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A perfectly designed marathon machine

May 26, 2015 by Lucie Zona

A perfectly designed marathon machine

Lucie Zona takes her feet and the VIVOBAREFOOT Stealth on the 42.195km of the Prague Marathon. Read More

  lucie zona,  marathon,  prague marathon,  guest blogger

Reconnection

May 22, 2015 by Jamie Page

Reconnection

Revisit your environment
We’d recommend reconnecting with your environment and getting as close to the ground as possible. If it’s safe to do so then we’d recommend shedding the shoes completely. However if there’s no guarantee of the ground being free from stuff that might harm your relatively vulnerably soft soles then we would recommend the ultra-thin, puncture-resistant soles that are found on the bottom of every single pair of VIVOBAREFOOT shoes. Read More

  trail freak,  reconnect,  discount,  promo,  nature

Christopher McDougall and the night of the Natural Born Heroes

May 15, 2015 by Jamie Page

Christopher McDougall and the night of the Natural Born Heroes

The message we took home? Get up, run around, play, eat meat, don't eat meat. Throw knives, have fun and be a Natural Born Hero!  Read More

  Christopher McDougall,  Nautral Born Heroes,  VIVOBAREFOOT,  Parkour

Top 10 Tuesdays: Fitness Equipment

April 29, 2015 by Jamie Page

Top 10 Tuesdays: Fitness Equipment

Here's Aslan Steel letting his feet do their thing. Keeping fit and active keeps the body in shape and the mind at ease. Here's out top 10 recommendations on fitness equipment. You'll notice most of these are to be used outside in the wild and many are free!  Read More

  top10tuesdays,  tree climbing,  barefoot shoes

How I Enhanced My Walking Meditation By Going Barefoot

April 24, 2015 by Alfred James

How I Enhanced My Walking Meditation By Going Barefoot

The intention of walking meditation is to purposely focus on walking; to use each step as a way of bringing the mind into the present and centering attention and awareness. Historically, walking meditation was done barefoot, without shoes, or socks for that matter. And that’s still applicable if you’re walking on the grass in your garden or perhaps on the beach. Read More

  meditation,  barefoot walking,  stealth,  evo pure,  guest blogger

Tried and Tested: Trail Freak

April 07, 2015 by Lucie Zona

Tried and Tested: Trail Freak

I have a passion for running longer trails. For me, it is a symbol of joy, mental cleansing and active relaxation to run about 25 kilometres throughout fields, forests and meadows. It is already the second year that I run only barefoot. In doing this, I’ve improved my running technique and made sure that I can experience nature fully when I run wearing barefoot shoes. Read More

  trail freak,  lucie zona,  photography,  trail running,  barefoot running

The Gear WIRED Loved This Month

April 01, 2015 by Jamie Page

The Gear WIRED Loved This Month

In WIRED's monthly round up of things the staff are enjoying the VIVOBAREFOOT Mata popped up. Read More

  Mata,  Wired,  review,  staff picks,  slip-on,  press

Tried and Tested: Ra

March 30, 2015 by Tim Betz

Tried and Tested: Ra

"It seemed silly to let my training suffer for a dress code, of all things. My first pair of Vivobarefoot shoes was the black leather Ra, and it revolutionized my wardrobe."

If you're reading this, chances are you're a pretty active person. I am too. I'm in love with long-distance running. Read More

  vivobarefoot ra,  tried and tested,  testimonial,  gobi

Feats of Strong Feet

March 26, 2015 by Jamie Page

Feats of Strong Feet

Last week we ran a competition asking you to show us your feats of strong feet. We got a variety of entries from all over the world with lots of people showing us how they use their strong feet to do weird and wonderful things. We shortlisted some of our favourites and picked what we thought were the best 3, they’re all below for you to see. Read More

  ForFootsake,  feats of strong feet,  competition,  winner

A Barefoot Road to Comrades: The 86km Challenge

March 25, 2015 by Leonid Shvetsov

A Barefoot Road to Comrades: The 86km Challenge

It has been a little under one year since a sequence of coincidences had lead me to getting acquainted with… Read More

  barefoot running,  marathon,  Comrades,  endurance run

Tried and Tested: Mata

March 16, 2015 by Steve Gangemi

Tried and Tested: Mata

"The Mata is a leather all-occasion shoe - walking, working, and just everyday life. Of course, when you need or want to wear shoes. Hopefully you're truly barefoot as much as possible."

The Mata is Vivobarefoot's new casual shoe for Spring 2015. It's a slip-on shoe that is super comfortable to wear. The Mata is a leather all-occasion shoe - walking, working, and just everyday life. Of course, when you need or want to wear shoes. Hopefully you're truly barefoot as much as possible.   Read More

  mata,  triedandtested,  testimonial,  gobi

Winter Trail Running Tips

March 12, 2015 by Landon Faulkner

Winter Trail Running Tips

Wherever you find yourself on the globe, you likely have to combat a number of different weather conditions in the winter, none of which make running very easy. From snow and ice to rain and mud, getting out can be a little more difficult, never mind the shorter daylight hours and colder weather. Despite the challenges winter can bring there are some winter trail running tips that can make your runs fun and safe. Read More

  trail running,  guest blogger,  make adventure,  landon faulkner,  trail freak,  winter

The VIVOBAREFOOT Race series comes to London

March 12, 2015 by Jamie Page

The VIVOBAREFOOT Race series comes to London

We're pleased to annouce the 2015 VIVOBAREFOOT Race series in Clapham Common, London, UK starting Sunday 22nd March. Our race partners Innovation Sports are excited about delivering these 5 races over the year and offer a fun yet competitive racing platform. Read More

