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Bannister
Bannister Posted: 12/11/14
Reviewer: Gabe from New York
Overall: Rated:1 stars! Comfort: Rated:1 stars! Style: Rated:1 stars!

Echoing what Dustin wrote, these shoes are super uncomfortable and absolutely not in keeping with Vivobarefoot and the whole minimalist philosophy. Heavy/unyielding soles, super stiff and heavy construction and the back (ankle) part of the shoe comes forward so it scrapes your ankle and cuts of circulation. Everything about the concept of these shoes is wrong - and I am a big fan of Vivo's approach to shoes. But this is really an awful shoe and I regret ever having bought them.

Kula
Kula Posted: 12/11/14
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

VivoBarefoot came so close to making the perfect barefoot-type winter boot. A shame, because winter boots are like the Holy Grail to barefooters. This boot is good looking, waterproof, and warm. The bottom is zero-drop, fairly flexible, and seems like it would have decent traction in winter weather. Unfortunately, it is crazy narrow in the toe-box, while being loose in the heel.

Stealth Lux M
Stealth Lux M Posted: 12/10/14
Reviewer: Michael P O Malley from San Diego, CA United States
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

I have bought several Vivobarefoot shoes but this time, I am extremely unsatisfied. I have only worn these shoes a few times and already they are falling apart and have a bad smell. They are very comfortable and I like the look of them but quality is a huge issue. Vivobarefoot really needs to step up and take control of their products because from being a regular customer, their shoes seem to be getting worse and the quality is definitely not the best.

Bannister
Bannister Posted: 12/8/14
Reviewer: Dustin from United States
Overall: Rated:2 stars! Comfort: Rated:2 stars! Style: Rated:2 stars!

I am an avowed "barefoot shoe" wearer, and I own several pair of Vivobarefoot shoes--but these are the worst. First, the good: they're beautiful. This particular pair I expect to last a long long time (which is not true of many Vivobarefoot shoes). The bad: they're not very light; but the most egregious error is the fact that the sole is thick and there is almost no barefoot feel to them at all. I actually find these shoes, even after 6 months of wearing them and breaking them in, very uncomfortable. They're more like a nice pair of sneakers that have been stripped of an insole. By far, these are the most attractive of the minimalist shoes I have ever seen. If they comfortable, they might be worth the outrageous pricetag. I also have to say, and I don't know whether this will turn out to be true for this shoe: Vivo's are not well made. They don't hold up for the long haul, which makes their price tags insulting. They also have terrible and often unresponsive "customer service." Not a great company to deal with, so I'd take that into consideration before purchasing ANY of their shoes. (A few of their shoes have started to fall apart very quickly; I am finished with them as a customer).

Jing Jing
Jing Jing Posted: 12/5/14
Reviewer: from New Mexico
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

Very comfortable -- no blisters on my heels or anything. The elastic around the top makes for a secure fit. This is my first time with a "minimalist" sole. So walking on concrete...not comfortable! There's no cushion. But I did take a 20 minute walk and was fine. Wouldn't want to have to walk outside all day in them (fine on carpet), but other than that, a cute, comfortable shoe.

Lisbon
Lisbon Posted: 12/3/14
Reviewer: Josh from Tucson
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Best barefoot formal shoe on the market. Zero drop, low profile, wide toe-box, no arch support means your foot does the work it was designed to do. The style is a little bland which is the only thing keeping it from getting full style points, but I also recognize that it is truly a minimalist shoe - no frills. The quality of craftsmanship is top-notch. I may very well buy a second pair in brown. Vivobarefoot, if you're reading this, don't ever sacrifice quality to make them cheaper, it will not go unnoticed in a shoe like this!

