It has already been a couple of years since I started walking and running only in barefoot shoes - exactly in VIVOBAREFOOT shoes. Most of the time I’m running various trails in nature, so the last two years in only the Trail Freak. So, at the beginning, I was wondering if the Primus Trail could be a good substitute. After my first run in these new shoes I knew that it wasn’t only a good substitute it was even better. I enjoyed it so much that I almost ran a fast half marathon through the forest. Although I ran for the first time in the Primus Trail, the shoes did not pinch me neither it was necessary to get accustomed to them. The paths were muddy that day but the shoes did not slip. However, the real test came a few days later when I ran a mountain peak on Monte Baldo in Italy with many ups and downs. It was about 35 degrees Celsius. I ran 10 km uphill and 10 km downhill. The path was rocky and steep – the elevation gain was about 1500 meters. In this difficult terrain the shoes adhered to the surface very well, did not slip and the airy textile perfectly ventilated. Some stones were pretty sharp so I appreciated that the sole is puncture-resistant but still very flexible. I perceived a great change especially around ankles – the Primus Trail is slightly padded in that area and it makes the shoes more stable but it doesn’t limit the movement of feet, by any means. Not just the outsole changed but also the shoes now have a wider toe box. It is very comfortable and gives you even more freedom of movement. The Primus Trail FG has a new outsole – the firm ground sole, which is great for technical trails. The FG sole enables you to run in the forest, on wet, muddy and also dry and rocky surfaces. In every case the shoes were durable and didn’t slip. I really enjoy the barefoot feeling with a protective, minimalist sole and. I really love natural movement and being barefoot. These shoes are definitely my number one. See more from Lucie Zona here . You can buy the Primus Trail FG as part of our Off Road Collection. SHOP NOW!


 Tracker Boot: A shoe review by the Soc Doc

The Vivobarefoot Tracker is definitely an awesome hiking boot, which could function as a work boot as many of you have been looking for. I’m always getting comments and questions from Sock Doc readers inquiring about something more substantial to protect their feet while they’re either on some rough terrain, or they need to protect their feet at work (such as at a construction site, for example). So finally, yeah finally, there is a shoe out there and one that will not screw up your foot function or gait. The Vivobarefoot Tracker is made from high quality leather and it’s designed for “wild and rough terrains.” With the waterproof lining and thermal protection your feet will remain warm and dry. Actually – correction – your feet might be too warm. After a good one hour hike in a local creek bed, my feet, fully submerged, stayed completely dry. In the 70 degree warm autumn day here in North Carolina they were definitely very warm, even with the thermal 3.5mm insole removed. So I’m really looking forward to wearing these in the snow and cold temps this year! I was really impressed that no water leaked through, and you can see in the photo, my foot was deep in the water. From Vivo’s website: “Heat sealed seams and / or hydrophobic inner bootie construction with non-absorbent materials, to keep the water out whatever the weather.” Warm and dry even fully submerged The outsole of the Vivobarefoot Tracker is their PRO5 patented, ultra-thin, puncture resistant layer. This has five times more puncture resistance than a standard sole of the same thickness. I’m barefoot most of the time and I appreciated that I could still feel the earth beneath my feet while wearing the Vivobarefoot Tracker, yet I felt very protected from sharp rocks. It’s nice to be able to move quick over terrain, that when barefoot, you might have to be a bit more careful with so you don’t tear into your skin. Those of you who are barefoot often know that there’s always that one rock or stick pointing straight up from the ground waiting to poke into that tender area of your foot! If you’re looking for a hiking boot for some rough terrain, especially one where it’s wet and cold, look no further than the Vivobarefoot Tracker. Like all Vivobarefoot shoes – it’s flexible, firm, zero-drop, and let’s your foot move naturally – even in this boot! Read Dr. Stephen Gangemi "Sock Doc" is a board-certified chiropractic physician and clinical nutritionist with a passion for true natural health care. He didn’t get paid for this review, but did get a pair of Tracker’s for free. You can read more of his shoe reviews here . You can buy Tracker now as a part of our Off Road Collection! SHOP NOW!


