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Ra II
Ra II Posted: 2/26/15
Reviewer: from Brooklyn, NY
Overall: Rated:1 stars! Comfort: Rated:1 stars! Style: Rated:1 stars!

I wore them two-days a week as a bartender. Not very hard wear. These lasted about three weeks before the toe box started splitting apart on the right shoe. That's money in the trash.

Ra II
Ra II Posted: 2/23/15
Reviewer: gargar209 from merced ca
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

Just got these today. Was really excited. After close inspection I'm starting to realize construction is kinda poor. If you hold the shoe up to light and look from the inside you can see right thru parts of the shoe where the bottom rubber meets the leather. Like small gaps in the stitching. Some of the stitches are also a little loose where you can move them by hand around the outside of the shoe. There's also some excess glue visible on the front of one shoe and some on the other back of shoe as well. The tongue also presses into the top of the foot on each step.(guessing that will go away as they break in.) Leather is also extremely stiff. I'm gonna try to condition them as they feel like they might start cracking. I'm still gonna give them a chance since I need new shoes. I don't consider myself too picky but for 140 bucks I'd expect a little better construction. And better quality control.

Ra II
Ra II Posted: 2/23/15
Reviewer: John Aldis from Shepherdstown, WV
Overall: Rated:2 stars! Comfort: Rated:2 stars! Style: Rated:2 stars!

These shoes were rather expensive, but they are also of rather "cheap" quality in manufacture, etc. Disappointing!

Ultra II
Ultra II Posted: 2/21/15
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

This shoe is very cool looking, feels great, fit great. I'm sending it back simply because I'm short and although many of these shoes will give the same look, the speedo beach shoes are less distracting. If I was tall, with a slender leg, I would keep these in a heart beat. By the way, they do have a large toe box but that is something I look for. My foot was nicely anchored in this shoe without any discomfort. And I could walk. Excellent lacing design.

Jing Jing
Jing Jing Posted: 2/17/15
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:2 stars! Comfort: Rated:2 stars! Style: Rated:2 stars!

I really liked the look of these and I loved the space in the toe box. However, I'm ticked I had to send these back because, despite me buying the appropriate size, my toes would hit the front of the shoe with every step I took. I wore them around the house for a day, but in the end I decided that my toe scrunching, crappy flats from Old Navy were more comfortable than these. Just to give you an idea, I've consistently been a US size 8 1/2 in normal shoes and US size 9 in running shoes. I ordered the size 40 (US women's 9). Nope, too short. I finally got around to trying to order the next size up only to find out they are sold out of that size.

Jing Jing
Jing Jing Posted: 2/17/15
Reviewer: vegan shoe lover from santa monica
Overall: Rated:1 stars! Comfort: Rated:1 stars! Style: Rated:1 stars!

Vivo Barefoot and Jing Jings are not shaped like a healthy bare foot. So, your toes will not be encouraged to spread into a healthy shape when you wear them. If you measure a size 7 1/2 at the length of your big toe, your shoes will feel short if you get a 7 1/2 because the very rounded toe will be longest at your center toe. Sizing up to an 8 1/2 won't work. Toes should face straight ahead and the longest part of the shoe should be at the end of the big toe. Otherwise, the big toe is forced into a slant. Sure, the vivo barefoot jing jing and to a lesser extent tricot toebox is bulky, but not in the shape of healthy toes, so the space doesn't help you, it just looks strange. The Tricots stretch like footies. They are made of mesh, so they breathe, and the uppers conform to some extent to the shape of your foot. But the soles do not. The tricots are not exactly cute. The jings look like wide ballet flats. They don t breathe, so your feet will sweat. Vegan barefoot ballet flats are a very good idea. I wish I could find some.

Ultra II
Ultra II Posted: 2/11/15
Reviewer: from United States
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Just got these and find them to be very comfortable. Plenty of room in the toe box area which is great for me because I have arthritis in my big toe joints. No arch support at all.

