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Vivobarefoot Reviews

Trail Freak
Trail Freak Posted: 9/19/14
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

Runs small & narrow. I returned the first pair for a bigger size. Still a little narrow, but otherwise good.

Freud
Freud Posted: 9/16/14
Reviewer: Disappointed from
Overall: Rated:1 stars! Comfort: Rated:1 stars! Style: Rated:1 stars!

I've been a fan of Vivo for a long time; I have an older pair of Vivo's original Oak model and they are beautifully made. When it was time for another pair of shoes, they were the first company I set my sights on. These, though, these are sloppy garbage. The stitching is poor and uneven with long, loose threads just hanging out underneath the insole; the glue used to mate the sole to the body of the shoe seeped out between the seams and glopped all around the lines; it was just generally poorly constructed, with components that seemed ill matching and unfitted. Something happened to this company's quality, and not for the better. It's a shame, because the original Oak model is my favorite pair of shoes I've ever owned.

Ulysses
Ulysses Posted: 9/15/14
Reviewer: John from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I am massively impressed with these sandals. I got them before a month long trek through Europe, walking anywhere from 6-8 hours a day. They seem like a lightweight design, and I was prepared for them to fall apart at some point. 5 months later of regular wearing and they are still my favorite sandals, while staying together and showing minimal signs of wear. I highly recommend these if you are looking for a fashionable, sturdy and all around great barefoot sandal.

Stealth L
Stealth L Posted: 9/11/14
Reviewer: Amanda Christian from Washington
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I purchased these shoes after trying a pair of Merrell barefoot shoes which rubbed on my heels and were much too narrow. I have wider feet and these fit great. I also like that they come up higher in the heel area and have softer material around that area so they don't irritate my skin. I did have a little bit of rubbing on my pinky toes but once I removed the insole and wore them with socks, I have had no problems.

Gobi II M Leather
Gobi II M Leather Posted: 9/10/14
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

They are not the prettiest shoes to look at on the foot, but they are super comfortable. They have put up well with daily use and I wear them to work with a shirt and tie. They do well with a thin sock. I prefer the fit of their Freud style as I have tarsal-metatarsal arthritis and I can lace the shoe so that it does not bother me as much.

Ra II
Ra II Posted: 9/9/14
Reviewer: from La Quinta, CA
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Very nice shoe, comfortable and designed to properly fit your foot - wide enough in the toe box to allow for adequate toe splay.

Gobi
Gobi Posted: 9/8/14
Reviewer: JenP from Pittsburgh, PA
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

Shoe is too long, too loose at the heel, and still too tight across the toes. Vivobarefoots just do not fit me now that my feet have widened out from going barefoot for a while. You would think that a barefoot shoe company would at least offer a wide width. They make so many great-looking styles, and the soles are perfect. I wish they would fit my foot. I have tried a number of styles and sizes and they are always too narrow.

Freud
Freud Posted: 9/7/14
Reviewer: Callaway Cass from United States
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Life-changing shoe. After a month of wear and a trip to Brazil, it looks like these are going to be pretty durable as well. Extremely comfortable, especially for travel. It's also very enlightening to feel the ground I'm walking on. At first, I was afraid the seams around the toe box would irritate me, but after a day or two the canvas softened up and I don't even notice it anymore.

Gobi II M Leather
Gobi II M Leather Posted: 9/7/14
Reviewer: E Menendez from Tucson, AZ
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

The shoes are quite comfortable. There are a few things I don't like, which are that for being a 3 hole lace the shoe lace ends up being too long and you have excess lace, and also that the leather scratches a bit easily. Other then the previous complaints the shoes do their job. I can walk all day on them.

Evo Pure
Evo Pure Posted: 9/6/14
Reviewer: Ren Kuroda from Tokyo
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I've been wearing vivo barefoot shoes exclusively for 5 years. These are much lighter weight than I thought. Extremely comfortable, with a wide toebox and thin sole. The colors are great, too.

Ultra Pure L
Ultra Pure L Posted: 9/5/14
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I love these shoes! I was going on vacation and really looking for nicer looking water shoes. I came across these "barefoot running shoes" that also seemed like they would work in the water or on the beach. They did. So comfortable and much nicer looking than the typical mesh swim shoe. Sand also washes out of them and they dry faster than the typical swim shoe. The only thing is that they are a bit wide in the toe area; but this is mostly only apparent to you when you're looking down at your own feet.

Daisy
Daisy Posted: 9/3/14
Reviewer: from Portland OR
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

Two sizes smaller than other Vivo shoes I have bought before. Upper elastic is more stylish then previous Vivo models but constricts the top of my feet.

Gobi II M Leather
Gobi II M Leather Posted: 9/3/14
Reviewer: Joseph U. from United States
Overall: Rated:1 stars! Comfort: Rated:1 stars! Style: Rated:1 stars!

