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Vivobarefoot Reviews

Bannister
Bannister Posted: 7/20/14
Reviewer: Alex from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

These shoes look even better than in the picture. The sole feels fantastic too. I usually wear a size 12 US, but I had to size down because these actually have a proper toe box.

Jing Jing
Jing Jing Posted: 7/18/14
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

At first, I was a little disappointed that the material for these felt so cheap. But these shoes have proved very comfortable, even when I had to walk a couple of miles in them! I am new to the barefoot thing, I picked these more because they have a good toe box alignment than because I want to go "barefoot," but they are way more comfortable than any of my other flats. They ARE very thin soled, so you can definitely feel if you are walking on any type of uneven pavement, and I did end up adding metatarsal pads for additional support. An additional note: I had to order these a half size bigger than I normally go, although I'm finding that to be the case with a lot of barefoot type shoes.

Ulysses
Ulysses Posted: 7/15/14
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:2 stars! Comfort: Rated:2 stars! Style: Rated:2 stars!

Long time Vivobarefoot customer, but this shoe is not up to that standard. The top of the shoe is great - pretty color (teal), and comfortable, but the bottom is completely flat and rigid with zero contouring to the shape of the foot as is found in the Vivos that come with inserts. There is so much extra sole extending out on the sides, it looks like wearing paddles on your feet. If you have a wide foot this might not be an issue though. They are just not adjustable to a more slender foot as other Vivo styles are.

Ulysses
Ulysses Posted: 7/14/14
Reviewer: Ann from
Overall: Rated:1 stars! Comfort: Rated:1 stars! Style: Rated:1 stars!

First let me say I love Vivobarefoot shoes. However, while the foot bed was the proper size, the elastic on this sandal was impossibly loose. I do not have a slim foot. My foot is like most ladies, a B (maybe even a bit wider) in the front and a bit more narrow in the back. So, I really want this sandal, but unless they revamp it, I'll have to pass. Please revamp!

One M
One M Posted: 7/13/14
Reviewer: from Michigan
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

The front overlay is a little bother some and the shoot seems to thin for the Detroit Marathon I plan running in. The lacing made it feel nice and snug just the wrong tool for my project.

One L
One L Posted: 7/11/14
Reviewer: from Colorado
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

I bought the shoes for running and cross-training. I like the look of these shoes and the minimalist construction. The problem I have with the shoe is a seam along the toe box that is really annoying. I usually size up by .5 and did with these shoes, so there's plenty of room between the front of the shoe and my longest toe, however the seam along the top front of the shoe rubs the top of my toes. I even took the insole out...but the shoe- which already .5 big is just more loose. The seam still aggravates. I suspect I have a defective pair and will be sending them back. That said, they are good looking and generally comfortable shoe for those seeking the barefoot experience.

Porto
Porto Posted: 7/11/14
Reviewer: Ed Sawma from California
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Vivobarefoot absolutely nailed it with the Porto. I've been following the company for a while, and loved their dedication to minimalist/barefoot style shoes. For a running shoe, I preferred the Merrell Vapor Glove. I got the Vivobarefoot Gobi, and didn't love the style. But, then I got the Gobi II and thought they did a nice job making the style a little nicer. With the Porto, they've crafted a gorgeous shoe, with traditional shoe-making technique and quality. AND, it adheres to all the barefoot principles. WOW. I can confidently say there is absolutely no equivalent to this shoe on the market today. One more thing. The one issue I have with the Gobi II is that it squeaks on polished concrete at my office. The Porto does not! I don't know if it's because they used a different rubber compound, or that the base is leather, with just a layer of rubber embedded in the middle... either way, no squeak! As I said, Vivobarefoot nailed it. It's all the style you want out of a high end dress shoe, built with no gimmicks, and a strict "barefoot" philosophy. No wonder it's actually hard to find them in stock!

Stealth M
Stealth M Posted: 7/11/14
Reviewer: Stephen from Muncie, IN
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Great shoe; this is my second pair and I got over a year out of the first pair including an off road marathon.

Trail Freak
Trail Freak Posted: 7/10/14
Reviewer: from New Mexico
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

This was a shoe of contrasts for me. It was clearly too long, but exactly was expected in width. The styling is nice, but the color choice is abysmal. It was easy to put on and super easy to lace up, and the fit felt comfortably glove-like. At the same time, walking the cleats felt like walking on rocks, if the rocks were hitting the same spot on the foot each time. There's no way I could have been active in them, so I'm returning them without bothering to exchange for a smaller size. (Note--my feet are terribly sensitive so the rock factor might not feel as profound to someone else, but I can't imagine it would be completely gone, either.)

Lisbon
Lisbon Posted: 7/10/14
Reviewer: Brian Ledwith from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Brilliant. Dress shoes with barefoot comfort. I wore them all day the first time I put them on and had no discomfort.

Ultra Pure M
Ultra Pure M Posted: 7/7/14
Reviewer: Darren M from
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

Good minimalist shoe to wear while running in summer heat of New Orleans. Don't expect to run marathons on your first day of wearing this, but I'm slowly building strength in my arches (I have absolutely flat feet). Great to wear to the gym or the pool. Even better for short runs.

Jing Jing
Jing Jing Posted: 7/5/14
Reviewer: Sarah Facci from Rochester, NY
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

The sizing is not listed correctly. I'd say measure your feet and go by the metric measurements. I ordered my size originally and exchanged them for one centimeter up. Fits well. Did not chafe at all and material is very high quality PU. Normally I won't touch anything that's fake leather because it looks cheap but these are really nice. I didn't think they made my feet too sweaty like some other reviewers.

