News, Reviews & Press

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..."

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  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."

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  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

Tried and Tested: Jing Jing

February 02, 2015 by Olivia Belwit

Tried and Tested: Jing Jing

"The Jing Jing flats offer plenty of wiggle-room for my toes…they are the ultimate everyday barefoot shoe."

Buying shoes used to be something I didn’t associate with fun. As I have incredibly sensitive feet, it used to be nearly impossible for me to find shoes that didn’t make my feet hurt or chafe and by the end of the day have my poor feet covered in blisters. It was not until I read about the revolutionary barefoot shoes and tried on a pair that changed everything. Prior to winning my pair of Jing Jing in the Festive Giveaway, I owned three pairs of Vivobarefoot shoes (One, Freud, Gobi Hi Top). Read More

  Olivia Belwit,  Tried and tested,  review,  jing jing,  barefoot shoes

5 Lessons Learned from Running at 20 Below Zero

January 26, 2015 by Landon Faulkner

5 Lessons Learned from Running at 20 Below Zero

My wife, two year old daughter and I had flown to Fairbanks, Alaska to spend Christmas with my wife's family and I was eager to explore the brave the cold and winter wonderland. Coming from the mountains of Utah the idea of running in the cold was a not a new concept for me, but running in temperatures below zero was a totally different endeavour. It was nearly 10am and daylight was just beginning to brighten the Alaskan day, the ice and snow glittering in the early light. I laughed to my wife commenting that maybe it was ill-advised to run when it was nearly 20 below zero, and then went downstairs to get dressed for my run. Read More

  minimalist running,  vivobarefoot,  below zero,  Winter,  barefoot,  alaska

Make the Barefoot Revolution your New Year’s Resolution

December 30, 2014 by Lydia Harris

Make the Barefoot Revolution your New Year’s Resolution

The New Year is fast approaching, leaving the season of goodwill, mince pies and drinks parties behind it. December is a time for celebration, catching up with loved ones and indulging in all things delicious, but the weeks of work dos in dainty heels soon takes its toll and it’s no surprise that most of us wake up on New Year’s Day with a saw head, achy feet and the desire to make a healthy change for the better. Read More

Karley Drumm's Run with Africa

December 16, 2014 by Karley Drumm

Karley Drumm's Run with Africa

Originally from the USA, I have spent the last 4 years volunteering at an NGO in the Namib Desert, Namibia. Currently, I am a traveler and novice runner of Africa. Read More

  Run with Africa,  barefoot running,  africa,  Karley Drumm

Mr Barefoot running: Lee Saxby talks to Men's Running magazine

November 26, 2014 by Jamie Page

Mr Barefoot running: Lee Saxby talks to Men's Running magazine

Lee Saxby, the world’s foremost expert on barefoot running has spent 20 years studying biomechanics, athletic training and evolution biology, and has spent 10 years coaching barefoot running techniques. Read More

  Lee Saxby,  Q&A,  Barefoot running,  Born to Run,  Chris Mcdougall

Trail Runner Magazine takes on the Trail Freak

November 20, 2014 by Jamie Page

Trail Runner Magazine takes on the Trail Freak

"The Trail Freak is a pure minimalist shoe with a tread built for gnarly trails."

Trail Runner Magazine recently took a close look at our off-road running shoe: the Trail Freak. Read More

  Trail Freak,  Trail Running Magazine,  Off Road,  Review,  vivobarefoot

The Bottom Line: Beer, Champagne and VIVOBAREFOOT shoes

November 13, 2014 by Jamie Page

The Bottom Line: Beer, Champagne and VIVOBAREFOOT shoes

This week on BBC Radio Four's The Bottom Line, our fearless leader Galahad Clark talks to host Evan Davis about the history of Clarks shoes and setting up VIVOBAREFOOT. Also on the show Evan is joined by Black Sheep Brewery's Founder and Chairman Paul Theakston as well as Virgine Taittinger founder of Virginie T Champagne. Read More

  BBC,  Galahad clark,  Evan Davis,  radio 4

The new Soul of Africa range has arrived

November 13, 2014 by Lucy Stewart

The new Soul of Africa range has arrived

Our latest range of Soul of Africa shoes have landed and are ready to find their way onto your feet. These limited edition shoes made from beautiful unlined, natural leathers, hand made in Ethiopia and, like all VIVOBAREFOOT shoes, allow your feet to thrive as nature intended. Read More

  Soul of africa,  vivobarefoot,  new shoes,  gobi,  ra,  jing jing

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