Great feel and deliver the barefoot concept. Appear to be durable, only taken out for hiking twice. That said, if you've ever hiked on Mojave Desert outcrop you'll understand how rough that can be. The shoelace system is a bust! I've tried this lace concept in two different shoe brands (Smith) and neither held my foot in place on steep descents. I cut it out and went to traditional laces...red, to make the shoe more stylish!
Very comfortable! They feel true to size, roomy. I love the red color and the fact you don't have to tie them. They aren't bulky looking, and they feel like you're walking on air. They have very good traction. I will be buying more of this brand in the future!
These shoes are nice, but feel a bit stiff. I assume they will soften up with more use (today was the first day I've worn them). I wear a size 11.5 in New Balance and the 45 Vivobarefoot fits pretty well. And they look good enough for business casual office wear.
However, if I compare them to my many pairs of NB Minimus, I'd have to say I prefer the NBs. My NB MT10 (brown leather) felt much softer from day one. The only reason I bought the Vivos is because NB does not have a black leather minimus shoe at this time (they claim they are working on something). The Vivos also cost almost twice what my MT10s cost.
The Vivos are also a bit flatter than my NBs (even my NB zeroes), but that didn't bother me at all. The tongue is unpadded leather and with the laces tied tight that bothered me a bit.
Overall, the Vivobarefoot is a good shoe. A little on the expensive side, but no outrageously expensive.
This are the most comfortable shoes I have ever owned! believe me I'm a shoe addict.
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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