  Innovation Sports,  VIVOBAREFOOT,  Clapham common,  race,  5k,  10k,  15k,  2k

Linda Lovqvist: Im a Runner

March 11, 2015 by Jamie Page

Linda Lovqvist: Im a Runner

 Linda Lövqvist is a physiotherapist, blogger and personal trainer, living and working in the beautiful Swedish city of Uppsala. Despite her hectic schedule, Linda spared us half an hour for a chat about training, dieting and barefoot living. Read More

  personal trainer,  physio,  imarunner,  barefoot running,  Linda Lovqvist,  interview

Tried and Tested: Ultra

March 02, 2015 by Holly & Ollie Graham

Tried and Tested: Ultra

For those that don’t know, the Inca Trail is a 4 day trek leading from Kusicancha at 2850m above sea level right through some of Perus most stunning scenery, over Dead Womans pass, at 4200m, and eventually into Machu Pichu. The Inca Trail was the traditional and spiritual walk of the Incas, to reach Machu Pichu, their holy city. Me (Holly 27) and my husband (Ollie 28), newlyweds, had committed to doing the trek months before as part of our honeymoon adventure, and whats more we’d committed to doing it in our VivoBarefoot Ultra shoes. The reason for this was simple, we value health and wellbeing and strongly believe that simpler is better. According to the hiking company, the list of gadgets, gismos and equipment required for the trek was enormous and preposterous and we thought, perhaps naively, this list wasn’t intended for us. We wanted to strip back. A tent, a sleeping bag, a change of clothes and some light weight walking shoes. In the twelve months leading up to our honeymoon, between us we had completed, several 10k runs, zorb footballing, muddarella and tough mudder in our Vivos and so we packed our backpacks with confidence. On 31st November 2014 we arrived in Cusco. Immediately we encountered hundreds of tourists, all embarking or returning from the Inca Trail, all with heavy duty hiking boots, some even had hiking trousers which, I didn’t know was a thing. After several discussions we decided to persevere with our Vivos. We met the guide the night before we left and decided not to bring it up with him incase he tried to convince us otherwise. On the morning we got in the van to head to Chilca. We received a couple of sideways glances at our Vivos from other guides and people doing the trek but no one dissuaded us from wearing them. We met up with the group we were walking with, all of whom had huge, bulky, hiking boots, and all had opted to hire two proper hiking sticks. In the interest of freedom and mobility we had decided against the hiking sticks. So we headed off, through the gate at Kusicancha and onto the first day of the trail. Day 1 - 11km - 300m down 400m up The first day was a win for Vivo, we skitted along the paths and up the well cut steps, our loads probably 2 kilos lighter than our fellow trekkers, amid their complaints about the awkward and unnecessary walking sticks and sweaty feet. That night Ollie played football with the locals in his Vivos, only boys allowed! After we washed our feet and shoes in a bowl of hot water and were refreshed, ready for the next day. Day 2 - 12km - 1200m up and 850m down The second day was a ginormous triumph for Vivo. Because we had less weight and more agility we had established ourselves as the front runners in the group, always reaching check points 15 minutes before most of the others in our group. At this point, 2 members of our group were suffering with horrible blisters from their hiking boots. As the blisters started so did the interest and questions about the intriguing vivobarefoot shoes. The higher we went on the trail the wetter it got. The hiking boots were becoming drenched with sweat and rain water. Thankfully our amphibious Vivos weren’t. On the descent down off Dead Womans pass we perhaps saw the one negative to our plan, grip. The hiking boots were grippier, this coupled with the walking sticks made the descent technically easier for the others, however we still lead the way at a considerable pace, using hands, feet and caution as nature intended. We made it to camp fast and without incident.  Read More

  ultra,  inca trail,  adventure,  vivobarefoot

Tried and Tested: Running in Vivobarefoot shoes

February 23, 2015 by Richard Whall

Tried and Tested: Running in Vivobarefoot shoes

As a sports science graduate, I began my working life in the fitness industry and spent many an hour working out in the gym. I've tried various different barefoot shoes for my training and always found VIVOBAREFOOT shoes to be comfortable, functional and hard wearing. I've since re-trained and am now a teacher but my interest in understanding human movement remains strong. Read More

  tried and tested,  testimonial,  trail freak,  running challenge

What Runners Wear on their Rest Days

February 18, 2015 by Lydia Harris

What Runners Wear on their Rest Days

A recent feature in Runner’s World magazine, talking about our shoes, Jing Jing and Porto, highlighted the importance of wearing shoes that are good for your feet every day, not just when you’re running. Rest days are essential to a good running schedule, and so are the shoes you wear for them. Read More

  runners world,  barefoot,  running,  rest days,  porto,  jing jing

Tried and Tested: Vivobarefoot

February 16, 2015 by Heather Playdon

Tried and Tested: Vivobarefoot

"Light as a feather, comfortable, stylish, eyecatching, different..."

  Read More

  vivobarefoot,  tried and tested,  testimonial

Tried and Tested: Evo Pure and Ryder

February 09, 2015 by Susan Krieger

Tried and Tested: Evo Pure and Ryder

"I changed my whole shoes collection. I feel strong, my feet feel strong and next sunday I will run my first half marathon."

  Read More

  evo pure,  ryder,  tried and tested,  testimonial,  review

Vivobarefoot named favourite athletic brand by Origin Magazine

February 08, 2015 by Lydia Harris

Vivobarefoot named favourite athletic brand by Origin Magazine

Origin, the yoga, culture and conscious lifestyle magazine gave Vivo the seal of approval when they featured our five leading performance shoes, naming Vivobarefoot as their favourite athletic shoe brand.  Here at Vivo we’ve got a footwear solution for every occasion, and with this selection of barefoot performance shoes, there’s always a reason to get outside and explore your surroundings, as nature intended. Read More

  Origin,  Originmagazine,  barefoot,  performance,  running,  review

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