Comment from: John [Visitor]

After years of reading how people will "loose" or are "loosing" (opposite of winning - should be lose/losing), it's funny to see it now going the other way with "wear my laced Vivos a little lose".

11/06/13 @ 13:18
Comment from: [Member]


Fixed :)

11/06/13 @ 13:34
Comment from: Run, Bich run... [Visitor]
Run, Bich run...

I found that the One pusehed down painfully on my big toe as well. Really wanted to give these a go, but had to return it.

11/06/13 @ 14:15
Comment from: Asle [Visitor]

Hi Justin, don't you think these look a lot like Lems or do Lems shoes look a lot like Vivos?

11/06/13 @ 14:30
Comment from: Margnoz [Visitor]

I have put around 200km on mine, on par with the vapor glove as my favourite non VFF ultraminimals.

11/06/13 @ 15:14
Comment from: [Member]

@Run, Bich run,

Bummer that you ran into that issue with the big toe. It seems pretty variable on where it decides to fold and just might not sit well on some feet.

I haven't had a chance to wear the stealths, but they look like they might fold better over the toes. I've never felt the "push in" with the Evo's either.

Great to hear! Sounds like they might hold up well over time.

11/06/13 @ 17:29
Comment from: Jen [Visitor]

I really wanted to like the pair of Vivos I got, but after not much wear the soles got cracks and started falling apart. And I'm not hard on shoes either.

So as positive as your review sounds I can't bring myself to pay over a hundred bucks for something I'm afraid will just fall apart again.

11/07/13 @ 10:35
Comment from: Andrew [Visitor]

I've owned a pair of Vivobarefoot "The One" for 6 months now. I use them exclusively for road and treadmill running (I also have a pair of the Vivobarefoot Neo Trail which I use exclusively for running on trails, gravel, etc).

I really love them (they have supplanted my VFF Bikila LS as my main running shoes).

I have a question regarding different Vivobarefoot models with similar names...

Mine are named "The One" (Vivobarefoot model page here:;

The model reviewed herein is named "One" (Vivobarefoot model page here:;

And there is a third named "One Training Clinic" (Vivobarefoot model page here:

Any idea as to why three separate named models/products and what (if any) differences there are between the three? The specs listed on the Vivobarefoot pages for "One" and "One Training Clinic" models look identical and there are no such specs listed for "The One". Could this be the result of conflict with Altra "The One" zero-drop shoe, and, thus, Vivobarefoot was compelled to change the name (but little or nothing else) from "The One" to "One"?

11/07/13 @ 12:20
Comment from: [Member]


I totally understand that fear, but I'm surprised to hear that issue with the sole. I'm curious what model it was. I've almost worn through a couple of the soles from wearing them so much and never had issues with them cracking or falling apart.

From what I've seen that sounds pretty unusual. Did you contact them about it?

11/07/13 @ 13:06
Comment from: Jen [Visitor]


They're the Lucy Lites. I didn't contact Vivo because I bought them through Zappos. I've returned shoes to Zappos before, but it was such an ordeal having to contact the manufacturer and get emails saying they would reimburse Zappos, I didn't want to deal with it again.
Picture of one of the cracks ->

Lesson learned.

11/07/13 @ 14:57
Comment from: Michael [Visitor]

Great review! Aside from the sole (like many of my other Vivobarefoot shoes) not staying glued on the edges, I do find the fit and feel of the One's to be perfect for my "bulgy" feet. I just wish this type of last and width was something Vivobarefoot did with ALL their different soles. I fit the multi terrain sole of the Evo line okay, but it's not as perfect for me as this new road sole of the One since it's slightly narrower. Such a shame. Love the feel, breathability, & look...just wish they'd improve on build quality and diversity of widths with different soles.

11/07/13 @ 16:36
Comment from: [Member]


They are the same shoes, but were released at different times (when companies make new colorways of the same model). If you look at the product codes, the first webpage was labeled as "The One" and has model's 300008-2 and -3. These were the original colors released in the 2013 catalog.

I thought the clinic versions were originally to be given to people who completed the Vivobarefoot sponsored training clinics, but they seem to also be for sale now (I don't think they were when the One's were first released). They were also in the original catalog and you can see on the webpage they are model numbers 30000-4 and -5.

The colorway I reviewed is one of the newest color models (30000-6 and -7). I don't know whether they had to change because of Altra's shoe (I don't know that "The" really changes it) or maybe perhaps someone just labeled the webpage for these colors differently. None of their other shoes are labeled "The..." Not really sure, but will report back if I find anything out.

11/07/13 @ 17:48
Comment from: [Member]


I understand the issues dealing with Vivobarefoot customer service and the hassle that would have been.

Thanks for the photo. I'm really surprised at that. My only thought is that it was a fluke or might be specific to that sole. The only one I have with that sole is a "dressy" shoe so I don't wear it very often and haven't had a problem. I think the multi-terrain and the new road soles are better designed, although I haven't heard of others having problems with the aqua/lucy lites.

I'd hate to see you give up a good barefoot experience due to one bad experience, although I totally understand the risk of future disappointment and money factor. If you ever want to try them again, I would say look on those sale sites to get them for $40-60 (leftlane has a couple models right now).

