Feel the earth under your feet again.
- A 4mm-thick sole allows your foot to naturally roll through your stride while providing traction on slippery roots and protection from sharp rocks
- Rapid-dry moisture-control memory foam footbeds are removable and can be washed
- Rather than relying on glue, these shoes were stitched to lower their weight and increase durability and flexibility
- VB zero-pinch performance last keeps bare feet happy
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So I am new to barefoot running, and I love these shoes. They feel so much better than normal running shoes. It definitely takes some getting use to, and I have tried not to over do it until I am use to these. The sole is super durable.
I wore these shoes for eight months as my general work shoe. It functions well for that purpose, and looks better than fingered shoes. I took the insoles out after six months and they seemed to feel better.
The top material eventually blew out on both feet above the big toe root knuckle - where the material naturally folds when the toes bend up. I put a lot of walking miles on them before this happened. Not much running though; I'd expect a shorter life if I put them through that.
Very comfortable, with a well designed shape. The extra space on the front half of the foot may have ruined me to a normal shoe's fit forever more. It withstood considerable weather punishment, including rain and trudging through snow, without immediately soaking through the mesh top like I had expected. Feels great in either socks or bare feet. The honeycomb pattern looked much more appealing than I had expected.
Wearing this as my every day all-around shoe, it took a little under two months for the material to begin to blow out. Another month later, both shoes now have 1.5" gashes in the exact same place: right next to the ball of the foot, along the sole, where the material creases from movement. I think the holes have stopped spreading at this point, having reached beyond where the folding occurs. I still wear the shoes, mostly because of money, partly because the material was so light in the first place I barely notice the tears, but overall I'm very disappointed with how quickly this happened.
Do I recommend the shoe? Yes and no, depends on why you want it.
If you only plan to use it now and then when you run, the material will likely stay alive for a while. I do a lot of walking and running every day, so the blowouts happened at a very accelerated pace. You can decide for yourself if it's worth the risk.
If you want an every-day all-around shoe, probably not. You may want to check out the vivobarefoot Neo, which seems much sturdier, or choose another company altogether (some like Merril, but I've had just as many damage problems with their shoes).
If you want a trail shoe, absolutely not. Even if these shoes had no flaws, they'd still be mediocre, at best, on a trail. Personally, I still stick with my VFF Bikilas for extra activity.
Bought a pair about a year ago. Definitely works as intended but is very pricey. There are plenty of alternatives these days at a fraction of the cost i.e. Merrel Trail Glove et al. However, this shoe is very stylish and a good alternative to Vibram Five Fingers. The overall ground feel, w/o the insole, is very close to the KSO, perhaps a bit thicker. Can be worn sockless of course which is nice.
I did have some issues with the construction however.
1. The very first time I laced them up I broke one of the eyelets! WTF! Rather than cry about it I just punched a new hole... Probably should have tried to return it but oh well!
2. When wearing sockless, I notice that the top of my foot above the metarsal flex point is coming into contact with a bunch of the folded upper fabric. I did end up with some chafing when I ran in them sockless so I wouldn't run in them w/o socks! Too bad...
If the Merell Trail Glove or other "barefoot running shoes" had been around at the time I bought these I probably wouldn't have bought this shoe.
I still wear them around on occasion, they do look pretty cool but just too expensive and the construction seems a bit lacking.
Wasatch Speed Goat Mountain Racing Team
I picked up these shoes off of SAC and it was love at first sight! Being a new barefoot runner I eased into the sport and started by wearing these while walking around town to break them in.
I soon realized that the bottom of the shoe had began to come un-glued where it meets the top so I took some pictures and sent my first email to Vivobarefoot. After waiting a few weeks without any reply I decided to give them a call and soon received their voice mail where I proceeded to leave a message. I once again waited a few more weeks and sent another email. Finally after all my frustration I received a reply which asked me for my order number and considering I picked these up off of SAC there was no order through Vivobarefoot. They simply told me to take them back to where I purchased them and that was the last of that.
Considering that these shoes retail for $150 and are essentially a glove I was appalled by the customer service of Vivobarefoot. I at least figured after being put on the back burner for a month that I would have been given a simple apology at the least but received nothing. This is absolutely terrible way to run a business and I would have thought that they would have liked to have taken a look at the shoes to see if there was a production issue. Needless to say I will never be doing business with Vivobarefoot again! Picture to come!
I wore out my five finger bikila's recently and I really wanted to try something that would be more durable. 2 bikila's in less than 8 months just isn't worth 100each. Enter these. I got them as a replacement running shoe, but I love them so much that I've found myself wearing them as my main casual shoe lately. they're extremely comfy and breathable (though not super ideal for utah winter weather. meh, worth it). They've replaced my merrell barefoots as my day to day campus shoe favorite by a landslide. The yellow is a killer color, can't wait till (if?) we pick up some more colors that vivobarefoot makes the evo in. considering buying a second pair so I can have a dedicated casual and running shoe. I took out the flimsy little insole and it helped it feel more like a true minimal shoe. highly recommend this.