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Primus Trail Soft Ground
Primus Trail Soft Ground Posted:
Reviewer: from OR
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

This shoe, Soft Ground, is almost like cleats-- it would be excellent for Ultimate, soccer, or other sports where you may be running on slick, wet grass or wet ground. Or if your trail-running takes you through very wet terrain and you just need a LOT of claw-like grip. But it's too much for me, so I'm going with the Firm Ground version. They are definitely narrow; seems like it would be hard to wear socks with them, so I would worry about stink. The 38/ 7.5 was too long for me (I usually take a 7.5 in sneakers/hiking shoes when I wear socks with them). 37 is better.

Primus Trail
Primus Trail Posted:
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated: 4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

Pros: * Very comfortable. Toes have plenty of room, but heel is snug, just as I like it. * Good trail grip. You'll feel the nubs on concrete, but offroad, all you'll feel is the trail. * Brand longevity. Vivobarefoots I've owned in the past lasted a long time. * Quick drying. Forded a stream; the shoes were OK to finish the hike while wet, and then dried in a day at home. Cons: * Laces. The lace loop with pulley is just dumb on a hiking shoe. After two hikes of it snagging things, I cut it off (because loop) and put on regular laces so I can tuck in the ends. * Unpadded tongue. Gets slightly uncomfortable by the end of a long hike, and feels cheap on a $140 pair of shoes. Other: * Some Vivobarefoots run large or small; these were in line with other brands' size 40/Men's 7. * True zero heel rise and zero arch support for midfoot gait. If you're a heel-striker, these shoes are probably not for you.

Hiker L FG
Hiker L FG Posted:
Reviewer: from OR
Overall: Rated: 4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

38 was the right size for my 7.5 size feet with socks in hiking shoes. However, these are narrow across the ball, so I may return them. They look really wide from the top; so it's something with the design.

Hiker
Hiker Posted:
Reviewer: from OR
Overall: Rated: 3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

Sizing way off-- the newer hiker firm ground at 38 fits my 7.5 size feet, but these in the same size were way too small.

Primus Road
Primus Road Posted:
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated: 4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

I like these shoes because they are unique, but you have to be into running shoes that have no support to get into these. I used them for travel and they worked perfect on the beach and around the town. Great buy

Primus Trail Soft Ground
Primus Trail Soft Ground Posted:
Reviewer: from New Orleans, LA
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I LOVE the Vivo shoes and they are very difficult to find! They are comfortable and lightweight. I am usually a 6-1/2 to 7 and went with the 6-1/2 - PERFECT fit!

Stealth II
Stealth II Posted:
Reviewer: from Santa Cruz, CA
Overall: Rated: 3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

Very cute athletic shoe but zero support makes them very uncomfortable for any prolonged walking. My feet get tired and I can feel every little pebble on the ground. They are fine for errands and activities when you are not on your feet for long periods of time

Primus Trail
Primus Trail Posted:
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

These shoes are wonderful! I just did 6 miles in them straight out of the box. The shoelaces are ridiculous, but they are easily replaced.

Primus Trail Soft Ground
Primus Trail Soft Ground Posted:
Reviewer: from Japan
Overall: Rated: 4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

Bought these for a swimrun. They seem perfect. good drainage, very light, good grippy sole. Even comes with locklace type closures. But the side is too high and hits up against my outside anklebone. This is occasionally a problem with me. I ended up going with the inov-8 x-talon 212 which has a lower cut.

Motus
Motus Posted:
Reviewer: from California
Overall: Rated: 1 stars! Comfort: Rated:1 stars! Style: Rated:1 stars!

The toe box is TOO NARROW. Barefoot shoes should allow for natural toe splay

Tracker Firm Ground
Tracker Firm Ground Posted:
Reviewer: from Indiana
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I was hesitant to buy these because of the review saying they ran small. I risked it anyway and I actually love them. They are comfortable for me, but I can see how they would not be for someone who needs more arch support. They seem pretty durable. So far so good.

Primus Trail Soft Ground
Primus Trail Soft Ground Posted:
Reviewer: from NW Arkansas
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Wow, perfect shoe! Extremely comfortable, and very well made with attention to detail. I have not run in them, but certain they would perform well for the trail. Great with my high instep, and wiggle room for toes. Worth every penny.

Hiker Soft Ground
Hiker Soft Ground Posted:
Reviewer: from Colorado Mountains
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Excellent! Vivobarefoot got this shoe right. Although it is not 100% waterproof you wouldn't know it. My feet stayed warm and dry hiking on snowy, slushy and muddy trails for miles. The extra rubber layers on the outside also make using these with micro spikes super. The spikes stay put and the rubberized outer parts add stiffness in the right places so the shoe won't collapse under the tension of the micro spikes. On previous models like the trail freaks the tension of the spikes would cause the shoe to collapse too much on your foot which made things uncomfortable after long runs or hikes. Somehow the material these are made out of lets your foot breath really well but does an excellent job of not letting water in from the outside. I purposely hiked through muddy puddles and slush and my feet never got wet. Pretty awesome. Also, the soft ground sole is very grippy and doesn't pick up rocks like the older off road sole. Well done vivobarefoot!

