There are few truly minimalist women’s sandals on the market with decent ground feel if you’re looking for more than a piece of rubber underfoot and the Achilles delivers with plenty of proprioception. Although I don’t find them that comfortable for my feet for long periods, that doesn’t mean they won’t be my go-to, slip-on sandals for short trips this spring and summer. They’re more than comfortable enough for quick trips to the store, lunch with a friend, or other places you wouldn’t want to go barefoot and want to wear a light, airy sandal. They are well worth their price in versatility and durability. If you love their unique style, which reminds me of a futuristic flip flop, they’re well worth a try. I do, however, highly recommend trying them on before you buy them so you know they work for you and your feet.
The VIVOBAREFOOT Legacy is an excellent all-purpose leather shoe with fantastic minimalist qualities and great grip. They are an exceptionally high-quality product that will last a long time. For a narrow or average width foot, they are just about perfect. For an extra wide foot, they may be a bit restrictive in the toe box. The Legacy is stylish enough for office wear while comfortable enough for urban adventures and equally suited for running on the road or light trails. The high-quality leather softens with minimal wear making them even more comfortable the more you use them.
VIVOBAREFOOT has grown over the past two years from an innovative company producing great footwear to an innovative company producing some of the best minimalist footwear available. The Aqua has evolved into a refined, stylish, versatile, and comfortable shoe. Another winner from VIVOBAREFOOT!
We interview Lee Saxby and Asher Clark.
Asher Clark, the head designer at Terra Plana and Vivobarefoot, tells us about his career path, shoe design, and gives some hints about the product we can expect in the coming months and even years. Lee faces a challenging question about whether Vivobarefoot training clinics are a conflict of interest. We discuss recent Harvard study results and the effects these results have on both Lee and Asher’s work. See and Asher give their predictions for the future. Join us for this frank and interesting interview.
Every once in a while, the minimalist shoe bar is raised by a new product model; the Lucy Lite is one of those shoes. They excel in both fashion and function. They are one of the most comfortable minimalist shoes, with or without socks, I have ever had the pleasure of reviewing. They are wonderfully wide but with a lacing system that could easily accommodate an average width foot. Their flexibility and barefoot feel are incredible. Their casual styling works well for running errands or running a road race. Their only downside is that the upper is not that breathable so may not work well in warmer temperatures for people whose feet are generally hot. This is a plus for me, though, as my feet are generally cold. The Lucy Lites truly surpassed all my minimalist footwear expectations.
VIVOBAREFOOT has brought us some amazing shoes this year. Anyone looking to fill every niche with a VIVOBAREFOOT product, the Off Road Mid boots come close to being a great fit. There is, disappointingly, some room for additional improvements to make these boots great. A wider last would be first on my list of improvements, especially given the width of the typical VIVOBAREFOOT shoe. A repeat VIVOBAREFOOT customer might be surprised to find such a narrow fit. A slightly more flexible upper would allow a more natural fit and more comfortable movement.
The new VIVOBAREFOOT Lucy Lite has arrived and we wanted to share our first impressions with you. Here’s a shoe that looks and works great for both urban adventures and road running. The 3 mm sole transmits excellent ground feel while providing VIVOBAREFOOT’s safety inspiring puncture-resistant protection. And they [...]
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 wide, flat, and ultra flexible. They even have fantastic ground feel.
VIVOBAREFOOT has introduced some truly stellar minimalist products this year and the Boxing Boot is another to add to the list. They are a versatile, comfortable, stylish, all-weather boot suitable for any casual wear or adventure. They have the added quality of being great for winter conditions as well, a niche that is poorly represented at this point in the minimalist market. I’m impressed yet again at VIVOBAREFOOT’s understanding of the minimalist market and not only listen to customer’s desires but also develop products that fulfill their needs.
Great VIVOBAREFOOT Holiday Packages – Great Deal with Free Shipping! VIVOBAREFOOT is offering a great package for anyone interested in barefoot activity. They are offering two exclusive holiday packages, available for a limited time. [...]
VIVOBAREFOOT Just released the following statement: This is to announce that Terra Plana and VIVOBAREFOOT are going their separate ways. For the foreseeable future terraplana.com will be re-directed to vivobarefoot.com. Terra Plana created VIVOBAREFOOT in 2003, and over the years many iterations of the barefoot shoe revolution have been developed. Today the VIVOBAREFOOT patented, ultra-thin, [...]
