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Jing Jing
Jing Jing Posted: 5/18/15
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

As a devoted fan of the Kali, these shoes did not breathe, and for a barefoot shoe are really narrow! I have wide, flat feet that have thrived in the Kali before as my go-to shoe for the office. I will give some stars for style and no break-in time needed but that is about it.

Ultra II
Ultra II Posted: 5/9/15
Reviewer: Chris from Archabald
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I love these shoes! Do yourself a favor and buy them. I wear them everyday. No arch support, but they are minimal shoes -- so what do you expect? They are super stylish, people always notice them. Fun shoes.

Gobi II M Leather
Gobi II M Leather Posted: 5/6/15
Reviewer: from New York, NY
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I love these shoes -- extremely comfortable (if you like a barefoot-esque experience) and attractive. I strongly recommend using a protective spray to protect the suede.

Stealth M
Stealth M Posted: 5/3/15
Reviewer: Brandon b from independence, ia
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I love these shoes. They have thinner, more flexible soles than vibrams and they have great grip for on road. I haven't had a chance to run in them yet, but I think they will be great with the road feel.

Mata
Mata Posted: 5/3/15
Reviewer: from Dallas, TX
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

I absolutely love the previous version of this shoe that is no longer made :'( This version is good, but does not fit me quite as well. One size would leave my heel popping out, while the other is constraining on my toe area (this is the one I stuck with.) I am normally a size 11 and I am probably in the worst position here because they only offer UK sizes, which do not have a size 11 equivalent. Aside from the fit, I love these shoes for the natural feel on the soles. Plus, I am a tall guy and do not require shoes that have an inch-high heel; these shoes' soles are as flat as they come.

Ra II
Ra II Posted: 5/3/15
Reviewer: FK from USA
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

"No arch support." Duh, I think that's the point! It is a barefoot shoe. It took my feet awhile to develop the muscles to be able to wear VIVOs but now I do not wear anything else. I first began wearing VIVOs due to Achilles tendon issues. (Normal shoes, with heels, do not let your Achilles tendons operate as designed.) Once your feet "learn" to be barefoot again, you will love these shoes. You will have to take shorter strides and learn to put the weight on the balls of your feet, rather than your heels. Your feet have become lazy by using modern shoes. They need to be retrained. I have four different VIVO styles for different purposes, and all are excellent. They are expensive, but worth it. My only complaint: The Ras seem to be completely waterproof out of the box but, as the sole side edges become bent due to use/flexing (behind the toes) water will get in. They stay waterproof almost a year, so not much to complain about. I am buying my third pair of Ras just because the last pairs are beat up. The soles are still good!

Trail Freak
Trail Freak Posted: 5/1/15
Reviewer: chad from boudler, CO
Overall: Rated:1 stars! Comfort: Rated:1 stars! Style: Rated:1 stars!

I generally run in Luna Sandals or barefoot. I have Altras and Minimus. The Vivos gave me horrible blisters on top of each pinky toe...thought I was going to love the shoe. Oh well.

One M
One M Posted: 4/28/15
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

This is a high quality shoe, but the toe box is too wide for me, in a short 3 mile run I developed hot spots under the balls of my feet and would have developed blisters had I continued... If only they made this same shoe in a more narrow toe box.

Gobi II M Leather
Gobi II M Leather Posted: 4/23/15
Reviewer: JB from Atlanta, GA
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

Nice, wide toe box and comfortable shoe. It seemed a touch short when I first tried them on but as they broke in, they fit perfectly. I wish there a bit more cushioning in the heel but they're ok for day-to-day. Note, the leather spots very easily. Overall though, they're a good purchase. I'll likely be exploring more Vivobarefoot products.

Ultra II
Ultra II Posted: 4/18/15
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

I ordered a size 9 for my mom and a size 11 for myself. While she enjoyed the size 9, the size 11 was cut way too wide. I will have to return them.

Jing Jing
Jing Jing Posted: 4/11/15
Reviewer: Allison from Portland, OR
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

I've had the black Jing Jing for a couple years now. I'm very impressed with the durability of whatever the vegan upper is made of - nothing seems to scratch it, and rain doesn't seem to ruin it (although it's still not great in the rain, I wouldn't recommend wearing them outside on a rainy day). They definitely give the barefoot experience, which I love, although walking around in the city on pavement all day is a bit tiring to my feet. I'm certain that as a species humans were running around barefoot in the days before we had invented paved roads and sidewalks - we'd run around on dirt and possibly grass, which are softer than pavement. For that reason, this shoe feels most "natural" to me when I'm indoors, walking on carpet. The style is wonderful and cute, and it goes with just about everything. I have no complaints there. Here's the big issue for me (and the reason why I'm rating this shoe only three stars): whatever the vegan upper is made of, it's not breathable at all, and my feet sweat uncontrollably and rather uncomfortably when I wear them. I have to wear some kind of socks to try to control the odor and to absorb the sweat - but even in black cotton gym socks, my feet still get uncomfortably sweaty. This is enough of a comfort issue that I decided not to order any more of the Jing Jing, and I'm on the lookout for some replacement black "barefoot" flats.

Jing Jing
Jing Jing Posted: 4/8/15
Reviewer: Debbi from Wentchee, WA
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

I love wearing barefoot style shoes - but most of them are not suitable to wear with a skirt. These are cute and very versatile - I can wear them with dresses and skirts but they look fine with shorts, pants, or even athletic clothes. These aren't the perfect fit that I'd like them to be due to my wide foot. They aren't uncomfortable, but the toe box isn't quite as roomy as it would need to be for that true "barefoot" feel. Otherwise it's a great shoe and I'm pleased to have a "dress" shoe I can wear.

