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Vivobarefoot Neo Trail Reviews

41 reviews
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Overall Rating:

96%Rated 5 stars

4%Rated 4 stars

0%Rated 3 stars

0%Rated 2 stars

0%Rated 1 stars

Customer Fit Survey:

59% "Felt true to size"

73% "Felt true to width"

63% "No arch support"

Additional 21 Neo Trail Vivobarefoot Reviews

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2 people found this review helpful  

April 14, 2012

David

from Oregon

I have been in minimalist shoes for over a year and a half. These are the best off road shoes I have found. They have a great outsole with excellent traction, I used them for the first time on a trail with snow and dirt. Not only did I have great traction but I was able to have dry feet! I did not think that they would be this water resistant but they held up on a 3 mile water falls hike. Also extremely comfortable. I highly recommend these. Fit is true. Just measure your foot in cm. Arch support is great but a barefoot hiker will have a strong arch to begin with. Support is not a problem.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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February 18, 2012

Anonymous

from rural Rocky Mountains

Definitely order 1 size up from your regular shoe size. Right where upper bends when you step, on my normal size, the crease impinges on my little toe. One size up works great. Very comfortable and feels secure on my foot even though "loose" in a way, much like being barefoot but protected. I am not an experienced "barefoot" shoe wearer so I have no comparison for ground feel but this shoe lets me know if I am landing on my heel clearly enough that even walking on pavement it encourages a more mid foot or forefoot impact. Looks good too, not like some mutant outer space hippie shoe but pretty much like a regular trail shoe/runner.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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February 11, 2012

Anonymous

from Indy

These are great shoes! I wish Vivo made US half sizes. The traction is awesome. Breatability is good. It is almost like wearing nothing. I would have preferred a 9½, but since they only offer half sizes, I went with a 10 over the 9. I am still transitioning from my New Balance Minimus (which also rock). The Neo Trails are comfortable, well constructed and fend off moisture well. They are also grippy. There is zero drop with plenty of toe box space to allow the toes to do their thing without being super constrained or unruly.

Brands I'd also recommend: New Balance Minimus, Inov-8, Garmont

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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January 3, 2012

Anonymous

from Colorado Mountains

Love these shoes! I'm a trail runner that enjoys running in the snow. These shoes keep my feet warm, provide great traction, are light and super comfortable. Highly recommend!

Brands I'd also recommend: Merrell Trail Glove

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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December 7, 2011

Phil V

from Portland, OR

Great shoe, my favorite I've ever run in. The shape of the footbed is perfect -- nice wide toe box and securely-fitting heel. The sole is intentionally thin and really forces you to run in a barefoot-style. I've been trying to do this in my "regular" running shoes, but with these on, I realized how much I was still just slapping my foot down. The tread is great -- I was running on grass and mud and felt really secure. A 42 is usually slightly too large for me, but this 42 fit perfectly.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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December 7, 2011

Sal L

from Lake wales Florida

Item was sent to wrong address partly my fault. Zappos immediately sent a new order overnight to my correct address, you just don't see customer service like this anymore. I will always order online with Zappos because of the customer service. The shoes were perfect. Thank you Zappos.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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November 16, 2011

John H

from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

I've been trail running in minimalist shoes for 3 years and was looking for a shoe that wasn't all open mesh and had good traction for the wet winter months. Well, I definitely found it in the Neo Trail. Awesome traction on the sloppy trails, and the uppers shed water pretty darn well. My only complaint is that they run a little small, so if you're going to wear winter socks, order up a size.

