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Aqua II
Aqua II Posted: 5/13/16
Reviewer: Chad from Idaho
Overall: Rated:2 stars! Comfort: Rated:2 stars! Style: Rated:2 stars!

They looked nice and fit well but the pull tab on the tongue was half way ripped off after a week or two of use, so I returned them and got another pair. The second pair is coming apart at the seams. I am done with Vivobarefoot for awhile. Zappos has been amazing through this process though.

Trail Freak II WP
Trail Freak II WP Posted: 5/13/16
Reviewer: Elisa from
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

I bought these to replace my beloved Neos, which are finally wearing out after years of hard use. Unfortunately, these don't work for me at all. They are good-looking shoes and the fit is right, but there is a spot at the top of the shoe (where the laces meet the mesh) that creases with each step and digs painfully into my foot. Even thick socks didn't help. I have owned and loved many pairs of Vivobarefoot shoes in different styles, so this is really disappointing.

Motus
Motus Posted: 5/11/16
Reviewer: Em from Bellingham
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

These barefoot-style shoes are exactly what I was looking for. They have a generously sized toe-box to allow your toes to splay naturally, they fit like a glove, they're light and they're adorable. Running. They're wonderful on soft surfaces (track, grass, dirt trails) and even on pavement if you're a runner with a light foot strike. They didn't offer enough protection from the elements, for me, on rocky trails - but they're not listed as a trail-running shoe, so it's not fair to ask them to be something they never claimed to be. Gym. I have loved them in the gym. I've used them for squatting, deadlifting, box-jumps w/ step-downs, burpees, double-unders and pretty much everything in between. I would not want to do a lot of high-rep box-jumping in them with a step-down or jump-down technique - in the same way that I wouldn't want to do this if I was barefoot. There just isn't anything to protect your feet from the impact. Other. I've tried them with socks and insoles in, no socks and insoles in, etc, etc and my preferred wear is no socks no insoles. Because of this, I've thrown them in the wash a couple of times, with a load of towels for some protection and they're holding up well and smell-free. Overall. I'm so glad I found these! If you're looking for an "as close to barefoot as possible" experience, with some added protection, you may've just found your shoe!

Primus Road
Primus Road Posted: 5/11/16
Reviewer: Kimberly Wallace from San Francisco, CA
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

Somewhere along the line, Vivobarefoot decided women's shoes should be narrower in the forefoot than they used to be. Holding this shoe up against an old pair of Vivobarefoot shoes in the same size I see maybe 1/4" difference. I would be fine with that in normal fashion shoes, but in a barefoot-style athletic shoe where part of the point is to allow natural movement of the toes...nope. Other than that, this is a nice little shoe; super light and the styling with the contrast mesh is cute.

Primus Road
Primus Road Posted: 5/10/16
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

Very much in line with other minimalist running shoes I've purchased in the past from Vivobarefoot: fits snug, feels as close to being barefoot as you can be. I really like the visual style of these more than most of their running shoes in the past few years. Which is why I will return these and try them in a smaller size. While I have always been a 38 (7.5) in this brand (for like 7 years) these easily were a half size or whole size to big. Will try the next size down and report back. Order a size down!

RA II Lite
RA II Lite Posted: 5/9/16
Reviewer: from Maryland
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

This is the best shoe I have ever worn. It breathes like a dream. No more sweaty feet, toenail fungus, or athletes foot. It feels wonderful. The fit is exactly like the Ra. The look is neat enough to wear to work. As far as I am concerned this is the holy grail of minimal shoes.

Camino
Camino Posted: 5/6/16
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

I loved the Alexander this replaces. This one is stiffer and not as comfortable over all. It does not have the interior padding and the style is not as versatile as the Alexander was. Still a good shoe. I love Vivo!

Ultra II
Ultra II Posted: 5/6/16
Reviewer: Rich Harkness from
Overall: Rated:2 stars! Comfort: Rated:2 stars! Style: Rated:2 stars!

The shoe is made of a plastic material. It is not a grabby Vibram type of sole. It has a tread, but I believe that it would be slippery when wet as plastic often is. Although the shoe came in too big, it was obvious that any walking and certainly running was going to mean lots of blisters. They are very odd. No good at the beach as they would fill immediately with sand. Maybe they would work on a French beach that has nothing but fist sized rocks, but regular tennis shoes would be more comfortable. They are just a plastic shell with holes in them. Flexible, but the top buckled when I walked making certain that the top was going to be rubbing more blisters. I honestly cannot figure out where these would work well. Even as a garden shoe, too much dirt would enter. One star for low price, one star for kind of looking cool.

Tracker
Tracker Posted: 5/4/16
Reviewer: from Jamaica
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

These are, by far, the best hiking boots I've ever put on my feet. I took them on a three week backpacking adventure in South America and my feet were only ever tired from the amount of walking and hiking. These boots are light and comfortable. I ordered one size up, and it was necessary. These boots are wider than most of my other shoes, but it was perhaps the determining factor of my happy feet (no rubbing or pinching).

Trail Freak II WP
Trail Freak II WP Posted: 4/23/16
Reviewer: Keith Walton from Boca Raton, FL
Overall: Rated:2 stars! Comfort: Rated:2 stars! Style: Rated:2 stars!

I had to send them back. I have a pair of the original Trail Freak shoes. I wear them almost every day. I wanted a new pair, but all I found was Trail Freak II. After a major struggle I was able to force my feet in. Bad fit. I was so disappointed because Vivobarefoot is my favorite brand.

