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Ra II
Ra II Posted: 8/31/15
Reviewer: Andrew from
Overall: Rated:2 stars! Comfort: Rated:2 stars! Style: Rated:2 stars!

I wanted a dress version of my Altra Instinct Everyday so I gave this a try. I tried them on and sent them right back. First, for the price I would have expected more in the shoe. I understand it's a minimalist shoe, but the leather was so flimsy it started to visibly crease just walking across the room once. It also was very tight above my arches (and I have flat feet); re-lacing them didn't help. The reason I sent them back, though, was that they just were not a good looking shoe. They look more like a slipper than a dress shoe, making them ill suited for dress.

Jing Jing
Jing Jing Posted: 8/29/15
Reviewer: Falin from
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

These are the absolute in minimalist shoes: no padding, just enough sole so that you can walk outside, almost like a lightly soled sock. Make that a very upscale sock! Everything about them says quality; material, stitching, sole. If you're looking for a true barefoot shoe, you won't find a more perfect example in a non-athletic shoe. I love barefoot shoes, and wanted to love these but they just don't fit me right. They put pressure on the end of my big toe in a way I think will hurt over time. Still, I'd recommend anyone looking for a casual barefoot try them on.

Drake
Drake Posted: 8/22/15
Reviewer: from Austin, TX
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I've been a big fan of my original Gobis and Ras with the original sole/last. They've all lasted years and are still some of the most comfortable shoes I've ever owned. But, nothing I've bought with the newer sole/last has fit -- Gobi II was too large, Freud II was too small/tight, and the Scott was an abomination. The Drake finally fits. I had to go a size up from 44 to 45, but the 45 fits the same as my original Gobis. Not sure the padded collar was necessary, but other than that -- the Drakes seem top notch so far. I got the black/black. Wish the grey had the black sole too.

Mata
Mata Posted: 8/21/15
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

I'm a big fan of Vivobarefoot shoes. I own a couple pair of the lace-ups and they have greatly reduced joint pain in my knees and hips. These Mata slipons fit a little tighter. The red elastic isn't as classy as the lace-ups but acceptable I thought. What isn't so evident in the photographs is the red stitching around the sole. This makes them a bit more euro and less classy still. They seem to run a little tighter too. I'll probably keep them for casual wear.

Mata
Mata Posted: 8/19/15
Reviewer: from Norwalk, CT
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

I love Vivobarefoot shoes, and I really like this style. I'm usually a 43 with the brand, but unfortunately it felt a little small in this style, and then the 44 was too large. Bummer of me; maybe it'll be right on for you!

Ultra II
Ultra II Posted: 8/17/15
Reviewer: Karl Lawson from Las Vegas, NV
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

My really wide feet fit pretty well in these. I would like them wider at the mid-foot, but my toes have good space. I've worn them only a few hours to this point, so I'll see how they are long term.

Ulysses
Ulysses Posted: 8/13/15
Reviewer: Kesher from Seattle
Overall: Rated:2 stars! Comfort: Rated:2 stars! Style: Rated:2 stars!

PROS: Thin bare-foot sandal. CONS: Doesn't fit well or secure foot in place; foot sloshes around left-to-right and front-to-back while walking. Strapping system seems clunky and straps are uncomfortable on skin of foot; rubs.

Lisbon
Lisbon Posted: 8/13/15
Reviewer: Kesher from Seattle
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

Pros: Minimalist design. Good materials. Cons: Lumpy spots on footbed. Slightly sloppy fit overall. Clown-shoe look. Uncomfortably hard insole; a couple millimeters of firm latex, etc. (evenly front-to-back) would have been a good design choice for customized support and comfort and would not compromise the bare-foot functionality.

Trail Freak
Trail Freak Posted: 8/12/15
Reviewer: Thomas K from
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

The shoe is great except it is not that robust. It is comfortable & easy to clean however after 5 months it is already starting to fall apart. The inner fabric is wearing away by the big toe and the toe box cracked on the outer side of the shoe and there are now holes there as well. However every other aspect of the shoe is great, if it didn't start to fall apart in 5 months I would have given it 5 stars.

SOFA Ra
SOFA Ra Posted: 8/11/15
Reviewer: Neil Silins from Chicago, IL
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Trying minimalist footwear for the first time. These shoes definitely take a change in the way I walk (I'm a heel thumper). However, they're comfortable. Thin but cushioned soles, no heel, like walking in padded moccasins. They are well made shoes.