Brands I'd also recommend: Merrell

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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March 19, 2012

Ryan C

from United States

My only, only problem with this shoe is that it is just too D**N small. I normally wear a size 13 in every other shoe that I own. So that is what I ordered. Got the shoe and it was a no go. Sent back and got the 14. Still to small! However, I wanted this shoe! So I wear this shoe all the time with everything but my toes do not appreciate it. When I wear with no socks it almost works. Other than that I really like the shoe. Looks great and goes with most looks.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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June 2, 2012

Dan

from NJ

I originally purchased the Merrell Tough Glove but they were too narrow for my feet and too tight on the toes. This shoe is perfect and the toe box is quite roomy.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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May 18, 2012

Anonymous

from Northern California

This shoe is great. It's truly minimalistic. It feels more like a foot-glove than a shoe, due to its flexibility and complete lack of support. This is a good thing, as the feel walking in these without socks is almost that of being barefoot. You can feel every pebble on the ground, and movement feels natural. I would advise walking in these a lot before you run, to get used to the feeling of forefoot striding. These shoes are incredibly grippy, with a golf shoe-like level of cleating. On pavement you can feel the lugs on the sole pushing into your feet. I feel like the lugs would wear down after prolonged walking on pavement, but that's not really what these shoes are for. I got them as an all-around shoe, and they are stylish enough for the purpose, but they are really for the trail. Get them if you have short, wide feet like mine. I ordered a size 43 after returning a size 44 and it's perfect. For comparison, I wear a 9 wide in Chaco sandals. If you have narrow feet, you might have a hard time in these shoes because they are wonderfully wide. Due to their roomy fit, you might experience some rubbing that can cause blisters during prolonged walking. Thin socks help with this. These shoes are also very warm, meant for cold weather. If you're exercising in a place warmer than 60F most of the time, consider getting the Breatho Trail instead. The glued sole and synthetic materials make me worry about this shoe's long term durability. If I use it as my main pair, I can't see it lasting more than a year. Hopefully they will prove me wrong.

Brands I'd also recommend: vibram fivefingers, Inov-8, LEMing footwear, other vivobarefoot shoes

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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May 1, 2012

Charles R

from Tallahassee, FL

The Vivobarefoot Neo Trail is a very comfortable shoe with a supportive sole.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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April 30, 2012

Chris J

from Colorado Springs

I have been running in VFF's for over a year, but I really like to run on trails. Here in Colorado, that means sharp granite rocks and tree roots. The VFF's don't have enough sole protection, and if you whack your toes on a root, you might as well be barefoot. I love my Neo Trails for running trails. They feel great and protect my feet. I will say that you should work into them gradually. I tried to do too much on my first run and strained a calf muscle. Also, contrary to some other reviews, mine are a tad large. I have wide feet and love the toe box.

Brands I'd also recommend: Vibram Five Fingers

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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April 18, 2012

Anonymous

 

I bought these as a more rugged alternatives to my Vibram Five Finger KSOs. I love the Vibrams, but I broke a toe hiking with them last year.I'm really impressed with the Vivobarefoot Neo Trail. While it doesn't have the individual toe compartments like the Vibrams, these still provide that barefoot feel. The sole is rugged enough for trails while still providing maximum sensation on the feet. The toe box felt a bit large when I initially put them on but, the more I wear them, the more it seems that it is just a different fit than I am used to. This shoe provides the perfect balance between a minimalist barefoot shoe and a trail hiker.

Brands I'd also recommend: Vibram, Merrill, Kalso Earth

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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April 14, 2012

Anonymous

from Minneapolis

These are fantastic shoes! I have 2 other pairs in different colors, but I wanted the black for more discreet business wear. These are the best shoes I own for my feet: great toe room and comfy but snug heel. The most comfortable shoes I own are Vivobarefoot. (I wear socks with mine, by the way.)

Brands I'd also recommend: Merril Barefoot

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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April 2, 2012

Sean T

from Colorado Springs

These are the best shoes I have ever owned! Foot + Grip = Ninja potential. There is a learning curve in switching to barefoot, but it is well worth the discomfort. Yes, discomfort. Feet will be sore. I recommend following the VivoBarefoot.com training guide.

