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Vivobarefoot Reviews

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.

Gobi II M Leather
Gobi II M Leather Posted: 8/20/14
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

I am reviewing these as I purchased both the men's Gobi 2 for my husband, and a pair of women's Gobi 1s, but the Gobi 1s are no longer on Zappos to review. I bought these because the barefoot shoes that I previously purchased, Merrell Power Play Glove, are no longer available. My previous shoes have lasted about three years now, the soles have worn out, and one buckle broke, so time to move on. I have been looking for replacements for half a year.A few months ago when I was looking all I could find that I liked were Minnetonka ankle boots. But those are suede. I would rather get leather. I needed something with a high top because anything around my ankle makes it hurt. I wanted leather, because it will last near forever, soles wear out before the leather. Plus leather can be polished. I was disappointed that these do not come in a size 8. So I opted for a 7½, which seemed to be ok, my toes have a good inch or more. However, the left shoe does not seem to be cut the exact same, and it has been hurting my foot right where the tongue is sewn to the rest of the upper shoe. I am hoping that the problem will resolve after a few weeks, as the leather softens up with wear. I have not taken these shoes out in the water yet, to see if they are waterproof. The last pair of shoes that I had were quite water-tight. The leather just needs a good wax polish to be waterproof. I am happy to see the tongue on these Gobi shoes are fully gusseted. I do not particularly like the brushed leather look. First of all, this is not top or full grain leather, which the description fails to mention exactly which grade of leather this is. Presumably it is a split leather, or possibly a corrected-grain (doubtful for this price). Disclosure would be helpful. Second, that makes the shoes appear cheaply made. This much for a pair of shoes is not cheap to me. There is also glue visible around the shoes where the soles are attached. More cheapness. If I could find a pair of barefoot, high-top leather shoes from Merrell, or any other reputable company, I would have gotten them instead. I am not happy with these, I feel like they are seriously overpriced ripoff cheaply made shoes. I will be surprised if they last a year. Zappos might be getting them back before then, but at least I am willing to give them a try to see if they will stop hurting after a little wearing, and if they keep my feet warm and dry during the approaching winter. Hey Merrel, bring back the Power Play Glove. They were awesome. Shoe that lasted almost three years for a great price, I loved them. Hey Vivobarefoot, you are disappointing me.

Gobi II M Leather
Gobi II M Leather Posted: 8/20/14
Reviewer: from Omaha
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Brilliant! Absolutely bloody brilliant. I've only had these shoes for 3 days now and I'm already extremely pleased with them. They feel like socks; stylish, leather socks with puncture resistant soles! I don't wear socks with mine so I purposely ordered the 44 (US 10.5) when I would morally wear an 11 or even 11.5. They are nice and wide too. Since I've only had them for 3 days, I cannot speak for the overall construction (in regards to how long they'll last).

Ryder
Ryder Posted: 8/18/14
Reviewer: from United States
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

(Of course they don't have arch support, they're not supposed to.) These are the most comfortable boots I have ever worn. They're like moccasins with a bit of sole on them. I have thin narrow feet but like a bit of wiggle room, and they fit perfectly. Feels true to size. They seem to shed water well. I am so happy to have a suitable boot for Winter that gives me tactile feedback from the ground so I don't slip! One drawback only: If you stand still on icy pavement in these for too long without moving around, the cold will obviously get up through the thin soles and give you cold feet - they aren't thick soles, so that's a physical consequence. They do fine if I am merely walking around a college campus in icy weather, as the movement keeps my legs and feet warm.

Jing Jing
Jing Jing Posted: 8/15/14
Reviewer: Jen from Eastern U.S.
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

I really wanted to love these shoes. They looked so cute, I loved the style and the color. Sadly, they were tight and incredibly narrow. I was hoping for a true barefoot shoe with a nice wide toebox, but these are not. They are ever-so-slightly wider than most ballerina flats on the market, but still not wide enough for a healthy foot used to going barefoot. (please note that my marking "no arch support" on the rating is a GOOD thing. I don't want arch support.)

Jing Jing
Jing Jing Posted: 8/15/14
Reviewer: Sherrin Sowers from Pensacola,Florida
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I ordered these shoes to wear at a wedding reception after it became necessary to abandon the matching heels. They were very comfortable and I received many compliments both for the look of the shoe and the foresight to acquire matching ballet flats. There was enough support to enjoy walking, standing and dancing. There was enough style to blend with an elegant occasion.

Ultra Pure M
Ultra Pure M Posted: 8/14/14
Reviewer: Jerry Fussell from Jackson, Wyoming
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

The Vivobarefoot Ultra Pure is the ultimate camp shoe for lightweight backpacking. It is also perfect for stream crossings. As far as I can tell, it is the lightest shoe available and is very durable. In extremely muddy/wet conditions around camp a pair of Gore-Tex socks is a useful add-on. Very pleased!

Ra II
Ra II Posted: 8/13/14
Reviewer: Victor Marshall from Kansas
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

They are not the most stylish shoes, but they are comfortable. I didn't want to wear them during the wedding ceremony where I was a groomsmen, but I switched to them for the reception, which saved my life.

