I have to say, like others above I'm not finding too much of an issue with the photographs, and have found all pairs of my Vivos pretty solid. I've not found any glue in the footbeds either, the insoles come out and the insides are clean.
I own -
1 pair black leather Vivo Barefoot Lucys bought in 2009 - hundreds of miles walked in these shoes, very wide footbed. I am still wearing them now in 2012, the only issue with them is around 1cm of stitching has come apart above the toes on the right foot. It could be repairable though.
1 pair blue and grey Lucy's bought in 2010 (£40/$63) still 100% solid though they need a wash...
They are long in the toebox, but seem a little narrower than my black leather ones, not enough to bother, but I notice it. They have a different upper, so this may be why.
Vibram have this exact same issue with their black KSO's being varying sizes to the other colours - I got fitted for my Speeds and black KSO's in a shop, and was surprised how much the Vibrams varied between their shoe types - my feet varied between a M42 to a W40. With Vivo barefoot I've ordered a 42 (size 8 ) each time and they've been ok.
1 pair red and pink Aqua Lites bought in 2012 (£50/$79) - I was a little unsure about these at first because there's only a single-line of stitching around the upper sections, and the toebox seems stiffer, but then I figured it was the styling of the Aquas. One thing I have noticed though is the footbed is a bit smaller than the shoe, so my toes actually poke over the end when I'm walking...! Maybe I should contact Terra Plana, if they are nice maybe they'll replace the footbeds...?
Because of the recession and the big markup profit possible on barefoot shoes I do wonder if there are some fakes or seconds for the Vivo barefoot shoes floating around now - just like the Vibrams, and in a few cases they may be making their way into shops? It is a worry.