Trail Freak
Trail Freak Posted: 2/7/15
Reviewer: Dave from Socorro, NM
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

These and my old breathos are my favorite shoes. They fit well, are comfortable, and don't go "squish, squish, squish" as I walk, like some other Vivobarefoot shoes. The soles are good for hiking over rough terrain as well as everyday wear. The colors on mine (blue and yellow!) are garish and I echo the request for more subtle coloring. That resulted in the downrating in style. (The current blue and black ones look somewhat better, though I would prefer brown or gray.) The "kiddy" laces are OK, but I may yet chop them off and put in regular laces. I've had them for about 6 months.

Trail Freak Winterproof
Trail Freak Winterproof Posted: 2/7/15
Reviewer: Dave from Socorro, NM
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

The shoe is a bit stiffer than my regular trail freaks, which I love, but the extra insulation in winter is worth it. One minor nuisance is that the "kiddy" laces slip on this shoe (but not on my other trail freaks). I simply chopped off the kiddy laces and put in regular laces (45 inch length works fine); problem solved.

Ra II
Ra II Posted: 2/3/15
Reviewer: from MA
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

I've had these shoes for a little over a month. I wear them 2-4 days a week. I'm a teacher. The first day I wore them my toes felt a bit squished by the end of the day but I think it was my socks, it's cold and the socks were a bit thicker than what I would normally wear to work. Now I feel like I'm wearing leather socks. In regular shoes I can barely stand for 2 hours before my feet start to hurt. With these I almost feel bad about taking them off when I get home. I would prefer a little more width in the toe box but I have wide feet so I think for most people the width is fine.

Freud II
Freud II Posted: 2/1/15
Reviewer: Andrew Lindsay from United States
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

These are great shoes. I bought these to accelerate my transition to minimalist footwear for running and it has certainly helped my feet acclimate. Just a note of warning for those of you who are not used to minimalist shoes, it does take a while to feel natural in this type of shoe, but once you do it is hard to imagine going back to anything else. I am an executive at an ad company and wear these throughout the day, the black leather look works well.

Freud II
Freud II Posted: 1/29/15
Reviewer: Vince G from United States
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

I read one review that described the leather uppers as being stiff. They were dead on. Maybe after a month or more of wear, they would loosen a bit. But they were just uncomfortable to be so minimalist. My VFFs are the most comfortable thing on the planet to me, so it's not the minimalist nature I find uncomfortable, it's the really stiff uppers for sure. Also, they were a bit wide and loose. The toe box is supposed to be wide, the rest of the shoe didn't need to be, but was. I will try Vivobarefoot again, but not this model.

Ra II
Ra II Posted: 1/28/15
Reviewer: from Stamford, CT
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

These shoes follow the Vivobarefoot tradition of minimalist, lightweight, super-flexible shoes, but add waterproofing and a bit of insulation. That's something I've been longing for for a long time in Vivos. I now have a pair I can wear in rain and thin snow. The shoes are very comfortable (if you are used to and like minimalist shoes) and the waxed blue canvas looks great. My only complaint is with the laces--they frayed to the point of being unusable after about a week. (The issue is really with the metal aglets rather than the laces.) I replaced them with elastic laces (as I do on most of my shoes) and hopefully they'll last a bit longer. In any case I'm disappointed that Vivo hasn't tested this aglet-lace combination better.

Tracker
Tracker Posted: 1/26/15
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:1 stars! Comfort: Rated:1 stars! Style: Rated:1 stars!

100% disappointed. Previous Vivo Barefoot boots for working in the summer had large toe box, styled square. I couldn't even get my foot in these boots and I wouldn't want to. They have a tapered toe box sure to squish your toes together like traditional shoes.

Tracker
Tracker Posted: 1/25/15
Reviewer: Rob from United States
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Wow -- none of the quality control issues a couple of reviews mentioned. I love these boots and have gone on a number of hikes, plus crashed around in crusty snow in them, and they have performed like champs. Vivo, like Altra, has a strange concept for shoes: make the shaped like feet. We've been running on foam wedges for 45 years, hiking on elevated heels for 100. The previous million years saw our same foot design not need any of that. Evolution is not kind to poor designs, so something must be right with our feet. Vivo and Altra try to work with that concept. Anyway, these boots have endured icy slush, crusty snow, and some miles, and they are in great shape. I'm a fan.