Gobi II M Leather
Gobi II M Leather Posted: 8/7/14
Reviewer: Amy Lou from New Mexico
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

I'm so sad. I purchased the first generation Gobi shoes from Vivobarefoot and I wore them every single day, working eight hours at a high-demand, physical, movement-intensive job. When I wore them my feet didn't hurt at the end of the day and I had tried boots, sneakers and everything in between. They also looked really nice. Not freakish and loud like a lot of the barefoot shoes. These were subtle and refined. When it was time for new Gobis I was looking forward to the improvements to be found in the Gobi II. Unfortunately, the improvements are anything but an improvement. When I hold the Gobi II up to the original Gobis you can see instantly that the toe box is significantly narrower. Just walking around my house for a few minutes told me that my feet were going to hurt as there was stiff pressure on the knuckle of my big toe. My toes were not able to splay naturally as they should be able to in a pair of barefoot shoes. Instead the outer edges of the toe box pressed in on my pinkie toes and caused my whole foot to tilt inward, smashing my arches into the ground. Perhaps Vivobarefoot is trying for a more sleek, fashionable look with the narrower toe box, but unfortunately doing so negates all the lovely benefits of barefoot shoes. I'm returning these shoes and hoping someday some company will make another barefoot shoe that is not ugly and stays true to barefoot principals. Until then I'll keep gluing my old Gobis back together.

Tricot
Tricot Posted: 8/6/14
Reviewer: from Seattle
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I've been walking around in these for about a month and still love them. There's no rub on the back of my heel (which was the case with the ECCO shoes I tried--what a waste of money!) and the shoes are incredibly comfortable. The sizing was perfect, too. Love the light mesh, too--it helps keep my feet from getting hot. Great shoe all around!

Ra II
Ra II Posted: 8/6/14
Reviewer: Dustin Rhodes from United States
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

This is my second pair of Vivobarefoot shoes. The first pair, my first foray into minimalist shoes, became too small after wearing them a few months; my foot expanded after having been liberated from regular shoes. The thing about minimalist footwear is: you can't go back once you get used to them. I tried on numerous occasions because I prefer the aesthetics of regular shoes. I like shoes, in general, and I have found them hard to give up. It's the pain that brought me back to Vivobarefoot. I am not into the scene which often accompanies the barefoot lifestyle; I am not paleo or a crossfitter or any of that nonsense. But I think there's really something to minimalist footwear. My life-long back pain diminished (actually disappeared); my legs feel stronger, and my foot pain has mostly gone away. To me, this is a revelation, and makes the expense of these shoes, which I think is ridiculous, more palatable. Alas, there are many companies now that make minimalist shoes, but in my humble opinion these are by far the best. They look ALMOST like normal shoes, but that's only an added benefit; they actually fit and function better than the others I have tried on, too. The engineering and thought that went into Vivobarefoot is unrivaled. I purchased the canvas Ra 2, and I unequivocally love it. It's extremely comfortable, and the navy canvas is attractive. The shoe goes with about any kind of casual outfit, making it an ideal every day shoe which is also perfect for the office (if the office is not suit and tie). I walk a few miles a day in my Vivo's too, and I find them to be extremely comfortable (and I don't own any of the athletic varieties because I think they're ugly). The Ra is truly a great all-purpose shoe. If you have back and/or foot pain, I especially recommend trying these shoes.

Trail Freak
Trail Freak Posted: 8/4/14
Reviewer: Drew from NM and HI
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

I love the shoes that they make. I've been wearing them for three years and recommend them highly. But the new colors? Geez guys. Get a clue. Offer some subtle color choices. I'll stick with my 2 year old olive colored pair of trail shoes that are thread bare and hope for some more choices next year.

Gobi
Gobi Posted: 8/1/14
Reviewer: IzzysMom from USA and Canada
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I researched VivoBarefoot before buying these boots. Right out of the box they fit perfectly! I normally wear a size 7. By the time UPS delivered them I had walked in the heat for 2 miles (in training) so my feet were as big as they could get. These 6.5 size boots fit with room to spare (I put on toe socks). NO break in time since they are zero drop and suede. WOW. Feels like heaven on my feet! I m transitioning to barefooting and this is AWESOME footwear for me. My plantar fasciitis is almost gone after a few years of rehab so these boots are a step forward to increasing foot, ankle, and lower leg strength! I opted for the Sand color since it s Summer, and can actually wear these with any color. Customer service before buying and just after buying was great! Thanks for the tips! VIPZappos spoils me with the one-business day shipping. Ordered these Thursday morning (6:30AM) and they arrived the next day just after lunch! I ll be buying more VivoBarefoots here as long as Zappos sells them!

Jing Jing
Jing Jing Posted: 7/31/14
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

My toe was pushing on the toe of the shoe in my normal size (8 1/2) so I ordered up to a 9. Trying it on this morning in the longer size but my to is still pushing on the front of the shoe. They are wide enough for my bunions and hammer toe and the thin sole is actually quite comfortable. No cushioning so maybe not for lots of time on your feet walking. The toe box is roomy side to side. I may reorder in a 9 1/2 and see if that works better. I do like the way they look. I'm trying them on with jeans.

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