Hands down best everyday shoes ever worn
These took some getting used to. How flat they were, how short I felt, or how much roomier my toes were feeling. Within the first day of taking them out (no socks, they feel AMAZING) for a hard test consisting of gardening, planting trees, cruising on a longboard, running around town on my delivery job, I can say that they are the best at letting my feet just be feet! Over the course of the week, I could see my toes splaying out from these disfigured, scrunched up miserable things into some pretty healthy and normal looking toes and feet. Better than anything the doctor could have ordered! To VIVOBAREFOOT, please please PLEASE do not ever stop making these quality Primus Lux shoes with these no-socks soles. I need these in my life and will gladly buy three more pairs of these in hopes of having one to wear for the rest of my life!
Typical great shoe.
One of Vivobarefoot's Best Yet!
In my experience, with the Primus Lux, Vivobarefoot has created one of their best shoes yet. It is the most comfortable and best feeling out of over a dozen Vivobarefoot shoes in my collection, requiring zero break-in.
The glove soft, finely perforated, unlined leather top allows my foot to breath and feels wonderful against my bare feet. In truly hot weather, nothing beats a sandal or bare feet for coolness, but I think I'll be able to wear this shoe all summer without a sock liner.
I have the fine Stealth 2 Lux with the same outsole, my favorite of the various types used by Vivobarefoot. Somehow, it feels even better in the Primus Lux, perhaps due to the soft leather footbed. This is a very flexible shoe which seems to have slightly less internal volume over the top of the foot than most other Vivobarefoot models. The soft tongue is not too long and does not rub the tendon on top of my foot where it bends up to my leg.
The flexible upper wraps snugly around the sides and back of my foot, yet doesn't feel tight. This makes it much harder for those tiny pebbles -- seemingly everywhere!! -- to bounce into the shoe, irritating my bare feet. With most low-top shoes in such terrain, I often have to stop to take off my shoes to empty the pebbles. Even more often with sandals, I have to stop to dislodge what gets stuck between my foot and the open footbed. Of course, my Gobi mid-top shoes easily prevent such debris from getting in. The Primus Lux gives almost the same protection with a low top.
I find the Primus Lux an attractive shoe that I can wear almost anywhere. I like how the subtle "V" logos are embossed in the leather, rather than made of contrasting dots as with the Primus Trio. Rather than a plain, straight line, the glued outsole has wavy undulations where it meets the side of the shoe. Up front, this gives the appearance of a slightly flat front toe cap, but it is actually rounded. This design looks dynamic without being ostentatious.
White soles are very popular now for athletic and casual shoes. I like it, but would prefer the option of a dark blue or black sole because those colors don't show dirt and grime like white does. A dark sole would also make the Primus Lux suitable for dressier occasions.
I am glad Vivobarefoot continues to innovate and offer us barefoot, minimalist shoe enthusiasts so many attractive and functional shoe choices.