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.
Here’s what they said about our barefoot running shoe:
“A well-constructed, very technical shoe, offeing a good approximation of the barefoot running experience in a durable package. An anti-puncture sole, with honeycomb-like grip. Soft, lace-up uppers cradle the foot well.”
Taking one look at the other shoes in the “barefoot lineup”, we should have also been awarded: best for allowing toe and foot muscles to move independently, best for the gym, best for natural running, best for simplicity, best for all sport and best for off road; but it would’ve been a bit embarrassing to award us all of these…