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Vivobarefoot Reviews

Jing Jing
Jing Jing Posted: 4/17/14
Reviewer: Tiffany W from Middletown, NJ
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I would love to just walk around barefoot, but these are almost better! I was looking for easy slip on shoes that look good with jeans or skirts and these are the perfect shoe. I know other reviewers said there is no ventilation, so they were overly warm, but I didn't have that problem (though I normally don't have sweaty feet, so...). Basically, these are my favorite shoes and I'm psyched spring/summer is here because then I can wear them every day. So comfortable!

Evo Pure
Evo Pure Posted: 4/16/14
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I love this shoe. Unfortunately I have Morton's Toe and so while the shoe looks absolutely awesome, it squishes up my longer second toes. So sad I have to return them.

Breatho Trail M
Breatho Trail M Posted: 4/16/14
Reviewer: from United States
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

If this is your first minimalist shoe, be prepared to change your gait. I knew what I was getting into though and was prepared. This shoe fit great (very much like a sock but with a roomy toe box), was comfortable and had great traction. Sheds water superbly and doesn't cling to mud, rinsing clean quickly and easily. I'm training for an obstacle course race and am confident this will work well for anyone else doing the same.

One M
One M Posted: 4/14/14
Reviewer: Erik G. from East Bay Area, California
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

I walk barefoot as much as possible - normally daily during the Spring/Summer. For whatever reason (I'm sure I could make up a few), I tend to bang my feet on the ground less and walk a little slower than I would otherwise. This leaves me with no knee pain, even after a 5 mile walk which is brilliant. I own two other pairs of barefoot shoes: the Vivobarefoot Jays the Vibrim 5 fingers. The Jays are for work, the 5 fingers are for when my feet get tired when I'm barefoot walking, and the Vivobarefoot Ones are for when I'm sick of either of them. As always, these shoes have _very_ thin soles when you remove the insoles. Though, it still is not 100% like walking barefoot, I feel like this is as close as you can get without sacrificing durability. I like the fact that most of the shoe is vented, which gives you a lot of the sensation of the wind while walking. They do appear to be a little bit smaller than my Jays of the same size which makes them a little more snug than I would like, but I think if I went up a size that they would end up being too big. And yes, they are as loud as they appear in the picture. Bright red. :)

Ultra Pure L
Ultra Pure L Posted: 4/13/14
Reviewer: Veronica from Louisiana
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I love these shoes for housework and yard work. Even though they do not appear very supportive, they promote a natural gait and stance, which actually makes them my most comfortable shoes! I am not aware of having any underlying arch problems. Also the material being waterproof means that they rinse clean super easily and dry quickly. The extra wide toe box makes them a little unattractive, but a wide toe box is a given with barefoot shoes, so I cannot complain!

Gobi M
Gobi M Posted: 4/13/14
Reviewer: Paul M from Maryland, USA
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

These are the single best shoes I have ever owned. Before these, the first thing I did when I got home was get out of my shoes, fast, even ones that I thought were comfortable. I went to go to bed last night and realized I was still wearing them. Vivo Barefoot Indeed!

Stealth L
Stealth L Posted: 4/12/14
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

They are awesome! Wore them today. I'm not a runner, but I wear them for walking and they are SO SO SO comfortable. I wear minimalist shoes for every occasion and have three pairs of VivoBarefoot shoes. They are excellent shoes and the Stealth is true to its boasts! I'd highly recommend them to anyone wanting a minimalist shoe! One of my pairs is a 38 and the other two are 39's but wonderfully with Zappos you can get your size without all the extra postage to do so.

Jing Jing
Jing Jing Posted: 4/10/14
Reviewer: Emily from DC
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

These shoes are definitely an aesthetic step up compared earlier casual versions of minimalist/barefoot shoes. In 2012 I purchased the Vivobarefoot: Mary Jane (size 41) in black and Vivobarefoot: Kali (size 41) in brown to wear to work. My job involves a lot of walking around and my feet are very sensitive to tight fitting shoes with any sort of heel. After wearing these two styles (Vivo Kali and Mary Jane) for well over a year my feet are very happy but I have to admit I feel like quite a frump. I was jumping for joy when the Jing Jings came out because they actually look like a normal ballet flat. Overall I'd say that they're a much better compromise between making my feet happy and not feeling like a complete frump! I am normally sized at or around a 9.5. I have pretty bad bunions, which require a wider toe box. I originally ordered the a size 40 but am exchanging them for a 41 mainly because my toes felt too scrunched together. I also own and have been regularly wearing the Vivobarefoot: Jazz in a 41, which fits me perfectly (my favorite casual non-work shoes) so it seems like their sizing is pretty consistent across vivo's shoe styles. A previous reviewer had mentioned that the Jing Jings stretch with time when sizing down, however, if your feet are anything like mine (i.e. have little tolerance for discomfort) then I would suggest sizing up.

Jing Jing
Jing Jing Posted: 4/5/14
Reviewer: from Seattle
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

Runs true to size. cute in style. Just a little to think of a sole for me. If you like the barefoot feel, this is a good one. Comfortable at the heel.

