Disclaimer: The reviewer received this product for free to review. The opinions in the review are honest and her own.
I was recently invited to try out the “pure barefoot technology” of a pair of VIVOBAREFOOT running shoes. The idea behind barefoot technology is that it mimics the most natural way to walk or run. The human foot is already well-designed to absorb shock. The millions of nerves on the bottom of the foot provide the sensory feedback necessary to stabilize the foot while walking and running. Shoes with arch supports, extra padding, and a thick sole interfere with that natural feedback from the sole of the foot to the brain.
VIVOBAREFOOT shoes are designed to offer the wearer the experience of walking or running barefoot, while also offering protection from cuts and scrapes. The design incorporates a flexible thin sole so that the wearer can feel the terrain beneath her feet. It also has a wide toe-box and flat profile to allow for the most natural motion through the foot while moving.
So how did my shoes rate? I love them.
I tried the Stealth running shoe. The first thing I noticed when I took them out of the box is that they have the thinnest sole I have ever seen. I was concerned that the sole would be too thin to protect my foot, but I have been wearing them for walking for a few weeks now and I’m no longer concerned. They are not stiff, but that sole is sturdy.
And VIVOBAREFOOT lives up to its promise: I’ve worn the shoes on grass, pavement, and gravel paths and I can feel the terrain beneath my feet in these shoes. They are extremely light and soft. The sizing was good. The toe-box was not too wide- another concern I had. The shoes really do feel more natural. The bonus is that these are attractive shoes as well. I recommend you try this “minimalist” shoe and see for yourself just how comfortable barefoot technology can be
Ann has contributed to Imperfect Women since its inception in 2009. She is a busy mom and teacher and concedes that being a terrible driver is one of her biggest imperfections. “I admit it: I am a terrible driver. I am afraid of highways, toll booths, and am directionally-challenged. I am often lost and do not even know it, because everything always looks familiar, having been lost there before.”