And, if it's any consolation, none of my shoes have fallen apart like that with lots of wear and tear on them. Good luck!

11/07/13 @ 18:04
Comment from: Kevin S [Visitor]  
Kevin S

Going to be sending my pair back too, not quite big enough for my massive feet. My foot is 9.5'' long and width is EE, I bought these in size 45 in case anyone with massive feet like me is reading. Surprisingly it was quite close, and whilst my foot has been too tall to fit in shoes in the past, these didn't have that problem.

With any luck I can get Vivo to pay return shipping as they sent the shoes in the wrong color. I'm also not too impressed with their email alert system, they say they email you up to two days after the order whether it has either been shipped or delayed. I was told they shipped today, a full 10 days after the order was placed(and they showed up today.) Unless they found a way to get a UPS Ground shipment to get from CA to CT in less than 6hrs they should have notified me sooner. I was considering cancelling and ordering elsewhere in fear they were on backorder.

I wish you guys would write an article on barefoot shoes for those with EE feet in the future, Zappos only lists NB shoes in that width and I'm sure there is more selection than that.

11/12/13 @ 21:28
Comment from: [Member]


Sorry to hear they didn't work out for you. These are definitely a little more snug around my foot than my EVO's, but being a little under 2E I'm still okay.

The problem with reviewing "wides" is that I don't know many minimal shoe companies that actually distinguish widths. Many of them seem to adopt a one size fits most approach (and unfortunately that doesn't always inlcude 2E).

You mentioned New Balance, and that might be a good option, because my feet were swimming in the wides I've tried. Merrell wides might also be a good option (although I personally didn't like the shape of outsole).

Perhaps Justin has more thoughts on "wides." Good luck.

11/14/13 @ 16:33
Comment from: Doug B [Visitor]
Doug B

Thanks for another great review. The Evo II is my "go-to" shoe for road running and bumming around, with my VFFs mixed in there periodically - I also wear Breatho Trails for trail running and Gobi boots for work, so I guess I'm a Vivo Barefoot fan. I've been curious how the One compares to the Evo and this is exactly what I was looking for.

I guess my next purchase should be some of these -- too bad the Evos are so resilient, though: I've got nearly 300 miles on each of my current pairs and they're still going strong.

11/15/13 @ 10:42
Comment from: Thomas [Visitor]

Good to hear some postive on this shoe,
I am a heavy user of the Ra and Gobi as casual and business shoes and thought I would give the one a go as a sneaker.
in my case it was a big disappointment.
The rubber bands across the mesh cut into my feet,and restricted my forefoot and toes from splaying properly, probably in part due to the much narrower in the toebox than my other vivos, and the constructioon quality lead to the sole and the upper starting to come apart within a few weeks.
The owner of the store told me that they had huge issues with the vivo one and advised me to get the stealth in stead, which by all accounts is a better shoe i think, above all it has wider toebox, or so it feels at least.

11/15/13 @ 15:47
Comment from: David [Visitor]

"The Ones size similarly to my other Vivo Barefoots. For reference, I wear a size 44 in all Vivo Barefoots and 43 in all Vibram FiveFingers. My feet are very flat, 10.625 Inches (27 cm) long, and size halfway between a D and EE. Vivo Barefoot recently changed their website's sizing information from EU to US sizing. The website tells me that for a EU 44, I need a US 10.5."

hmm, i really don't get it, my 9 pairs of vivos are all 42/9(us), because my foot is 27cm long.. and regarding their german site, where a cross-reference sizing guide is present, these three values belong together, so i see here some odd confusion. :)

11/19/13 @ 13:51
Comment from: Chris [Visitor]

I just got a pair and love 'em. My question is can you throw these in the washing machine?

12/20/13 @ 07:05
Comment from: [Member]

@Doug - Thanks, hope it helped. I get what you mean about the resiliency of the Evos. I get a bad look when I mentioned wanting a new style because despite alot of wear in the soles, my Evos are still perfectly good.

@Thomas - Sorry to hear the One's didn't work for you. They don't restrict my foot, but they definitely feel more snug than my other vivos. I also love the Ra and Gobi, but I had my own disappointment with the Aqua Lites (just too shallow and constricting on the toes). Hope the stealths work for you!

@David - Not sure about the difference. My foot is 27cm and the shoes themselves are about 28.5cm or so (for size 44), so my toes are about a thumbs width from the end of the shoe. For me, I've found the 44's the most comfortable for my foot width and toe freedom. I would say they size similarly to all my other vivos (actually being a tiny bit more snug), so I would think whatever you normally wear would be good.

12/20/13 @ 19:09
Comment from: Jack [Visitor]  

On my first (and only so far) pair of Vivos, I immediately removed the insoles because, although they fit my Aqua Lites, they slid back after walking for a few minutes. However, the black fabric underneath wore out quite quickly. First the toes and heals, and eventually I just ripped it all the way out exposing the white puncture proof woven material. Have you experienced this with any of your Vivos? I have cotton, wool, and synthetic socks.

I really like the look of the Ones but I want them to last too. Thanks!

