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Vivobarefoot Ultra M

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  • Video Description View the Video Description for this product! (Please note that the color shown in the video may no longer be available.)
  • Pure, uninhibited, barefoot-like comfort is exactly what you can look forward to in the Ultra M from Vivobarefoot®.
  • A barefoot-inspired running shoe. Ideal for running in wet and dry conditions.
  • EVA 3D upper is made of a soft, perforated, non-toxic, dual-density, high-abrasion resistant EVA (Ethylene Vinyl Acetate).
  • Bungee lacing allows for quick, secure lacing.
  • Removable inner bootie.
  • V Aqua 1: Hexagon EVA outsole is soft, and made to quickly compress to your gait for optimal sensory feedback underfoot.
  • Outsole Thickness: 7mm.
    Outsole compresses to 3mm over time.
  • 100% vegan-friendly construction.
  • Imported.
  • Measurements:
    • Weight: 7 oz
  • Product measurements were taken using size 42 (US Men's 9), width D - Medium. Please note that measurements may vary by size.

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Fit Survey:

86% Felt true to size
  • 0% Full size too large
  • 0% Half size too Large
  • 86% True to size
  • 14% Half size too small
  • 0% Full size too small
86% Felt true to width
  • 86% Felt true to width
  • 0% Felt narrower than marked
  • 14% Felt wider than marked
100% No arch support
  • 0% Excellent arch support
  • 0% Moderate arch support
  • 100% No arch support

Item Information

  • Video Description View the Video Description for this product! (Please note that the color shown in the video may no longer be available.)
  • Pure, uninhibited, barefoot-like comfort is exactly what you can look forward to in the Ultra M from Vivobarefoot®.
  • A barefoot-inspired running shoe. Ideal for running in wet and dry conditions.
  • EVA 3D upper is made of a soft, perforated, non-toxic, dual-density, high-abrasion resistant EVA (Ethylene Vinyl Acetate).
  • Bungee lacing allows for quick, secure lacing.
  • Removable inner bootie.
  • V Aqua 1: Hexagon EVA outsole is soft, and made to quickly compress to your gait for optimal sensory feedback underfoot.
  • Outsole Thickness: 7mm.
    Outsole compresses to 3mm over time.
  • 100% vegan-friendly construction.
  • Imported.
  • Measurements:
    • Weight: 7 oz
  • Product measurements were taken using size 42 (US Men's 9), width D - Medium. Please note that measurements may vary by size.
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Vivobarefoot Ultra M

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1 person found this review helpful
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!
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I'm surprised there are still no reviews for this shoe. I purchased a pair of these in 2011 (directly from Vivobarefoot, before they were available on Zappos, I think). Here are a few pros and cons. Keep in mind mine are probably an earlier model: * Great shape. Vivobarefoot knows how to shape a shoe, probably better than anyone. Lots of width in the forefoot, mid and heel feel just right to me. There are a decent number of otherwise decent minimal shoes out there that miss the mark on shape. * Great breathability (without the sock liner). Obviously. Though there is a slight caveat here: because the shoe is essentially all rubber, you will sweat a little more, and there is nothing to soak it up. Keeps them from stinking, though, and I find it doesn't become an issue unless I'm really, really hot, and I'd suggest that this isn't the shoe for your much longer runs anyway. Also, possibly the only shoe that never stinks. And you can just hose them off after a run, shake them around a little and they'll be dry in a few minutes. * Great minimalness. Super lightweight, amazing ground feel, excellent flexibility. No supoort, no padding, nice and flat. If you like minimal, this delivers. If you want cushion and arch support, get some Crocs. * Good versatility. I've used this for running, for workouts, as a water shoe, as a "sandal", good for gardening, good as a barefooting companion, etc. You can easily get a big carabiner through the holes in the heel and lash these to a backpack without any real weight penalty. Nice shoe for traveling as well. My feet always get hot on an airplane, and these are a nice closed toe alternative to sandals that are easy to remove for security while still offering some protection. A few downsides: * Fit/size is different with and without the sock liner. I was hoping to use it with and without, but I found the sock liner to be a little too small, though without it the fit of the shoe is just right. I probably should have gone a size up because I'd prefer to have it be a tad big without the liner and be able to use it. Fortunately, though, I'd say if you have another "regular" shoe you like, you don't really need this one with the liner (and take a look at the "Pure" version, which doesn't come with it). * Some top of toe rubbing where they bend, which apparently plagued some other models of Vivos. It could just be a break in thing, because I ran 5 in these just yesterday and had no issues. Could no longer be an issue, mine are an earlier model. I'd suggest Body Gliding the area for the first few runs just in case. Never had the problem using them for activities other than running. * Sole wear is quicker than other shoes. I can see that I'm just about through the sole on both sides right under my midfoot, in about a quarter sized area. Granted, I've had them for three years, but I've probably not put more than 150 miles of running on them (though likely that much of non running wear as well). Certainly not terrible Overall, I'd say that if you are a minimalist shoe enthusiast, be it for running or not, this is a great shoe to have around, even if you already have a shoe/brand that you like and plan to stick with. This shoe's versatility really make it stand out despite a few issues, and while I don't think it would ever be my primary shoe, I do find I keep coming back to it, and have done so for three years now.

I'd also recommend: Merrell, Skora

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Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!
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I wanted comfortable shoes for a two-week walking tour of Italy. I had been warned that because we would be walking on cobblestones for much of the tour, "good" shoes were needed. Everyone recommended heavy shoes with thick soles. But I prefer light, minimalist shoes, with no heels or arches. I own Vivobarefoot hybrids for golf and Ultra Pures for beaches. Other times, I wear custom-made sandals and mocs that I feared they would be slippery in the rain of Italy because of their leather bottoms. The Ultra seemed an unlikely choice for cobblestones since they had thin soles, but I reasoned that with the inner sock, plus a regular sock, there would be enough cushioning. It turned out to be the right choice. The Ultras nicely contoured to the cobblestones, with enough cushioning from the two socks to provide comfort. And the few times it did rain, the Ultras gripped the stone and pavement quite well. I purchased the Ultras one-half size larger than the Ultra Pures to allow for the inner sock, again the correct choice. The only con: I would like these shoes in the color white.

I'd also recommend: WillyMocs

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  • from Las Vegas, NV
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!
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These are great minimalist shoes. This is review of the ultra which has the sockliner with it. The running shoes I wear are a 12.5 & so I had to up size to a 13. If not getting the sock then go down a half size. Shoes came with a tear on one of them & I called Zappos & they were the best at exchanging with no questions asked. Will buy from them again.

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  • from Florence, Alabama
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!
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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.

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  • from Oregon, USA
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!
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These are my new favorite shoes! light weight, comfortable. Wear them around the house, beach, running or add a pair of black socks and where them to work. I highly recommend them.

I'd also recommend: Vivobarefoot

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