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Primus Trail Soft Ground
Primus Trail Soft Ground Posted: 2/13/17
Reviewer: alisa from Japan
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

Bought these for a swimrun. They seem perfect. good drainage, very light, good grippy sole. Even comes with locklace type closures. But the side is too high and hits up against my outside anklebone. This is occasionally a problem with me. I ended up going with the inov-8 x-talon 212 which has a lower cut.

Stealth Lux
Stealth Lux Posted: 2/11/17
Reviewer: jpvisual from California
Overall: Rated:1 stars! Comfort: Rated:1 stars! Style: Rated:1 stars!

The toe box is too narrow. Barefoot shoes should allow for natural toe splay, these do not.

Motus
Motus Posted: 2/11/17
Reviewer: jpvisual from California
Overall: Rated:1 stars! Comfort: Rated:1 stars! Style: Rated:1 stars!

The toe box is TOO NARROW. Barefoot shoes should allow for natural toe splay

Tracker Firm Ground
Tracker Firm Ground Posted: 2/9/17
Reviewer: from Indiana
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I was hesitant to buy these because of the review saying they ran small. I risked it anyway and I actually love them. They are comfortable for me, but I can see how they would not be for someone who needs more arch support. They seem pretty durable. So far so good.

Primus Trail Soft Ground
Primus Trail Soft Ground Posted: 2/6/17
Reviewer: from NW Arkansas
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Wow, perfect shoe! Extremely comfortable, and very well made with attention to detail. I have not run in them, but certain they would perform well for the trail. Great with my high instep, and wiggle room for toes. Worth every penny.

Hiker Soft Ground
Hiker Soft Ground Posted: 2/5/17
Reviewer: from Colorado Mountains
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Excellent! Vivobarefoot got this shoe right. Although it is not 100% waterproof you wouldn't know it. My feet stayed warm and dry hiking on snowy, slushy and muddy trails for miles. The extra rubber layers on the outside also make using these with micro spikes super. The spikes stay put and the rubberized outer parts add stiffness in the right places so the shoe won't collapse under the tension of the micro spikes. On previous models like the trail freaks the tension of the spikes would cause the shoe to collapse too much on your foot which made things uncomfortable after long runs or hikes. Somehow the material these are made out of lets your foot breath really well but does an excellent job of not letting water in from the outside. I purposely hiked through muddy puddles and slush and my feet never got wet. Pretty awesome. Also, the soft ground sole is very grippy and doesn't pick up rocks like the older off road sole. Well done vivobarefoot!

Tabi High
Tabi High Posted: 1/26/17
Reviewer: Vesta from Yonkers
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I'm so glad this company exist for people like me with unusual priorities. I was never overweight, my foot is not spoiled or damaged by unnatural shoe and I put healthy before catchy. In summer my foot is one layer leather close to earth but winters are usually nightmare. These boots are not cute but unbelievably friendly. Looking at mirror my eye said hm, but my feet answered- yes, please, yes, please. Flexible, thin, with removable thermal insole, wide enough for my happy toes, weightless - so many important qualities. By the way- the thermal insole- it looks like made in NASA, you can see science involved, it is removable, replaceable with any other needed ( for people in love or need of gel-ly or orthopedic insole). I have very high arch and usually all boots are killing me, but not this time. And I'm a person working all day on my feet. Happy feet, happy me- thank you Vivobarefoot for respecting barefoot people like me!

Stealth Lux
Stealth Lux Posted: 1/25/17
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

This is my first barefoot shoe. I am really liking it so far. The shoe is very lightweight and extremely breathable. I wore it the whole first day without the insoles since they were shipped not in the shoe, and that was even comfortable, however I like the feel even more with the insole in.

Waterloo
Waterloo Posted: 1/25/17
Reviewer: Shoalie Southworth from Michigan
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I Love Zappos!! This is my "go to rain boot", is my 3rd pair. Have red ones and polka dot. Am classic size 9. The polka dot ones fit perfect in euro40?? The red ones~ 40euro also, were too big, kept them anyways- they are still too big. Ordered these navy ones and sized down to 39euro! Fit perfect!! Very happy! Love Zappos for customer service and prompt return and shipping!! Thanks so much!!!!

Waterloo
Waterloo Posted: 1/23/17
Reviewer: from Florida
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I'm in love with these boots! They're perfect for beachcombers such as myself. Unlike other brands I've tried, they don't leak through the bottom seams and they're super lightweight and durable. I love the simple design and can be used in various outdoor activities.

Tracker Firm Ground
Tracker Firm Ground Posted: 1/20/17
Reviewer: from wisconsin
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

very nice looking boot, but it is not very comfortable, shallow and narrow toe box, not enough cushioning. I did so want them to work, they are so stylish.

Gobi Hi-Top
Gobi Hi-Top Posted: 1/14/17
Reviewer: from Bay Area, California
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

Had bought the shoe directly from Vivabarefoot and just returning it. Background: I'm wearing minimal/barefoot like shoes since 16 years and hunting for the next model when my previous are no longer available is always a pain. Especially when one looks for winter/rain-compatible shoes. I usually have an 7.5 to 8 in the US or 38-39 in EU. Ordered those in 8.5 since they are for warmer socks. The good: very comfortable, shoe box for width for a woman my shoe size a bit wide, shoe length is fitting well. Shoes are light and flexible. The quality seems decent from first impression. The bad: there is zero ankle/heel support to not slip out of the shoes. One can not make up for this with the shoe string tension ... because the above-ankle part is cut in a way that it leans backwards slightly - instead of being slightly forward. The result is that with any natural gait where the foot indeed rolls and the ankle tilts the shoe strings/lip on the very top push against the shin. I believe it could have been alleviated if the top metal loops would have been placed slightly further towards the toe. But as it is one either adopts the more "stomp" like gait in firm shoes to not tilt the foot at the ankle - or experiences pain at the shin soon. What a pity, this could be a great shoe.

