra degree of warmth.

Personally, I wore Vibrams for years before I started to wear toe socks. My first pair of FiveFingers was the original KSO. I wanted to try toe socks, but was always put-off by the price (£10+ for one pair!). I eventually took the plunge and found that the quality just didn’t meet the price tag. This, HOWEVER, was back in 2011 – and Injinji have drastically improved the quality of their toe socks.

Now, I know that their range of toe socks are WORTH £10+, given their very high quality, longevity, and performance benefits. At Feetus, we like to offer discounts on toe socks too, so you can always pick up toe socks for less than £10, and we always have a toe sock ‘special offer’ for you to get extra value.

Nowadays, I very rarely wear Vibram FiveFingers WITHOUT socks.

Do I Need To Get A Bigger Size Vibram FiveFingers To Wear Toe Socks?

No.

There is a common misconception that in order to wear socks under your Vibrams, you need to get a larger shoe size. This is not the case.

Think about the conventional shoes you’ve been wearing over the years. How many times have you thought ‘I need to wear socks today – these shoes are going to be too small’? The answer is probably ‘Never’ – and the same applies to your Vibrams.

Toe socks come in a variety of different styles, with the common factor between each being the weight. Using the original performance toesock brand Injinji as an example, they offer Lightweight, Original Weight, Run MidWeight, Trail MidWeight, NuWool Original Weight, and the range is constantly growing and evolving.

Side Note – Please be aware that MidWeight socks (both in the RUN and TRAIL series’) may be a little too thick to wear in your Vibram FiveFingers. Injinji’s Yoga Socks are also not recommended for use in shoes. 

 

What Other Toe Sock Brands Are There?

Injinji are definitely the pioneers. They’re the original creator of the performance toesock, however, we’re proud to offer GOTENA and V-Toes.

GOTENA make fabulous-quality toe socks. Their Merino Wool sock is fantastic quality, and they have also filled the gap by offering their GHOST sock, which is very similar to the (now-unavailable-in-the-UK) Injinji PED.

V-Toes offer an all-black toe sock, similar to Injinji’s Original Weight Mini Crew.

 

Check out the full range of Toe Socks here

Injinji Ultra Run No Show Oasis

Injinji Ultra Run No-Show Running Toe Socks (Oasis)

Constructed to provide comfort and support even after miles of wear, the Injinji Ultra Run No-Show features cushioned terry throughout the foot and toes, to help soften the impact of tough runs and workouts on feet. Each toe is separated, eliminating all skin-on-skin contact between the toes and preventing blisters, while knit lines on the bottom of the footbed offer additional arch support. The No-Show length rests below the ankle and features a heel tab to protect against chafing.

Ultra marathons demand performance that handles hours of running on varied terrain. Our Injinji Ultra Run No-Show series features our midweight cushioned terry underfoot and around each toe. It’s a unique approach that creates truly comprehensive cushioning – toe sleeves included – to soften the repeated impact encountered during ultras. Our patented five-toe design eliminates skin-on-skin friction between your toes, promotes a natural splay on impact, and frees you to utilise your entire foot on shifting terrain. Our Ultra Run socks are available in crew and no-show heights and feature gender-specific designs.

Check out the full Injinji range here.

Injinji Women's Ultra Run Toe Socks Features & Benefits

Blister Prevention from Injinji Toe SocksBlister Prevention

With each toe protected, skin-on-skin friction is completely eliminated protecting your foot from blisters and hot spots.

Moisture Management

Each toe is wrapped in sweat-wicking material so your foot will be drier and therefore more comfortable than in traditional socks.

Total Foot Utilisation

When your toes are separated and properly aligned, this allows your entire foot to be engaged in any athletic activity.

Mesh Top

Provides maximum breathability and ventilation on the top of foot.

Padded Toes

Extra cushion throughout the toes with midweight terry throughout the toes.

Fibre  Content

Fibre content: 29% CoolMax®, 67% Nylon, 4% Lycra®

Protective Cushion

Extra cushioning on the footbed to increase foot comfort.

