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VJ MAXx is made for going long distances
Famous VJ Grip with a smoother ride for all surfaces
Most cushioned VJ Shoe
Breathable, durable upper reinforced with strong kevlar fibers
VJ XTRM is made for grip, stability, and durability
All around performer for short, medium and longer distances
Made for Obstacle Course Racing, Trail Running, Sky Running and anything you can throw at it
Super tough custom upper with kevlar, good cushioning and rock plate protect you on all tough terrain
VJ iRock 3 is made for technical trails and obstacle course racing
Our most aggressive traction gives you the best grip in the worst conditions
Lower profile provides exceptional feel for the terrain
Superb choice for those who like a more snug fit for ultimate control and feel
VJ Xero 5 is your all-weather, all terrain studded shoe for winter running
20 carbon-carbide star studs ensure grip on all surfaces
Just the right amount of cushioning and support for the best feel for the terrain
Uppers are water repellant to protect your feet in the harshest weather


VJ - North America
We love running in Obstacle Course Races and trail running in the Pacific NW - and wanted the best shoes for the sport. We spent way too much money and effort researching shoes, only to be disappointed with the grip, the fit, or the durability of the shoes we bought. We knew there had to be a better shoe. A shoe designed by people who knew what we wanted... We found them in VJ. Designed, engineered, and proven to be the best in the world. The only problem was that those shoes were not available in North America. We decided to change that - and in January of 2019 we launched. Here we are.
VJ - Finland
VJ shoes were born in the dense forests of central Finland almost 40 years ago from a need for a better shoe for the rough and slippery terrain. Making shoes for Orienteering and other extreme athletes, VJ shoes proved themselves with exceptional durability, superior grip, and high quality. Today, VJ shoes continue those standards with cutting-edge technology, the latest materials and uncompromising values to produce shoes with the best grip on the planet. VJ shoes have helped athletes in various all-terrain sports including trail running, Obstacle Course Racing, and sky running achieve their dreams and win world championships. With VJ, it's all about pure performance and well-designed products that will stand the test of time. That's why the worlds best athletes and adventurers choose VJ shoes.



Durable and breathable sandwich mesh material reinforced with strong kevlar fibers. 


Famous VJ grip with 100% Butyl rubber featuring wide flat 4mm grips for a smooth ride on all surfaces

360 foot protection

Rubber caps and overlays protect your feet from the hostile environment

The Best Grip...

Aggressive lugs and 100% Butyl rubber for exceptional grip on all terrain.  


Upper is a super tough custom kevlar and polyester weave which provides extraordinary protection and durability.  Fitlock and Strategic overlays secure your feet to the shoe for stability


Cushioning units in the front and heel, full length rock plate, and torsion bars all work together for the best protection and stability

Versitile all weather performer

Superb for Obstacle Course Racing, SwimRun, Sky Running and VK's.  Grip, feel, and durability for all weather events


Made from breathable sandwich mesh reinforced with strong kevlar fibers provide protection, durability and stability.  


Our most aggressive, deep lugs give you the best grip in the worst conditions.  Lower profile midsole for exceptional terrain feel.

Men's or Women's sizing and colors

Women's shown here, Men's available on product page


The uppers have a water repellant membrane to protect your feet even in the harshest weather.

Winter Grip

Custom rubber compound designed for the cold. Aggressive lugs for gip.  Twenty (20) carbon-carbide star shaped studs. All combine for maximum grip on all surfaces.



Ryan Atkins

OCR / Endurance Athlete

Simply the Best!

This is my all-time favorite shoe. I've used this shoe to win Trail Running races, Spartan races and set FKTs. It's grip, lightweight and groundfeel is unmatched. 

The fit is "performance", meaning when you are shredding a technical downhill, your foot won't move around at all. If you like a bit bigger toe box, either size up, or look at the MAXx.

I've run in every brand of shoe and this one out performs them in nearly every scenario.

Lindsay Webster

OCR Athlete

EVERYONE gets hooked! 

I have introduced so many friends and fellow athletes to these shoes. Whether they're trail runners, obstacle racers, Skyrunners, you name it, once people own a pair of VJ's they legitimately never go back. They have a snug fit and great ground feel, but are hearty enough to sustain technical rocky terrain. They're longevity is incredible, and of course the grip is unparalleled! I wear the MaxX for my long days, the XTRM for obstacle races, the Speeds on the road or in the gym, and the iRock for the muddiest days. My Xero's get worn all winter long.

Nicole Mericle

OCR / Rock Climber

The grip is secure!

VJ shoes opened my eyes to the importance of grip. I thought sliding around on wet terrain and obstacles was normal.

Now I wouldn't dream of running in the mountains in anything else. The grip is thatsecure and in races every little thing adds up. 

Ryan Phebus

Mountain and Trail runner

A versatile mountain shoe!

I use this shoe as my "everyday" trainer. I primarily run and train on the trails and peaks of the High Rockies in Colorado.

I feel like these shoes were built for the mountains as they handle technical terrain exceptionally well. That being said, I even use these shoes for workouts on non-techy dirt roads/trails. I love the ability this shoe has to handle anything I throw at it. Incredibly durable, lightweight, protective, and stable, these shoes will go the distance in any terrain!