Vivo Barefoot by Terra Plana doesn’t look like a minimalist running or walking shoe, and that’s why it’s so special. Not only can you run and walk in the Vivo and get the benefit of barefoot activity, but no one will know the awesome barefoot benefits you’re foot, ankles, legs and entire body is getting. Let’s face it; barefoot running and walking is still considered a fringe activity.
Thankfully that is changing! Thanks to folks like Christopher McDougall, who wrote the page-turner Born to Run, and other committed bloggers such as Jason Robillard. But, until barefoot activity is more mainstream, the Vivo Barefoot is a shoe you can wear just about anywhere and not feel out of place.
Vivo Barefoot Gives Balances Protection with Barefoot Benefits
More importantly, the Vivo Barefoot shoe provides basic protection for your foot, decent grip against the ground and mild foot support, but still lets your foot “feel” the ground. The best way to transition to minimalist or barefoot running or walking hasn’t been defined, but for those looking to make the leap, Terra Plana’s Vivo Barefoot may be the best way to go.
To help with the transition to barefoot, the shoe is incredibly flexible to let your foot bend and flex naturally, has no added heel to throw your body forward, a thin sole, and the Vivo’s insole is removable. I recommend that those people who are new to barefoot activity wear the Vivo with the insole for a while, and then, as their feet adjust, they remove the insole. As an aside, I removed the insole within a day or two to improve that great barefoot feeling (though, the insole was very comfortable).
A Minimalist Shoe that Feels GREAT
Speaking of comfort, this shoe has what it takes! It feels great on your feet. And, as a podiatrist, I liked the nice wide toe-box (that area at the front of the shoe). Plus, the roomy shoe let my foot breath (something that most shoes do not!).
Final Thoughts on Vivo Barefoot Shoe
The Vivo is a great shoe for stimulating barefoot activity that you can wear unobtrusively while at work, weddings and shopping. It is also a great intermediate shoe to help you on your journey toward barefoot walking or running.