“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit” – Aristotle
Replace “excellence” with “barefoot” and you’ve got the essence of VIVOBAREFOOT in Aristotle’s voice. Not an “act” or fad, but a true habit: a way of life, and an underlying state of being.
Recent years have seen us turn back to ancient wisdom like this in order to move forward. In our case, literally. Barefoot movement is essential to a continuously healthy lifestyle. However, baring your feet is great for on your beach holiday, but not ideal on busy city pavements and twig strewn forest floors. This may sound like we’re heading towards a stale mate, but again, ancient wisdom moves us forward… Read more…
Forget Obamacare and the NHS – What about a simple solution for the revolution in healthcare?
Now we’re not seriously suggesting that we abolish healthcare, we’re simply asking the question: Can movement be medicine? Can exercise be used to treat illness and disease? A recent study in the BMJ has highlighted that exercise can be as good as prescribed drugs for people with conditions such as diabetes and heart disease. Read more…
“A sports shoe with a lot of arch support might not be such a great idea,” – Robin Huw Crompton, University of Liverpool
Humans are dynamic creatures individually and collectively. Variation is incredible and astonishing and no more so than in the feet. Wide, narrow, fallen arches, flat feet, collapsed arches, high insteps and high arches all co-exist within human populations. Here at VIVOBAREFOOT we appreciate the beauty of this variation in the human foot and recognise importance of letting your foot do its thing.
In a recent study Bates et al have shown, in this first quantitative analysis of relative mid-foot function during bipedal terrestrial locomotion, that somewhat unsurprisingly different people have different characteristic footprints but also each person also showed a high degree of foot flexibility and a lot of variation among footsteps over time. Read more…
Introducing 365 around the world – a couple travelling the world.
We have all probably listened, more than once, to someone saying ‘I’m gonna travel the world’. However, not many of us know someone who has actually done it.
In fact, it’s something that most of us wish to do (or at least the adventurer in us), but not many dare to make the decision. Actually it’s not an easy decision to take: leave everything you know behind for the unknown, everything you have for such an abstract desire, leave your comfort zone for the vastness of the world! Brave, naive and crazy all at the same time! Read more…
“The Saddle is a classically designed Oxford shoe. I really love this design because it is a minimal design and still pays attraction. The leather has a very fine lining, this is a particularly nice detail. I found the Saddle very comfortable to wear…They are also very lightweight, 564 gr. (19.9 Oz) for a pair in size EU 45. The Saddles are equipped with VIVOBAREFOOT’s new On Road sole which is light, thin and flexible. The toebox is very wide.”
“We are challenged by fear!” The words of Chris Bull who is training to take his tightrope walking skills to this year’s Glastonbury Festival. Chris wears VIVOBAREFOOT shoes and in the video Chris talks about the VIVOBAREFOOT Gobi: “It’s basically a flat sole that feels like you’re walking barefoot”
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.