Kula
Kula Posted: 1/25/15
Reviewer: Jane Schroeder from Lincoln, NE
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

These are not all that flexible, and almost too narrow. But they are better after breaking them in a bit. They will keep you warm trudging through snow.

Gobi II M Leather
Gobi II M Leather Posted: 1/25/15
Reviewer: Michael Westerfield from San Francisco, CA
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

The most comfortable shoes I've ever had! I added a pair of thin padded insoles to make them even more comfortable. The leather is just right in softness, They're stylish. The fit is perfect. I recommend these shoes!

Jing Jing
Jing Jing Posted: 1/17/15
Reviewer: T. Johnson from Philadelphia, PA
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Durability: 10/10! Although it felt a bit odd paying so much for non-leather shoes, I definitely do not regret this purchase. I walk between 6-10 miles a day to and from work and prefer minimal shoes. That being said, I tend to wear through them with relative speed. Unlike all my previous shoe purchases, the Vivobarefoot seem to be holding up. They haven't scuffed and have yet to betrayed any evidence of wear after about a month of near constant walking. Fit: I bought a size 10 after reading the reviews about the wide toe box and am happy I did. Average size 10 shoes are a smidge too narrow for a my wide feet, but these definitely accommodate. My long toes pushed up against the front of the shoe for about a day, but the material stretched to fit shortly thereafter. They are flexible and comfortable, v durable, and do everything you want a minimalist shoe to do (or not to do). Style: I gave these flats 4/5 stars for style because although I appreciate that they're super utilitarian and aren't going to loose their sheen any time soon, they appear a bit dowdy and conservative with the large toe box. Overall though, they are durable, attractive shoes that are worth the price.

Kula
Kula Posted: 1/16/15
Reviewer: Selahsmom from United States
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

I bought these boots as a substitute for Sorels, which were all sold out in the styles I liked. I vary between a 7.5 and 8 but generally wear an 8 in boots, so I ordered the 39 as a result of reviews that mentioned a narrow toe bed and a true-to-size fit. The boots are very cute out of the box and extremely warm. I haven't worn them in snow or wet conditions yet so I can't speak to how waterproof they are. For a shoe with no real arch support, they are quite comfortable. However, as a narrow-footed girl, I should have ignored the other reviews. It's true that the heel is fairly wide but I did not find the toe bed to be narrow at all. I found the entire boot to be wide and quite roomy--so much so, in fact, that I can't imagine I would be able to wear them without the felt/fur insert (which is removable, and actually sometimes slips out when you are trying to take the boots off). I'm still trying to determine whether I should exchange them for the 38 but I'm afraid the 38s might be too short length-wise. Extra-thick socks might have to do. Overall, I would recommend these boots but they would likely be a better fit for people with wider feet.

Kula
Kula Posted: 1/12/15
Reviewer: Danielle S. from Colorado
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

I only wear 'barefoot' or 'minimalist' type shoes. I have another pair of short booties from Vivobarefoot, size 7.5 that I love, but they are not holding up in the daily snow trek that I make when I take my dogs out. I bought the Kula in a 7.5. True to other reviews, it is an awkward fit in the heel. I have large calfs (14") and these fit my calves no problem. If I tighten the laces up, the heel is not an issue, but if the laces are loose, the awkward fitting heel becomes noticeable. They are great in the snow as high as the boot, for both warmth and waterproof.

Kula
Kula Posted: 1/8/15
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I ordered these boots mostly for their looks. They are beautiful in person, with the hints of red in the laces and the nice brown leather. I usually wear a size 9 or 9.5, so I went with the 40, only to return them for the 41. I found that the 40s felt too small (my toes touched the end) and were narrow at the toe. They don't have great arch support, but with the size up, I have room to slide supportive insoles underneath the liners. Now, with the 41s with insoles, they are wide enough at the toes, comfortable at the heel, and have better arch support! They don't have great traction, but will be perfect for North Carolina snows and for wearing after skiing.

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