Injinji Run Lightweight Mini-Crew Original Black

Injinji RUN Lightweight Mini-Crew Running Toe Socks (Original Black)

The Injinji RUN Lightweight Mini-Crew Running Toe Socks our lightest weight running mini-crew provides maximum comfort with minimal bulk. The design puts fabric around each toe, eliminating skin-on-skin friction that can cause blisters. And it gives your toes freedom to splay, align naturally, and work independently for improved comfort, balance and grip. COOLMAX® fibres and a breathable mesh top keep your feet cool and dry, and the seamless ergonomic construction and integrated arch support provide a secure, slip-free fit. The mini-crew length sits just below the ankle for debris protection and cool comfort.

Pavement or trail, training or race day – our versatile running socks leverage our patented five-toe technology to keep each toe separate, eliminating the friction that can cause blisters while freeing them to splay and align naturally for better comfort and feel. Moisture-wicking materials, integrated ventilation, ergonomic fit, and focused cushioning keep you dry, supported, and comfortable on any run. Recovery day? Après race? These super-comfy socks are perfect with your flip-flops, too.

The mini-crew length rests just above the ankle, fully covering and protecting the heel.

Check out the full Injinji range here.

Injinji RUN Lightweight Mini-Crew Toe Socks Features & Benefits

Blister Prevention from Injinji Toe SocksBlister Prevention

With each toe protected, skin-on-skin friction is completely eliminated protecting your foot from blisters and hot spots.

Moisture Management

Each toe is wrapped in sweat-wicking material so your foot will be drier and therefore more comfortable than in traditional socks.

Total Foot Utilisation

When your toes are separated and properly aligned, this allows your entire foot to be engaged in any athletic activity.

Arch Support

Supportive band that offers a secure and stable fit.

200 Needle Count

Extra cushioning on the footbed to increase foot comfort.

Fibre  Content

Fiber content: 27% CoolMax® 68% Nylon, 5% Lycra®

Mesh Top

Supportive band that offers a secure and stable fit.

Injinji Ultra Run Crew Lime

Injinji Ultra Run Crew Running Toe Socks (Lime)

Constructed to provide comfort and support even after miles of wear, the Injinji Ultra Run Crew in the Deco colour features cushioned terry throughout the foot and toes, to help soften the impact of tough runs and workouts on feet. Each toe is separated, eliminating all skin-on-skin contact between toes and preventing blisters. The Ultra Run Crew, hitting at mid-calf, also features a ribbed knit throughout the leg for a tighter, more ergonomic fit.

Ultra marathons demand performance that handles hours of running on varied terrain. Our Injinji Ultra Run Crew series features our midweight cushioned terry underfoot and around each toe. It’s a unique approach that creates truly comprehensive cushioning – toe sleeves included – to soften the repeated impact encountered during ultras. Our patented five-toe design eliminates skin-on-skin friction between your toes, promotes a natural splay on impact, and frees you to utilise your entire foot on shifting terrain. Our Ultra Run socks are available in crew and no-show heights and feature gender-specific designs.

Check out the full Injinji range here.

Injinji Women's Ultra Run Toe Socks Features & Benefits

Blister Prevention from Injinji Toe SocksBlister Prevention

With each toe protected, skin-on-skin friction is completely eliminated protecting your foot from blisters and hot spots.

Moisture Management

Each toe is wrapped in sweat-wicking material so your foot will be drier and therefore more comfortable than in traditional socks.

Total Foot Utilisation

When your toes are separated and properly aligned, this allows your entire foot to be engaged in any athletic activity.

Mesh Top

Provides maximum breathability and ventilation on the top of foot.

Padded Toes

Extra cushion throughout the toes with midweight terry throughout the toes.

Fibre  Content

Fibre content: 29% CoolMax®, 67% Nylon, 4% Lycra®

Protective Cushion

Extra cushioning on the footbed to increase foot comfort.

