Comment from: Jason Jantzen [Visitor]
Jason Jantzen

The code actually works for any pair of shoes :)

10/15/14 @ 15:58
Comment from: Matt [Visitor]

What is sizing on these like? Vivos seem to have changed over the years.

10/15/14 @ 21:55
Comment from: [Member]

@Matt -- I wear a 44 in Vivos of all varieties save for my old Oaks which fit me better in size 43. Ok, actually, the Ultras also fit me better in 43 (and I'm a 10.5 in shoes and a size 43 in FiveFingers)

10/16/14 @ 11:53
Comment from: Eric [Visitor]  

These are great looking shoes. I'd like to find something I can wear to work and still look good. These may be them.
Great review!

10/17/14 @ 16:07
Comment from: Rollo [Visitor]

I passed on the Porto as it is the widest of any Vivobarefoot shoe I have seen. The sole extending out past the leather doesn't help either. Since it is a dress shoe, I don't need all the high performance features, like an extra wide toe box. I need a shoe that looks normal from all angles. This didn't. The bannister on the other hand, looks like a step in the right direction.

10/20/14 @ 13:18
Comment from: Emmanuel Santiago [Visitor]  
Emmanuel Santiago

I just received my Portos on the mail today, and this are the dress shoes I've been waiting for the last 3 years, since I started wearing barefoot shoes. I'm very happy with this product.

10/24/14 @ 22:55
Comment from: Mark [Visitor]

I have the Vivo Lisbon, and like them a lot -- better than my Primal Professional dress shoes. The PP does have the advantage of the faux heel, so it looks a bit more traditional, but the Lisbon is more comfortable. My only concern about the handcut line is the sole. With no heel enforcement, I'm afraid the soles will wear prematurely in that area. I saw on the Vivo website that they offer resoling in Europe, my hope is they will find a cobbler in the US that they can work with before mine need resoling.

10/29/14 @ 08:04
Comment from: Niko Tamminen [Visitor]  
Niko Tamminen

I purchased two pairs of these and the soles wore out in few days on the heel. Vivo kindly replaced the other pair for me, but the other pair was purchased from a retailer and I was not able to get it replaced, though the Vivo customer service tried to help.

What I will do with the other, original pair, is that I shall get it re-soled. After that, I will take both of them to a cobbler and ask them to put extra rubber soles on both of them. That's the only way I see they might last. I do wish the Porto would come with a sole that was completely synthetic and durable. If they do in the future, I'm buying another pair. If not, will stick to the Gobi when purchasing new pairs.

12/14/14 @ 17:35
Comment from: [Member]


That is really interesting feedback. I've not had any premature wear like you describe -- which to me likely points to a difference in the way we walk.

12/15/14 @ 14:25
Comment from: Randall [Visitor]

I purchased a pair a couple weeks ago and I've noticed that the sole is completely different from what you show here and what you used to see on the vivo site. They've since removed the sole photo on the US vivo site. Zappos has the updated photo of the sole-go take a look.

I'm not sure if it's an improved sole or what but it would be interesting to know your feedback on the two differences in the soles - since that is sorta one of the most important parts about this $300 boot.

12/17/14 @ 17:37
Comment from: Simon [Visitor]

A word of warning for anyone considering these shoes: I bought a pair of Porto's and within about 6 weeks the glue attaching the sole to the shoe began to break down. I was given a replacement pair and the same thing happened to the new pair about 3 months later.

I was overall disappointed with the quality of the shoes. You expect a shoe that you pay £250 for to last for years, not weeks.

02/23/15 @ 08:12
Comment from: Kyle [Visitor]  

Does anyone have any more feedback on these as for the long lasting of the ruber sole? I have a pair of their ultra's and have burned through them in about 3 months, no way am i going to drop $200 or so if the rubber is only going to last a few months before getting a hole.

03/26/15 @ 17:02
Comment from: Jeff [Visitor]

I have owned a pair of Portos for a year and would like to provide some insight for those that may be considering them.

I too had separation of the sole from the midsole. I was hoping it wouldn't happen but it did. I think it is a flaw in the materials used. It't not that they are not high quality, but I think the leather of the midsole is different that the sole so they flex differently and lead to wear. My assessment, so take it with a grain of salt.

Onto the longevity of the sole... I walk approximately 10 miles a week in them across pavement, concrete, and in the office. After 6 months of regular use I decided to resole them. I was wearing the rubber on the toe more than the rest of the shoe and started working into the leather of the midsole. If it weren't for that I am confident I would have gotten another 3 months out of the sole. So to ensure I kept the midsole in good shape I resoled them at a local cobbler. You do not have to use Vivobarefoot soles, any cobbler can fit them with a new Vibram sole. I chose a thicker, boot style sole. Yes, I lost ground feel but I did retain flexibility. Ground feel is nice but my priorities are toe box and no additional height in the heel.

These have become my favorite shoes. Once broken in they are awesome. Soft, flexible, and they look great. Since I have enjoyed them so much I decided to buy a second pair in brown and start the process all over again. Are they expensive? Yes. Will they require a resole earlier than most shoes? Yes. But at this time, if you are looking for barefoot style shoes with a proper toe box, nice leather upper, and the ability to be resoled for years of use I have not found a better option yet.

09/23/15 @ 22:02
Comment from: Craig [Visitor]

Hi All,

I just got a pair of these in size 43 - size 9 in Canada and I was surprised how wide they are. They almost feel sloppy... would it be better to return and try a 8.5 size? Also, the leather is super stiff and I couldn't imagine not wearing socks, it would probably rub my ankles bare...

03/14/16 @ 19:49
Comment from: Conner [Visitor]

Would you recommend waxing these shoes?

04/19/16 @ 19:17
Comment from: MatT [Visitor]

Had mine since Jan 16 now. I got them at 60% off as I think V must b discontinuing, probably due to all the problems with the sole. Sent first pair back cos of the splitting the that others have noted. For me this resulted in squeaking, which I can't cope with. Second pair I got resold by V at no cost, but it was a hassle. They still squeeze after about two weeks. So got them resold local place (much cheaper) and all is good. So for less than half price I'm happy. Still love vivo.

09/01/16 @ 10:17
Comment from: Alphadad [Visitor]

Holy sheet this portos are now discontinued? I'm going to commit Seppuku. Barefoot shoes are soon going to become like Jordans. When a good model comes out you need to buy like 5 pairs to last a lifetime, or live a lifetime back to pain!

09/27/16 @ 22:56
Comment from: KentB [Visitor]

Discontinued just when my well loved and heavily used pair need a new sole. Can Portos be resoled by any good cobbler?

10/02/16 @ 23:25

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