 Primus Trail: Designed in the mountains

This is a little story about taking shoe design off road. A story about getting our feet wet and our hands dirty. At Vivo, we are constantly learning, adjusting, stepping back and pushing forward, in our quest to make the best shoes for your feet, for your life. Just like the other parts of your kit, shoes are not a ‘one size fits all’ solution. Some terrains require traction and bigger lugs. Some terrains call for water adaptability. For trail runners, your terrain calls for both. Back in November 2014, we realized that our trail and mountain shoes were simply not good enough. We knew we could do better. For the past two years, a dedicated and talented team of designers, developers and athletes, from Sweden to China, have been devoted to a single mission: create the perfect trail shoe. And this is where the story begins: PART 1: THE DESIGN Back in November 2014, we began developing a new upper for what was, at that time, the Trail Freak outsole. However, our shoe design might be born as a sketch, and then a prototype or 5, but that’s just the beginning. Great off road shoes come from getting out in the wild and woolly environments for which they are designed. We knew that we needed to work with some genuine mountain people, who not only understood our ‘feet first’ values, but also called these tough, wild, beautiful terrains ‘home’! That was when we met Sweden’s own Anders Nordström, a local trail running wild man with a tough-as-nails following of runners, willing to tap into this project. We started with long conversations over Skype with Anders around GRIP, DURABILITY, WET WEIGHT, MATERIALS and the mountains. Using our old Trail Freak model as the starting line, Anders cut the off lugs and we shared ideas on the best elements of trail shoes, from properties of the rubber sole compound, to the best materials for running through water. These early models really racked up the airline miles - popping back and forth from our London HQ to Anders in Sweden. Uppers, outsoles and molds all started to come together and the new shoe began take shape. It became obvious that to do this category properly, we needed one sole for firm, harder surfaces and one for loose, super soft terrains. With the FIRM GROUND and SOFT GROUND issue settled, we sent more specs for the new soles and uppers to our development team in China. PART 2: GOING OFF ROAD New prototypes in hand, we headed to Åre, Sweden, to work with Anders and the gang. This is where it got physical. For three days we walked, ran, climbed, swam, scaled and slid through breathtaking (and heart-pumping) mountains and trails. It was an adventure that I (and my calves) will never forget. Most importantly, we finally got up close and personal with the OFF ROAD trail shoes in their natural habitat! Needless to say, we learned a lot about what these shoes do well and what they needed to do better. PART 3: BACK TO THE CITY, AND THE DRAWING BOARD After saying goodbye to our incredible hosts, we gathered all this new feedback and returned to London, inspired to begin the next round of prototyping. Our time in Sweden reaffirmed our goal: make the lightest, toughest shoe possible with heaps of grip and durability, to give the wearer a ‘close to nothing’ running experience. Simple! So back to china we flew, armed with new designs, and bags of worn shoes for a further few months of development. PART 4: GOING OFF-ROAD…AGAIN. A handful of prototypes and hundreds of hours later, we returned to Sweden for another feet first off road experience. The next two days were a blur of running, moving and talking about the new shoes while refilling on wild boar steaks and local brew. The following day we took a boat to meet Michael Lemmel and Mats Skott, the originators of ÖTILLÖ Swimrun. Swimrun is an amphibious endurance race, that began as a drunken bet among friends. It’s now the fastest growing adventure race on the planet, of which we have since become proud sponsors (watch this space). The fellas led us on a long, very rocky off-road run: our first swimrunning experience and the first round of shoe testing in open water swimming. Luckily, the soft ground shoes did as well as we thought they would. They went in and out of the water like true amphibians, unlike their humbled wearer… me. Fall of 2015 was a whirl of sales meetings and product presentations. We roped in athletes from the US, Canada and South Africa to alpha test our newest trail shoes along with our Swedish crew : the PRIMUS TRAIL SG & PRIMUS TRAIL FG. The new shoes led us to a new year. 2016 went something like this: PART 5: THE PRIMUS IS BORN It’s been another beautiful Vivo journey, working and moving with some incredible mountain talent, designers and suppliers willing to go the extra mile. What we have created together is the ultimate tool kit of shoe's that lets you move through nature and experience an enhanced sensory feeling of running like no other. As our sore muscles can attest, the PRIMUS TRAIL shoes are the ultimate shoe to take your life off road. Joel and I had an amazing time bringing these shoes to life and made some lifelong friends along the way. We hope you feel the effects of a new generation of off road shoes come to be known at the Primus Trail SG & FG. “I have been running in nature my whole life and as long as I can remember, I have been very interested in shoes. When you have been running in all kinds of nature, all year around, since you were a kid, you know what works and you know what doesn’t. Long before I went into this amazing project with Vivobarefoot, I was thinking about how to make the best shoe for running in nature. So, when this opportunity came, I felt like a kid at Christmas! It’s been so much fun and extremely interesting to be part of the making these shoes - built from scratch, from the foot and from natures perspective. The coming trail shoes from Vivobarefoot are a result of letting nature and the human foot dictate the materiel, design, function and overall look.” Anders Nordström, Art of Running Words, story and photos by VIVOBAREFOOT Creative Director Asher Clark, Assistant Designer Joel Salamin and Art of Running's Anders Nordström Our full off road collection will be available soon. You can buy the Primus Trail Firm Ground now. SHOP OFF ROAD


