The first thing to notice is the thin sole. Immediately, you feel close to the ground. The barefoot feeling can never be fully replicated in a shoe but if you need protection from the weather or the terrain, this is the alternative. The removable insole also allows you to choose just how barefoot you want it to feel.
The 4mm sole achieves a nice balance of allowing you to feel the ground whilst at the same time protecting you from stones and thorns with its puncture resistant sole. The lack of heel to toe height difference will take some getting used to for those unaccustomed to it and some runners may feel like they are slapping the ground as they run. However, with a sensible ‘breaking in’[learn more about transitiong properly to barefoot] period the muscles of the feet and lower leg will relax and adapt to the new sensations allowing the foot to land in a more relaxed fashion. This is when you can begin to enjoy the feeling of running closer to how nature intended and start to use your VIVOBAREFOOT shoes as a training shoe.
And the winner of our Freeze & Win competition is…Galen McGee from the mountains of North Carolina, USA. Galen sent us a few awesome images of him out and about in his Neo Trails. We’re sending him and his family 4 pairs of shoes (which will hopefully arrive before Christmas). Read more…
I’ve just received my Neos shoes and having worn them feel utterly compelled to contact you.
After a significant head injury put me in a coma for a few weeks I’ve been left with damage to my cerebellum, and the subsequent balance issues this brings.
Thanks to the help and experience of neurophysios and working with experts in yoga, pilates, feldenkrais, the alexander technique and power plates and twist conditioning I felt I’d made massive progress over the last 12years , leaving my wheelchair far behind.