Tracker Firm Ground
Tracker Firm Ground Posted:
Reviewer: from wisconsin
Overall: Rated: 3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

very nice looking boot, but it is not very comfortable, shallow and narrow toe box, not enough cushioning. I did so want them to work, they are so stylish.

Gobi Hi-Top
Gobi Hi-Top Posted:
Reviewer: from Bay Area, California
Overall: Rated: 3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

Had bought the shoe directly from Vivabarefoot and just returning it. Background: I'm wearing minimal/barefoot like shoes since 16 years and hunting for the next model when my previous are no longer available is always a pain. Especially when one looks for winter/rain-compatible shoes. I usually have an 7.5 to 8 in the US or 38-39 in EU. Ordered those in 8.5 since they are for warmer socks. The good: very comfortable, shoe box for width for a woman my shoe size a bit wide, shoe length is fitting well. Shoes are light and flexible. The quality seems decent from first impression. The bad: there is zero ankle/heel support to not slip out of the shoes. One can not make up for this with the shoe string tension ... because the above-ankle part is cut in a way that it leans backwards slightly - instead of being slightly forward. The result is that with any natural gait where the foot indeed rolls and the ankle tilts the shoe strings/lip on the very top push against the shin. I believe it could have been alleviated if the top metal loops would have been placed slightly further towards the toe. But as it is one either adopts the more "stomp" like gait in firm shoes to not tilt the foot at the ankle - or experiences pain at the shin soon. What a pity, this could be a great shoe.

Stealth II
Stealth II Posted:
Reviewer: from Atlanta, Georgia
Overall: Rated: 4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

Like, but not love. I wanted a black sneaker and I like the "barefoot" concept. First couple of time I wore these, I thought they were great. But when I wore them on a trip and walked through airports, I realized they were causing discomfort around my ankle (but to be fair, I have a double ankle). They also make me feel kinda flat footed and they make a flap-flap noise when walking. Well made and cute.

Gobi Hi-Top
Gobi Hi-Top Posted:
Reviewer: from Boston, MA
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

The Vivobarefoot is the only boot that came close to working for me. This style and the brown run a titch long. I ordered a 7.5 but I am generally better off in a 7W. I ordered a half size larger to accommodate three fused toes that don't bend on one foot and to pad a bunion on the other. This boot is both soft (leather) and sturdy. The color on the blue is BLUE! Made me look as though I was TRYING to be cool. Cute combat style and will match your dark wash jeans, but that made them too specific. They would not work with black pants. Ordered it in brown too but both going back.The brown IS cool but both colors stiffer than the boring black which I am keeping. A more practical choice for me. This manufacturer gets all the stars for a warm winter option runabout boot. As for Zappos, I would not be able to go out this winter but for their extraordinary return policies. TY Zappos. No better customer care anywhere.

Camino
Camino Posted:
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Attention foot surgery people!!! I had bunion surgery on both feet. After wearing the stiff surgery boots, these shoes were the ONLY shoes I could wear. I ordered 14 other pairs from Zappos and I couldn't bend my foot to get them on. They are so easy to get into with all the velcro. My PT person said I should get arch supports since these are like going barefoot, so I did (Red Wing orthotics). I am so glad to have found these!! They are weird looking but I don't care.

Gobi II M Leather
Gobi II M Leather Posted:
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated: 4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

These are some of my favorite "barefoot" shoes. I own 3 pairs in this style alone. Viva barefoot!

Primus Road
Primus Road Posted:
Reviewer: from Phoenix
Overall: Rated: 3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

I have many other vivos and these fit completely different than the others. These shoes fit long and narrow, totally opposite of what primal/minimal footwear is all about. I should have returned these, but now I'm stuck. Don't be like me.

Primus Trail
Primus Trail Posted:
Reviewer: from Columbus, Ohio
Overall: Rated: 1 stars! Comfort: Rated:1 stars! Style: Rated:1 stars!

I'll start by saying that I've had a closet full of Vivobarefoots, and some of their older shoes continue to be my favorite (Dharma, Scott, Stealth. I have also given away more slightly worn, brutally uncomfortable VBF shoes than I care to admit: my count is at least 12, but it is likely more. Something internally at VBF must have changed (perhaps new lasts) a few years ago and they are no longer wearable - they aren't barefoot, They hurt, they are binding, the laces dig into my arches, etc. My wife and I have three pairs of this model and have another six pairs that are basically unwearable and uncomfortable. Some of their styles have become downright goofy and the laces are garbage (four pairs of this model broke either right out of the box, or shortly thereafter). I've given away so many pairs of VBF, that the actual cost of the shoe isn't $130; it's more like $300. Bottom line: I'm done with VBF and will tell everyone I know.

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