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Tabi High
Tabi High Posted: 12/7/16
Reviewer: Ciara Lakhani from New York
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

The long search for a minimalist, zero drop, flexible boot for wet and snowy days is over and I am so happy! The boot is sleek looking, light, comfortable and I love that it comes with a removable thermal insole. Highly recommend!

Hiker Soft Ground
Hiker Soft Ground Posted: 12/6/16
Reviewer: Mrs F from Georgia
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

I have wide feet with a respectable toe spread, very high arch and instep. I'm an experienced barefoot style shoe wearer. So I expect a flexible sole with no cushion nor arch support on the shoe because my foot, ankle, leg muscles do the work of minimizing impact (I used to stomp around in my ultra super duper cushioned comfy walking shoes -- now I stalk quietly around like a ninja cat...voila no more knee, hip, foot, ankle pain) I used to adore Vivobarefoot shoes. They were worth every dollar and then some because of how long the shoes lasted! I have a pair of Aubergine trail shoes that are years old and they are still wearable, just looking pretty worn and getting close to the end. If I'd known they'd be discontinued, I'd have bought 5 pairs. Now I can't seem to get a pair of Vivos that are as wide as that pair is. Unfortunately, these hiking shoes are too narrow for my feet...I even went up a size but immediately it was clear it was going to be rough. I was able to get my foot in the shoe with difficulty (high instep issue and boots) but I was conscious of the top/tongue of the shoe and it was just too narrow. Unfortunately, I haven't had luck with the last few pairs of Vivos I've tried. If you have narrow/normal width feet, then absolutely give Vivobarefoot shoes a try. Unfortunately, I'm on the hunt for a different brand that sizes for wide feet.

Waterloo
Waterloo Posted: 11/28/16
Reviewer: Stacey from
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

I love zero-drop shoes. I also have a short, wide foot. Most zero-drop shoes claim they have a wide toe-box, and that people who have needed "wide" shoes in the past may find that they fit in the average width shoes that have a foot-shaped toe box. Unfortunately, my feet do not agree. I ordered several pairs of shoes this month to try and find some outdoor winter shoes. These were the only ones that I considered keeping, because the material on top is soft enough that it sort of stretches a bit to accommodate your particular foot shape. My foot was hanging out over the top of the sole at the ball of the feet (width), and my toes were squished in, but the pressure was not *as bad* as it was in all the other shoes I had tried. Still, there was enough pressure within a few minutes, that I expect wearing them for several hours would result in very sore feet. I have a bunion that hurts very badly when I wear shoes that are too narrow, but gives me no pain when I wear my custom-sized, zero drop shoes that I have made for the shape of my foot. Vivobarefoot, if you see this, please offer your shoes in Wide and Extra-Wide!

Primus Trail Soft Ground
Primus Trail Soft Ground Posted: 11/28/16
Reviewer: mark san b from
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

not true to size.. runs a little wide/baggy in the upper. collar is a little high at the achilles; it rubs.

Stealth II
Stealth II Posted: 11/19/16
Reviewer: Christi Roberts from Marietta, Georgia
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

At first, I thought I loved these, but in truth, I do not. I am a believer that you really don't need or benefit from all the structure that regular sneakers offer, and I like that you can sense the terrain through the shoe. But these shoes make a "slapping" noise with every step, and while I thought they were comfortable initially, after wearing them through a couple of airports, I started noticing that they really are not. Its not the size - a larger size would not have fit my foot. They are good looking, well made and probably worth the $120, but I don't see me wearing them very much. I like my Merrell Bare Access Arc 4 much better.

Jing Jing
Jing Jing Posted: 11/18/16
Reviewer: Jennifer Pharaon from Camas, WA
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Love these minimalist ballet flats! So cute and comfortable. I have 5 pairs!

Stealth II
Stealth II Posted: 11/18/16
Reviewer: N from Ohio
Overall: Rated:1 stars! Comfort: Rated:1 stars! Style: Rated:1 stars!

