Vivobarefoot shoes for Exercise
One of the most prominent Vivobarefoot video adverts that I has seen shoes a man running and doing manoeuvers and high intensity jumps in his shoes. The impression that left me with is the importance that they place on creating barefoot shoes for exercise. There are quite a few of their shoes that would fit in this category in a broad sense. We managed to narrow it down to these 5.
The Vivobarefoot Primus Lite, Vivobarefoot Motus II Mesh, Stealth II Otillo swimrun, Stealth II and the Primus Hi-Viz. Each of these shoes has its own virtues. These will be highlighted during the reviews. When placed in different contexts, some weakness may appear. These will also be highlighted, if any. Whether you are looking for a good barefoot shoe for running, one for yoga, pilates or for some high intensity workout. There is a Vivobarefoot for that.
Each of these shoes is equipped with the patented vivobarefoot PRO5 patented thin puncture resistant sole. This is a great addition to any pair of barefoot shoes. Less sole is always a concern when it comes to punctures. Knowing that barefoot have a solution for this, is incredible.
VivoBarefoot Shoes for Exercise Review
Vivobarefoot Primus Lite
If the weight of your shoe is a key influence to the choice that you make, this is a great pick. The Primus Lite is Vivobarefoot’s lightest running shoe. It weighs 172 grams. This vision to make this lightest movement shoe possible is not confined to weight. It places emphasis on reducing the size of the shoe. Less shoe, more you. The weight claim comes short when compared to some of the shoes in the vivobarefoot swimrun range.
The sole places less emphasis grip, which makes sense for a shoe that is geared towards gyms and road running. It excels at both.
Vivobarefoot MOTUS II MESH
The Motus II Mesh is a minimalist shoe of the highest order. It provides protection for the foot, while allowing free movement. The underfoot grip and the protective toe-guard give added protection for day to day activities. They keep your feet cool, by use of the breathable mesh. This means that you will be kept cool while exercising.
A great addition that I have not encountered on any other barefoot shoe is the strap that comes over the laces of this shoe. It gives an added hold to the mid-foot. This is great for quick turns, and stop and start exercises.
Vivobarefoot STEALTH II OTILLO SWIMRUN
This is one of the swimrun shoes that weighs less than the Vivobarefoot Primus Lite. It clocks in at 119 grams. The Stealth II Otillo swimrun is a good pick if you go jogging or are a runner. It has a breathable mesh upper that allows for heat to be emitted freely from your foot, keeping you cool as you run.
The V-Web HEX Mesh Upper means that you will have a shoe that was made support your foot while allowing your foot to move more freely, as it stretches to match movement.
As a swimrun shoe, you will have the added advantage of a shoe that ejects water and dries quicker than others.
Vivobarefoot STEALTH II
If you are looking for something similar to the Stealth II Otillo, but are more of a runner, without the need for the swimming features on the other pair, the Stealth II will do the job. You will get the same foot support as the swimrun version provides. The Stealth II stretches to match and facilitate your movement, without any hindrance.
It’s a beautiful looking shoe, that is minimalist. The colours also mean that it can be used in other contexts outside of exercising. It is a no-sew constructed shoe. Who would have known?
If you are new to wearing barefoot shoes, this is one that I would recommend to start with. The transition is smoother.
Vivobarefoot PRIMUS HI-VIZ
Our final pick is the Vivobarefoot Primus Hi-viz. It is a lean and light design. The key feature is given away by the name. There is an emphasis for visibility, which is important to me as a keen night runner. It would also be great if you run before sunrise.
The reflective mesh makes sure that you are visible to others as you exercise. The shoe is minimalist, and seamlessly constructed. It has a breathable upper, which runners and all fitness enthusiasts will love.
Finally, it also has a thermal insole. We know the outdoors can be very cold.
To conclude, we consider a scenario in which we only have money to buy just one pair. Which one of these would you pick? My choice is influenced by how good looking the shoe is, its key features and whether or not it was made with recycled PET plastic. Any win for the environment, is a win that I celebrate and support. I would also consider the availability of the shoe in a variety of colours. Choice is important. Here are my picks based on the criteria highlighted.
- Vivobarefoot Stealth II
- Vivobarefoot Primus Lite
- Vivobarefoot Motus II Mesh
- Vivobarefoot Primus Hi-Viz Womens Mesh
- Vivobarefoot Stealth II Otillo
I was a bit torn from about 3-5. Let me know if you would pick them in this order. If you already own one of these, would be keen to hear what your experiences have been so far. Have a look at our ultimate guide for zero drop shoes, if you have any queries on the topic. We have also done a review of 23 Vegan barefoot shoes.