Podiatrist, father. Wollongong, Australia
As a podiatrist and athlete, I have spent countless hours seeking out shoes that are beneficial to the human foot – and finally found what I was looking for in VIVOBAREFOOT.
I have been trialling VIVOBAREFOOT shoes for several months now, on myself, my wife and my little girl (three years old). My little girl has not worn another shoe since getting a couple of pairs of VIVOBAREFOOT; and not because I have selected her shoes - she gets her own shoes out of her wardrobe and puts them on herself. I also have been extremely impressed with the first three pairs of VIVOBAREFOOT I have been trialling, for work, casual and exercise.
A lot of parents will worry about the thin sole wearing out quickly; assuming a thicker rubber sole will last longer. In actual fact, this is just another marketing myth the footwear industry has pedalled for years. Bulky, hard, crippling rubber does not ensure longevity of a shoe...just degradation of feet! The VIVOBAREFOOT soles are puncture-resistant but still highly flexible and lightweight; which, as they say, allow kids feet to move more naturally.
As part of my exercise I regularly climb ropes. The descent on the rope rips the sole and upper, of every shoe I have worn previously, to shreds. After at least three dozen rope climbs in my VIVOBAREFOOT shoes, there is not a wear mark anywhere on the shoe – this is as good a test of rubber quality and durability as you could do.
At my clinic (Wollongong Podiatry), I’ve performed my own in-house walking gait pressure analysis testing on my force platform in many pairs of shoes over the years. I was, and am still, truly amazed at the stark similarity between my barefoot images and the images in the VIVOBAREFOOT shoes. I show the test results to many patients to help explain the need for footwear that allow the 33 joints in each foot to function as intended. I love to show these results, as there is no marketing influence or bias involved, just my feet on the same force platform in many pairs of shoes, as well as without shoes. I have three images on my website showing the analysis results in an old pair of work shoes (similar to a school shoe design), barefoot and then in VIVOBAREFOOT shoes.
So For those who have heard me moan and groan about the destruction of our feet by modern shoes, I have finally found a viable product to recommend with VIVOBAREFOOT for work, casual and performance, with a range that has something for the whole family.
I have recently written an article on why I needed to seek out footwear that does not destroy our naturally amazing foot function, titled: "The Foot: Evolutionary Disaster or Persecuted Masterpiece?" Have a read if you get the chance.