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Vivobarefoot Reviews

Primus Trio
Primus Trio Posted:
Reviewer:
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Really nice minimalist shoe. I normally wear a size 12 in dress shoes and 13 in most running shoes, and the manufacturers website said the 43 was an 11 1/2 (though Zappos size conversion calls it an 11). I took a chance. It fit like a glove - which would be OK for a dress shoe but I wanted a little more toe room in a walking shoe.

Ra II
Ra II Posted:
Reviewer:
Overall: Rated: 3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

These are cheaply made. I have tried to purchase Vivobarefoot shoes over and over. This is the 4th or 5th attempt at purchasing them. I recently purchased 2 pairs directly from the company and they had the exact same problem as the pair purchased from Zappos, the insoles were too large for the shoe so they buckle and don't lay flat. For a $140+ shoe, this is outrageous. Vivobarefoot even sent me a pair of used shoes with something brown stuck in the tread of the sole and white paint on the toe. The shoes were scuffed on top and on the sole. They expected me to pay full price for used shoes. I could go on and on about the customer service. I have lost faith in this company. Too bad because the shoes look good. I want to like them, but 4 strikes and you are out!

Primus Swimrun FG Mesh
Primus Swimrun FG Mesh Posted:
Reviewer:
Overall: Rated: 4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

I happen to really love these shoes, in part because I really need the wide to box to deal with morton's neuroma discomfort. I also like the barefoot feel. The shoes don't have a lot of arch support, there is a thin insole that you can use to add a touch -- I need a little more arch support so I use my own thin insole with a little more arch. I also really appreciate the fact that in these shoes my feet really work -- all the nerves and muscles of my foot do what they are meant to do. I wear them for intense gym workouts, walks, long cardio training, sprint training . . . They look a little funky, but not terribly so, it's not quite as nuts and granola as birkenstocks, for example . . . I also have no problems with construction, fit or finish, all seem fine.

Gobi II M Leather
Gobi II M Leather Posted:
Reviewer: from Slownoma CA
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

What a great pair of shoes! They take a moment to get used to, because it almost feels as if you’re barefoot... Hence the name of the company. Super comfortable, great toe box, excellent all around feeling while walking.

Gobi II Leather
Gobi II Leather Posted:
Reviewer:
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I’ve now worn these for a few weeks and I really like them. I don’t wear them daily because my job requires a sturdier shoe. I bought these because I have a problem with my Achilles’ tendon. Going barefoot helps a lot, but isn’t practical so I wear these for a couple days a week and it stops the swelling and cramping of my Achilles. I think it’s helping because it allows my entire foot to flex and move naturally, plus it strengthens my whole foot. Barefoot walking is so much different than most shoed walking. Also, after the injury I was unable to wear most boots because they put pressure on my Achilles’ tendon. These don’t at all. I used to think about my Achilles’ tendon every day due to the pain, now it’s once a week. Barefoot really makes a difference.

Ultra 3 Eva
Ultra 3 Eva Posted:
Reviewer:
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

This (the bloom version) is my 2nd pair of Ultra III’s (the 1st being the regular EVA type). Interestingly enough, these bloom versions are slightly longer than the EVA type, and has a less slippery feel that the EVA’s have, and also seems “softer/more pliable”. But this is me being SUPER nitpicky Other than that the two shoes are the same minus the color. The comfort didn’t get a full 5 stars because sometimes (maybe my foot is swelling) due to the cut/last style of the shoe sometimes I get a blister developing on my second to last toe. HOWEVER I can’t really say it’s because of foot swelling as I’ve ran in them for 5k and never got a blister after that. So weird. They have great breath ability, and drain fairly well if used as an aquatic shoe. Durability is also great! Hey

Slyde Leather
Slyde Leather Posted:
Reviewer: from Bayonne
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

There is no arch support but that is the point. Just a thin flat sole and it pretty comfy considering. The only drawback is that the back of the shoe is a softer mesh like material so they are not true slip ons, you will have to use your hand to pull the back of the shoe around your heel with the little loop. I hope that vivo will make another true slip on at some point but happy to wear this in the meantime.

