“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” – Helen Keller
Call me a woman who can’t be kept down for long. I had given up walking for exercise and enjoyment a while back when I was diagnosed with a neurological problem that threw off my balance and made my legs and feet numb. My feet wobbled in my shoes and walking my usual urban paths was what I imagined a stroll on a tightrope would be like. My dream to revisit Italy was out. The trip to London was out. I started avoiding the whole walking thing. But I missed striding around the neighborhood and missed the freedom of heading out on an urban path. Would I ever see Europe except in photos? Not at this rate. I decided to become a walker again.
The [VIVOBAREFOOT] Evo’s are amazing. Let me tell you why…
Here’s a great review by Healthynomics of the VIVOBAREFOOT Evo. The reviews covers everything from the ordering process, cost, appearance, size & fit, breathability, and running experience and worth a read if you’re interested in buying some Evos
“Believe the hype: ditching the trainiers for a sessions or two a week can make you a stronger, injury-proofed runner” – Men’s Health, May 2011
In a short piece about barefoot running, also featuring our expert Lee Saxby, in the May issue of Men’s Health the VIVOBAREFOOT Evo is featured. Here’s what they said: Read more…
My VIVOBAREFOOT journey started Fall of 2009. I had just finished a BA in dance and was in a moderately crispy state. I was in limbo, working odd jobs while looking for that next break, when my mother decided to go home to her birthplace to help care for my 93 year old grandmother.
Tim Brennan, childhood friend of Galahad Clark, talks to us about the resurgence of barefoot running and reveals the origins of VIVOBAREFOOT. In a series of articles he explains how he came to the idea of “hacking up” his Nikes in search of a truly barefoot shoe.
One of the major landmarks was the barefoot cover story on Nature magazine in January 2010.
That was the point where journalists started to bang the drum about barefoot running.
But why now?
Last year at the 24 hour run in Wakefield, Massachusetts we caught up with Dr Betty Holsden-Smith; a 70 year old woman who has run over 1,000 miles in her VIVOBAREFOOT Evos.
She transitioned from walking to barefoot running, and recommends it to anyone and everyone. For her, running is an opportunity to connect with her natural surroundings.
This year she is set to race in an ultramarathon! She is an amazingly inspirational woman.
Thank you Dr Betty.
At the end of last year we had a competition running in our UK stores. Anyone who tried on a pair of VIVOBAREFOOT shoes was eligible to enter this once in a lifetime competition. One lucky customer to win a holiday to the Caribbean island of Dominica, and 50 runners up to win a pair of VIVOBAREFOOT shoes.
We’ve contacted all the winners and everyone was very excited!
No more so than Cédric though…
He has won a stay for two in a private rainforest cottage, courtesy of Jungle Bay Resort. While there they are free explore the new 115 mile long Waitukubuli National Trail, amazing steaming valleys, the world’s 2nd largest boiling lake, 365 rivers rushing to the sea, national parks, lush vegetation and a UNESCO World Heritage Site!
“First of all thank you so much for this great present… I am so thrilled about the idea of going there [Dominica] !!
“I wanted to let you know, I have been using VIVOBAREFOOT Lesothos (2009 winter collection) for a year now and I love them! I even run in them sometimes, when not barefoot.”
So here’s Cédric Hénaux on his way to the Thames London to do some paddle boarding (as you do). He seems very in to outdoor adventure, and we’re sure he will make the most of this amazing trip!
He will going to Dominica later on this year, and will be writing a blog for us about his adventures in VIVOs, trekking through the rainforest. Looking forward to reading all about it!