Your foot has all the technology you need and the Achilles let’s you enjoy the beach, the light trail and your urban environment. A lightweight, split-toe sandal that features our patented ultra-thin, puncture-resistant sole technology.
Fashioned with a removable and fully adjustable nylon strap, the Achilles is ideal for trail, beachside runs or urban exploration. The multi-terrain, 3mm outsole provides maximum proprioception and protection for whichever amphibious activity you choose to attack. Running downhill poses no issue in this 100% Vegan sandal as the split toe guard design offers comfort, control and protection. With the dual density construction, combining a high performance TPU cage and a softer eco PU foot bed, this modern-day Huarache running sandal allows for swift, skillful movement. Built with the foot in mind the Achilles let’s your feet function like nature intended. The split toe design ensures the toes can spay and recoil as if they were barefoot and ensures the Great Toe engages with the ground and provides the natural motion control you need for skilfull movement. The sole is thin and flexible to allow for independent rear– and forefore movement. The supple TPU upper is super flexible and the sole is flat and wide allowing your toes to load and splay and offer natural shock absorption. Our patented, puncture-resistant and ultra thin sole will enable all the sensory feedback your brain and nervous system needs to move as nature intended.
Beach runs and summer training. An adventure around the world. Spring time city sprints or casual urban adventures.
Achilles II Mens - The strap is too big and the size was a little big. They will take a little getting used to as they bind between the toes.
Achilles II Mens - great
Achilles II Mens - Running in them works! They feel great to put on. I get blisters on my second toe. Wish there was a better way forward on that. During the run, I was mostly on concrete and after a while I felt more like I was running on a piece of plastic rather than a second skin. I look forward to trying them in the sand next chance I get.
Achilles II Mens - all good, expect the Ladies Achilles don't fit properly...
Achilles II Mens - Service was convenient and quick.
Achilles II Mens - Comfortable barefoot sandals.
Achilles II Mens - Cannot find a size that works for my foot.
Achilles II Mens - The section of rubber separating the big toe from the others seems like it could be slightly shorter, causing less potential irritation. Also the rubber wrapping over the side of the big toe could wrap over the toe more, as my big toe pops out of the slightly enclosure sometimes and this could be easily fixed I think!
Achilles II Mens - I love to see the experimentation! I've had dozens of Vivobarefoot shoes over the years, but in my experience these sandals don't work all that well for either trail running or hiking.
I've put about 15 hours trail running in these, on trails that are mostly mountainous, and a mix of smooth and rocky / technical sections.
The primary problems are mostly caused by the split toe, which as far as I can tell really doesn't give any additional flexibility or grip compared to a sandal like the previous-generation Vivobarefoot Ulysses. At the same time, it causes a lot of design compromises:
1. It forces a disproportional spread between the big toe and second toe, compared to the spread between other toes. I go barefoot much of the time, so my toes naturally spread a lot, but this messes up the natural pattern.
2. Little pebbles and grit get caught much more easily compared to a simple flat soled sandal - it's much harder for them to just naturally fall out
3. If your toes aren't the same length or proportions as the Vivobarefoot average, then you'll get some rubbing on the first two toes.
4. The velcro strap is slow to adjust and doesn't seem like it should be necessary. I've tried anywhere from tight to loose and it doesn't make a great deal of difference in how the sandals fit.
Like I say, thanks for trying new things! This particular one I'll chalk up to a learning experience - but this pair of Achilles has gone into the bag of old things to be donated to charity.
In the meantime, I'm still using my old Ulysses sandals - which are spectacularly good, and have many hundreds of hours of trail running and trekking on them, and are still going strong. With barefoot, simple is almost always better.
Achilles II Mens - Very narrow
Achilles II Mens - these are as great as the 2 previous pairs of achilles. The strap is now ridiculously long and will have to be cut down but thats better than the old ones where the strap was only just long enough.
Achilles II Mens - Have given me large blisters on my toes.
Achilles II Mens - Haven't been for a run in them yet but excellent around and about.
Achilles II Mens - The strap is way to long!!!
Achilles II Mens - great sandals looking forward to using them this summer
Achilles II Mens - Love these
Achilles II Mens - Not sure about band
Achilles II Mens - Top shoes
Achilles II Mens - I would not buy again a little uncortable
Achilles II Mens - Excellent
Achilles II Mens - This product lacked the flexibility and comfortable fit of other vivobarefoot shoes.
Achilles II Mens - Lovely sandals. Wanted to replace my FlipFlops with barefoot equivalents and found these. Work great!
Achilles II Mens - I've been uising the Achilles 1 for a year now, and the newer version is definitely an improvement in comfort.
Achilles II Mens - Durability isn't a good as you would expect from the price!
Achilles II Mens - Only the first few days but now I'm in the South of France and living in them. Initially the pressure inside the big toe joints is difficult but, as with all Vivobarefoot footwear, one is forced to walk correctly and scrunch the toes. The Achilles seem best strapped quite loosely. I should tell you that after 10 years of wearing orthotics (collapsed arches, plantar fasciitis), I have thrown the wretched things away and now within one year of wearing only barefoot shoes have feet with arches and spread toes; they are alive! This has had an upstream effect also, creating much stronger legs, hip flexors, even lats. I can run again! I can never go back to ordinary trainers - I can't even wear socks (just wash the shoes!). You've changed me quality of life! Mark Mason.
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