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Jing Jing
Jing Jing Posted: 11/23/14
Reviewer: Heather from
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

I absolutely loved these shoes. They're synthetic, barefoot, and kind of cute. That being said, my feet can't breathe in them. I bought them as a summer shoe, and I'm not a sock person. You have to be a sock person with these shoes, because all that heat gets absorbed in and then they are perma-smelly. While the sole is super strong and long-lasting, the edges (where the fabric meets the sole) are not. The edges started to fray and chip, which is another reason why I'm searching for replacements. I wore these literally every day for six months, but your mileage may vary. I wish they made ones with a slightly less rounded toe-box. They're a little childish with such a rounded toe.

Scott
Scott Posted: 11/22/14
Reviewer: from Seattle WA
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Love these boots, perfect for winter in Seattle. this is my fourth pair of Vivobarefoots and in my experience the quality of their shoes is outstanding, I wear them until the sole is completely worn out. If you are looking for great looking zero drop winter boots, I strongly recommend these ones. Order half to full size larger than you normally wear.

Gobi II M Leather
Gobi II M Leather Posted: 11/17/14
Reviewer: Mike M from Atlanta
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

You REALLY need to like barefoot style shoes to enjoy this. I have a few pairs of minimalist running shoes but walking (as opposed to running ) changes things. They looked great out of the box but the leather creases a bit when walking and has a bunch of places (probably my fault) that show scratches in the dyed leather. Still look nice and get compliments regularly. I also have wide feet but these fit perfect.

Kula
Kula Posted: 11/16/14
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

I got these yesterday just in time for a winter wedding I was a photographer at. It was very cold and these keep my nice and warm. They fit a little large, but will be perfect with thick socks. I like the look of them, they look like a classic, standard boot, not techy. I was surprised by how stiff they were. There isn't a ton of bend in the sole, you can roll them if you try really hard, but it's not terribly flexible. Maybe that's just not possible with a true winter boot? I did end up with a couple raw spots where the rubber base meets the upper. I'm hoping that they will get more comfortable as I break them in. My feet are very happy to be able to do their thing this winter, it's super hard to find a women's boot without a heel, let alone a minimal sole and these look like they will be great. I will try and update after some wear about the stiffness.

Scott
Scott Posted: 11/15/14
Reviewer: Hardman64 from Central Ohio
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Love this boot - a true barefoot boot. I design and build sports facilities so I'm outdoors a great deal in the cold Ohio winter. Looks great with a nice pair of chinos (or Kuhl Renegades). Warm, classic and very comfortable. I own the brown boots and they clean up with a damp cloth. Size allows for nice thick wool socks. True barefoot, so if you are looking for support and structure, this is not the boot for you. No added insulation but the insole has some insulating features. The Gobi is a great alternative too if you want something black.

Trail Freak
Trail Freak Posted: 11/13/14
Reviewer: Margaret Vestal from North Carolina
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

The jury is still out on these shoes. I am a complete convert to the barefoot concept, and these are pretty comfortable. But I want to use them for hiking, and they could use just a bit more padding. Not the perfect fit, but the best I have found yet for my female 11N feet! I would prefer "real" shoestrings and will probably cut these off and replace with real ones.

Kula
Kula Posted: 11/12/14
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

I have other vivobarefoot shoes (Kali) that I have loved so much I multiple pairs. These run quite narrow in the toe box but wide in the heel and mid foot. Going up a size did not help. Am returning.

Freud II
Freud II Posted: 11/11/14
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:2 stars! Comfort: Rated:2 stars! Style: Rated:2 stars!

Short answer, not worth the price and dissatisfied. Only pro I can give is for its barefoot feel, which the managed to provide due to its thin sole. One of the things I did not like is the comfort. The leather is pretty tough and therefore did not have as much flexibility moving with my foot. It had as much flexibility as a pair of converse shoes. Maybe if I had chosen the canvas upper cover instead of the leather. Or if converse made a pair with a thinner sole and you would have a barefoot shoe for half the price. Also it would have been since if the Freud had a soft inner lining material for added comfort. And finally walking with this shoes makes the ground feel harder than actually walking barefoot. I was able to improve on this a little buy loosing up the laces quite a bit but the trade off is it starts to chafe my heel.

Tracker
Tracker Posted: 11/10/14
Reviewer: John Shannon from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I've owned these for one month now. I've used them hunting in rugged mountain terrain. They allow my ankles to flex with the terrain. This, coupled with the fact that my foot is closer to the ground than with other boots I've owned, provide for very sure-footed travel. The sole provides good traction without accumulating much mud. One foot became wet after hunting several hours in damp snow. Overall, I'm very pleased. The fit is similar to the Vivobarefoot Gobi and Ra II that I own. I ordered these a full size larger than my other Vivobarefoot shoes and I'm glad that I did.

Jing Jing
Jing Jing Posted: 11/9/14
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

My closet, also known as the shoe cemetery, is full of uncomfortable footwear that will never see the light of day...unless I feel like visiting all the cute shoes that is can't wear. I love shoes but the love is definitely one sided. I bought these to walk to work. I can tell you that these flats will be my go-to shoes! They go with everything and actually feel like I'm waking barefoot. I read the reviews prior to ordering, and as suggested by others, I ordered one size up. The shoes fit perfectly and comfortably. No breaking in period. No rubbing or toe squeezing. My only criticism would be that my toe nail feels a bit flattened inside the shoe This may not be an issue for anyone else. Still, I would say these shoes are the most comfy ones I own.

