Comment from: Brian [Visitor]
Brian

Just wanted to echo this review -- I have been wearing a pair of these for 2 years, pretty much daily. The work for just about anything, are extremely comfortable, and are extremely durable.

01/13/16 @ 07:55
Comment from: Em [Visitor]
Em

I've had many different pairs of Vivobarefoot shoes. They've all lasted me at least a year or two, but I just use them as a walking shoe. I think vivo's have the best combo of longer lasting and great ground feel than any of the other minimalist shoes out there. One thing that must be done though, is change out those dang laces! Vivo's shoes laces come untied so easily, its the worst thing about them. Swapping out the vivo shoe laces for the stretchy running shoe laces made wearing these shoes so much more enjoyable.

01/13/16 @ 14:12
Comment from: Scott [Visitor]  
Scott

Has VBF gone back to the wider toebox? When they started adding the II designation the toe boxes were narrowed. Okay for casual wear, but uncomfortable for workouts and running.

01/13/16 @ 14:31
Comment from: David Propst [Visitor]  
David Propst

Thanks for the review Greg. I'm looking for a minimalist CrossFit shoe. I've been doing CrossFit 3+ days a week for a year. I've blown out one pair or Merrell Vapor Gloves (original version) and am about to wear through the forefoot of the Vapor Glove II I've been wearing for the past 7 months. The newer version does have a more durable upper, but the Stealth II looks more durable.

01/13/16 @ 16:09
Comment from: Steve Maxwell [Visitor]
Steve Maxwell

Hi Greg,
. I bought a pair of the Stealth and Evo Pure this summer 2015. I bought the black shoe with blue trim. Very sharp looking shoe. I was wary of my Stealth II falling apart also. I had had the same experience as you....,but so far so good.

I travel full time doing fitness workshops and Gracie Jiujitsu seminars all over the world.
I'm a full time traveler and minimalist somI need shoes that are lightweight, pack able and can be worn for training as well as everyday use. I live in hotels and air Bnb. Everything in my travel bag must be functional and do double duty. The Vivo Stealth II is perfect for that.

My concern was that the uppers would tear up and or separate from the sole. I do tons of joint mobility and body weight exercises which place my feet in a lot of weird positions... This can really put a beat down on a pair of shoes. I must say that the Stealth II has held up. The only sign of wear was the thin blue line between the upper and the sole, around the outside edge of the shoe. It basically wore off over the toe area in the first day. No big deal. I wish they wouldn't put it on in the first place. The uppers have very slightly faded, but only ever so slightly. That may be more due to being in the sun than constantly wiping them down with hotel washcloths after training. I do like how easily they clean up.

Over all a great purchase. I'll buy another pair when these wear out.

01/13/16 @ 21:13
Comment from: Dan [Visitor]
Dan

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01/18/16 @ 06:38
Comment from: Tim [Visitor]  
Tim

Re: Scott, Has VBF gone back to the wider toe box?

The EVO PURES are based on a narrower last. As are most of the leather shoes.
The Stealth 2 and the Aquas II are the widest Vivos avalible and are as wide as prevous versions. The newer 2 versions of these also run a half US size longer as compared to 1s. Eg a size 42EUR in the 1s was 9US, in the 2versions it is 9.5US.

02/20/16 @ 07:08
Comment from: Tim [Visitor]
Tim

As far as width. The stealth 2 is equal to stealth 1 in width. But the king of width was the Aqua Lite. I now have Aqua lite and Aqua ii side by side in size 42. Defiantly the Aqua lite was wider. In wearing and also measuring with tape. At widest point the Lites are 110mm. The Aqua ii are about 103mm. So looks like he widest of Vivos days are gone.

03/02/16 @ 16:20
Comment from: Neal [Visitor]
Neal

the description says "hydrophobic mesh." is there any chance you have or would be willing to give it a water test? i am sure it isnt water proof, but maybe good to go when walking around after a rain. This is the only draw back to the 5fingers: instant soggy toes after a mountain shower.

03/24/16 @ 11:04
Comment from: David Propst [Visitor]  
David Propst

I've worn the Stealth II for about a year of CrossFit 3-4 days a week. They are still going strong. I may order a second pair to stash in the closet just in case Vivo were to change this shoe.

I weigh about 215 lbs and can be hard on shoes. These have held up better than any minimalist shoe I've tried. I formerly wore out 3 pairs of Vapor Gloves in a year.

12/18/16 @ 17:54
Comment from: jpvisual [Visitor]  
jpvisual

I agree with Scott. When vivobarefoot started putting the "II" at the end of the name, something happened to the with of the toe box, they changed the last. I notice a difference with the "Gobi" vs. the "Gobi II". The "Gobi II" has a more narrow toe box and I can not wear them. Same with the Ra II.

I really hope Vivobarefoot goes back to the wider last. Toes were meant to spread.

The design/look of Vivobarefoot has also gone down. Has anyone seen their new SS17 products. The Lux looks like an old grandpa shoe or something you wear on the golf course. Ugly.

Vivobarefoot should get a new designer.

01/27/17 @ 19:18