VIVOBAREFOOT has grown over the past two years from an innovative company producing great footwear to an innovative company producing some of the best minimalist footwear available. The quality, style, and comfort of these shoes is top-notch and indicative of the exciting things to come from VIVOBAREFOOT. These stylish business appropriate shoes not only tick all the boxes but do so with the refined quality of a company who really knows what they are doing and where they are going. If you suffer at work, don’t waste any time and get your feet into a pair of these great shoes! They are, after all, the only truly minimalist business appropriate men’s oxford. Finally someone has filled this niche, and filled it well. READ MORE…
The Neo Trail is another phenomenal product by VIVOBAREFOOT. They are extremely comfortable (with or without socks), have fantastic ground feel, and incredible traction on all wet or dry trail conditions including mud, roots, dirt, and gravel. It’s obvious to me that extra thought went into the design of these shoes in the angles of the lugs, the choice of materials, and the added protection for the arch and toes. The hydrophobic properties of the upper are really going to be handy in wet, snowy winter conditions. They are durably made and comparably priced. If you’ve been craving a truly minimalist trail shoe with excellent grip, the Neo Trail delivers.
VIVOBAREFOOT has done it again. Minimalist shoes have been with us for a couple of years now, and yet in the last year VIVOBAREFOOT has put out some of the most innovative shoes I have ever seen. I could hardly be more impressed. The Ultra is yet another winner in a long line of innovations this year. Because of the unique insert, consider the width of your feet and how you plan on using the Ultra before buying. If the fit is right, the Ultra may become your go-to shoes. This is truly a shoe that can work in almost any situation.
VIVOBAREFOOT Achilles Review By Al Gauthier Review of the VIVOBAREFOOT Achilles Sandal – A split toe minimalist running sandal that will blow your socks off! We have always respected VIVOBAREFOOT not only for the high quality shoes they produce, but for the innovative, fashionable, and truly minimalist approach. [...]
VIVOBAREFOOT has been creating wonderful new products this year. As they fill virtually all the minimalist footwear gaps with business appropraite shoes like the Ra and the Hind, Performance Sandals like the Ultra and the Achilles they have now also added a lineup for Kids shoes. Few would argue that protecting your kids from deformed feet and [...]
VIVOBAREFOOT Alexander Review By Al Gauthier Review of the VIVOBAREFOOT Alexander Sandal – A great every day minimalist sandal for the fashionable man. Ok, let’s face it: men’s sandals are typically hideous. They are big, they are bulky, they are ugly. I imagine this is probably a result of [...]
Episode 32: We Interview Galahad Clark & Lee Saxby Aired: June 11, 2011 Today we are very pleased to release interviews of two of the greats in the industry. Galahad Clark, THE Clark of Clark Shoes, answers questions about VIVOBAREFOOT in a strikingly honest way. Tina talks with Galahad [...]
VIVOBAREFOOT Hind Review By Al Gauthier Review of the VIVOBAREFOOT Hind – A Stylish Minimalist Shoe for Every Man Writing minimalist shoe reviews has always been exciting. When we started, no matter what the product was it was exciting to add one more product to the list of [...]
Review of the VIVOBAREFOOT Ultra A Comfortable, Light-weight Amphibious Running Shoe By Tina Dubois The Ultra is truly the first of its kind in the minimalist shoe market: it’s an incredibly light-weight running shoe made to go in and out of water easily and can be worn in three different ways. You can wear the [...]
Review of the VIVOBAREFOOT Jazz—A Comfortable, Casual Lace up for Any Woman VIVOBAREFOOT has truly outdone themselves with this year’s spring/summer collection. This season’s offerings fill desperately needed niches in the minimalist market. The Jazz is one of those shoes. This is a high quality, comfortable, casual, every day, truly minimalist shoe for women with [...]
The fresh line includes a new sandal for both men and women called the Alexander. For men, there is a new casual/work appropriate oxford called the Ra. For women, there is an updated urban street shoe called the Miles as well as a new lightweight and flexible mary-jane style Venus shoe. In addition, there are [...]
Review of the VIVOBAREFOOT Neo We’ve been reviewing minimalist shoes since before the term was such a household name. It’s very gratifying to see such continual improvement. There is a real drive from consumers to want the best products. This is rather unique in the footwear world. While [...]
Living Barefoot Show for: Feb 1st, 2011 Episode 27 An Interview with the VIVOBAREFOOT Team: Sabra Ellingson, US Operations Director, Amy Schrader, Director of US Wholesale ,Michelle Hinsvark, US Marketing Executive. We talk about what’s to come from VIVOBAREFOOT an an exciting lineup for the spring / summer, and fall of 2011 0 Hour, 22 Minutes, [...]
VIVOBAREFOOT Semi-Anual 40% Off Sale! VIVOBAREFOOT is having a season-end SALE. MOST Models are 40% Off. Click the banner below to visit the site, then use the discount code: SALE40 The sale ends February 21, 2011 GMT. Offer excludes VIVOBAREFOOT Neo. Discount code only applies online for customers within the US and Canada. This is [...]
We posted information several days ago about a sale that VIVOBAREFOOT was having. It caused a lot of confusion for our US customers. It turns out this sale was indeed only targeted to those living in the UK. We apologize for the confusion this may have caused. For future sale updates we suggest you visit [...]