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« on: May 13, 2013, 01:26:07 PM »

I just received three pairs of Vivobarefoot Jing Jings. I ordered them on my continual quest for an appropriate option for when I go to court (for work, not personal pleasure, ha) OR for things like weddings, etc. I can get by with VFF's and such in the office, but not so much in front of a judge Smiley So far the best I have tried was Merrell Wonder Gloves and Konvine's but the Merrell's are bit more casual than I would like when wearing with a suit due to the Mary Jane styling and the Vibram rubber sole (and the sparkly Konvine's are a bit TOO dressy for court though I love them!). Well, I have to say I think I can finally stop looking (and spending money on my quest!) as these fit the bill. I wish they had come out with them much sooner! Would have saved me a lot of time and money on shoes and shipping and returns!

They retail for $75.00 and in addition to the black, brown, and taupe below, they also so far come in a gray, a salmon-pink, and a mustardy-yellow. I am sure more colours await in the future. They are not real leather, but that keeps their price down as well so one can have a few pairs Wink. The are available directly from VB, but I have also seen them on Amazon, at Planet Shoes, REI, Zappos, etc.

I was surprised by the large box for each pair (meaning an even larger box for all three), knowing they are just little ballet slippers, but the boxes were the drawer style and each pair of shoes came in its own pouch. This would be handy if you were slipping these shoes in a handbag or something if you are wearing winter boots to work (or for those ladies who DO still wear heels, whoever you are, to slip on when your feet get sore and tired!). The size of the box is less handy for shipping back if sizing is incorrect and due to a mixup I actually have ANOTHER 3 identical pairs of shoes coming that I will need to incur shipping charges and such to send back across the border, but I will have to say Vivobarefoot really showed excellent customer service in this regard and I am very happy with how things turned out there despite the hassle.

Here is what it looks like when the box is opened!



For sizing, these are all a Vivo Size 39. I take 39's in their Vienna Boot and their Off Road Hi. I am generally a Women's US Size 8, and in Vibram's I am a 39 in Jaya LR's, Komodosports, and a 38 in Signa's, KSO, etc. The Vibram size guide says the 39 in the Jing Jings is for a women's 8.5 and in my experience their shoes can fit a bit smaller. I would not have wanted to go to a 38 (7.5) in these.

These do fit fairly wide and I have a narrower foot so I get a bit of a gap around the inside side in my midfoot area, but I will not complain about the toe room and because they have a bit of elastic around the top they do not fall off my feet. The toe is rounded very nicely with lots of room in the toe box to wiggle my toes up and down, and to spread them side to side. Toe wiggle room is probably the thing I have the MOST difficult time finding and these are perfect in that respect. They feel a little longer than necessary when sitting, but when standing I have tons of room for my foot to move without pressure on my toe tips (unlike what I get with my Merrells).

There is no removable insole unlike with most of their options, but from what I can tell the insole is an INCREDIBLY thin piece of fabric right over the sole. The soles on these babies are THIN. Ground feel is truly fantastic. There is no cushioning or anything of that nature except maybe 1mm or so in the midsole (this is a guess though based on my own feel) and barely enough to notice unless I actually touch it. Only my Konvine's have these bit for ground feel (and those are not as durable in the long run). My Merrell Wonder Gloves seem like workboots compared to these (the Merrell's are overall more "shoe" though). The interior is also very smooth. No seam rubs. The only place there are "seams" is the back heel cup and the fabric is very soft, kind of like a microfibre, so no rub.

Here is the sole:



The sole and the interior:



The usual roll-up photo:



Like I said, not genuine leather so they do have that "Made in China" smell on first opening, but that went away after a little airing. Since the top is open (and I get some ventilation down the side due to slight gap) I do not find my feet get too hot, but that is obviously a personal thing. The upper is very thin and easy to clean.

I am VERY excited about these shoes. They aren't "exciting" or very "interesting" to look at. Just a very basic ballet slipper, but they look clean, professional, and can work just as well for casual wear as in the office with a pantsuit or with a dress. Unlike some other minimalist options, they don't look like house slippers. They are also a nicer option to those Fast Flats, etc many women wear and that only last a few wears. For only 2x the price, these should last a LOT longer with a lot more wear.

Here are a few more pictures Smiley

Brown, Black and Taupe (for some reason the taupe looks like of yellowish here but in reality it is more like the other pictures posted of it in here):


Wearing the Taupe (you can see the gap on my inside foot):



Wearing the Black (again, you can see the gaps):




Anyway, highly recommended for anyone looking for a flat option with great groundfeel, easy wearability and that can be worn to run errands just as easily as in a more professional work environment.  
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« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2013, 12:01:09 PM »

Thanks for the review RayKay! I may just have to check these out. Another reason to increase my inventory of minimalist shoes!  Grin
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« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2013, 10:18:58 AM »

You an get rid of the "Made in China smell" by exposing it to fresh air and indirect UV (sunlight). It's technically termed outgassing/offgassing. (See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Outgassing)

Nice to see both VFF (EL-X/Entrada) and Vivobarefoot release minimal shoes for a more minimal price albeit through other retailers (haha).

