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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

Gobi II M Leather
Gobi II M Leather Posted: 12/13/16
Reviewer: Nicole from Minneapolis
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Just got these shoes today and I am in love. Bummed I can't wear them outside yet but its salty snow slush season and I want to keep them lovely so I'll be patient. They are so pretty & classy looking. The toe box is a little flat but I'm hoping it stretches out over time as they break in Taking the insole out allows a bit more space and I'm sure I will wear them without the insoles for extra roomy comfort but they (size 6.5 / 37) do fit my normally size 7 foot just fine with the insoles in as well. My feet are wide from barefooting in the warm season and these shoes are just wide enough for my feet. Any wider and I would be requiring certified clown shoes.

Gobi II M Leather
Gobi II M Leather Posted: 12/13/16
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:2 stars! Comfort: Rated:2 stars! Style: Rated:2 stars!

This was my latest attempt at finding a minimalist shoe that accommodates my wide fore AND mid foot (apparently the latter is an unusual problem). The good news is that the shape of this shoe fits my foot better than others I have tried. The bad news is that the quality does not fit the bill. I did not receive a shoe that looks like the picture. This shoe looks and smells like it was made from an old tire. Other than Vivobarefoot's current monopoly on wide minimalist shoes, there is no reason that the Gobi should cost $150--although I would gladly pay that, and more, if the quality was good.

Tabi High
Tabi High Posted: 12/7/16
Reviewer: Ciara Lakhani from New York
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

The long search for a minimalist, zero drop, flexible boot for wet and snowy days is over and I am so happy! The boot is sleek looking, light, comfortable and I love that it comes with a removable thermal insole. Highly recommend!

Hiker Soft Ground
Hiker Soft Ground Posted: 12/6/16
Reviewer: Mrs F from Georgia
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

I have wide feet with a respectable toe spread, very high arch and instep. I'm an experienced barefoot style shoe wearer. So I expect a flexible sole with no cushion nor arch support on the shoe because my foot, ankle, leg muscles do the work of minimizing impact (I used to stomp around in my ultra super duper cushioned comfy walking shoes -- now I stalk quietly around like a ninja cat...voila no more knee, hip, foot, ankle pain) I used to adore Vivobarefoot shoes. They were worth every dollar and then some because of how long the shoes lasted! I have a pair of Aubergine trail shoes that are years old and they are still wearable, just looking pretty worn and getting close to the end. If I'd known they'd be discontinued, I'd have bought 5 pairs. Now I can't seem to get a pair of Vivos that are as wide as that pair is. Unfortunately, these hiking shoes are too narrow for my feet...I even went up a size but immediately it was clear it was going to be rough. I was able to get my foot in the shoe with difficulty (high instep issue and boots) but I was conscious of the top/tongue of the shoe and it was just too narrow. Unfortunately, I haven't had luck with the last few pairs of Vivos I've tried. If you have narrow/normal width feet, then absolutely give Vivobarefoot shoes a try. Unfortunately, I'm on the hunt for a different brand that sizes for wide feet.

Waterloo
Waterloo Posted: 11/28/16
Reviewer: Stacey from
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

I love zero-drop shoes. I also have a short, wide foot. Most zero-drop shoes claim they have a wide toe-box, and that people who have needed "wide" shoes in the past may find that they fit in the average width shoes that have a foot-shaped toe box. Unfortunately, my feet do not agree. I ordered several pairs of shoes this month to try and find some outdoor winter shoes. These were the only ones that I considered keeping, because the material on top is soft enough that it sort of stretches a bit to accommodate your particular foot shape. My foot was hanging out over the top of the sole at the ball of the feet (width), and my toes were squished in, but the pressure was not *as bad* as it was in all the other shoes I had tried. Still, there was enough pressure within a few minutes, that I expect wearing them for several hours would result in very sore feet. I have a bunion that hurts very badly when I wear shoes that are too narrow, but gives me no pain when I wear my custom-sized, zero drop shoes that I have made for the shape of my foot. Vivobarefoot, if you see this, please offer your shoes in Wide and Extra-Wide!

Primus Trail Soft Ground
Primus Trail Soft Ground Posted: 11/28/16
Reviewer: mark san b from
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

not true to size.. runs a little wide/baggy in the upper. collar is a little high at the achilles; it rubs.

Stealth II
Stealth II Posted: 11/19/16
Reviewer: Christi Roberts from Marietta, Georgia
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

At first, I thought I loved these, but in truth, I do not. I am a believer that you really don't need or benefit from all the structure that regular sneakers offer, and I like that you can sense the terrain through the shoe. But these shoes make a "slapping" noise with every step, and while I thought they were comfortable initially, after wearing them through a couple of airports, I started noticing that they really are not. Its not the size - a larger size would not have fit my foot. They are good looking, well made and probably worth the $120, but I don't see me wearing them very much. I like my Merrell Bare Access Arc 4 much better.

Jing Jing
Jing Jing Posted: 11/18/16
Reviewer: Jennifer Pharaon from Camas, WA
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Love these minimalist ballet flats! So cute and comfortable. I have 5 pairs!

Stealth II
Stealth II Posted: 11/18/16
Reviewer: N from Ohio
Overall: Rated:1 stars! Comfort: Rated:1 stars! Style: Rated:1 stars!

These are super comfortable shoes! My feet feel great in them. However, a little bit of water dropped onto my shoe when I knocked over a cup on my table. This resulted in the orange dye bleeding from the tongue of the shoe onto the grey part (thus knocking down the style considerably because they now look ridiculous) and dying my socks orange. I contacted Vivobarefoot directly, as I bought these through them, and their reply was, "Sadly we do not know of a way to stop this." I'm going to try to wash them when I have time to see if they can be salvaged. Otherwise, I will be returning them.

Gobi II M Leather
Gobi II M Leather Posted: 11/14/16
Reviewer: Adrienne Swirtz from Minnesota
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

I wear a women's size 9. As I have a wider foot I decided to try the men's 7.5. It was too long in the length for me. The heel was far too sloppy, while the toe was too narrow for me. I'm very sad as if these had fit properly, from the feel of them they would have broken in to a beautiful customized fit. Foe anyone not familiar, these are definitely a minimalist shoe. Very flat, very flexible. I just didn't feel like my toes had any room.

Scott
Scott Posted: 11/12/16
Reviewer: John Anthony Cifala from Washington
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

This is a great shoe. I ordered a 12 because I have a narrow 13 foot. The 12 turned out to be a bit short and the width was wide for me. So I assume that while a 13 would fit my length better the width would be too loose.

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