Wired: Thin flexible sole gives your foot freedom to flex while offering protection from cuts and scrapes. Look like actual shoes.
A nice introdcution:
“Terra Plana is a company that uses eco-friendly (and some recycled) materials along with different shoe assembly methods to minimize waste and use of glues and other chemicals. Their VivoBarefoot line is designed to approximate being barefoot, using a very thin puncture-resistant sole with minimal padding or arch support.”
Here are a few insightful lines about normal-to-barefoot running technique transition, using the Evos:
“The first thing I noticed when running in the Evos—and I noticed it whenever I jogged a little in the Lesothos as well—is that landing on your heels is not comfortable. I mean, I knew that barefoot running is supposed to make you strike the ground with the middle or front of your foot rather than the heel, but I kind of thought I’d been doing that all along in the Nike Frees. As it turns out, even the Nike Frees have a lot more padding in the heel than the VivoBarefoot shoes. So I was more conscious of how I was landing, and it did shorten my stride a little as expected. “
Here’s what the Telegraph said about the Isis:
Yoga, Pilates and other core fitness activities are traditionally practised barefoot. But if you are going to slip something on, make sure it’s lightweight and responsive to the movements of your feet. With a 3mm- thick Vivo Barefoot sole, these slippers allow you to feel the benefits of your workout without compromising on your sensory enjoyment.
Here’s an interview, with Terra Plana‘s very own Galahad Clark, about being barefoot and VivoBarefoot shoes, from the Ottawa Citizen Newspaper.
“Edenism is the new word,” the Britain-based Clark said as he strolled lower Manhattan shod in his thin-soled creation. “Our shoes are not as good as barefoot, but they’re as close as we can get.”
Clark’s line of running and walking shoes, called Vivo Barefoot, feature a three millimeter (0.11 inch) sole that, he contends, frees the wearer to walk and run as evolution intended.
“We just tried to make the least shoe we possibly could,” said Clark, in what might seem a counter-intuitive move from a man whose family has been making shoes for almost 200 years.
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“This video talks about the Terra Plana Vivo Barefoot Dharmas. The reviewers first impression upon opening the box is that it is fashionably bright and super light weight. The soles of the Vivo Barefoot are nice and thin with a hexagon pattern for the platform.”
A detailed summary by barefootrunningshoes.org
- The Dharmas are very flexible and comfortable
- The insoles of the shoe are also removable and washable
- It took four days before Adam received it from Amazon
- The review was done after a few days of wearing the Dharma Vivo Barefoot shoes
- Overall, Adam labeled the shoe as a good one and he liked the way he felt when he wore the shoes the first time
- The sole or bottom is a little harder but as you walk around it feels more like you are in barefoot
- Vivo Barefoot is available in different colors and can be worn in different attires
- He feels the shoes are quite pricey but worth it
- The designs are high quality, stitching is nicely done and the leather is nice and soft
- They seem like they are durable and can last for a long time
- The Vivo Barefoot Dharmas have a unique style to them although not everybody will like the style
- Adam scores Terra Plana’s Vivo Barefoot shoes a 8 or 9 out of 10
Here’s what he said about us:
“This one kind of goes back to the Nike Free concepts. The reason why in today’s society we have all kinds of back problems is because of shoes. Man is supposed to be walking on bare feet. The Terra Plana fully believes in this concept. Since in our society we can’t just walk around barefoot, their whole thing is making shoes that are as close to being barefoot as possible. When you wear these around, you feel a difference and it really makes you think.”
The shoe in the photo is the Dharma.