Ultra II
Ultra II Posted: 8/10/15
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

Vivobarefoot has abandoned the ultra pure...which has a more comfortable toebox...it was the original model that brought the company to the dance. This is a nicer looking shoe, but tighter and less room for the toes to splay.

Ra II
Ra II Posted: 8/7/15
Reviewer: J rivera from Dallas,tx
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Minimalist, unpretentious and earthy shoes that don't look sloppy. I love the finish on these shoes; they'll patina nicely with age. Right out of the box, they felt great. The leather tongue will have to soften up with use as it presses up against the top of ankle. It's a blaring 104 degree summer with no precipitation; these shoes will be fine when you need more coverage than sandals. But no, I probably won't wear these out on a rainy day. I wear Merrell barefoot street runners for work every day. These Vivos have a thicker sole, but you can still feel the ground beneath you. I'm marking No Arch Support, but that's the nature of zero drop barefoot style shoes. Not a slam. Toe box looks a little large. Not Keen large, just on the verge of it. But again that's the nature of barefoot shoes allowing for toe splay.

Shiva
Shiva Posted: 8/6/15
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Shoes are incredibly well made and comfortable. Note that tag attached reading "color my leak when shoes are wet." Also they run small. This euro size 38 is a 7.5 not 8.

Gobi II M Leather
Gobi II M Leather Posted: 8/6/15
Reviewer: from New york
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Nice looking shoes although a bit too round at the front. Comfortable to wear but walking long distances gives some foot discomfort - better wear running shoes for that. The leather seems durable too.

Gobi II M Leather
Gobi II M Leather Posted: 8/3/15
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

These shoes are great! I thought I was going to feel weird in them but I love being barefoot outdoors and since it's summer and everything is hot, these are perfect. They look great with khakis and are easily worked into a business casual attire. Couldn't recommend them enough.

Jing Jing
Jing Jing Posted: 7/31/15
Reviewer: Melissa from Hilo, HI
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

I ordered these shoes specifically because they are by the Vivobarefoot brand and I am seeing a podiatrist who follows the natural foot movement / barefoot walking philosophy. However, I am supposed to wear toe spacers as part of my treatment for my bunions and there is no way they would fit into these shoes. Vivobarefoot used to make a Maryjane that was wider but they've discontinued them. For the average person though these shoes would be great if you are looking for a barefoot type shoe. The black fake leather is very supple and smooth. I didn't wear them except for around the house so I don't know if they would get hot or not. Unfortunately the sizing felt to be about a half to a whole size too small. The heel elastic kept the heel very securely in place but the they were too snug in the toe for me. Sizing up would probably solve that. Otherwise they felt very comfortable.

Trail Freak
Trail Freak Posted: 7/31/15
Reviewer: Chris Dunphy from Nomadic
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

This has been a great, wonderful, comfortable shoe....so good that as my old pair wore out, I just came back to order a replacement. Only to find that the nice muted colors of the past that worked great for everyday wear whether running, hiking, or just wearing jeans and hanging out has been replaced with ridiculously loud orange and lime. Why can't I get the old colors anymore?! Grrrr.

Jing Jing
Jing Jing Posted: 7/28/15
Reviewer: Kelly Guertin from Northfield, MA
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

These shoes run about a half size smaller for me than my normal size. They are not cushioned. The material looks like it will hold up.

Evo Pure
Evo Pure Posted: 7/23/15
Reviewer: from Seattle
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I've had the Evo Pure for about 6 weeks now, walking nearly every day for about 30 minutes, mostly on harder, paved surfaces. These are an incredibly minimalist shoe, but are quite comfortable and accommodating for moving your body in proper alignment, and building strength in your feet and legs for walking "barefoot." I've also washed them in the washing machine (I don't wear socks with them, so they need it!), and they came out looking new. I'm not sure how durable they will be over the long term, but so far the sole seems quite durable.

Evo Pure
Evo Pure Posted: 7/22/15
Reviewer: Janet Star from Johnstown Ohio
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I have been wearing minimalist shoes for the past two years. I had foot, knee and hip pain. After much research I found barefoot works best for a natural gait. Within a month no more pain. These were comfortable right out of the box. I highly recommend them if you prefer walking barefoot. For those of you that have not tried minimalist shoes, give these a try but start slow until your foot remembers how amazing walking barefoot can be. Enjoy!

Penny
Penny Posted: 7/18/15
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

They're really cute shoes. Not as substantial as the Kali by Vivo, but nice. I ordered them one size larger than I wear as recommended and they are still too small. I will be returning them this coming week. I gave 5 stars in all the categories because it is a great company just not the right style for me.

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