Hiker Soft Ground
Hiker Soft Ground Posted:
Reviewer: from Mount Hope, KS
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Lemme tell ya how much I did the Vivobarefoot Hikers!! All of the great attributes of their other lines (good quality; an honest, barefoot experience; super fly stylings) but now available in a boot! Mind. Blown. These critters come with a thermal insole that I'm (embarrassingly) excited to use. The break in was really simple: put 'em on. Walk. Great room in the toe box area for mine piggies. No, there isn't arch support but if that breaks your heart, you are most likely missing the point of a 'barefoot hiker'. Cudos to yous at Vivo BF. And, no review would be complete without a word about the ridiculous service from Zappos! How in the world do you guys get stuff out here to the abject end of the world so fast. I mean, even the daily paper is a day late! Whatever voodoo you use, keep using the voodoo that you do so well. Cheers

Primus Lux WP Leather
Primus Lux WP Leather Posted:
Reviewer:
Overall: Rated: 3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

I had a pair of Vivobarefoot mary janes years ago that were super comfy if somewhat silly-looking. I wore them into the ground. It seems like in the intervening years they've decided women like narrow shoes, and this is now the second style I've tried and given up on because they're just too constricting in the forefoot for a barefoot style.

Gobi II Leather
Gobi II Leather Posted:
Reviewer:
Overall: Rated: 2 stars! Comfort: Rated:2 stars! Style: Rated:2 stars!

It is so incredibly challenging to find shoes that don;t taper in the toe box, and these shoes are not much better. They are very narrow across the pinkie toe region. Extremely disappointing. Vivobarefoot markets themselves as selling "foot shaped shoes", but these are absolutely NOT shaped like a foot. The kids version is most definitely is shaped like a foot, but they have messed up the adult shape unfortunately.

Gobi II Leather
Gobi II Leather Posted:
Reviewer:
Overall: Rated: 1 stars! Comfort: Rated:1 stars! Style: Rated:1 stars!

These might work better in the non- hightop style, but there is so much loose area in the shoe that laces can't fix that they are unwearable. The footbed is the correct size but my foot just flops around in these.

Gobi II Leather
Gobi II Leather Posted:
Reviewer:
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

The new Gobi II's are true to the Vivobarefoot size chart. I usually wear a 6.5 or 7 and the 6.5's are perfect for wearing with socks, and my toes still do not hit the front or the sides. These are shoes for people who really want minimalist. Even with the insert that comes with them, they are very close to the ground and not very cushioned. They provide a covering that does not restrict your feet and ankles; it kind of feels like you are not wearing anything. I wanted them for something to wear in colder weather, when I want socks and do not want so porous a shoe as many minimalists are. The wide toe box is great; you can spread your toes. Some of the reviews mentioned it being hard to get into them if you have a high arch, but I did not find that to be the case. You just have to unlace them a bit further to get your foot in and then tighten the laces, but there was enough room. They are boxy but in a stylish way, and the leather is soft with a slight shine. Am very happy with this purchase.

Stealth II
Stealth II Posted:
Reviewer: from Cleveland
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Great shoes for the barefoot experience. Wide toe box and very flexible sole. Good ground feel through the sole. A couple of notes on the color. The rubber components are reflective and go from black to a gunmetal depending on the light. Under the black mesh fabric visible in the stock photos is red metallic fabric. The red that comes through in the right light. This isn’t clearly visible in the stock photos of the shoe so I show it in the photo I attached.

Tracker Firm Ground
Tracker Firm Ground Posted:
Reviewer:
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

These are AMAZING boots with wonderful comfort and a great overall style. For me however they are a bit to supportive and padded and I just don't need all of that at this point. If you are looking for a great minimalist but substantially padded boot then these are for you.

