Comment from: Nocona [Visitor]
Nocona

I think I would take 3 simple pair of Sanuk Rounders over these, for the same price. Man those Lux are butt ugly.

06/20/17 @ 14:00
Comment from: Frans [Visitor]
Frans

I rather like mine too. They're pretty much the next best thing to my Xero Shoes (that is, no shoes at all). I'd definitely prefer not to wear them in this 30° weather though. :-P

06/21/17 @ 03:37
Comment from: [Member]

@Nocona,

Sanuk Rounders are fine but they're the typical, unrefined look of Sanuks and not made of quality leather -- nor are they as minimalist.

As for the aesthetics, I guess beauty is in the eye of the beholder but "butt ugly?" These are easily one of the best looking pairs of minimalist shoes I've ever reviewed.

06/21/17 @ 12:26
Comment from: Leigh [Visitor]
Leigh

Glad to see you are getting some reviews in Justin!

These don't look too bad. I saw them on line in black and thought they were pretty sharp. I have plenty of other models and don't really see a need for these in my shoe lineup.

06/21/17 @ 13:46
Comment from: Ted_S [Visitor]
Ted_S

I like the aesthetics and the perforations. But I'm concerned about the width. I'm wondering, though, if the forefoot could be stretched or if there are seams that would prevent stretching without ripping?

Towards the end of 2009 I purchased a few different models of VivoBarefoot shoes and boots but had trouble with the width. At the same time I purchased my first pair of FiveFingers, the KSO Trek. The FiveFingers, with their stretchy kangaroo leather, quickly molded to my feet and were pain-free even on long hikes. I haven't worn the Vivos since then except for a couple of times when I needed something dressier and more conventional.

Lately (last few years) Fivefingers have also become too narrow (for my feet). I'm able to wear the recently discontinued Trek Ascent Leather by going a size larger than my actual length and then moderately stretching them (the seams rip if I try stretching them very much). However an oversized shoe is not an ideal solution, especially when an off-trail hike involves a bit a rock climbing.

06/21/17 @ 14:46
Comment from: Nocona [Visitor]
Nocona

Admin, fair and true enough about the Sanuks.

I'll still lean more to what Frans said about the Xero shoes. Amazing comfort and the casual Hanas look a million times better (in the eyes of this beholder) than this funky, off color, too high of sole material around the sides, shoe.

06/21/17 @ 14:53
Comment from: Doug [Visitor]
Doug

Yeah, I think they are great looking shoes too. Although I would like them in either black or a darker shade as well, but it looks like the natural leather goes well with jeans.
How do they look with khakis? (my wife has this impression that clothes have to "match"...)

So, I was looking over their site and they do have them in black...for women. :(
I like the Primus Lite also and almost bought a pair until I saw the white accents on the instep side of the shoe. Now it doesn't matter since they don't have my size in stock.

I've been looking at another pair of Vivo's since my first pair of Ra's (version 1's even) finally died (the sole of one just fell completely off the other day). My Ra II pair are still going strong, but I need something I can wear with black. (more matching issues...)
These will probably fit the bill, I just have to justify the $150 price tag.

06/23/17 @ 13:22
Comment from: Nyah [Visitor]
Nyah

These look to have the same problem that exists on the Ra (and apparently other Vivo) shoes. The side of the big toe is not wide enough. The back half of the shoe is too wide in proportion to the front half. This shape is essentially backwards from how a shoe should be. When I go up in size to the point at which the toe area becomes tolerable, the edge of the collar is then too high, uncomfortably rubbing the bottom of my ankle bone.

07/09/17 @ 12:41

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