Your foot has all the technology you need and the Achilles let’s you enjoy the beach, the light trail and your urban environment. A lightweight, split-toe sandal that features our patented ultra-thin, puncture-resistant sole technology.
Fashioned with a removable and fully adjustable nylon strap, the Achilles is perfect for the trail, beach walks or urban exploration. The multi-field, 3 mm insole provides maximum proprioception and protection for amphibious what activity you choose to attack. When descent is not a problem in this 100% Vegan sandal as the split toe guard design provides comfort, control and protection. The dual density construction, a combination of a high performance TPU cage and a softer eco PU footbed, this modern Huarache running sandal ensures quick, agile movement. Built with the foot in mind the Achilles let your feet function as nature intended. The split toe design provides the toes can spay and shrink when they were barefoot and ensures the big toe to deal with the land and provides the natural motion control you need for skilfull motion. The sole is thin and flexible to allow for independent rear and forefore movement. The flexible TPU upper is super flexible and the sole is flat and wide so load your toes splay and provide a natural cushioning. Our patented, puncture-resistant and ultra-thin insole will have to move all the sensory feedback of your brains and nervous systems as nature intended switch.
Beach runs and summer training.
An adventure around the world.
Spring time city sprints or casual urban adventures.
Achilles II Mens - I love to see the experimentation! I've had dozens of Vivobarefoot shoes over the years, but in my experience these sandals don't work all that well for either trail running or hiking.
I've put about 15 hours trail running in these, on trails that are mostly mountainous, and a mix of smooth and rocky / technical sections.
The primary problems are mostly caused by the split toe, which as far as I can tell really doesn't give any additional flexibility or grip compared to a sandal like the previous-generation Vivobarefoot Ulysses. At the same time, it causes a lot of design compromises:
1. It forces a disproportional spread between the big toe and second toe, compared to the spread between other toes. I go barefoot much of the time, so my toes naturally spread a lot, but this messes up the natural pattern.
2. Little pebbles and grit get caught much more easily compared to a simple flat soled sandal - it's much harder for them to just naturally fall out
3. If your toes aren't the same length or proportions as the Vivobarefoot average, then you'll get some rubbing on the first two toes.
4. The velcro strap is slow to adjust and doesn't seem like it should be necessary. I've tried anywhere from tight to loose and it doesn't make a great deal of difference in how the sandals fit.
Like I say, thanks for trying new things! This particular one I'll chalk up to a learning experience - but this pair of Achilles has gone into the bag of old things to be donated to charity.
In the meantime, I'm still using my old Ulysses sandals - which are spectacularly good, and have many hundreds of hours of trail running and trekking on them, and are still going strong. With barefoot, simple is almost always better.
Achilles II Mens - Very narrow
Achilles II Mens - these are as great as the 2 previous pairs of achilles. The strap is now ridiculously long and will have to be cut down but thats better than the old ones where the strap was only just long enough.
Achilles II Mens - Have given me large blisters on my toes.
Achilles II Mens - Haven't been for a run in them yet but excellent around and about.
Achilles II Mens - The strap is way to long!!!
Achilles II Mens - great sandals looking forward to using them this summer
Achilles II Mens - Love these
Achilles II Mens - Not sure about band
Achilles II Mens - Top shoes
Achilles II Mens - I would not buy again a little uncortable
Achilles II Mens - Excellent
Achilles II Mens - This product lacked the flexibility and comfortable fit of other vivobarefoot shoes.
Achilles II Mens - Lovely sandals. Wanted to replace my FlipFlops with barefoot equivalents and found these. Work great!
Achilles II Mens - I've been uising the Achilles 1 for a year now, and the newer version is definitely an improvement in comfort.
Achilles II Mens - Durability isn't a good as you would expect from the price!
Achilles II Mens - Only the first few days but now I'm in the South of France and living in them. Initially the pressure inside the big toe joints is difficult but, as with all Vivobarefoot footwear, one is forced to walk correctly and scrunch the toes. The Achilles seem best strapped quite loosely. I should tell you that after 10 years of wearing orthotics (collapsed arches, plantar fasciitis), I have thrown the wretched things away and now within one year of wearing only barefoot shoes have feet with arches and spread toes; they are alive! This has had an upstream effect also, creating much stronger legs, hip flexors, even lats. I can run again! I can never go back to ordinary trainers - I can't even wear socks (just wash the shoes!). You've changed me quality of life! Mark Mason.
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