We’ve spent a lot of time perfecting our latest barefoot running shoe: the Stealth, which is flying in under the radar in the next few weeks. It features our Pro5 on road sole, which is (as all VIVOBAREFOOT soles) puncture-resistant and only 3mm thin. The Stealth features our iconic hex-mesh upper design and the laminated upper works seamlessly with your foot for the very latest in barefoot performance footwear. It’s lightweight and does a great job at letting your foot do its thing – as it should!
Readers of Vigour Mag (and anyone who complete’s their survey) can win a pair of VIVOBAREFOOT Stealth shoes – enter the competition here. Competition ends on 1st July.
New to barefoot?
If you’re new to barefoot running and living a healthy barefoot lifestyle, we’ve got plenty of resources, videos and literature on how to transition to barefoot. Learn more on our training section of vivobarefoot.com/training.
“When you put it on and take them for a test run I think you’ll agree they feel damn good on foot!”
I recently spent some time with Asher Clark, our head designer to pick his brains about the imminent arrival of the VIVOBAREFOOT Stealth. VIVOBAREFOOT’s new On Road and gym running shoe.
JP:The Evo was a game changer, not only for Vivo but also the barefoot running shoe world. The Stealth has some of the hallmarks of the Evo: what are the similarities and what are the differences?
AC: We launched our Evo in late 2009 as the first all out ‘performance’ running shoe on an outsole for lite trails targeted as and all rounder barefoot cross-terrain shoe. Like the Evo the the Stealth shares our hall mark full hexagon upper aesthetic and side V logo but really thats where the similarities stop. For starters the Stealth is specifically designed for road running and is on our brand new super thin thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) On Road outsole which like the One, gives superb underfoot sensory clarity. The hex-fit upper is designed to give the foot a soft, natural and adaptive fit from heel to toe. This is done via the polyurethane / mesh hexagonal heat laminated upper unique to this shoe. On a less technical note; when you put it on and take them for a test run I think you’ll agree they feel damn good on foot! Read more…
“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.
“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…
“The essence of VIVOBAREFOOT is very pure and very true to what the name means.“ Our managing director, Galahad Clark recently spoke to Rashmi Kumar from Campden FB.
Galahad talks about the origins of VIVOBAREFOOT: “It was one of my friends, Tim Brennan, who came up with the idea of VIVOBAREFOOT shoes and we developed it together. VIVOBAREFOOT kind of grew and grew and became the cuckoo in the Terra Plana nest.” Read more…