Motus
Motus Posted: 4/21/16
Reviewer: Cheryl Sosnowski from Phoenix, AZ
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

I bought these for racquetball, which require good shoes to be quick on your feet and sticky to the court, and they HURT my feet. There is no cushion between your foot and the floor at all, and no dorsiflexion or plantarflexion support so I found my tendon to be very sore after a game. Returning for some different shoes.

Gobi II M Leather
Gobi II M Leather Posted: 4/17/16
Reviewer: Bob from Tacoma, WA
Overall: Rated:1 stars! Comfort: Rated:1 stars! Style: Rated:1 stars!

Do not purchase these shoes if you expect a quality shoe---The left and right shoe were so inconsistently sized that I could not wear them. I could hardly get my foot into one shoe and the other was too large. NO quality control whatsoever!

Linx
Linx Posted: 4/16/16
Reviewer: Wade H. from Nashville, TN
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Extremely comfortable Golf Shoes! No socks required. Love the inserts that come with the shoes. Liked these so much I bought a second pair!

Trail Freak II WP
Trail Freak II WP Posted: 4/15/16
Reviewer: Bryan from Ohio
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

These are my fourth pair of Vivo's and almost instantly became my favorites. I've been wearing the Neos and Breatho Trails for the last few years and absolutely loved them. The Trail Freak IIs are a welcome upgrade. The upper is a bit stiffer, but not at all uncomfortable. The lacing system is quick and holds tension for a long time. It can be a little difficult to get your foot in as the upper doesn't stretch very much and there isn't a true tongue on the shoe. I love that these are waterproof and have the added insert for cold weather. I took them out for a quick jog in low 30 degree weather and my feet were toasty. Even while I was cooling down and stretching, my feet never got cold. For warmer weather, just pull out the insert and you re good to go. No, these won't breathe as well as other models (largely due to the waterproof properties). My only concern is that these are so comfortable, I'll wear down the lugs quickly by wearing them on a daily basis.

Tracker
Tracker Posted: 3/24/16
Reviewer: Shelley from Glenwood
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

First impressions: These are the bedroom slipper of hiking boots. A cross between traditional sturdy alpine boots and moccasins. From the first hours of wear, up and down the rocky trails of my environment, I can say these boots are perfect. The Gila Wilderness is hard on footwear. Will report back after a few adventures in the area.I bought a men's 41. I have duck feet (W size 9 -9.5, depending on the last used for the pattern). From previous reviews, the Wms seemed they'd be a bit narrow. Glad I went with the Men's (8.5 US, 41 Eu). Wider at toe area yet perfect for a more narrow heel.

Ra II
Ra II Posted: 3/14/16
Reviewer: Harry from
Overall: Rated:2 stars! Comfort: Rated:2 stars! Style: Rated:2 stars!

Not my first pair of Vivo Barefoot shoes. Fit nicely, but after three months, the glue holding the sole together fell apart. (Large enough gap to insert a finger.) Product returned.

Mata
Mata Posted: 3/13/16
Reviewer: Darren V. from Rochester, NY
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

I owned and loved a previous pair of this type of shoe, but the sole finally - and understandably - gave out after so much usage. So I immediately went to purchase the Mata style as a close replacement. Sadly, after two weeks of wear, the edge of the shoe started peeling away from the main part of the shoe. I called Zappos, and in two days had my replacement pair (same kind, same size) because I thought the first pair must have been a fluke. Sadly, the same exact thing happened to my second pair. While I will be sending this pair back - and not trying a "third time's a charm" on them, I did call the manufacturer just to tell them how much I enjoyed their shoes, but that something seems to be going wrong with manufacturing process. The person who answered the phone said no customer support people were currently available but would call me ASAP. It has been four days, and still no call. Too bad. Poor product quality and poor customer support have made me start looking for a similar shoe. I just hope I can find one!

Linx
Linx Posted: 3/12/16
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

The toe box is too narrow, especially for a barefoot shoe. I don't feel a difference to regular shoes. They are super cute and durable. I wear them every day. but I wish they would have a wider toe box, that's the point of a barefoot shoe!

Gobi II M Leather
Gobi II M Leather Posted: 3/9/16
Reviewer: Jeremy N from
Overall: Rated:2 stars! Comfort: Rated:2 stars! Style: Rated:2 stars!

In order to appreciate this shoe you really need to love minimalist shoes and the wide toe box. They are very light and allow toe splay, but the area where the toe flexes is a bit constricting. The taper from the top of the shoe to the toe is almost flat, so the shoe is resting on the joints which can be uncomfortable for some. People with higher insteps might find this shoe to be uncomfortable. I ordered the brown and found that both shoes were two different shades of brown and in addition one shoe felt smoother than the other. The quality of the shoe does not seem to merit the price tag, so unfortunately these will be going back.

Gobi II M Leather
Gobi II M Leather Posted: 3/7/16
Reviewer: whit from Denver
Overall: Rated:1 stars! Comfort: Rated:1 stars! Style: Rated:1 stars!

They look great but after two defective pairs I've decided to go a different direction with my shoe needs. I was so excited too! Luckily the folks at Zappos exchanged the first pair pretty quickly and they haven't given me any trouble on this exchange for the second pair.

Hiker
Hiker Posted: 3/7/16
Reviewer: John Tampa from Southern Pines, NC
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Vito's have become my go to shoe both for hiking and casual wear. Love the ankle support and aggressive tread on these shoes!

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