Stealth II
Stealth II Posted: 1/13/17
Reviewer: Christi Roberts from Atlanta, Georgia
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

Like, but not love. I wanted a black sneaker and I like the "barefoot" concept. First couple of time I wore these, I thought they were great. But when I wore them on a trip and walked through airports, I realized they were causing discomfort around my ankle (but to be fair, I have a double ankle). They also make me feel kinda flat footed and they make a flap-flap noise when walking. Well made and cute.

Gobi Hi-Top
Gobi Hi-Top Posted: 1/3/17
Reviewer: Jan from Boston, MA
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

The Vivobarefoot is the only boot that came close to working for me. This style and the brown run a titch long. I ordered a 7.5 but I am generally better off in a 7W. I ordered a half size larger to accommodate three fused toes that don't bend on one foot and to pad a bunion on the other. This boot is both soft (leather) and sturdy. The color on the blue is BLUE! Made me look as though I was TRYING to be cool. Cute combat style and will match your dark wash jeans, but that made them too specific. They would not work with black pants. Ordered it in brown too but both going back.The brown IS cool but both colors stiffer than the boring black which I am keeping. A more practical choice for me. This manufacturer gets all the stars for a warm winter option runabout boot. As for Zappos, I would not be able to go out this winter but for their extraordinary return policies. TY Zappos. No better customer care anywhere.

Camino
Camino Posted: 1/3/17
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Attention foot surgery people!!! I had bunion surgery on both feet. After wearing the stiff surgery boots, these shoes were the ONLY shoes I could wear. I ordered 14 other pairs from Zappos and I couldn't bend my foot to get them on. They are so easy to get into with all the velcro. My PT person said I should get arch supports since these are like going barefoot, so I did (Red Wing orthotics). I am so glad to have found these!! They are weird looking but I don't care.

Gobi II M Leather
Gobi II M Leather Posted: 1/2/17
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

These are some of my favorite "barefoot" shoes. I own 3 pairs in this style alone. Viva barefoot!

Stealth Lux
Stealth Lux Posted: 1/2/17
Reviewer: Josh from Phoenix
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

It's just an OK vivo shoe. I don't wear these much anymore because the pattern (supposed to be stealthy and subtle) is kind of obnoxious. These are also the squeakiest shoes I've ever worn - again, not so stealthy or quiet on linoleum. Otherwise, they fit nicely.

Primus Road
Primus Road Posted: 1/2/17
Reviewer: Josh from Phoenix
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

I have many other vivos and these fit completely different than the others. These shoes fit long and narrow, totally opposite of what primal/minimal footwear is all about. I should have returned these, but now I'm stuck. Don't be like me.

Primus Trail
Primus Trail Posted: 1/2/17
Reviewer: Paul from Columbus, Ohio
Overall: Rated:1 stars! Comfort: Rated:1 stars! Style: Rated:1 stars!

I'll start by saying that I've had a closet full of Vivobarefoots, and some of their older shoes continue to be my favorite (Dharma, Scott, Stealth. I have also given away more slightly worn, brutally uncomfortable VBF shoes than I care to admit: my count is at least 12, but it is likely more. Something internally at VBF must have changed (perhaps new lasts) a few years ago and they are no longer wearable - they aren't barefoot, They hurt, they are binding, the laces dig into my arches, etc. My wife and I have three pairs of this model and have another six pairs that are basically unwearable and uncomfortable. Some of their styles have become downright goofy and the laces are garbage (four pairs of this model broke either right out of the box, or shortly thereafter). I've given away so many pairs of VBF, that the actual cost of the shoe isn't $130; it's more like $300. Bottom line: I'm done with VBF and will tell everyone I know.

Jing Jing
Jing Jing Posted: 1/1/17
Reviewer: Karla Ayer from Saint Augustine Florida
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

I love the Vivobarefoot concept: total flexibility. Feel the earth underneath without risk of unhealthy consequences. However, the Jing Jing design seems to not work for my foot: I find toes pushed forward while there is a gap of the base of the heel. I hope Vivobarefoot can find a way to correct this, and also to see if there's enough of a market to produce a wide or double wide. One the hopes these can fit for another, I will give them a 3 for concept, and keep checking for design updates.

Gobi Hi-Top
Gobi Hi-Top Posted: 12/16/16
Reviewer: NutmegsMom from USA
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I usually wear a 37 but since this has the thermal sold and faux shearling I ordered a 38. No toe cramping in this leather boot. I ordered 37 in the unlined Gobi boot (non hi Top) and the toe box was tight. The 38 hi Top was perfect. I wore thick merino wool hiking socks and felt great. Today I wore crew liner socks (toe socks) and felt just as great. I've yet to wear them out in sub zero temps; I wore them in the office only so far. Buren is a great color and I love this style

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