Service delivery was excellent and the packing is first rate. The Ra in black leather was so comfortable I ordered a Ra II in olive suede. Lightweight and really comfy because the heel is barely there. Lots of width for toe room. I walk a lot and often on concrete so I'd imagine I'll wear these out, but that's the beauty of a lightweight shoe, free of frills.
I really like barefoot shoes, but I have had trouble finding casual (i.e. non-sneakers/athletic, suitable for work) models that I liked. Then I found the Gobi II. It's comfortable, attractive, leather, and seems durable (though only time will tell).
I would highly recommend this shoe.
The toe box and ground feel are massive plusses, as are their slick look. Without the insole, as they say in their info, they don't offer much warmth, but even with the insole or socks you get great feedback from the ground. Not a thing to complain about.
I have many foot problems and arthritis to "boot". So I even wear them around the house on cold draftly days. I love them!
Launched in 2004 by Terra Plana, VIVOBAREFOOT is the first minimalist shoe with a patented, ultra-thin, puncture-resistant sole that offers maximum sensory feedback and protection, delivering the next best thing to being barefoot.
VIVOBAREFOOT features a comprehensive line of barefoot shoes that are specifically designed for varying elements, terrains and activities. From high-performance, off-road and trail-running shoes to work shoes, VIVOBAREFOOT shoes offer a total lifestyle solution for men and women as well as a transition from walking to sports.
The VIVOBAREFOOT difference lies in the sole. 70% of your brain's information from movement comes from the nerves on the soles of your feet. The more you can feel the ground, the greater your body's understanding of its surrounding and natural movement. The ultra-thin (3mm), puncture-resistant sole mimics the benefits of barefoot running while providing protection from sharp and potentially dangerous objects.
As with all Terra Plana products, men's VIVOBAREFOOT shoes and women's VIVOBAREFOOT shoes are produced sustainably, using recycled, locally sourced materials with eco-friendly production techniques in ethical factories. The core foundations of barefoot health run throughout the entire collection and every product comes with an eco-matrix rating of its environmentally friendly components.
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