These are super comfortable shoes! My feet feel great in them. However, a little bit of water dropped onto my shoe when I knocked over a cup on my table. This resulted in the orange dye bleeding from the tongue of the shoe onto the grey part (thus knocking down the style considerably because they now look ridiculous) and dying my socks orange. I contacted Vivobarefoot directly, as I bought these through them, and their reply was, "Sadly we do not know of a way to stop this." I'm going to try to wash them when I have time to see if they can be salvaged. Otherwise, I will be returning them.

Gobi II M Leather
Gobi II M Leather Posted: 11/14/16
Reviewer: Adrienne Swirtz from Minnesota
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

I wear a women's size 9. As I have a wider foot I decided to try the men's 7.5. It was too long in the length for me. The heel was far too sloppy, while the toe was too narrow for me. I'm very sad as if these had fit properly, from the feel of them they would have broken in to a beautiful customized fit. Foe anyone not familiar, these are definitely a minimalist shoe. Very flat, very flexible. I just didn't feel like my toes had any room.

Scott
Scott Posted: 11/12/16
Reviewer: John Anthony Cifala from Washington
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

This is a great shoe. I ordered a 12 because I have a narrow 13 foot. The 12 turned out to be a bit short and the width was wide for me. So I assume that while a 13 would fit my length better the width would be too loose.

Primus Road
Primus Road Posted: 10/30/16
Reviewer: Jose Delgadillo from La Mirada, CA
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

This is probably like my 9th or 10th pair of Vivo Barefoot shoes. The quality of the build seems to improve with each iteration - I had some earlier pairs that just fell apart, but I kept buying because I really like the barefoot feel. The quality and design of these feel top notch - about two weeks in and I'm really happy with them. I usually buy size 43 (I'm usually a U.S. 9.5 - 10), but I bought 42 to minimize space in front of my big toe. It worked, but the shoes felt somewhat narrow on my pinky toe - not bad, but I noticed the snug feel. I've given them a shot, and so far really good - no blister or bad wear on my toes. I use toe-sox as well, and this really helps my steps.

Tabi High
Tabi High Posted: 10/29/16
Reviewer: from San Francisco
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

I own several pairs of Vivos and love all of them. I have been trying for years to find a Vivo boot that I like. This one looked promising, but the height is awkward and tight at the top so I could only wear tights at most. Also, the canvas looked like it would fade quickly. I really wish Vivo would make a similar pair in leather, maybe taller. The "Grace" model they had last year was perfect except it was way too tight at the top. I do not have big legs and never had to buy wide calf boots before. I think the Vivos are just especially slim for some reason.

Primus Road
Primus Road Posted: 10/29/16
Reviewer: from San Francisco
Overall: Rated:2 stars! Comfort: Rated:2 stars! Style: Rated:2 stars!

I own several pairs of Vivos, including an older road shoe very similar to the new Primus. I bought the same size, but the Primus is HUGE comparatively. The color is pretty strange with the white inner portion. Looks clownish. I had to return these.

Primus Trail
Primus Trail Posted: 10/29/16
Reviewer: from San Francisco
Overall: Rated:2 stars! Comfort: Rated:2 stars! Style: Rated:2 stars!

I own several pairs of Vivos and my old trail shoes were wearing out after a few years of heavy use, so I tried the new Primus trail. They are cut really weird - very high on the sides of the ankle. I knew trying them on in my living room that they would rub the hell out of my feet, so back they go ... too bad because the color is great for muddy trails! The sizing is always goofy on Vivos - these are the same size as my old Vivo trails, but definitely felt much larger.

Stealth II
Stealth II Posted: 10/27/16
Reviewer: from Seattle
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I bought these almost barefoot shoes upon a recommendation from my trainer for help in building my foot and ankle muscles. You can really feel every movement of your foot and get a good grip on the floor when exercising. They are very comfortable, but do require a break in period.