Ra II
Ra II Posted: 4/7/15
Reviewer: Robert Roberts from Virginia
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Tight across the instep. These shoes required some stretching before they were as comfortable as my old Ra model ones. I broke out the old Florsheim shoe stretchers and went to town. Now the RA II's feel much better. They seem well constructed, and are far more waterproof than the original Ra.

Ra II
Ra II Posted: 3/31/15
Reviewer: SouthPacificBoy from New Zealand
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Love the update of these shoes for work & walking everywhere back home in NewZealand & travelling in US & UK. 2nd pair & still wearing my 1st, which I have thrashed & still going strong. Help me retain barefoot foot shape & technique at work so I can go barefoot whenever possible on weekends or wearing barefoot gym or running shoes. Prior to these I had discomfort reverting to narrow toe & heeled work shoes, then changing back to barefoot technique & shoes outside of work.

Freud II
Freud II Posted: 3/30/15
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I love these. I picked them up about eight months back and these have become my most worn shoes. I have the version with the black leather and the white sole, no experience yet with the canvas versions. I have a quite wide forefoot and many brands still fit pretty tight there even in wide versions (New Balance for example). The toe box on these is really great and the shoes have improved in both fit and comfort with wear. When I first got them I was worried that they would be too stiff and almost returned them. I am super glad that I did not, as they softened up pretty quickly and now fit like an incredibly comfortable glove. I like the style of these a lot, when I travel I can often get away with them as the only shoes that I take if I do not need to get really dressy as they can be dressed up or down pretty well. They always look wide from the top to me but they appear less so to other folks. Also wearing these has reduced both knee and lower back pain for me pretty dramatically. I routinely walk up to about five miles in a day in these and am always comfortable and happy. I will be back for more...

Ra II
Ra II Posted: 3/26/15
Reviewer: Brando from United States
Overall: Rated:1 stars! Comfort: Rated:1 stars! Style: Rated:1 stars!

Great design, great fit but after a year and two months one of the shoes started to come apart at the seam running vertical down the side of the shoes. I called customer service and they said to send them back to who I purchased them from, which if it was vivobarefoot and within 6 months time they would replace them. I only wear the shoes in the office so the wear and tear is minimum. If this were Patagonia or even REI I imagine they would have received them as it appears like a defect rather than normal wear and tear. Not purchasing another pair of shoes from this company.

Bannister
Bannister Posted: 3/23/15
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:2 stars! Comfort: Rated:2 stars! Style: Rated:2 stars!

While the other few negative reviews complained about comfort, I'm going to complain about the design of the shoe. I've actually got no problem with the comfort level. They're not as barefoot as other Vivobarefoot shoes, but they still work for me. The problem I had is that these shoes are absolutely terrible around any sort of water. Yes, they're leather shoes. If I stepped in a giant puddle, I expect problems. These have major problems with any sort of moisture. See how the side walls are leather? There's a good reason every other shoe has rubber side walls. If you get any sort of water past the very bottom of the sole of the shoe, it wicks up into the leather, discoloring and damaging it. That brings me to the very bottom of the sole. See how it's in two parts? There's a rubber part, and a leather part. These two parts are glued to the shoe upper, but not sewed or sealed. Today, I stepped on a wet sidewalk and water soaked up through the crack in the sole through to the inside of the shoe and my socks. Again, this is not tromping through inches of water. This is a normal moderately rainy day. For the price, I would expect a lot higher quality in the thoughtfulness of the design. These look great right out of the box, but quickly get ruined by normal life. If you're 100% wearing these indoors and on 0% chance of rain days, you can probably get by, but if there's any sort of drizzle in the picture, forget it.

Tracker
Tracker Posted: 3/22/15
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

My favorite shoes are Vivobarefoot, so I am very disappointed; the toe box is too pointy and narrow. I am returning them. Other than that, the leather is really nice and they look great. There is no arch support, but there's not supposed to be - they are minimalist. I might try the men's. I am also considering Belleville Tactical Research.

Jing Jing
Jing Jing Posted: 3/15/15
Reviewer: from Albuquerque, New Mexico
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I have three pair of these in different colors. I love barefoot style shoes, I love to go barefoot and usually take my shoes off as soon as I get home but I do not automatically take these off, they are so comfortable. So if you are like me and would rather not wear shoes these are for you.

Ra II
Ra II Posted: 3/12/15
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

Great zero-rise shoe! They look professional and my husband says that the toe box is wide enough to be very comfortable for work. His only complaints are that they are slippery in icy weather and the laces are cheap. Overall, they were a perfect gift for a man who would rather be barefoot!

Jing Jing
Jing Jing Posted: 3/10/15
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:2 stars! Comfort: Rated:2 stars! Style: Rated:2 stars!

I really did not like these. They felt pretty cheap, they were not breathable at all, and the elastic around the top and heel pushed my foot forward so my toes were uncomfortably snug against the front of the shoe. Regarding sizing - I usually wear a 7½, and I have two other pairs of Vivobarefoot shoes that I wear a 38 in. The 38 of these was too small - the sole was literally ¾" shorter than the soles of my other 38s. I exchanged them for a size 39, and though the sole of these matched the soles of my others and they technically fit, they were still uncomfortable.

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