Um, are these shoes a joke or something? I mean...puncture resistant sole is the selling point? Like that's a problem? I can't remember how many times I've punctured my shoes … And these are supposed to be like going barefoot? On pavement? Without any arch support? And that's a good thing? I bought the 44s first; couldn't even get my foot (instep) in. Returned for the 45s … could barely get instep in again, and I'm a 10.5 … walked around for a day. Knee ached, foot hurt. took 'em off, put my Keen clogs back on, and these are GOING back!.

Ra II
Ra II Posted: 8/28/14
Reviewer: David A from San Francisco, California
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

It's a very good feeling being able to feel the ground beneath you. This shoe works as described, has plenty of space, and looks quite presentable. Issue is that it does fall apart rather quickly: color detailing started rubbing off day 2, and some of the threads are coming undone. I'm disappointed, considering the price point, that it can't be better constructed.

Lisbon
Lisbon Posted: 8/27/14
Reviewer: from san mateo, ca
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

first the positives —  FIT: they fit my natural foot shape with no squeezing or pinching, but don't slide around at all. They're perfect for my feet that are wide in the front and narrow at the back. I already knew vivobarefoot lasts fit my feet well because I have another pair of their casual shoes. QUALITY: stitching is perfect, leather is unblemished, the packaging feels high quality, the polish is nice, they smell like quality leather shoes, and they come pre-laced with European straight-lacing, my favorite shoe lacing technique. STYLE: if you stare at them a lot they look a little funny, just because they're a different shape than a normal men's dress shoe. However, they've tried to extend and point the toe to make them look less like duck feet, and the color, polish, styling, and stitching are all excellent and make them a solid, dressy, and attractive — though not flashy — pair of dress shoes. They don't look out of place with a suit. now the negatives — uneven sole material: The first pair I ordered had wrinkles in the thin insole liner, and lumps along the outer edge of the footbed in the left shoe. The second pair don't have this issue, but there still seems to be some extra thickness along the outer edge of the left footbed. I was hoping for and expecting a footbed with a perfectly uniform thickness (like they somewhat promise) but I guess you get lumps and wrinkles with hand-cut natural materials. I might have exchanged a couple more times to get a perfect pair if I weren't so patient. I think vivobarefoot should work with their supplier to get more consistency in their footbed stackup, since that's the part that's so noticeable to feet.

Jing Jing
Jing Jing Posted: 8/26/14
Reviewer: from Baton Rouge, LA
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I love these shoes. They are super comfortable and fit true to size. I feel that I can't take them off. They are like being barefoot, so if you are looking for a sole, these have none.

Freud
Freud Posted: 8/24/14
Reviewer: Lee R from
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

The shoes seemed good when I tried them on inside for two days or so. However, when I started walking with them extensively they caused pain near the joint of my big toe, and after 3 weeks still haven't been broken in to stop this. It's very uncomfortable, but I keep hoping that after another week or so they will stop happening. I'll report back if this improves.

Ultra Pure M
Ultra Pure M Posted: 8/23/14
Reviewer: Natalie Reeder from Berkeley, California
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

I ordered these shoes because I'm all in on the barefoot bandwagon and vivo is one of the only brands doing it for real (Merrell only approaches true barefoot) and with style. I wanted these for the gym thinking the breathability would prevent sweating that gets a barefoot shoe stinky. I was surprised by the material, a foamy plastic (a la crocs) and wasn't thrilled about the drawstring lacing. However, I tried them out and liked them quite a bit. So light and breathable with decent ground feel (I haven't used them enough for them to "compress to 3mm"). My only problem is that my "ring toe" knuckles rubbed on one of the holes and really scraped off a lot of skin just from one work out. I guess I should have ordered the one with the accompanying sock thing. :(

Ultra Pure L
Ultra Pure L Posted: 8/23/14
Reviewer: Patricia E Donahue from St. Louis
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

I ordered this hoping to wear them for water aerobics. I do think the style would be fine for water aerobics but the sole of the shoe is somewhat slick and would not be good for pool exercise or walking on the pool deck. I will be returning this shoe.

Ultra Pure L
Ultra Pure L Posted: 8/22/14
Reviewer: from East Lansing, MI
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I bought these shoes to use them as camp shoes during a recent backpacking trip to Isle Royale National Park. They worked very well. They are light weight and pack-able, stuffing easily into a backpack. They also functioned well as swim shoes, protecting my feet from rocks and then drying quickly.

Ultra Pure L
Ultra Pure L Posted: 8/21/14
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I wear primarily minimalist shoes, and these are definitely a great option. The sole provides a little more cushion than 5-fingers shoes, but with great flexibility and ground-feel. The ventilation is great. This is definitely not a snug-fitting shoe. If you have narrow feet these may be annoyingly wide. If yo're always looking for a little more room in the toe box you will be delighted with these. With a few months of frequent wear the treads under the ball of the foot are just about flat. The painted line around the shoe between the sole and upper gets scuffed up. Mine are white with a black line, so I've just used a Sharpie marker to spiff them back up.

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