Injinji Outdoor Midweight Crew NuWool Toe Socks - Ballpark

Injinji Outdoor Midweight Crew NuWool Toe Socks – Ballpark

Run, hike, bike – the Injinji Outdoor socks are built for playing outside. Our patented five-toe design eliminates the skin-on-skin friction that causes blisters and hot spots – and helps promote a natural splay, and more comfort and confidence on gnarly terrain. Made from wool, these hiking and backpacking socks are soft, odour resistant, and regulate temperature. Midweight padding cushions, arch support is built-in, mesh at the top keeps feet cool, and the cuff design stays in place to seal out dirt and trail debris.

Our Injinji Outdoor toe socks are built for foot travel across any kind of terrain. Made from NüWool™, they are soft, odour resistant, and regulate temperatures for maximum comfort in hot and cold conditions. Their patented five-toe design eliminates blister-causing skin-on-skin friction, helps promote a natural splay, and frees you to use your entire foot for comfort and confidence on rugged trails. Midweight padding under your foot absorbs shock, arch support is built-in, mesh at the top keeps feet cool, and the cuff designs – crew and mini-crew – stay in place to seal out dirt and trail debris.

Check out the full Injinji range here.

Injinji Outdoor Toe Socks Features & Benefits

Blister Prevention from Injinji Toe SocksBlister Prevention

With each toe protected, skin-on-skin friction is completely eliminated protecting your foot from blisters and hot spots.

Moisture Management

Each toe is wrapped in sweat-wicking material so your foot will be drier and therefore more comfortable than in traditional socks.

Total Foot Utilisation

When your toes are separated and properly aligned, this allows your entire foot to be engaged in any athletic activity.

Arch Support

Supportive band that offers a secure and stable fit.

Protective Cushion

Extra cushioning on the footbed to increase foot comfort.

Fibre  Content

Fiber content: 43% NuWool™, 43% Acrylic, 12% Nylon, 2% Lycra®

Mesh Top

Provides maximum breathability and ventilation on the top of foot.

Injinji Womens Trail Midweight Mini-Crew Running Toe Socks - Leo

Injinji Womens Trail Midweight Mini-Crew Running Toe Socks – Leo

Injinji Womens Trail – engineered and cushioned for women who run far and hike fast on shifting, uneven trails, this midweight toe sock delivers comfort and protection with agility and support. Snug, but not binding, the double-cuffed mini-crew height seals out dirt, sand, and debris. COOLMAX® wicks away moisture, nylon adds durability, and the narrower profile with increased stretch is specifically designed to fit women’s feet and toes. Arch support is built in, mesh at the top improves breathability, and our unique design wraps fabric around each toe to minimise blisters, allow a natural splay, and more effectively wick moisture.

Moving with speed on uneven, shifting terrain requires your whole foot to perform naturally. The Injinji Womens Trail socks’ five-toe design minimises friction between the toes to help eliminate blisters, gives your foot the freedom to splay on impact, and lets you utilise your entire foot on narrow, uneven trails. Mini and traditional crew lengths seal out debris, performance materials wick moisture and provide durability, and midweight cushioning delivers protection and comfort without bulk. These socks handle any distance – ultra runners love them – and are a Team Injinji favourite.

Check out the full Injinji Women’s Range.

Injinji Trail Mini-Crew Toe Socks Features & Benefits

Blister Prevention from Injinji Toe SocksBlister Prevention

With each toe protected, skin-on-skin friction is completely eliminated protecting your foot from blisters and hot spots.

Moisture Management

Each toe is wrapped in sweat-wicking material so your foot will be drier and therefore more comfortable than in traditional socks.

Total Foot Utilisation

When your toes are separated and properly aligned, this allows your entire foot to be engaged in any athletic activity.

Blister Prevention

Provides maximum breathability and ventilation on the top of foot.

Protective Cushion

Extra cushioning on the footbed to increase foot comfort.

Fibre  Content

Fiber content: 66% CoolMax® 28% Nylon, 6% Lycra®

Double Cuff

A thicker cuff to hold the sock comfortably in place while reducing chafing.