Soul Of Africa Ra
Soul Of Africa Ra Posted: 4/3/14
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

The shoes are very nice (I bought the Leather Tan), however they do not look exactly like in the pictures - the leather is darker and not shiny (it is ok), and the soles are much darker (that is actually good).

Jing Jing
Jing Jing Posted: 4/2/14
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

Perfect if you like minimal support and material between you and the surface you walk. A little snug at the toe due to the fit, no matter the size. Feet sweat a lot in these.

Jing Jing
Jing Jing Posted: 4/1/14
Reviewer: from Indiana
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

I wanted to like these shoes. I'm normally a solid 9 in casual shoes and generally a 39 in Euro sizes. But, these definitely fit like the 8.5 they say. The shoe itself is a nice low profile ballet and the taupe color is lovely. It doesn't look like vegan "leather." However, I also bought a similar Hushpuppy Chaste Ballet style and I like them better as they have some support and my feet don't feel crowded. I don't necessarily hate barefoot styles, but I can't imagine standing or walking for too long in these. I'll be returning these.

Gobi M
Gobi M Posted: 4/1/14
Reviewer: Ryan Schlosser from United States
Overall: Rated:2 stars! Comfort: Rated:2 stars! Style: Rated:2 stars!

The front of the shoe is wider than it needs to be, giving the slight impression of a clown shoe. It's not terrible, but it is definitely enough to bother me enough to return the shoes. I'm bummed because other than this the shoes seem great.

Trail Freak
Trail Freak Posted: 3/31/14
Reviewer: Diana B from California
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

So far I love these! I wore Vibram Fivefingers for a long time (and still do) but I wanted something with a little bit more tread for hiking (if it was muddy or rocky I tended to slip - Fivefingers have a lot more models nowadays but when I used to take my old ones hiking they had a very smooth sole). These are really comfortable, not quite as minimalist as I was used to but pretty much exactly what I was looking for for light hiking and walks on dirt. At first they seemed a bit stiffer than I thought minimalist shoes should be but then I remembered that Vivos (at least these ones) have that optional insole, and although it was comfy with, once I took them out they were even better. My toes had room to splay and I felt very in control of my foot. These will be the most substantial shoes I own since I really don't like the feel of being constrained, but will be a great compromise considering the kind of support and traction I was looking for for hiking. I have also bought the Synthetic Hiker for longer hikes, and look forward to comparing them. I will say that the fit and sizing of Vivos has been inconsistent with my feet - I have sent back or exchanged for a different size 3 other models due to this. I'm not sure if it just varies by the type of shoe (sneaker, flat, athletic, etc.) but these ones in particular were true to size for me and fit great right out of the box.

Ultra Pure L
Ultra Pure L Posted: 3/30/14
Reviewer: Rachel from Springfield, Ma
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

If you're expecting a soft cushiony shoe, look elsewhere. These shoes are designed to let your bare feet do their own thing. The toe box is very wide, but the shoe still feels snug, and never flops around. I got these for running and I think I should have just gone for the actual running shoes. The holes are awesome for mobility, but little rocks sometimes get into the shoe. Anyway, it's a cool shoe (I wouldn't say cute, but if you're going for looks then get the Jing Jing). It's comfy and I'll probably keep using them for running.

Soul Of Africa Ra
Soul Of Africa Ra Posted: 3/29/14
Reviewer: Alex Keefe from Muskegon, Michigan
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Love these - wear them to work with slacks - the SOA Gobi's fit my feet slightly better, but I kept these thinking they could be worn with shorts, vs. the Gobi's which can't. My sizing: SOA Ra - 44 Ra - 44 SOA Gobi - 43 Gobi - 43 is tight, trying 44 next.

Soul Of Africa Gobi
Soul Of Africa Gobi Posted: 3/29/14
Reviewer: Bob from Dallas
Overall: Rated:1 stars! Comfort: Rated:1 stars! Style: Rated:1 stars!

Left shoe was too narrow to wear comfortably, even without socks. No uniformity in size. Leather stains easily. Do not waste your money!

Gobi M
Gobi M Posted: 3/27/14
Reviewer: Alex W from Tarrytown, NY
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Very comfortable! I've been wearing these shoes off and on for the past 3 weeks and I'm very happy with them. There is ample room in the toe box and very comfortable under foot. There is no arch support so definitely not for those wanting some of that. I opted to keep the insert in which is providing some additional cushion I typically remove. The shoe is very flexible. I wear these around the office.

Freud
Freud Posted: 3/26/14
Reviewer: Diana B from
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

Cute and love the color, but I will be returning them because I couldn't tell from the picture how much they would look like bowling shoes once I had them on. Just not my style. Love this brand, though.

Daisy
Daisy Posted: 3/26/14
Reviewer: Linda Carter from Eastern Washington
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

Took some breaking in but I love them now. I am thoroughly in love with this brand. I usually wear a 41 but in this brand I am consistently a 42.

Nancy
Nancy Posted: 3/25/14
Reviewer: Webly from Portland
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

It's hard to spend so much money on these flimsy shoes, but they are worth it. They are more narrow than typical barefoot shoes, but still comfortable. The thin sole takes a little getting use to but I have been happy with the feeling of wearing shoes that feel like socks because my feet stay dry and warm when outside.

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