As the barefoot revolution continues we’re making inroads into the running community. The Evo, using VivoBarefoot technology, according to Stuff, is one of the 5 best running shoes for the London Marathon.
Here’s what they said about the Evo:
Unlike the others here, the Evos have no support or cushioning. This may sound like madness, but there’s a growing following for barefoot running-style shoes. They’ll take a bit of getting used to, but in theory they encourage you to run in a way that reduces impact and strengthens the muscles in the foot itself.
Wired: Thin flexible sole gives your foot freedom to flex while offering protection from cuts and scrapes. Look like actual shoes.
A nice introdcution:
“Terra Plana is a company that uses eco-friendly (and some recycled) materials along with different shoe assembly methods to minimize waste and use of glues and other chemicals. Their VivoBarefoot line is designed to approximate being barefoot, using a very thin puncture-resistant sole with minimal padding or arch support.”
Here are a few insightful lines about normal-to-barefoot running technique transition, using the Evos:
“The first thing I noticed when running in the Evos—and I noticed it whenever I jogged a little in the Lesothos as well—is that landing on your heels is not comfortable. I mean, I knew that barefoot running is supposed to make you strike the ground with the middle or front of your foot rather than the heel, but I kind of thought I’d been doing that all along in the Nike Frees. As it turns out, even the Nike Frees have a lot more padding in the heel than the VivoBarefoot shoes. So I was more conscious of how I was landing, and it did shorten my stride a little as expected. “
View the original article, Putting Vivo Barefoot Shoes Through Their Paces, at Geek Dad
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“A seven-ounce shoe offering the many health benefits of running barefoot” Karen Day (author) from Cool Hunting.
Here’s what Karen Day said in her article featured on Cool Hunting.
“A pared down approach to running, the ultra-lightweight Evo performance shoe allows the foot to fully flex, freeing it from superfluous padding while still offering strong support. Part of Terra Plana’s VivoBarefoot collection, the brand based the design on the biomechanical benefits of running barefoot—a method believed to strengthen the foot and ankle muscles while realigning the body’s natural posture.
We recently put the Evos to the test, tasking a runner with wearing them while training for NYC’s half marathon. While she reports that the initial barefoot feeling seemed slightly strange, overall she found the shoes extremely comfortable, even helping to alleviate an old foot injury.
Without the interference of a thick sole, the foot’s 2,000 nerve endings stimulate senses all over the body from the tonsils to the kidneys, making for a healthier and more complete workout. The structure compels the foot to land on the ball or mid-range area instead of the heel, not only reducing the impact on the foot (and potential injuries) but also allowing the runner to use energy stored in the Achilles tendon and longitudinal arch.
A collaboration between Terra Plana owner Galahad Clark and head designer Asher Clark (seventh-generation shoemakers of the renowned Clark’s family)”
The Evo is availible to buy online.
The Vivobarefoot Evo is mentioned in an article about ways to add variety to your run. Barefoot running is included amongst a few other alternatives and Daniel Lieberman offers tips for a perfect running technique.
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Here’s what they wrote about the Evo:
“Another new player to the natural running game. Terra Plana’s new featherweight Evo running shoe (expected to debut this spring) is made from a pliable, soft plastic cage interlaced with a thin mesh fabric and a minimal footbed. The company is already selling several shoes with its VivoBarefoot Technology, including a super flexible model designed to help transition runners into the minimalist movement.”
Here’s the article which was featured on Fitness Magazine online and Sara Snow’s Healthy, Grean & Sane website.
“Right on the heels of a recent study by Harvard University’s Professor Daniel Lieberman, which states that barefoot running reduces the impact on feet and reserves energy, Terra Plana has announced The Evo — a much-anticipated performance incarnation of the VivoBarefoot line.
If the VivoBarefoot line was meant for casually cruising sidewalks while shopping and sightseeing, the Evo is designed for racing around tracks and and marathon training. The design team brought in biomechanics experts to design a shoe that encourages the body to move as nature intended.
With 200,000 nerve endings, 33 major muscles, 28 bones, 19 ligaments and six million years of evolutionary design, the human foot is a masterpiece and biomechanically perfect for running.
The Evo is a lightweight minimalist design that presents all the benefits of running barefoot while protecting you from urban elements (cause who wants to worry about stepping on a nail or someone’s discarded gum!). It features a slim-line shape with a sucked out arch area that hugs the foot, and a TPU cage to allow for breathability and unhampered movement.
The shoe is available in six colors including yellow, black, white, pink, blue and green and retails for around $160. Might be a little pricey for some of you, but dedicated runners are used to paying a premium for shoes.” – Sara Snow
Also on Fresh & Fit with Sara Snow at FitnessMagazine.com and SaraSnow.com