Injinji Womens Spectrum Trail Midweight Mini-Crew Running Toe Socks - Bands

Injinji Womens Spectrum Trail Midweight Mini-Crew Running Toe Socks – Bands

Injinji Womens Trail – Designed for women’s feet, our Spectrum Womens Trail Midweight Mini-Crew socks are engineered for uneven and unpredictable terrain and allow the entire foot to perform naturally. The colourful double cuff, unique to our Spectrum Trail Mini-Crew series, provides a snug fit around the ankle to keep dirt and debris out. COOLMAX® effectively wicks away moisture from the foot and between the toes and a mesh top allows breathability for your feet to stay dry and cool.

Moving with speed on uneven, shifting terrain requires your whole foot to perform naturally. The Injinji Womens Trail socks’ five-toe design minimises friction between the toes to help eliminate blisters, gives your foot the freedom to splay on impact, and lets you utilise your entire foot on narrow, uneven trails. Mini and traditional crew lengths seal out debris, performance materials wick moisture and provide durability, and midweight cushioning delivers protection and comfort without bulk. These socks handle any distance – ultra runners love them – and are a Team Injinji favourite.

Check out the full Injinji Women’s Range.

Injinji Trail Mini-Crew Toe Socks Features & Benefits

Blister Prevention from Injinji Toe SocksBlister Prevention

With each toe protected, skin-on-skin friction is completely eliminated protecting your foot from blisters and hot spots.

Moisture Management

Each toe is wrapped in sweat-wicking material so your foot will be drier and therefore more comfortable than in traditional socks.

Total Foot Utilisation

When your toes are separated and properly aligned, this allows your entire foot to be engaged in any athletic activity.

Blister Prevention

Provides maximum breathability and ventilation on the top of foot.

Protective Cushion

Extra cushioning on the footbed to increase foot comfort.

Fibre  Content

Fiber content: 66% CoolMax® 28% Nylon, 6% Lycra®

Double Cuff

A thicker cuff to hold the sock comfortably in place while reducing chafing.

Injinji Womens Trail Midweight Crew Toe Socks - Blossom

Injinji Womens Trail Midweight Crew Toe Socks – Blossom

Injinji Womens Trail Crew – engineered and cushioned for women who run far and hike fast on shifting, uneven trails, this midweight toe sock delivers comfort and protection with agility and support. Snug, but not binding, the double-cuffed mini-crew height seals out dirt, sand, and debris. COOLMAX® wicks away moisture, nylon adds durability, and the narrower profile with increased stretch is specifically designed to fit women’s feet and toes. Arch support is built in, mesh at the top improves breathability, and our unique design wraps fabric around each toe to minimise blisters, allow a natural splay, and more effectively wick moisture.

Moving with speed on uneven, shifting terrain requires your whole foot to perform naturally. The Injinji Womens Trail Crew socks’ five-toe design minimises friction between the toes to help eliminate blisters, gives your foot the freedom to splay on impact, and lets you utilise your entire foot on narrow, uneven trails. Mini and traditional crew lengths seal out debris, performance materials wick moisture and provide durability, and midweight cushioning delivers protection and comfort without bulk. These socks handle any distance – ultra runners love them – and are a Team Injinji favourite.

Check out the full Injinji Women’s Range.

Injinji Trail Mini-Crew Toe Socks Features & Benefits

Blister Prevention from Injinji Toe SocksBlister Prevention

With each toe protected, skin-on-skin friction is completely eliminated protecting your foot from blisters and hot spots.

Moisture Management

Each toe is wrapped in sweat-wicking material so your foot will be drier and therefore more comfortable than in traditional socks.

Total Foot Utilisation

When your toes are separated and properly aligned, this allows your entire foot to be engaged in any athletic activity.

Blister Prevention

Provides maximum breathability and ventilation on the top of foot.

Protective Cushion

Extra cushioning on the footbed to increase foot comfort.

Fibre  Content

Fiber content: 66% CoolMax® 28% Nylon, 6% Lycra®

Double Cuff

A thicker cuff to hold the sock comfortably in place while reducing chafing.