 Handcut : The Story of Barefoot Luxury

The VIVOBAREFOOT HANDCUT range is designed in London, crafted in Portugal by highly skilled artisans, and is made using only the finest Tuscan leather. To tell the story of our luxury Handcut range, we took a select group of journalists to Portugal, to show them the unique process of craftmanship every VIVOBAREFOOT Handcut shoe goes through. Our journey started in the beautiful countryside around Porto to visit our two specialised factories. These guys understand our philosophy and we trust them to make footwear that stays true to what we believe. Each factory has their own unique way of working. The teams here specialise in making certain types of shoe constructions, that match the two main types of HANDCUT shoes we design. Limak is where the Opanka is made. Opanka is made using a Moccasin like construction. A single piece of leather or suede is wrapped around the foot from the footbed and stitched to the upper, finished with a bold hand-stitch. Pilar Here we make our stitch down soles, like you see on the Porto Rockers. The upper leather is stitched directly onto the sole unit. It wraps around the heel and up the back of the foot, following the shape of the ankle, with our striking Heel Rocker. Our trip to Portugal was a chance to showcase our exciting future productions, our SS17 HANDCUT range and some exclusive new collaborations. It was also a great opportunity to introduce a group of relative barefoot newbies to the biomechanical thinking behind our designs. The Heel Rocker. We make all our HANDCUT shoes with a curved, heel shaped heel. It follows the natural shape of your foot, allowing for a smooth, natural walking motion- a heel stroke, not a heel strike. The leather foot bed. Natural leather moves and breathes as you do, so the foot bed, over time, will take the natural form of your feet, helping you move as nature intended. After a few days of barefoot education, custom shoe designing and a few too many bottles of Portuguese wine, we headed back to London, where it all began, for an intimate follow up event at The Blues Kitchen. A night of live music and chicken wings, with the chance to hear what our journalists really thought of our footwear. “The shoes…equal parts rustic and stylish, are top quality too.” Lucy Sheref – The Express We caught up with the guests from our Porto trip and they each collected their pair of custom designed Vivos. It was great to hear such positive feedback, not only on the look of the shoes but also about our philosophy, and the importance of looking after your feet – the natural way. So will our HANDCUT guests be ditching their padded trainers and going barefoot? Maybe not full time, just yet, but if we’ve convinced a few more people to start thinking seriously about healthy, natural feet, we’re walking in the right direction. See the whole VIVOBAREFOOT HANDCUT collection. SHOP HANDCUT


 Testing Primus SG at Swedens Fjallmaraton

Having just returned from Trillevallen, Sweden, for the AXA Fjallmaraton and weekend of brutal Primus Trail testing, we hear from Dale, our international Sales Manager, resident trail enthusiast and the smiliest man at Vivo. Jennifer Asp after her race win. I had the pleasure of combining my work with my passion at the recent AXA Fjallmaraton trail festival in Sweden. It was supposed to be a week of product testing with 4 of our elite team; Ola Nyburg, Scott Cole, Darryl Ball and Jennifer Asp with few of them racing and myself doing the 44km AXA Race. We brought along our Primus Trail test samples too, and figured we could get some great feedback on our SS17 products. Ola Nyberg from our elite team. It turned out that the product was tested in the most rugged, beautiful and muddy conditions mountains can offer, with 1000m climbs and descents; roots, rocks, rivers and lots of mud. At the end of the week, VIVOBAREFOOT clearly came out on top with our ELITE TEAM getting three firsts and 2 seconds over the four races. I didn't get on any podiums, but ended up doing 4 of the races, as the spirit of the event sucked me in. Our Primus Trail test pairs after being put through their paces. It turned out that I ran just shy of 100km with nearly 5000m of climbing. It was tons of fun and hard work, with my Primus Trail Firm Ground and Soft Ground shoes came off better than me and my tired legs. Let it be know my feet and toenails are fine! Vivo Co-founder Asher Clark...concentrating. We had the pleasure of sharing the trails with VIVO owners Galahad And Asher Clark, along with a few families, pros, kids and newcomers to the trails. I cannot recommend this event enough if you love being outdoors. The food, scenery and people were all amazing. It is hard to say who had the most fun. Me at the finish line at the end of an amazing weekend. If I was a betting man I would say it was definitely myself who had the most fun and collected the most mud. In a nutshell, I will be the first to sign up for 2017 and I’m really excited to see how our customers fall in love with our new, updated Primus Trail. Primus Trail SG and FG are available now as part of our new off road collection. SHOP OFF ROAD


 Barefoot is best for little feet

Children need full freedom of movement throughout the day in order to develop the body and the senses properly. The feet are no exception. Children greatly benefit from walking barefoot to foster strong and capable feet and to safely navigate their surroundings. When children are required to wear shoes, I highly recommend Vivobarefoot . These shoes allow children to walk in stores, schools, and in other buildings, while still reaping the many benefits of being barefoot. My own daughters have Vivobarefoot and they ADORE them! They are super comfortable and I love that they are also supporting healthy foot development at the same time. - Angela Hanscom, founder of TimberNook and author of Balanced & Barefoot Angela J. Hanscom is a pediatric occupational therapist and founder of TimberNook - an award-winning developmental and nature based program that has gained international popularity. She holds a master's degree in occupational therapy, and an undersgraduate degree in kinesiology (the study of movement) with concentration in health fitness. Awarded a "Hometown Hero" by Glamour magazine for her innovative work with TimberNook, Hanscom has also been a freuquent contributor to The Washington Post's "Answer Sheet" column, and was featured on the NPR education blogs Children And Nature Network and MindShift . Hansom resides in Barrington, New Hampshire. FIND KIDS SHOES


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