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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 21 October 2013
Doing Tough Mudder? Then buy these shoes!

Make sure you're a barefoot/minimalist runner first though.

I kept the insoles in for TM just to reduce space in the shoes for mud to get in. Otherwise take them out for extra ground feel when on your regular trail runs.

I only slipped over once on the whole 12 mile course and that was because the mud beneath me gave way. So, technically no slips at all when my team mates were sliding everywhere.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 13 June 2014
As a 54 year old, I've been running all my life, since the age of 6. I'd always believed that there was only one way to run - put on a pair of shoes or boots and do it - forgetting (until I saw a colleague 2 winters ago wearing wierd looking toed Vibram barefoot shoes) that there is an alternative. As kids how did we run on the beach or on those rare summer days outdoors when temperatures may have soared to 22 degrees? Of course we can run barefooted!
I decided to turn back to nature, did a little research and decided to give Vivobarefoot a try. One of my better decisions in recent years! I have just ordered a pair of Freaks for home use whilst I will leave my Breathos in the office.
To put it in a nutshell, barefoot running is great - it is faster, it is more kinetically efficient, and above all it is more enjoyable! There is a real enhanced sense of freedom - I am confident that this is not just novelty fooling our tired, jaundiced consumer senses.
But there are some points to consider. The first is shoe sizing. Whereas I firmly recommend taking one size larger with Salomon shoes, I do not support the assertions of some reviewers that Vivos are lasted on the small size. I checked with Isaac in SportshoesUnlimited - he advised taking my normal shoe size. Not only was he right but he was also prompt, professional and polite! However, the essence of barefoot running is the requirement to modify one's lifelong running style. This is not difficult but it does require some thought and application. Watch the videos and remember that posture (a much more upright attitude with a fixed, immobile head) is the very key. And follow the advice of those who know - ease into this new way to move gradually and progressively. I raced away doing 3 times the recommended introductory distance and suffered from chronic calf strain for over a week!
My Breathos are well made, they look good (I guess this matters), they feel good (much more important) and they handle off-road trails with ease where in the past my conventional road shoes performed like a dying juggernaut on slicks.
I just wish I could have had them 30 years ago. At least I will have them for the next 30!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I'm a big vibram fan and used to think all other brands where insuperior. I needed a good barefoot trail trainer for my runs around the scottish forests and for tough mudder coming up in June. Having had a few runs in them now through very muddy tracks and up water sogged hills - I would say these do the job magnificently.

The traction on these things are very good and the sensory feedback is comparable to vibrams. The added benefit is when needed for cold Scottish mornings is using smart wool socks and the removable inner sole - Can't do that for vibrams.

All in all very good barefoot product.
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on 21 February 2015
I have been using the shoes now for about a year in all types of off-road trials and in all conditions and I have to say they are the best running shoes I've ever had. The fit is superb and although there is a little foot movement when the mud gets really sticky it is not enough to worry about and on steep downhills they are the most comfortable shoe I have run-in. They are lasting well with some slight deterioration of the fine outer mesh covering, which is to be expected given the type of conditions I running, but it has not affected their performance or fit in any way. Some reviews have complained about the fit of the insole. Personally I find the insole is perfect, if they are required. They are a little fiddly to fit as they are a very tight snugfit, which they need to be to stop them moving around, but I soon found the knack of fitting them and it only takes a few seconds now to fit them. However, I find that the shoes dry very quickly even with the insoles in and from being completely saturated completely dry within two days even without stuffing them with paper. I use them on all types of trials some of these are very hard with sharp flints. Provided I use the insole on these type of trials I found after some conditioning I can now run on these services them without any problems. My feet have strengthen and hardened up. If you are new to barefoot running you will need to very gradually build up the amount of use with them. I do hope they do not change the style of these shoes as they are the perfect off-road running shoe.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 26 March 2014
Changed to these from Merrel Trail gloves after the soles of my second pair wore out again.

Ordered half a size larger compared to the Trails gloves i.e. 10 vs 9.5 and they fit nicely.

The profile of the sole is quite distinct and on tarmac they do not feel like barefoot shoes at all. However, in the woods or on soft underground these changes and these shoes give you good traction whilst giving you the barefoot feel.

As a side note the blue on the picture is nicer/darker than in real life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 13 January 2014
very comfortable shoe for walking outdoor. However order one size up then usual, because the shoe sizes are small compared to normal sizes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 12 September 2014
They fit perfectly, it's like having a glove for your feet, maybe because I was used to walk and run always with 1.5cm thick sole at least. Very happy with them. Will buy again more Vivobarefoot products.

The only con would be that the sole can get a bit unstuck in some parts like on the edges. I solved it putting a bit of super glue there.
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on 26 July 2014
Lightweight and sturdy. I really like the foot shape. I wanted some shoes good for walking and comfortable on my feet which blister easily - these are great. It's also nice to fit some running shoes that are just black, with no violently contrasting colours or jazzy patterns, as I want to wear them just for everyday and I like their quieter appearance.
I have big (long, not wide) feet and am a woman, so sometimes I wear men's shoes (as these are). In women's shoes sometimes I'm a 43 sometimes a 44. In men's shoes I'm usually a 43. Knowing Vivos come up small - as in, wide but short - I went for a size 44. I'm glad I did, because they do fit but only just. Usual thing - it's the length. There's loads of wiggle room around the toes, but the design is quite blunt. Fortunately the foot shape on these allows for a person having a large big toe!
They are really comfy. I have very sensitive, tender feet, but in Vivos I can walk miles.
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on 4 August 2014
My first pair of "barefoot" shoes were from New Balance I quite liked them but thought it would be worthwhile trying a few alternatives. For conventional shoes I'd stuck with Saucony for about ten years. These are a bit heavier and have more room round the toes. They, like the NB, seem to work best without socks. The extra room at the front make these much nicer running downhill. Other than that a pretty good all round shoe. I might well settle.

Well, sad to say just after posting the above I developed plantar fascia in my right foot. After years of running in conventional shoes with never a problem; BTW I'm in my mid sixties. It could be coincidence of course. I'm not running at all at the moment after struggling on for six months and it seems to be improving but I'll probably be back to my favourite Sauconies!
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on 30 September 2014
Got dodgy knees and so I tried barefoot running style... knees don't hurt on a run anymore!

Its a natural style of running in which you should not need any shoes at all.

These fit like gloves and are great for just walking about protecing those sensitive feet..for running they are great, the textured sole good for off road running.

my only concern is the same for all barefoot running shoes.. we pay trainer prices for very soft flexible trainers...like beach shoes or plimsolls..which are a fraction of the price.

So my next pair of barefoots will be the cheapest soft plimsole I can find...but this is a very good product and ideal to get started

Thats why I give them three stars.. why so expensive? less should not cost more
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