Injinji Trail Crew Midweight Running Toe Socks - Ridge

Injinji Trail Crew Midweight Running Toe Socks – Ridge

The Injinji Trail Crew Midweight is the sock for long runs and aggressive hikes on rugged terrain. Our toesock design minimises friction between the toes to help eliminate blisters, frees them to splay naturally, and lets you utilise your whole foot on narrow, uneven trails. The crew length rides high to seal out debris, and a band under the arch adds support. COOLMAX® fibres and a mesh top keep feet dry and cool, nylon fibres add durability, and midweight cushioning protects your feet.

Moving with speed on uneven, shifting terrain requires your whole foot to perform naturally. The Injinji Trail Crew Midweight socks’ five-toe design minimises friction between the toes to help eliminate blisters, gives your foot the freedom to splay on impact, and lets you utilise your entire foot on narrow, uneven trails. Mini and traditional crew lengths seal out debris, performance materials wick moisture and provide durability, and midweight cushioning delivers protection and comfort without bulk. These socks handle any distance – ultra runners love them – and are a Team Injinji favourite.

Check out the full Injinji range here.

Injinji Trail Crew Toe Socks Features & Benefits

Blister Prevention from Injinji Toe SocksBlister Prevention

With each toe protected, skin-on-skin friction is completely eliminated protecting your foot from blisters and hot spots.

Moisture Management

Each toe is wrapped in sweat-wicking material so your foot will be drier and therefore more comfortable than in traditional socks.

Total Foot Utilisation

When your toes are separated and properly aligned, this allows your entire foot to be engaged in any athletic activity.

Mesh Top

Provides maximum breathability and ventilation on the top of foot.

Protective Cushion

Extra cushioning on the footbed to increase foot comfort.

Fibre Content

Fiber content: 66% CoolMax® 28% Nylon, 6% Lycra®

Arch Support

Supportive band that offers a secure and stable fit.

Injinji Trail Midweight Mini-Crew Running Toe Socks - Bay

Injinji Trail Midweight Mini-Crew Running Toe Socks – Bay

Moving with speed on uneven, shifting terrain requires your whole foot to perform naturally. The Injinji Trail Midweight socks’ five-toe design minimises friction between the toes to help eliminate blisters, gives your foot the freedom to splay on impact, and lets you utilise your entire foot on narrow, uneven trails. Mini and traditional crew lengths seal out debris, performance materials wick moisture and provide durability, and midweight cushioning delivers protection and comfort without bulk. These socks handle any distance – ultra runners love them – and are a Team Injinji favourite.

Engineered and cushioned for moving fast across shifting, uneven terrain, the Injinji Trail Midweight Mini-Crew delivers comfort and protection with agility and support. Snug, but not binding, the double-cuffed mini-crew height seals out grit and debris. COOLMAX® fibres wick away moisture, nylon adds durability, and Lycra® holds the fit. Arch support is built in, mesh at the top adds breathability, and our unique design wraps fabric around each toe to minimise blisters, more effectively wick moisture, and give you the freedom to utilise your whole foot on narrow, gnarly trails during training runs and ultra marathons.

The Trail series is engineered for the uneven and unpredictable terrain of the trail to offer the best fit, feel and protection in any shoe. Trail socks are built to handle the impact of dirt paths and rocky trails, while the double elastic cuff keep dirt and debris out.

The mini-crew length rests just above the ankle, fully covering and protecting the heel.

Check out the full Injinji range here.

Injinji Trail Mini-Crew Toe Socks Features & Benefits

Blister Prevention from Injinji Toe SocksBlister Prevention

With each toe protected, skin-on-skin friction is completely eliminated protecting your foot from blisters and hot spots.

Moisture Management

Each toe is wrapped in sweat-wicking material so your foot will be drier and therefore more comfortable than in traditional socks.

Total Foot Utilisation

When your toes are separated and properly aligned, this allows your entire foot to be engaged in any athletic activity.

Mesh Top

Provides maximum breathability and ventilation on the top of foot.

Protective Cushion

Extra cushioning on the footbed to increase foot comfort.

Fibre  Content

Fiber content: 66% CoolMax® 28% Nylon, 6% Lycra®

Double Cuff

A thicker cuff to hold the sock comfortably in place while reducing chafing.