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Run on the road or the trail with the minimalist-style VivoBarefoot Men's Neo Running Shoes on your feet. Thin soles and flexible uppers allow your feet to roll through each stride as if you were barefoot. Inside, memory foam insoles cushion your feet, while wide toeboxes allow your feet to spread out on impact with the ground.

  • Water-resistant nylon mesh uppers shed light precipitation and wetness to keep your feet dry, while antibacterial lining fights off funky smells
  • The anatomically neutral 4mm soles are thin enough to allow your feet to naturally flex and just thick enough to provide protection from hazards on the ground
  • TPU toe guards protect you from stubbing your toes on the trail
  • Rather than relying on glue, these shoes were stitched to lower their weight and increase durability and flexibility
  • VivoBarefoot constructed the Neo Running Shoe using recycled and vegan-friendly materials
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  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

I purchased an older pair of these on discount a few years ago. I had some durability issues with those (very poor design), and VivoBarefoot replaced them with the current version, which addressed the issue. Very positive customer service experience.

These are very, very comfortable shoes. They have a wide toe-box with a medium-ish to narrow heel that you can lock down with appropriate lacing. I have duck feet (very wide in the forefoot, very narrow in the ankles and heel) and they fit me great. They provide enough room for the foot to spray, without ever feeling sloppy.

That said, I don't really enjoy running in these because I don't like the way they feel underfoot. They have a patent puncture-proof sole, which is very durable and holds up to wear well. However they flip side is that they have a very "plastic-y" feel underfoot. They are much better than a traditional pair of running shoes, but not nearly as natural feeling as my old Vibram KSOs or even a pair of worn-in Merrell Trail Gloves.

I find the removable insole gets pulled back during a run which leads to an annoying gap in the forefoot with your toes are "hanging over" the insole. I prefer to run without the insoles, so not an issue for me, but something to note.

That feel is much less of an issue when I'm static and I find these make great shoes at the gym. For squats, deadlifts, and cleans, they are perfect since there is no compression of squishy cushioning material to throw off your balance. That is true of pretty much any decent minimalist shoe, though.

I would give them 3.5 stars. Adequate, but nothing special. I would not buy another pair, even at discount, because I believe there are superior options on the market. I will probably go back to Merrell for my next set of shoes now now that they've expanded their barefoot line beyond trail runners.

great minimal shoe

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

i bought these to replace my five fingers for winter runs. I have been practicing barefoot form for a couple years now and these shoes are perfect for complementing that. My feet were warm and they worked great for why I had purchased them. I enjoyed the feel enough to the extent that I began to take them up mountains as the snow receded, but after a few times of doing that i completely blew out the seems on a decent through some talis and scree. For just a minimal running shoe, they are great. Lightweight, and the sole really is tougher than youd think. I removed the insoles that came with the shoes and wore them to work. Something kept itching the bottom of the ball of my foot, and i came to find out that i had stepped on a poster tac, yet it had not penetrated the sole!

great shoe, worth the price.

great minimal shoe