April 24, 2015 by Alfred James
The intention of walking meditation is to purposely focus on walking; to use each step as a way of bringing the mind into the present and centering attention and awareness. Historically, walking meditation was done barefoot, without shoes, or socks for that matter. And that’s still applicable if you’re walking on the grass in your garden or perhaps on the beach. Read More
April 07, 2015 by Lucie Zona
I have a passion for running longer trails. For me, it is a symbol of joy, mental cleansing and active relaxation to run about 25 kilometres throughout fields, forests and meadows. It is already the second year that I run only barefoot. In doing this, I’ve improved my running technique and made sure that I can experience nature fully when I run wearing barefoot shoes. Read More
April 01, 2015 by Jamie Page
March 30, 2015 by Tim Betz
"It seemed silly to let my training suffer for a dress code, of all things. My first pair of Vivobarefoot shoes was the black leather Ra, and it revolutionized my wardrobe."
If you're reading this, chances are you're a pretty active person. I am too. I'm in love with long-distance running. Read More
March 26, 2015 by Jamie Page
Last week we ran a competition asking you to show us your feats of strong feet. We got a variety of entries from all over the world with lots of people showing us how they use their strong feet to do weird and wonderful things. We shortlisted some of our favourites and picked what we thought were the best 3, they’re all below for you to see. Read More
March 25, 2015 by Leonid Shvetsov
It has been a little under one year since a sequence of coincidences had lead me to getting acquainted with… Read More
March 16, 2015 by Steve Gangemi
"The Mata is a leather all-occasion shoe - walking, working, and just everyday life. Of course, when you need or want to wear shoes. Hopefully you're truly barefoot as much as possible."
The Mata is Vivobarefoot's new casual shoe for Spring 2015. It's a slip-on shoe that is super comfortable to wear. The Mata is a leather all-occasion shoe - walking, working, and just everyday life. Of course, when you need or want to wear shoes. Hopefully you're truly barefoot as much as possible. Read More
March 12, 2015 by Landon Faulkner
Wherever you find yourself on the globe, you likely have to combat a number of different weather conditions in the winter, none of which make running very easy. From snow and ice to rain and mud, getting out can be a little more difficult, never mind the shorter daylight hours and colder weather. Despite the challenges winter can bring there are some winter trail running tips that can make your runs fun and safe. Read More
March 12, 2015 by Jamie Page
March 11, 2015 by Jamie Page
Linda Lövqvist is a physiotherapist, blogger and personal trainer, living and working in the beautiful Swedish city of Uppsala. Despite her hectic schedule, Linda spared us half an hour for a chat about training, dieting and barefoot living. Read More
March 02, 2015 by Holly & Ollie Graham
For those that don’t know, the Inca Trail is a 4 day trek leading from Kusicancha at 2850m above sea level right through some of Perus most stunning scenery, over Dead Womans pass, at 4200m, and eventually into Machu Pichu. The Inca Trail was the traditional and spiritual walk of the Incas, to reach Machu Pichu, their holy city. Me (Holly 27) and my husband (Ollie 28), newlyweds, had committed to doing the trek months before as part of our honeymoon adventure, and whats more we’d committed to doing it in our VivoBarefoot Ultra shoes. The reason for this was simple, we value health and wellbeing and strongly believe that simpler is better. According to the hiking company, the list of gadgets, gismos and equipment required for the trek was enormous and preposterous and we thought, perhaps naively, this list wasn’t intended for us. We wanted to strip back. A tent, a sleeping bag, a change of clothes and some light weight walking shoes. In the twelve months leading up to our honeymoon, between us we had completed, several 10k runs, zorb footballing, muddarella and tough mudder in our Vivos and so we packed our backpacks with confidence. On 31st November 2014 we arrived in Cusco. Immediately we encountered hundreds of tourists, all embarking or returning from the Inca Trail, all with heavy duty hiking boots, some even had hiking trousers which, I didn’t know was a thing. After several discussions we decided to persevere with our Vivos. We met the guide the night before we left and decided not to bring it up with him incase he tried to convince us otherwise. On the morning we got in the van to head to Chilca. We received a couple of sideways glances at our Vivos from other guides and people doing the trek but no one dissuaded us from wearing them. We met up with the group we were walking with, all of whom had huge, bulky, hiking boots, and all had opted to hire two proper hiking sticks. In the interest of freedom and mobility we had decided against the