Gobi II M Leather
Gobi II M Leather Posted: 11/8/14
Reviewer: Adrian Lafond from Brooklyn NY
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

I have other shoes by vivobarefoot but these feel a tad larger than those even though the size is the same (41). So these were the only pair of vivobarefoots where I kept the insoles in. But I still wear them all the time.

Ra II
Ra II Posted: 11/7/14
Reviewer: Dan Evans from Bend, OR
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

I've been wearing New Balance Minimus shoes for several months now and love them. So when I saw the Vivobarefoot Ra II, I bought a black pair and a brown pair. They are so much more comfortable than traditional dress shoes and they're fine with jeans or khakis in a casual environment but I wouldn't wear them with a suit or slacks. Also, after only a few weeks, the laces on the black pair have shredded and I need to replace them already. But overall the shoe is great if you're looking for a minimal/barefoot experience.

Freud
Freud Posted: 11/7/14
Reviewer: Shannon W. from Saint Charles, MOp
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

My husband and I are Vivo lovers. I was waiting for the perfect shoe that comes in a size 11, and this is it. Removeable insole in case you want a little more room. I usually wear a footie, occasionally wear barefoot, but a nice wool sock will fit too. I wore Xero shoes all summer and this is the closest close toed shoe I have found that feels very similar. Great quality, and fast shipping thanks to Zappos. The only thing I want Vivo to do differently is make all of their women's shoes in an 11! Lastly, the laces are a little long/untie occasionally. No big deal, sometimes I leave them unlaced and loose and I'm sure there are lots of other lacing options. Anyway, I freaking love these shoes. Side note: these shoes aren't supposed to have arch support, and Vivo fits wider in the toe box than other brands!

One L
One L Posted: 11/5/14
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:1 stars! Comfort: Rated:1 stars! Style: Rated:1 stars!

This is very frustrating. I am a US Women's Size 5½ - there was no discernible difference between the women's 35 and 36 in these shoes! Too bad as I had high hopes that these would be my next barefoot running shoes after having run two marathons and three half-marathons in Vibram Five Fingers.

Jing Jing
Jing Jing Posted: 11/5/14
Reviewer: T. Nguyen from Seattle, WA
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Love this shoe. I used to wear the five finger shoe, but the style I liked is not longer available so I had been looking for replacement. These are great and stay on. Rubbed my little toe on first wear but still feels great.

Scott
Scott Posted: 11/4/14
Reviewer: from Shreveport, Louisiana
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I love these boots! The only problem I have found is that I do not want to wear regular shoes anymore. Also, the picture shows that the boots have a white sole, when the sole is actually black. Best minimalist shoe I have tried so far. I will be purchasing another pair!

Gobi II M Leather
Gobi II M Leather Posted: 11/2/14
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

These are great! I have been wearing some suede Gobi 1s for about a year and loved them, but I wanted something more suitable for outdoor work so I went for the Gobi 2 Hopewell leather. One reviewer said the Gobi 2 toebox is narrower but I have not noticed a difference. These fit just the same as my old ones. The sole rubber seems very slightly firmer but that is compared to my old ones which have been worn hard for over a year, which may have softened them up a bit. I love this Hopewell leather. It seems to be a great balance between strength and comfort. It looks beautiful, too. I applied some beeswax-based waterproofing because I intend to use these outdoors in winter conditions, and the leather took it well. Overall these are fantastic boots, just as the Gobi 1 was.

One L
One L Posted: 11/2/14
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:2 stars! Comfort: Rated:2 stars! Style: Rated:2 stars!

The shoes look great but there is a construction flaw. The seaming inside the shoe, particularly at the forefront is extraordinarily irritating. Too bad. I have some INOV8s that are a lot better for X-training and a hell of a lot more comfortable. I also run in INOV8s. Was just trying something new. This is a no-go.

Freud
Freud Posted: 10/31/14
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:2 stars! Comfort: Rated:2 stars! Style: Rated:2 stars!

I love this shoe, it is extremely comfortable and stylish. However, a design flaw that I have read about with other Vivo shoes occurred after only 3 weeks of moderate city & office wearing: at the bending point where the toe box flexes the sole of the shoe, the "waterproof rubberized" seal where the sole is glued to the upper began to separate, on both sides of both shoes. The flexing of the sole creates pronounced "wrinkles" which the sole/upper bond can't handle. I am trying some shoe glue, because I fear this will be the case with all of these shoes even if I exchange it...if that fails, I might return it and try my luck with a new pair.

Freud II
Freud II Posted: 10/28/14
Reviewer: from Vermont
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Very comfortable. Wide toe box. A great casual shoe for those who love minimalist footwear.

Jing Jing
Jing Jing Posted: 10/27/14
Reviewer: Susanne Moskalski from Southern New Jersey
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

Great compared to other ballet flats, merely adequate compared to Vivo's old Kali style. The sole is thin and flexible, and it is a true zero-drop shoe. But the toe box is of conventional width, not wide like Kali was. My feet cannot spread out the way they could in Kali. Because of the toe box I will not buy another pair of these, or the more expensive leather ballet flat.

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