We are lucky enough to see and test some of the best minimalist shoes on the market. This year has seen an explosion in the minimalist market and next year should be even bigger!
While we have seen some excellent product from many companies, one stands out this year for its cutting edge design, versatility, true minimalist features, and even for price: The VIVOBAREFOOT Ultra.
Made from ultra-light materials, the Ultra feels as though it is barely there – a great feature for a true minimalist product. The included insert, combined with the hole-filled upper, allows the wearer to use the Ultra in situations that range from the wettest river crossing to the hottest desert day. You have complete control over the warmth and protection you need—all in one shoe. They are wide, flat, and ultra flexible. They even have fantastic ground feel.
So why should we mark it our best shoe of 2011? There is no other shoe that compares. No other product offers such flexibility in one shoe. If you had to buy only one pair of minimalist shoes, you might as well start with the Ultra. For seasoned barefooters who need a pair of light shoes for those moments when your toes need a little extra protection, these may be the only shoes you’ll ever need. They are light enough to stuff in a bag without ever knowing they are there. The washable materials mean that even dirty feet will never make these shoes look old and grotty.
Hey, they even look great, with a wide selection of men’s and women’s colours to choose from.
Hands-down, they are the most innovative product from VIVOBAREFOOT this year as well as the most flexible and innovative product we’ve seen in 2011. We feel they are deserving of the Living Barefoot Shoe of The Year Award for 2011.
As you read our reviews, please keep in mind that our reviewers review shoes in terms of their suitability for those looking to find the highest quality minimalist shoe products. All reviews are as factual as possible. In an effort to be transparent and ethical, we will point out any defects found, even if these do not affect the usability of the product. Not all defects will be present in final production shoes as we are sometimes offered “seconds” or pre-release products in an effort to provide you with reviews in a timely manor. In the event that serious issues are found with a review sample we will give every opportunity for the manufacturer to replace to explain the review samples before the final review is released. We never accept payments for reviews. We do not guarantee a good review for any products sent to us. We do not review products that do not claim to be minimalist or “barefoot like” unless we receive a significant number of requests from readers or listeners.
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