hiking sticks. So we headed off, through the gate at Kusicancha and onto the first day of the trail. Day 1 - 11km - 300m down 400m up The first day was a win for Vivo, we skitted along the paths and up the well cut steps, our loads probably 2 kilos lighter than our fellow trekkers, amid their complaints about the awkward and unnecessary walking sticks and sweaty feet. That night Ollie played football with the locals in his Vivos, only boys allowed! After we washed our feet and shoes in a bowl of hot water and were refreshed, ready for the next day. Day 2 - 12km - 1200m up and 850m down The second day was a ginormous triumph for Vivo. Because we had less weight and more agility we had established ourselves as the front runners in the group, always reaching check points 15 minutes before most of the others in our group. At this point, 2 members of our group were suffering with horrible blisters from their hiking boots. As the blisters started so did the interest and questions about the intriguing vivobarefoot shoes. The higher we went on the trail the wetter it got. The hiking boots were becoming drenched with sweat and rain water. Thankfully our amphibious Vivos weren’t. On the descent down off Dead Womans pass we perhaps saw the one negative to our plan, grip. The hiking boots were grippier, this coupled with the walking sticks made the descent technically easier for the others, however we still lead the way at a considerable pace, using hands, feet and caution as nature intended. We made it to camp fast and without incident. Read More
February 23, 2015 by Richard Whall
As a sports science graduate, I began my working life in the fitness industry and spent many an hour working out in the gym. I've tried various different barefoot shoes for my training and always found VIVOBAREFOOT shoes to be comfortable, functional and hard wearing. I've since re-trained and am now a teacher but my interest in understanding human movement remains strong. Read More
February 18, 2015 by Lydia Harris
A recent feature in Runner’s World magazine, talking about our shoes, Jing Jing and Porto, highlighted the importance of wearing shoes that are good for your feet every day, not just when you’re running. Rest days are essential to a good running schedule, and so are the shoes you wear for them. Read More
February 16, 2015 by Heather Playdon
"Light as a feather, comfortable, stylish, eyecatching, different..."
February 09, 2015 by Susan Krieger
"I changed my whole shoes collection. I feel strong, my feet feel strong and next sunday I will run my first half marathon."
February 08, 2015 by Lydia Harris
Origin, the yoga, culture and conscious lifestyle magazine gave Vivo the seal of approval when they featured our five leading performance shoes, naming Vivobarefoot as their favourite athletic shoe brand. Here at Vivo we’ve got a footwear solution for every occasion, and with this selection of barefoot performance shoes, there’s always a reason to get outside and explore your surroundings, as nature intended. Read More
February 02, 2015 by Olivia Belwit
"The Jing Jing flats offer plenty of wiggle-room for my toes…they are the ultimate everyday barefoot shoe."
used to be something I didn’t associate with fun. As I have incredibly sensitive feet, it used to be nearly impossible for me to find shoes that didn’t make my feet hurt or chafe and by the end of the day have my poor feet covered in blisters. It was not until I read about the revolutionary barefoot shoes and tried on a pair that changed everything. Prior to winning my pair of Jing Jing in the Festive Giveaway, I owned three pairs of Vivobarefoot shoes (One, Freud, Gobi Hi Top). Read More
January 26, 2015 by Landon Faulkner
My wife, two year old daughter and I had flown to Fairbanks, Alaska to spend Christmas with my wife's family and I was eager to explore the brave the cold and winter wonderland. Coming from the mountains of Utah the idea of running in the cold was a not a new concept for me, but running in temperatures below zero was a totally different endeavour. It was nearly 10am and daylight was just beginning to brighten the Alaskan day, the ice and snow glittering in the early light. I laughed to my wife commenting that maybe it was ill-advised to run when it was nearly 20 below zero, and then went downstairs to get dressed for my run. Read More
December 30, 2014 by Lydia Harris
The New Year is fast approaching, leaving the season of goodwill, mince pies and drinks parties behind it. December is a time for celebration, catching up with loved ones and indulging in all things delicious, but the weeks of work dos in dainty heels soon takes its toll and it’s no surprise that most of us wake up on New Year’s Day with a saw head, achy feet and the desire to make a healthy change for the better. Read More
December 16, 2014 by Karley Drumm
Originally from the USA, I have spent the last 4 years volunteering at an NGO in the Namib Desert, Namibia. Currently, I am a traveler and novice runner of Africa. Read More