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Vivobarefoot Reviews

Freud
Freud Posted: 10/18/14
Reviewer: from Los Angeles, CA
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

These are great barefoot shoes, offering comfort and style without the "duck feet" look of some other VivoBarefoot models. Highly recommended.

Stealth M
Stealth M Posted: 10/17/14
Reviewer: from South Jersey
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I used to wear Vibram KSO's and loved them. My work banned "toe shoes." These are a fantastic alternative! I used the fit finder on vivobarefoot.com, and it gave me the perfect size.

Ra
Ra Posted: 10/12/14
Reviewer: Jason Peabody from New Boston, MI
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

As advertised, these are great minimalist shoes that look sufficiently normal as to not result in your having the same conversation every 5 minutes when you are at a party. They feel a lot like the Asics Onitsuka Tiger Tai Chi slipper to me: Zero drop, very flexible, thin sole, no arch support, very little cushion. However, they have a couple other advantages over the Asics. The toe box is a lot roomier on these, and they also don't have the annoying little tab that sticks up on the back of the heel. The other nice thing about them is that the rubber sole has a bit of a cup shape to it, which helps keep water out if it has just rained and the ground is wet. Of course being suede, these are by no means shoes that you will want to wear in really wet conditions, or on other than firm surfaces. Like some other reviewers, I was surprised by how flimsy they feel. I have only been wearing mine for about a month, so I can't say for sure, but I have some doubts about how well they will hold up in the long run. I expect to get at least 2-3 years of wear out of a "daily driver" pair of shoes.

One L
One L Posted: 10/10/14
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:1 stars! Comfort: Rated:1 stars! Style: Rated:1 stars!

I wanted to love these. They look great and feel great, but the uppers wore out WAY too quickly. Within a couple months of every-other-day use at the gym, the uppers had cracks and holes and looked worse than any athletic shoe I've ever owned. Most shoes I have the soles wear out long before the uppers. Hopefully they will improve the materials used on future models.

Jing Jing
Jing Jing Posted: 10/9/14
Reviewer: Jen Wong from Seattle
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

It wears well and does what it is supposed to do. No complaints here. I also previously purchased the beige one and wanted a black one, so now I have both colors!

Evo Pure
Evo Pure Posted: 10/6/14
Reviewer: MA Bell from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Great shoe so far, have put around 200 miles on it. I'm a distance runner and any design problems become quickly apparent after you've run a few hours straight. I had concerns about the upper feeling taut, due to the funky material it's made out of, but they have been sublimely comfortable. Very light, very breathable; the most unobtrusive shoe I've worn to date.

Daisy
Daisy Posted: 10/1/14
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

I am a size 8 in just about everything I wear: Ahnu, Merrell, North Face, Born. In Vibram Five Fingers I am a size 39. I figured for the Daisy I would also try the size 39 despite it being labeled as US size 8½. That was a bad call on my part. The shoes were too big. And unfortunately for me, also a tad too narrow. I have semi-wide feet (4" across), never enough to go to a wide width in any of these brands but too wide to fit comfortably in Clarks. Anyhow, I figured that I would pass along the sizing information. The leather itself was nice though a bit stiff - I will need a little bit of break in time.

Ultra M
Ultra M Posted: 10/1/14
Reviewer: Nick Ferris from Las Vegas, NV
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I wanted comfortable shoes for a two-week walking tour of Italy. I had been warned that because we would be walking on cobblestones for much of the tour, "good" shoes were needed. Everyone recommended heavy shoes with thick soles. But I prefer light, minimalist shoes, with no heels or arches. I own Vivobarefoot hybrids for golf and Ultra Pures for beaches. Other times, I wear custom-made sandals and mocs that I feared they would be slippery in the rain of Italy because of their leather bottoms. The Ultra seemed an unlikely choice for cobblestones since they had thin soles, but I reasoned that with the inner sock, plus a regular sock, there would be enough cushioning. It turned out to be the right choice. The Ultras nicely contoured to the cobblestones, with enough cushioning from the two socks to provide comfort. And the few times it did rain, the Ultras gripped the stone and pavement quite well. I purchased the Ultras one-half size larger than the Ultra Pures to allow for the inner sock, again the correct choice. The only con: I would like these shoes in the color white.

Daisy
Daisy Posted: 10/1/14
Reviewer: from United States
Overall: Rated:2 stars! Comfort: Rated:2 stars! Style: Rated:2 stars!

Sadly I hate these! I like the way they look and I love the sole without any arch support - I feel like I'm walking barefoot, which is awesome. That being said, these shoes hurt the top part of my feet and my toes. They have an extremely tight, hard elastic that holds the shoe on the foot that cut off the circulation in my feet and toes. This appears to defeat the shoes' purpose of simulating being barefoot. There is no need for such a tight elastic around the shoe - why not add a cute bucket to hold it on the foot? I hope vivobarefoot comes up with a better design because I do love the flat soles - just can't do the elastic.

Ultra M
Ultra M Posted: 9/24/14
Reviewer: Brad Barnes from Florence, Alabama
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

These are great minimalist shoes. This is review of the ultra which has the sockliner with it. The running shoes I wear are a 12.5 & so I had to up size to a 13. If not getting the sock then go down a half size. Shoes came with a tear on one of them & I called Zappos & they were the best at exchanging with no questions asked. Will buy from them again.

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.

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.

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.

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