Wired: Thin flexible sole gives your foot freedom to flex while offering protection from cuts and scrapes. Look like actual shoes.
A nice introdcution:
“Terra Plana is a company that uses eco-friendly (and some recycled) materials along with different shoe assembly methods to minimize waste and use of glues and other chemicals. Their VivoBarefoot line is designed to approximate being barefoot, using a very thin puncture-resistant sole with minimal padding or arch support.”
Here are a few insightful lines about normal-to-barefoot running technique transition, using the Evos:
“The first thing I noticed when running in the Evos—and I noticed it whenever I jogged a little in the Lesothos as well—is that landing on your heels is not comfortable. I mean, I knew that barefoot running is supposed to make you strike the ground with the middle or front of your foot rather than the heel, but I kind of thought I’d been doing that all along in the Nike Frees. As it turns out, even the Nike Frees have a lot more padding in the heel than the VivoBarefoot shoes. So I was more conscious of how I was landing, and it did shorten my stride a little as expected. “
“This video talks about the Terra Plana Vivo Barefoot Dharmas. The reviewers first impression upon opening the box is that it is fashionably bright and super light weight. The soles of the Vivo Barefoot are nice and thin with a hexagon pattern for the platform.”
A detailed summary by barefootrunningshoes.org
- The Dharmas are very flexible and comfortable
- The insoles of the shoe are also removable and washable
- It took four days before Adam received it from Amazon
- The review was done after a few days of wearing the Dharma Vivo Barefoot shoes
- Overall, Adam labeled the shoe as a good one and he liked the way he felt when he wore the shoes the first time
- The sole or bottom is a little harder but as you walk around it feels more like you are in barefoot
- Vivo Barefoot is available in different colors and can be worn in different attires
- He feels the shoes are quite pricey but worth it
- The designs are high quality, stitching is nicely done and the leather is nice and soft
- They seem like they are durable and can last for a long time
- The Vivo Barefoot Dharmas have a unique style to them although not everybody will like the style
- Adam scores Terra Plana’s Vivo Barefoot shoes a 8 or 9 out of 10
Terra Plana Vivo Barefoot’s new Evo – Is this the ultimate minimalist running shoe?
Here is a very brief summary of the review:
“Very good shoe, I would rate it as being slightly better than Vibram’s KSO. The EVO would be a good winter and trail shoe. Ground feel isn’t as good as KSOs, but offers better traction and protection. Toe box allows foot to splay, allows foot to function naturally within shoe. It’s not as good as running barefoot, but I think it is the best minimalist shoe available as of March 2010. After testing the shoe in many conditions, I have no problem justifying the cost.”
Check out the full review on Jason’s blog at the Barefoot Chronicles.
by Tao, Carrboro, NC
I’ve always told my yoga students that the worst thing that ever happened to our feet was the invention of really, really sturdy shoes. We became addicts, buying expensive running, biking, walking shoes and our feet became weaker and less flexible. We bought shoes and arch supports to correct supination or pronation and/or many of the other things that feet are usually meant to do. In fact, a recent article in the NY Times says, “the injury rate among runners is virtually unchanged since the 1970s, when the modern running shoe was introduced. Some ailments, like those involving the knee and Achilles’ tendon, have increased.”
Although I highly covet my hiking boots, I go minimalist on my other shoes and make sure to be barefoot when possible. Of course, yoga is a great prevention and cure for foot health (and much much more) and can balance out the effects of time spent in shoes, if done consisitently (that would be close to everyday, yoginis!). As a teacher, I’ve seen weak or fallen arches come back, bunions disappear and ankles straighten. Once your feet are doing what they’re supposed to, your entire body will feel better. My own feet are genetically a bit wacky (dropped metatarsals) but after starting yoga, the pain that used to cause is 100% gone, despite the fact that I still run, jump and play on them.
But it sounds like I could do even more for my feet, like toss (recycle, actually), my cushy running shoes – there’s a group of runners who advocate running barefoot – claiming that foot, knee and other issues disappear when the feet have natural form and function. Go slow and you can build up your soles to handle trails or pavement, or you can opt (and splurge) on the back to basics design of the new shoes that protect your skin but allow you the benefits of being bare. I found the five-toe styles a bit too ridiculous to look down at, but I admit to loving the styles of Terra Plana, a shoe company which also strives for eco-sustainability.
Not a cheap price tag on the latest and greatest, but when it comes to shoes, I like to keep just a few pair of sturdy, functional shoes around that I wear for years at a stretch, instead of a closet full of fad followers, so in the end, it makes sense. Wearing Earth shoes the past several years (with recessed or “negative” heel design) already has me convinced that elevating our heels in shoes is not logical for our feet or spines, so it’s not a big stretch to take the next step to a more natural gait in another way.
What is the moral of the story? Our bodies know what they are doing and our technology is not always as smart as we think it is. It’s going to be more and more logical and important to think nature-based not only when it comes to our environment, but our health and bodies, too.
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