Ultra M
Ultra M Posted: 7/4/14
Reviewer: demijac from Oregon, USA
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Love these shoes. I'm currently hiking the Appalachian Trail. After a long day in my hiking boots, my feet are usually feeling a little sore. My feet start to feel better immediately after I put these on. In the hot summer months I wear them without the liner; in the shoulder seasons, the liner keeps my feet warm. These shoes are lighter than Crocs and more packable. They are also a good casual shoe for wearing around town. Get lots of comments on the looks and how light weight they are. The only issue you might have is which size to buy if you want the model with the liner because the fit will be different with and without the liner. In my case, I ordered my usual size 12 and have a roomy fit without the liner which works fine and a snugger fit with the liner which is a little bit tight which I can live with. You can't go wrong with these shoes. There is quite a price spread between different color combinations. You can save quite a bit by picking a less popular color.

Ultra Pure M
Ultra Pure M Posted: 7/3/14
Reviewer: from St Louis
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Fantastic shoes! I bought these about a month ago and have worn them backpacking (in camp) and while canoeing. They are ultra light weight and comfortable. Just about perfect to carry and also use in the water. (Gravel will get into the shoes, however.) I have 10 1/2 wide foot and the EUR size 43m fit me best.

Ultra Pure L
Ultra Pure L Posted: 6/30/14
Reviewer: Suzi Byrd from Palm Desert CA
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

I bought these for a Tahiti cruise we're taking in September so I haven't used them yet. They do have a large toe box and run large. I usually wear a 5 1/2 but the 5 fits perfectly. They're kind of goofy looking the way all swim shoes are but I thought these were the best looking swim shoes of them all. With all of the holes in the top I thought they would be cooler than traditional swim shoes.

Trail Freak
Trail Freak Posted: 6/30/14
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

My recommendation: get this shoe for casual wear but not for exercise. I own and love many pair of Vivobarefoot casual shoes, but this was my first trail/athletic style which I purchased for walking on rough, country asphalt roads. The Trail Freak is a disappointment as an athletic shoe for me. The tread on these shoes is much stiffer than the thinner Vivobarefoot styles, though it has loosened up a little with the break-in period, but the soles still feel stiff and make my feet work against them. I added gel liners underneath the soles, but the cushioning is still not enough for walking for exercise beyond about 2 miles. As a basis for comparison, I've been walking in softer, thin-soled Teva shoes (that style now discontinued) for about 2 years, around 3 miles per walk, and I was hoping the Vivobarefoot Trail Freak would add a little more resilience against the roads, but they don't. My feet tire quickly with the Trail Freak. So, I switched to a padded Altra, zero-drop style "Intuition" and am very happy with it now for walking for exercise. I am still wearing the Trail Freak around town as a casual shoe, where it works great. As I was shopping, several store personnel told me the minimalist trend is declining because too many people are getting injured with shoes that don't offer padding during exercise. I see plenty of reviews from people who love the minimalist shoe experience and emphasize that proprioception technique is what makes minimalist shoes work, but most of those are runners. I'm a walker, and for now, I am loving the Altra brand for walking.

Ultra Pure L
Ultra Pure L Posted: 6/24/14
Reviewer: from los angeles
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I love these shoes. I actually wear them daily as my everyday shoes. This is my third pair (they don't last long as the sole wears away). However, this last one seems worse. I only have it for two months and the sole is wearing away much faster (not sure if they changed the sole material).

Ultra L
Ultra L Posted: 6/24/14
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:1 stars! Comfort: Rated:1 stars! Style: Rated:1 stars!

Cannot wear these shoes except maybe to wear to the beach or pool just to get there and then remove. So uncomfortable, far too wide in the toe box and gave me blisters. Wish I could have returned however wore in house two days, then took outside and thats when I noticed how awful they felt. Now I am stuck with an expensive pair I cannot wear.

One M
One M Posted: 6/24/14
Reviewer: Mike T from Newton, IA
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

Fit: I usually wear a 10.5 in normal running shoes. I ordered a 10 in these and they fit well. It's possible that 9.5 would fit even better. Since the toebox is naturally roomy, I just stuck with the 10s. The sole is super thin and flexible as expected. I'm a bit worried it will wear out quickly. I have another pair of Vivobarefoot Lion's from about 2006 and they were built with woven kevlar in the sole, but I haven't a clue whats inside these. Hopefully they last because I have been wearing Saucony Bullets which dont seem to last all that long. As another reviewer has said, the tongue feels a bit awkward. It either lays at a funny angle on my foot, or it is too thick. Or it's a combo of both. Either way it isn't 100% comfortable. One thing that worries me is that the sole has started to slightly separate from the upper at the front of the shoe. It's only been about two weeks. I normally wear them as an everyday walking shoe. I would return them for another pair, but I've already worn them quite a bit outside. Build quality issues aside, it's a very comfortable shoe. I've explored thin-soled shoes for years and Vivobarefoot has always been the most comfortable brand for me. The One is as comfortable as the Lions, Vivo Dharmas, and Vivo Roots, (which were all excellent build quality by the way) but durability is my only concern.

Trail Freak
Trail Freak Posted: 6/23/14
Reviewer: Juli from Colorado
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

I loved these shoes, but unfortunately my toes are just too long. After I measured my feet, I realized that at 9 1/2" I should have ordered the 38 (size 7.5) instead of the 37 (size 6.5). After the first day walking around the office they rubbed a blister on my little toe, and if I were walking downhill my toes would jam into the end and rub blisters. Not fun. I did order the larger size in blue and they are just about the perfect shoe!

Ra II
Ra II Posted: 6/21/14
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

I like these shoes, but i can't recommend them. After less than a year, the shoes started to come apart at stress points. I took them to a shoe repair shop to get them glued back together, but they couldn't or wouldn't fix them. I used gorilla glue to reseal them and it seems to have helped. For the price, I would expect shoes to last longer than a year (I didn't even wear them daily).

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