Brands I'd also recommend: More VivoBarefoot.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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July 19, 2013

Grant K

from Bremen, Indiana

I love Vivobarefoot shoes! These shoes are super minimalist and super comfortable. They have lots of room for your toes. These are very grippy too and very nice for walking in snow. The grips seem to keep your feet of the ground which keeps your feet warmer.

Brands I'd also recommend: Asics, Saucony

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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February 21, 2013

Anonymous

from Portland, OR

My husband has the black pair and wheres them for everyday you and working out. He loves them! The water resistance is especially nice in Oregon and he likes the treads a lot.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

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Moderate arch support

 

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February 10, 2013

Hugh B

 

I really like these shoes for both running and hiking. When I hike I add a heal cushion because of the rough trails I hike and the fact that I tend to heel strike when I walk. They are lite weight, look good and very sticky on the trail...great tread. Zappos, as always, was great. My shoes were delivered to my house the day after I ordered. How do they do that?

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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January 25, 2013

Anonymous

from Memphis

Great shoes! Totally on the mark size wise. I was concerned after reading other reviews that I should have ordered bigger, but even with thin ankle socks (I prefer to wear them), these runners fit perfect with plenty of room for my wide foot.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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Felt true to size

 

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Excellent arch support

 

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January 18, 2013

Lindsey

 

I was looking for a minimalist style shoe that I could run in, these shoes are awesome but not for running. The shoe fits great, nice and wide in the toe box and definitely a barefoot feel. Sadly though they are built for trails and have a stiff solid sole on them which just wouldn't work out for street running. For a day to day shoe these would be my number one pick. Very good looking as well, not too athletic, almost a skate shoe style of look.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

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Moderate arch support

 

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December 28, 2012

Alan H

from Lawrence, KS

Had the same problem as another reviewer with the lace loops falling off of my Off Road Mids from being glued on so I got these instead. These shoes feel incredible, have never worn anything like them. They are warm, definitely winter shoes. Buying a second pair for color variety. I get lots of compliments on these shoes.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

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November 5, 2012

Fred C

 

Great fit, large toe box. Really like that the material above the toes is so flexible. If you like the "barefoot" sole these are great shoes.

Brands I'd also recommend: Ecco, merrell

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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October 21, 2012

Damien S

from United States

I took these shoes (no break-in time) to Peru. Walked around the Sacred Valley (Cuzco, Ollanta, Pisac), around all of Machu Picchu including hiking up Wayna Picchu quickly and into the Amazon jungle for some excursions. There was another review about these shoes that convinced me that these would be okay even with jagged rocks and rough terrain. I can verify that this is totally true. I felt what I was walking but was never in pain or uncomfortable. The shoes felt amazing. They breathed so well that I want to use them as my day to day shoes now. I had no sore spots, and these shoes felt awesome from minute 1. Usually I accept a little bit of soreness and getting used to from a product, but I did not this time. Of course, the shoes might fit me, personally, very well, but I'm just reporting in. One thing I was expecting was some rain, but weather turned out excellent. The shoes are light. The insoles are easy to take in and out. The shoes are slightly wider in the front than shoes I'm used to, but this is per specifications, and they felt fine to use. Normally I get an 8.5 or 9 in shoes, and the 9's fit well. Glad I spent a little extra money for these over some of the alternatives.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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October 13, 2012

Anonymous

from Oregon

Well made and very comfortable. Why wear what the herd is wearing? (Nike and Adidas) These are better made and not that much more money. Wore them 9 days straight at Disney World and Universal Studios even after packing 2 other pair of shoes!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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Felt true to size

 

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Excellent arch support

 

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October 4, 2012

Don E

from Custer, WI

I have a wide forefoot and narrow heel. I have had a lot of trouble finding comfortable shoes. I order a size 48 in the Neo Trail as their size chart converted it to US size 13. Most conversion charts say a 47 is a 13. The 48 runs small for a 13 and shoe was barely long enough for thin socks. The overall feel and construction are very good.

Brands I'd also recommend: Teva

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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