Bannister
Bannister Posted: 12/3/14
Reviewer: Josh from Tucson
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Compared to conventional shoes of the same size, these feel bigger, so consider ordering a half-size smaller for barefoot shoes. Excellent quality, wide toe-box, no support/drop means your feet do the work they're designed to do. You will have to adjust your walking style to wear these comfortably for long days walking (heel-toe walking, shorter strides, etc.). Not breathable, which is the only thing keeping these from getting a 5 star for comfort. I wish they would make an all-black version instead of the black/tan so you could wear these with different styles. I'd buy a second pair in a second! Don't get these if you prefer non-slip, grippy shoes because these things are slick! However, they are perfect for normal activities in fair weather.

Hybrid M
Hybrid M Posted: 12/2/14
Reviewer: Cherryl Houben from Australia
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I have just graduated to wearing these for golf. I do like them a lot for comfort, grip and looks. I have only one complaint. In golf you finish your swing with your back foot posted up on its toe and in less than a week I the black coating has worn off the rim at this spot, so I think it needs a little more thought to make it truly suitable for golf wear.

Tracker
Tracker Posted: 12/1/14
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

The quality control for the Tracker is atrocious. I had to mix and match a working pair from 3 sets of boots. Now that I have a pair, I had to remove the insole because it made the boot feel too tight (height wise) in the toe box. After all of that, they are a nice boot and fairly comfortable now. The leather scuffs easily. The waterproofing seems to work well and even with the insole removed, they have been warm enough down to 20 degrees with some wool socks, but that was not tested for an extended period of time. In the end, Zappos customer service was excellent. I ended up receiving quite a discount for my troubles and at that price, they are worth keeping. However, I would not pay retail for these. Only time will tell if the lack of quality control will translate into a lack of durability.

Gobi II M Leather
Gobi II M Leather Posted: 11/28/14
Reviewer: from Denver, Colorado
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

Great feel - similar to other barefoot shoes. Lightweight, yet durable (as of one month). There is some outside stitching that seems to come off, but it doesn't affect anything but the look (very unnoticeable). Same thing happened with the VivoB Freuds without a real problem. Decent styling; doesn't blow your mind, but it gets compliments and it works well with different types of pants - semi-casual to semi-formal - definitely a good shoe for inside work, traveling, and hitting the town.

Stealth M
Stealth M Posted: 11/24/14
Reviewer: from California
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

Very comfortable, and naturally fit my wide feet. The construction is a bit lacking; there is blue paint that lines the sole that is scraping off after only a few wears. I also ordered another pair previously, and the inserts did not fit into the shoes.

Jing Jing
Jing Jing Posted: 11/23/14
Reviewer: Heather from
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

I absolutely loved these shoes. They're synthetic, barefoot, and kind of cute. That being said, my feet can't breathe in them. I bought them as a summer shoe, and I'm not a sock person. You have to be a sock person with these shoes, because all that heat gets absorbed in and then they are perma-smelly. While the sole is super strong and long-lasting, the edges (where the fabric meets the sole) are not. The edges started to fray and chip, which is another reason why I'm searching for replacements. I wore these literally every day for six months, but your mileage may vary. I wish they made ones with a slightly less rounded toe-box. They're a little childish with such a rounded toe.

Scott
Scott Posted: 11/22/14
Reviewer: from Seattle WA
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Love these boots, perfect for winter in Seattle. this is my fourth pair of Vivobarefoots and in my experience the quality of their shoes is outstanding, I wear them until the sole is completely worn out. If you are looking for great looking zero drop winter boots, I strongly recommend these ones. Order half to full size larger than you normally wear.

Gobi II M Leather
Gobi II M Leather Posted: 11/17/14
Reviewer: Mike M from Atlanta
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

You REALLY need to like barefoot style shoes to enjoy this. I have a few pairs of minimalist running shoes but walking (as opposed to running ) changes things. They looked great out of the box but the leather creases a bit when walking and has a bunch of places (probably my fault) that show scratches in the dyed leather. Still look nice and get compliments regularly. I also have wide feet but these fit perfect.