Primus Trio Suede
Primus Trio Suede Posted:
Reviewer:
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I have a high arch, high volume foot. I couldn't get my foot into the shoe because of my high arch. I kept the Gobi II leather instead. Leather is more forgiving.

Gobi II Leather
Gobi II Leather Posted:
Reviewer:
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Id describe this as a "business moccasin." I've worn moccasins in normal settings and they draw stares. Mocs are for the small town where I live and out in the woods but they aren't for business or cities. These feel like mocs but look like normal shoes. My pants hang over them and they're as nondescript as can be which is exactly what I was going for. I'm wearing them without socks right now and they're good. I have a high arch, high volume foot so the opening is just barely big enough to handle entry of the high arch. Once in they're perfect and the laces tie tightly enough to keep them in place. I'll probably use a shoe horn to get into them for the first few weeks. You won't have an issue if you're lucky enough to have a normal arch. My foot is slightly wide at the forefoot and these are perfect for that. I have a normal width heel that sometimes slides in shoes but these are ok for that too. I'm honestly not sure how I'll like them in the long run, these are my first vivobarefoot shoes. I think they're good but only time and wear will tell. Before trying these I tried vibram five fingers and found that I really don't want stuff between all my toes, but I loved the barefoot feeling. Thus, I found vivobarefoot.

Primus Swimrun FG Mesh
Primus Swimrun FG Mesh Posted:
Reviewer: from South Carolina
Overall: Rated: 4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

These would be great water shoes... but they feel like watershoes. Ultimately I would give them a solid 4 stars if you intend to use them for any water activity. I was hoping that they would be a comfortable Barefoot shoe that could also dry fast and let my feet breath. I was looking for a good camp shoe while hiking. The reason they got 4 stars even for water activity... is the top of my foot was binding right above/before the toebox and they were very hard to slip on and off. I didn't want to wear them around the house let alone bring them outside and test them due to them having a rubber feel on my toes above my toenails. All in all... I think these are super stylish shoes and I want to like them.. I just didn't when I tried them on.

Primus Trail
Primus Trail Posted:
Reviewer:
Overall: Rated: 2 stars! Comfort: Rated:2 stars! Style: Rated:2 stars!

Very frustrated with this company because I want their shoes to work so badly but they just don't! I ordered this pair in my normal size 8. They came a little over a half inch too big and my toenail kept getting caught on the toe guard. Ordered a size 7.5 (which I never wear) immediately after to compare and my toe is JUST touching the end. Thought maybe if I wore them around the house they would be okay but discovered that they feel narrow at the arch and ached a bit. Sending them both back. Also while comparing the two sizes right in front of me, I noticed that they looked different! the color of the toes were different shades. I guess on top of it all, while trying to return them, the return portal can never find my order and their customer service is TERRIBLE. It really saddens me because they are stylish and no other company offers such a wide foot-bed. I absolutely love their canvas " soul of Africa" shoes but besides that.... I give up on this company. Have tried multiple times that only end in frustration.

Primus Trek Leather
Primus Trek Leather Posted:
Reviewer:
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Firmer sole than my other barefoot shoes but I like them. Felt comfortable right out of the box, glad I got the 6.5 rather than my usual 7, still plenty of room to spread toes. This shoe is for strengthening the feet (more ground contact for natural movement), if you like/need arch support this is not for you.

Motus
Motus Posted:
Reviewer:
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I have worn an earlier version for years for my gym workouts and they work great and last a long time. I wanted to move my barefoot experience to the tennis court. These are the ones for tennis as they have more grip on bottom. I played last night and loved the feel and sense of groundedness. They don't have arch support as the barefoot experience makes your foot muscles work and create the arch your body naturally has. My Achilles tendons gets sore sometimes but that is because I am working them rather than shortening them with regular shoes with a raised heel. True to size - I bought 37 and usually wear a 6.5 or 7.

Gobi Hi-Top Leather
Gobi Hi-Top Leather Posted:
Reviewer:
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Love this brand. Hope zappos keeps them coming! Like walking in the most comfy slipper.

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