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VivoBarefoot Shoe Review (Barefoot shoes are here to stay)

Thaddeus
Posted by: Thaddeus August 17, 2019

I first heard about barefoot shoes from friends who ran barefoot.  Back in 2005, it was a hot trend to be a barefoot runner.

People would toughen their feet by using military boots that were too big and gaining callouses.

Vibram 5 fingers shoes were all the rage and people started out running barefoot and in the vibrams.

This was a huge mistake.

Untrained feet, used to being cradled in neoprene and leather were let free.

Muscles that hadn’t been exercised in 20 or 40 years had atrophied and suddenly were stressed. This led to injuries.

I bought a pair and was never able to wear them. I didn’t like the fit, and because my toes were shaped weird it took me over 3 minutes just to get them on.

Barefoot walking is ideal for the human body. Running barefoot on manmade unforgiving surfaces is not. If you are going to run, seek out more padding in a shoe, even in a barefoot shoe.

But walking.. now walking and barefoot go hand in hand, or foot in foot.

Why Barefoot

Our feet are meant to feel what they’re walking on.

Add in thick and cushy rubber soles that are stiff and cramp the feet into stuck positions and we never feel anything.

highheelshoe 1

The same part of the brain that receives information from the hands also receives information from the feet. When we take away that sensory information from the brain it gets confused.

Skillful movement cannot be done if we cannot feel the world around us. Studies have shown a higher injury rate for runners in regular running shoes vs those using barefoot type shoes.

During running, most of us heel strike. This means we lead with our heels and our heels hit the ground first. Notice the padding and thick heels in all running shoes.

We aren’t meant to heel strike in running as it makes the knees and hips take more of the load.

Most modern shoes cramp the foot into unnatural positions and don’t allow the muscles of the foot to work properly. Thus we end up with more heel, foot, knee, and hip pain due to unnatural movements of the body.

Barefoot shoes correct all these issues.

They allow the feet to feel the environment, the toes to spread and take the shock of walking and running naturally, and strengthen the feet.

barefoot shoe person sitting on mountain

Why Shoes?

Not everyone can get away being barefoot all day.

I work from home most of the time and do not need to wear shoes, so I don’t.

When I go into the corporate office, I need to have something on my feet.

I refuse to wear heeled shoes ever again.

That means, I need a barefoot shoe I can wear to work.

Also, if I’m going to the store, airport, the city I need shoes.

Best to wear barefoot shoes.

Enter VivoBarefoot

VivoBarefoot is one of the top barefoot shoe companies in the world.

Their shoes are built to last.

I’ve had 5 pairs of their shoes for the last 4 years and all of them are still functioning like new.

In fact, I just ordered 4 new pairs.

This time I ordered some for my kids, my partner, and myself.

Here’s what I’ve been using for 4 years.

Tracker FG

menstrackerfg2 vivobarefoot shoe

Great for hiking. Super comfortable.

Size one half to one full-size up!

Primus Lite

primus lite barefoot shoe

I wore these casually and loved them, but they were slightly too small. I didn’t size them up. And I donated them to my brother.

Saami Lite

saami blog saami lite vivobarefoot shoe

I wear these practically all winter.

Gobi II

gobi2 bareftoo shoe

I’ve worn these to conferences and they work well in a dressy or casual situation. I’ve spent miles walking city streets with these and they are amazing.

Sustainability

vivoshoes sustainability vivobarefoot

Vivobarefoot is very sustainability minded.

Their goal is zero impact on the environment. By the year 2020 they want to use 90% sustainable materials across their entire product line.

Currently, Vivobarefoot uses sustainably sourced yarns and natural materials like cork. They are also sourcing recycled plastics to use in their shoes.

Longevity

The shoes I’ve had are already 4 years old and still going strong.  I wear the Saami lite’s all winter every winter and they will still last at least one more season.

Comfort

menstracker fg rolled up

These shoes are comfortable. I will say that the Primus lite and Stealth shoes have very thin soles. 

If you aren't used to bareftoot shoes, these can take some getting used to as your feet rebuild atrophied muscle. 

The boots and dress shoes are more cushy and very comfortable in all terrain. 

I find it's really nice to be able to feel the ground under my feet wearing these. 

New Shoes

Here’s what I just ordered from Vivobarefoot and can’t wait to try out:

Tracker FG in Cement

menstracker fg cement color vivobarefoot shoes

 

Primus Lite in White

primuswhite primus knit white vivobarefoot

Women’s Primus Lite in White (for my partner)

primus women knit limestone

Kids Primus Junior Mesh

kidsvivo2 kids barefoot shoe

Don't forget how important it is to start kids out in barefoot shoes.

 

We’ll be putting these shoes to the test during the upcoming summer vacation and school year start.

Stay tuned…

For now you can get yourself a pair with a 10% discount using code PRIMALV10B right HERE

About the Author


Thaddeus

Thaddeus began his journey outdoors, camping and fishing as a boy in the Adirondacks and Central NY forests. After a decade spent developing pharmaceutical products, he just couldn’t face another day adding terrible ingredients like high fructose corn syrup and numerous red dyes into children’s medicine. He shifted gears and engineered a successful work from home assignment following Tim Ferriss’s 4 Hour Workweek. From there, he was able to find a way to incorporate more movement, nature and sunshine into his work environment.

After learning about biohacking from the man who coined the term, Dave Asprey, Thaddeus healed his own anxiety, lowered his blood pressure and fixed his sleeplessness using biohacking, PrimalHacking and Qigong. He spends his free time experimenting on himself in hopes of helping others on their journey. He writes about his experiments on PrimalHacker.com. He also spends time with his two boys learning martial arts, shooting arrows at targets and hiking.  

Thaddeus is a certified Bulletproof Coach from the first ever class of coaches, holds a personal training certification, nutrition certification, Master’s degree in Holistic Nutrition and studied Chemical Engineering a long time ago.


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