Finding out about VIVOBAREFOOT has been such a relief. My whole physiology is different, my feet feel free and so does my whole body when I wear them. I know struggle with shoe shopping very much as nothing else gives you that freedom. One of the main advantages for me is they’re so light.
I specialise in a sport called ‘Street Workout’ and compete in national and international competitions. Due to the nature of the sport relying heavily on feeling as light as possible and regulations saying you must wear footwear, Vivo’s have proved highly effective. Read more…
Chris Grant, from Glasgow Parkour, has produced another lovely short film for VIVOBAREFOOT.
In this episode he takes his free running skills and our barefoot shoes to explore the terrain at St Ninian’s Isle, Shetland.
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.
“When I made the switch to barefoot running almost 4 years ago, I had no idea the impact it would make on my life – not just in how I ran but also in how I moved, how I lived and how I learned. Barefoot living has opened my eyes to just how many other areas of our life we take for granted and how many things we do because that’s what we’ve always done. I truly believe that people shouldn’t just make the switch to barefoot running but also barefoot walking, which is why I exclusively wear Vivobarefoot, whether I’m playing disc golf, lifting weights, running, or working in the office. Read more…