12/25/13 @ 18:18
Comment from: [Member]

Jack - I've never had a problem with the issue you described, but I've also never had an issue with the insoles sliding around. I usually don't remove them (primarily to increase the life of the shoes). I've taken the insoles out in only one pair to make them more roomy, but I don't wear that pair very often. I have definitely worn through some insoles, but they kept the black fabric underneath in great condition. If you can keep the insoles in place, they should last really well. Perhaps some double sided tape or tacky light adhesive spray on the bottom of the insoles would help?

Good luck!

12/30/13 @ 01:46
Comment from: Jack [Visitor]

Thanks Philip. I found a store in LA that had some Vivo's in stock. They didn't have the Ones, but I noticed that there was a big improvement on the quality of the insoles over what came with my Aqua Lites. They were much more grippy and they were made out of a higher quality foam. Mine are just a low quality foam with a fabric cover on top. I already liked Vivos, and I'm happy to find that they have remedied my only complaint with my current pair.

12/31/13 @ 13:41
Comment from: Bill murray [Visitor]
Bill murray

I wonder if there is a new version on its way. I see quite a few sizes out of stock amongst several online retailers. Surely Christmas rush has been restocked where possible. Also many reductions in the ones on German sites, just as you'd expect with an outgoing line.

01/25/14 @ 13:36
Comment from: Kristia van Heerden [Visitor]  
Kristia van Heerden

I found a six-month-old Reddit thread where a lot of people complain about the quality of Vivobarefoot. Have you had any quality issues? I'd like to invest in a pair of running shoes and I'm new to minimalist running. I would hate for my first experience to be a bad one.

(The link to the thread:

06/09/14 @ 10:23
Comment from: [Member]


I personally haven't had many issues with my shoes and I've got alot of them. I've worn down the soles of my 4 EvoII's pretty well and only one pair has finally come unglued at the ball of the foot. The One's I reviewed here have just recently seen the sole separate from the upper, but it's only a small gap about 2 mm round where it flexes at the ball of the foot, and I've worn these things pretty hard. So I wouldn't relate these to things to the overall quality, but I have heard from other's who have had problems.

I have had some issues with bad construction and sizing, but more the cut and shape of things being off, not glue or stitching issues. One of the complaints in that reddit thread was about not enough toe room, which is weird considering Vivo used to have really wide and deep forefoots with lots of room to wiggle around. Now I've noticed that several of the newer styles have very shallow toeboxes, which is uncomfortable for me. That's not really a quality issue but a design issue.

There is another thing in that thread that I agree with. Vivobarefoot USA is a pain to deal with. I've had many emails go unanswered and trying to talk to someone on the phone who knows anything about the shoes can be a hassle. And this is because it's not actually Vivobarefoot. In the US, they are run through a distributor who also deals with other products/brands.

I would still recommend the brand, and I wear them most days of the week, but I'm at the point where I would say to avoid dealing with them directly. If you don't like the fit of the shoe, you'll have to pay for the cost of returning. Instead go through something like Zappos, where the shipping is free both ways, just in case you don't like the fit or feel.

Also, if you're new to minimalist running, be sure you want to go with this thin of a sole. The slightly thicker Brooks, New Balance, Merrell, etc. shoes might be a good first experience with the backing of a company you can actually get in touch with. But if you want to go with a 3-5mm sole, I would still recommend Vivo.

06/09/14 @ 14:55
Comment from: anon [Visitor]  

Hi Philip,
I'm thinking about buying stealth M model, and seeing you own multiple models you might be able to help me with the following question:

Should the shoes feel a little loose? If I push my foot forward I can stick a finger inside the shoe more-or-less without a problem. The seller is telling me that it's supposed to be that way, but incidentally doesn't have smaller size. What do you think? Thanks.

06/20/15 @ 09:18
Comment from: Chris [Visitor]  

Any idea where I could find this specific model (One) in red? Perhaps I'm simply too late.

06/30/15 @ 06:37
Comment from: [Member]

I think you might be too late for the red. Zappos has the green and black.
The evo pure is a very similar style with just a different upper. I've actually been alternating the pure with my Ones lately (still wearing my Ones almost two years later!).

Good luck!

07/01/15 @ 02:51
Comment from: Rob [Visitor]  

What do you recommend to replace my Ones. They finally died and I can't seem to find anything similar to them.

03/08/16 @ 23:32
Comment from: [Member]

Rob -
If you want to stick with Vivobarefoot, the Evo Pure has a nearly identical feel as the Vivobarefoot One. Super thin sole, lightweight mesh upper, same last shape. I just put one on each foot and it was hard to tell which each was just standing in them. Still love my Ones but find myself wearing the pure more often.

Zappos has a few color options. Hope they work out!

03/19/16 @ 02:46
Comment from: Luis Soto [Visitor]
Luis Soto

I'm an Multiple Sclerosis patient and Vivobarefoot as close and lightweight to being barefoot as possible. Being disabled I'll always research for the least expensive pair of golden slippers possible but from the first pair I tried on I have to purchase another. I may not walk but I require a lightweight shoe that wraps around my foot.

09/11/16 @ 12:08

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