$75 at REI too http://www.rei.com/product/849048/vivobarefoot-jing-jing-ballet-flat-shoes-womens
$75 at Onlineshoes http://www.onlineshoes.com/womens-vivobarefoot-jing-jing-lemon-p_id288503
$75 at Planetshoes http://www.planetshoes.com/item/vivobarefoot-jing-jing-women/23624/119

but $75+shipping at Vivobarefoot  Shocked

How does it compare to the Kali (comparable price at http://www.6pm.com/vivobarefoot-kali-black~1)? Looks the same to me except for the stretchy strap thing and the synthetic upper Huh
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« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2013, 01:00:40 PM »

I know what offgassing is and as I said, I did air them Smiley

I am in Canada so pay shipping from REI, Planetshoes, etc. I usually just look around for best shipping deal if I am not having them shipped to border for self-pickup.

The Kali is very different (aside from the leather and the strap). It is much clunkier/chunkier on the foot, and has a more built up sole with a removeable insole. It is not a "ballet slipper". I do not own a pair but have tried them on. This is the Kali:



The Jing Jings are much lighter, have much better ground feel, and have a much lighter and thinner sole. They are true to being a ballet slipper style. They roll up much easier.  These also have a much more versatile look, IMO and a much cleaner, polished, low profile look without lots of exterior stitching. I would never wear the Kali with a dressier dress or in a formal court setting, for example. They look fine with jeans and such, but I do not consider them appropriate for anything dressy, etc.  These pictures show how much "chunkier" they are on the foot:




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« Reply #4 on: May 15, 2013, 01:03:39 PM »

Thanks for the review RayKay! I may just have to check these out. Another reason to increase my inventory of minimalist shoes!  Grin

I think you would probably like them PB! Always happy to encourage someone else to accumulate more minimalist shoes, ha!
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« Reply #5 on: May 16, 2013, 09:21:53 AM »

Those look great!  They'd be even better if they had a strap across the top like the Kali to eliminate gaps.  But they look great.  I definitely agree about Konvines- they're surprisingly dressy looking in person.
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« Reply #6 on: May 16, 2013, 10:24:09 AM »

Those look great!  They'd be even better if they had a strap across the top like the Kali to eliminate gaps.  But they look great.  I definitely agree about Konvines- they're surprisingly dressy looking in person.

I am glad they do not have a strap! One thing I do not like about my Wonder Gloves is the strap, as I think it looks a bit too casual/juvenile for my purposes. The gap is there but I have VERY narrow feet (I have developed the nickname of banana feet over the years from a few different people). Most with average to wide feet likely would have no issue. Even with my feet, the shoes are not at ALL slipping off my feet.
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« Reply #7 on: May 16, 2013, 12:51:26 PM »

Those look great!  They'd be even better if they had a strap across the top like the Kali to eliminate gaps.  But they look great.  I definitely agree about Konvines- they're surprisingly dressy looking in person.

I am glad they do not have a strap! One thing I do not like about my Wonder Gloves is the strap, as I think it looks a bit too casual/juvenile for my purposes. The gap is there but I have VERY narrow feet (I have developed the nickname of banana feet over the years from a few different people). Most with average to wide feet likely would have no issue. Even with my feet, the shoes are not at ALL slipping off my feet.

Ok got it.  To my preferences a strap doesn't make it casual/juvenile, but I see where you're coming from.  I have the Kali and on me it looks pretty formal IMO or at least I've convinced myself this is so.  That's what I wore to job interviews with my suit (successfully! Cheesy).  My "interview shoes" were the last non minimalist shoes that I held on to even when I gave away /donated practically everything else.  For a while when questioned about my switch to minimalist shoes I kept saying "well of course I will still interview in heels" so it was awesome to get over that hump and Kali made it possible.

But although Vivobarefoot makes the most incognito shoe like minimalist shoes I don't love them for everyday wear.  They're definitely foot shaped, but there's something off about them.  I walk different in them as opposed to vibrams or soft star shoes and they're not as comfortable. 
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« Reply #8 on: May 21, 2013, 01:25:11 PM »

Thanks for the review, but I was more interested in the Konvines that you mentioned, and I ordered a pair 3 days ago. They have lots of cute styles, however most of them are sold out in my size... Embarrassed
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« Reply #9 on: June 10, 2013, 06:20:29 AM »

I have been looking at these. thanks for the thorough review!  I have a wider forefoot so these may work well for me!
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