After all the hype we have been hearing about Terra Plana’s Vivo Barefoot line of shoes, we decided to add them to our product lines that we promote and talk about. We have yet to review them (coming very soon!) but based on readers testimonials and reviews, we think it’s more than hype that the shoes have become a hit and have their own little cult following.
To give a brief overview, the company Terra Plana’s products are made with all eco-friendly (recycled) products and produced in a way that is environmentally friendly. Their shoes come in all flavors, colors and designs. They make boots, running shoes, loafers and many other styles of shoes as well. The reason they consider themselves, as we do, to be “barefoot style” shoes has mostly to do with their thin (3mm) soles. The soles are made with durable material so despite the thin nature of them, they much be quite tough. The thin soles all you to be “in touch” with the environment by feeling every flex on the shoe, plus the curves and crevices on the floor. To get a better overview of the shoes in general, check out our new Vivo Barefoot section.
Most of the Vivo Barefoot shoes were not created for long distance runners and heavy athletics. Some of them are more geared towards hiking and walking. Many people who we’ve talked to about the Vivo’s love the comfortable feeling. The 3mm soles also provide just enough protection from the environment without lending itself to heel-striking. So I wouldn’t call these shoes barefoot running shoes yet (More like barefoot walking or barefoot lounging shoes). There are reports of Terra Plana coming out with a running shoe called the Evo:
When this shoe comes out we will be sure to review it in detail to see how it performs and endures in long and short distance runs. For now we can enjoy the fresh and unique eco-friendly style that the Vivo Barefoot shoes bring. If they’re anything like the other popular barefoot running shoe brands, you better grab them while you can. These running shoes always seem to have “stocking” issues. Browse here if you are interested in Vivo Barefoot Mens or Vivo Barefoot Womens.