Kula
Kula Posted: 11/16/14
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

I got these yesterday just in time for a winter wedding I was a photographer at. It was very cold and these keep my nice and warm. They fit a little large, but will be perfect with thick socks. I like the look of them, they look like a classic, standard boot, not techy. I was surprised by how stiff they were. There isn't a ton of bend in the sole, you can roll them if you try really hard, but it's not terribly flexible. Maybe that's just not possible with a true winter boot? I did end up with a couple raw spots where the rubber base meets the upper. I'm hoping that they will get more comfortable as I break them in. My feet are very happy to be able to do their thing this winter, it's super hard to find a women's boot without a heel, let alone a minimal sole and these look like they will be great. I will try and update after some wear about the stiffness.

Scott
Scott Posted: 11/15/14
Reviewer: Hardman64 from Central Ohio
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Love this boot - a true barefoot boot. I design and build sports facilities so I'm outdoors a great deal in the cold Ohio winter. Looks great with a nice pair of chinos (or Kuhl Renegades). Warm, classic and very comfortable. I own the brown boots and they clean up with a damp cloth. Size allows for nice thick wool socks. True barefoot, so if you are looking for support and structure, this is not the boot for you. No added insulation but the insole has some insulating features. The Gobi is a great alternative too if you want something black.

Trail Freak
Trail Freak Posted: 11/13/14
Reviewer: Margaret Vestal from North Carolina
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

The jury is still out on these shoes. I am a complete convert to the barefoot concept, and these are pretty comfortable. But I want to use them for hiking, and they could use just a bit more padding. Not the perfect fit, but the best I have found yet for my female 11N feet! I would prefer "real" shoestrings and will probably cut these off and replace with real ones.

Kula
Kula Posted: 11/12/14
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

I have other vivobarefoot shoes (Kali) that I have loved so much I multiple pairs. These run quite narrow in the toe box but wide in the heel and mid foot. Going up a size did not help. Am returning.

Freud II
Freud II Posted: 11/11/14
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:2 stars! Comfort: Rated:2 stars! Style: Rated:2 stars!

Short answer, not worth the price and dissatisfied. Only pro I can give is for its barefoot feel, which the managed to provide due to its thin sole. One of the things I did not like is the comfort. The leather is pretty tough and therefore did not have as much flexibility moving with my foot. It had as much flexibility as a pair of converse shoes. Maybe if I had chosen the canvas upper cover instead of the leather. Or if converse made a pair with a thinner sole and you would have a barefoot shoe for half the price. Also it would have been since if the Freud had a soft inner lining material for added comfort. And finally walking with this shoes makes the ground feel harder than actually walking barefoot. I was able to improve on this a little buy loosing up the laces quite a bit but the trade off is it starts to chafe my heel.

Tracker
Tracker Posted: 11/10/14
Reviewer: John Shannon from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I've owned these for one month now. I've used them hunting in rugged mountain terrain. They allow my ankles to flex with the terrain. This, coupled with the fact that my foot is closer to the ground than with other boots I've owned, provide for very sure-footed travel. The sole provides good traction without accumulating much mud. One foot became wet after hunting several hours in damp snow. Overall, I'm very pleased. The fit is similar to the Vivobarefoot Gobi and Ra II that I own. I ordered these a full size larger than my other Vivobarefoot shoes and I'm glad that I did.

Jing Jing
Jing Jing Posted: 11/9/14
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

My closet, also known as the shoe cemetery, is full of uncomfortable footwear that will never see the light of day...unless I feel like visiting all the cute shoes that is can't wear. I love shoes but the love is definitely one sided. I bought these to walk to work. I can tell you that these flats will be my go-to shoes! They go with everything and actually feel like I'm waking barefoot. I read the reviews prior to ordering, and as suggested by others, I ordered one size up. The shoes fit perfectly and comfortably. No breaking in period. No rubbing or toe squeezing. My only criticism would be that my toe nail feels a bit flattened inside the shoe This may not be an issue for anyone else. Still, I would say these shoes are the most comfy ones I own.

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