Jing Jing
Jing Jing Posted: 10/27/16
Reviewer: Carrie Takarsh from WV
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Great barefoot feel! LOVE these shoes!!!

GOBI II Canvas Winterproof
GOBI II Canvas Winterproof Posted: 10/27/16
Reviewer: Dustin from NC
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

These boots are very comfortable, stylish and versatile -- the trifecta of minimal shoes. They also look like "normal" shoes, which is important if shoes with toe fingers are horrifying to you (like they are to me). This is definitely a shoe you won't want to remove (because you'll barely know it's even there). The winterproof sole is not as insulating as the marketing might suggest; it does a decent job of slowing down the cold ground beneath your feet, but remember that there are only a couple of millimeters between your feet and the icy pavement; don't expect miracles. Overall, these boots are great, and I have found myself wearing them almost constantly (which is rare for me, who has a non-monogamous relationship with footwear). Highly recommend.

Trail Freak II WP
Trail Freak II WP Posted: 10/21/16
Reviewer: Kesher from Seattle
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

PROS: Low profile. Good materials. Flat heel. Waterproof. CONS: Very difficult to get feet into shoes; cuffs too tight and no tongue. Outsole lugs are flimsy at heel and likely to wear out quickly. Flex at forefoot/metatarsals is tight and uncomfortable at top of toes; material bunches and flexes too far forward. Red design accents are distracting, light-reflective material as well.

Tracker Firm Ground
Tracker Firm Ground Posted: 10/21/16
Reviewer: Kesher from Seattle
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

PROS: Flat sole, good materials, sleek black color, flexible. CONS: Pain at heel; footbed weight seems slightly uneven. Slightly too short and shallow at toe; toes hit end and can't flex easily upward. Tongue unnecessarily high and bulky; why design a shoe with minimal sole support but with such unnaturally intense ankle support? Laces much too long and also lumpy. Big red finger loop at heels too large, eye-catching (i.e., distracting) and catches and holds up pant cuffs awkwardly.

Primus Road
Primus Road Posted: 10/20/16
Reviewer: Dustin from NC
Overall: Rated:1 stars! Comfort: Rated:1 stars! Style: Rated:1 stars!

I have been purchasing Vivobarefoot shoes for most of the company's existence. The Primus, in my opinion, is the worst shoe I have purchased, and perhaps they've made to date. Why? I have narrow feet. Almost any shoe fits the width of my foot. But guess what? A shoe company that makes "wide" and "foot-shaped" shoes managed to manufacture one that was tight on my toes and rubbed my foot. This shoe felt weird from the second I put it on. For a shoe that is so insubstantial, everything about it made me aware of it -- the plastic-like upper, the weird, not foot-like shape; everything. I can't believe this shoe is sold by Vivobarefoot, nor can I imagine how this would work for very many people's feet. This is a terrible shoe and I do not recommend it at all (despite owning several pairs of shoes from this brand that I do indeed love).

Gobi Hi-Top
Gobi Hi-Top Posted: 10/13/16
Reviewer: Amy Lustig from Philadelphia, PA
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I have fussy feet and find these boots to be almost illegally comfortable. They fit my medium-to-wide feet like a soft, smooth glove. Limited to no arch support but compensated by a cushy and flexible sole. The appearance is minimal and sleek.

Gobi II M Leather
Gobi II M Leather Posted: 10/13/16
Reviewer: from Boston, Massachusetts
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

I've had these boots for a couple of weeks and have been very pleased with the fit, comfort and style. These are my second Vivos - I had the Freud IIs for two or three years. Given this style only has three eyelets, they are a little harder to adjust for fit than the Freuds. Took a few days of regular wear to break in. As others have said, the boot initially felt too snug above the toes, but this issue resolved itself as the leather softened. The toe box seems narrower than the Freuds, but this does not impact the comfort or allowance for the toes to splay. I had also ordered the Ra II and Lems NinetoFive for comparison, but returned them and kept the Gobis.

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