Barefoot Shoes

Terra Plana Vivo Barefoot Oaks Review

I bought a new pair of minimalist shoes I hope to wear for more work-like dress — the Terra Plana Vivo Barefoot Oak lace-up Wallaby a.k.a. Vivo Barefoot Oaks or just Oaks. I got them from Endless on sale for about $100, and if you’ve ever bought T…

Having worn and reviewed VIVO BAREFOOT Aquas and requiring a slightly dressier pair of “barefoot shoes,” I picked up a pair of the VIVO BAREFOOT Oak, which is like a laced loafer that I’d heard good things about and, personally, I’d been digging the style of them in all the photos I’d seen online. So I picked up a pair and what follows is my review of the Vivo Barefoot Oak, including a video unboxing, photos, and more!

Points of note about the Terra Plana Vivo Barefoot Oak:

  • They are pretty easy to put on (as compared to the Aquas). That said, the heel feels a little roomier than the Aquas, which I attribute to the lack of sidewall/ankle insulation in the Oaks (see photo).
  • The sole feels a little thicker on the Oaks than the Aquas — per Terra Plana’s website, the sole of the Oak is 4.5mm thick. This means a bit less barefoot feel. The sole feels similarly “stiff” to that of the Aqua.
  • Nice overall construction, stitching, build. True to expectations set from the Aquas, I like the quality of these shoes.
  • The Oaks are comfortable. With a sizeable toe box, my feet don’t feel squished at all in the Oaks.
  • Style! I was a bit nervous about the grey and blue, but now that I’ve got it, I really like it. Generally speaking, I like the suede look of the grey oaks better than the brown tanned leather Oaks (though I’d like a dark brown suede please!).

Hope to put these to good use and get a solid review up on BirthdayShoes once I’ve put them through the ropes, which usually takes me a couple months!


Some have asked, so I’ll point out that your size in the Oak is apparently “true to size” (Other Vivos you are supposed to size up). Check the note explaining Oak sizing by Terra Plana at this link (scroll down) reproduced below:

IMPORTANT NOTE: This style of Oak runs true to size. If someone is a ½ size they should go up the nearest full size. Example 10.5 order size 11.

I’m usually a 10.5 and I got 11 / 44 Oaks. They are perhaps a little roomy for my feet and one day I’ll have to try 43s in brown (I do like the brown) just to see if they’re big enough. Note that with Endless you get free return shipping.

Overall take – a year plus later

I like the VIVO BAREFOOT Oaks. They are easier to put on than the Aquas, have a solid, simple style to them, and are quite comfortable in that they’re minimally soled with no arch support and a solid toe box. If I had any issue with VIVO BAREFOOTs, it’d be that sometimes they feel a little “too big” for my feet, which may just be because my sizing puts me a bit “in between” but it’s also because they lack features like a raised arch (note: even FiveFingers raise sole at the arch to hug the foot — this isn’t arch support per se, it just places the shoe on the foot). All in all, over a year and a half later from when I originally picked these up, I’m still a big fan of the Oak.

You can grab a pair from for $130.

More photos of the Terra Plana Vivo Barefoot Oak Wallaby in Grey

By Justin

Justin Owings is a deadlifting dad of three, working from Atlanta. When he's not chasing his three kids around, you'll find him trying to understand systems, risk, and human behavior.

19 replies on “Terra Plana Vivo Barefoot Oaks Review”

I’m wearing a pair of “the brown tanned leather Oaks” right now. I wear them to work pretty much every day now as I can’t wear shoes with big heels or arch support anymore.

My sisters make fun of the way they look, but I think they look pretty decent with a pair of pants on (probably okay with shorts and no socks? never tried though)

I figure they’re a great way to strengthen your feet for barefoot/minimalist running while you’re at work or just chillin’ 🙂

Are the soles 4.5mm thick with or without that insole you’re inserting/removing? If they came with that thick, padded insole, why are they advertising them as barefoot shoes?

Nice un-boxing, may have to get a pair of these or the Dharma.

My hunch is that it’s without — that said, if you take KSOs with 3.5mm rubber sole and 2mm midsole then you’re talking combined 5.5mm.

Guess the question is: how much sole does it take to stop being minimalist? Barefoot shoes being a contradiction in terms, really.

I have the black leather Lesotho that I sometimes wear for dress up if I need a ‘one finger.’ The Oaks look similar except for the toe “rim” and the side material going further back along the heel. The newer Vivo designs like the EVO and Dylan caused me blister problems, but I really like the older designs like the Dharma and Lesotho (and Oaks).

Wow, 37% off at brings the price down to $100 and they also have FREE two day shipping (free return shipping if needed as well).

Hard to beat that. I went ahead and ordered a pair for myself in the same grey color.

Thanks for the review, man!

OK – Endless is pretty awesome.

I paid after reading this last night at around 6:30. (I think I got the last pair of grey)

Said I would get two-day shipping.

Around 9pm got a message they shipped.

Checked the tracking # and they are due to arrive at my US mailbox today.

Thanks again Justin

Any tips on sizing? I’ve been holding off on Vivos, as I’ve read they run small, and inconsistently so. The truth is I live near Philly, so could make the trip to NYC if necessary. I just wonder if they’ve gotten that stuff worked out (I’m at least a 12 in most brands).

I bought a pair of the old styles Oaks (black suede)a few months ago. After reading about Vivobarefoot shoes in the forum, I wanted a pair. I found a really cool website ( that has daily sales on different items, ie: camelback, columbia, & many other companys. They had Oaks and Aquas for $36 which included shipping. Wish I would have picked up the Aquas too. I now own both the brown leather Aquas, ordered from, and the black Oaks. I love both my Aquas & Oaks but believe the Oaks are a little less restrictive & a bit more comfortable than the Aquas.

Too bad endless ran out of size 12 in black 🙁 I just got a pair of Roots on sale through amazon and they feel just like slippers. I’m going towards the minimal shoes to help eliminate all the back pain I’ve been having throughout the years. So far it is helping.

I have the Oaks in grey suede too, and I love them. One thing – I removed the insole and found the fit and finish underneath to be fantastic. I have heard that TP mentions removing the insole on their site but couldn’t find it.

With the insole removed it is very much more comfortable, and my gait is almost the same as my barefooted gait.


I’ve been wearing VFFKSO for a good 5 months, can’t wear any other shoe. the question I have is do you know what shoes i could wear to work in winter that are barefoot style and not leather?
I know Terra Plana make some vegan shoes, but still haven’t seen a warm looking one.
this site is a great service btw!

Hey this is about the porto hand cut leather vivobarefoot shoes. why are they only available in europe??? they look so perfect. there’s no review or anything about them as far as i’ve checked either. review them!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *