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Vivo Barefoot

I bought my first pair of Vivo Barefoot shoes almost 2 years ago, and having recently acquired a third pair (the beautiful and striking emerald green pair in the photo), I am extremely happy with them

Espousing a philosophy of “minimalist footwear”, the basic premise is that our feet are extremely well evolved for walking barefoot, and that traditional shoes do a great deal of damage. Vivo Barefoots are therefore designed to have a very large, wide toe box, and also to have as thin a sole as is possible (under 5 millimetres). As a result, the shoes are light and allow your feet to feel the texture of the ground. I wore one of my pairs when hiking up Arangieskop a few weeks back, and found them to be very comfortable, even over very tough terrain with steep ascents, descents and lots of clambering over rocks.

These are the kind of shoes that, having owned a pair, you will never want to wear anything else. The only downside is the difficulty of buying them in South Africa – I’ve had to get all my pairs in the UK, but hopefully that will change in time.

Find out more on their website: www.vivobarefoot.com


  1. Posted 9 Oct ’11 at 10:16 pm | Permalink

    Am also interested in getting a few pairs of vivo’s. Have you found anywhere in ZA that sells them yet?

    • linsen
      Posted 14 Oct ’11 at 9:06 am | Permalink

      Hi Derek
      Unfortunately I haven’t – I’ve had to get mine from the UK. If I find somewhere selling them I’ll be sure to pass it on!

  2. Anette Thompson
    Posted 20 Oct ’11 at 2:49 pm | Permalink

    Dear Barefoot Sole,
    Vivo shoes have licensed a local South African company to make shoes just like Vivo (same construction) only they’re called Froggie Barefoot Science – go see http://www.froggie.co.za and look for Barefoot Science. They’re about to launch sports shoes too!

  3. James Kuiper
    Posted 9 Feb ’12 at 2:02 pm | Permalink

    Hi Linsen,

    What is the name of those green shoes? Are they Vivo Barefoot shoes? if so what is the model name? i cant seem to find them!


    • linsen
      Posted 11 Feb ’12 at 11:22 am | Permalink

      They are Vivo Barefoots – I think they’re Aquas. It doesn’t look like they’re still on their website though – it could be that they were last year’s model and not available anymore

  4. Posted 6 May ’12 at 10:04 pm | Permalink

    HI Guy’s
    Thise are indeed Vivobarefoot Aqualies and are available in limited colours right here at Native Sport in Cape Town.We are in the process of bringing in the whole range and should have all stock available by the end of June 2012.Those who are looking for early purchases can contact me directly stuart @vivobarefoot.co.za

    • linsen
      Posted 7 May ’12 at 2:55 pm | Permalink

      Awesome! I’ll definitely come by Native Sport to check out your stock – thanks!

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