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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on August 27, 2012
I've been running completely barefoot for 7 years. I've generally tried to keep most of my running completely barefoot although I do have a pair of FiveFingers for cold or just when I need a break. I run on lots of gravel though and finally have decided that to run fast where I run I need to where shoes more. I started just wearing the FF more, but they were too hot in the summer and I like the open feeling of being barefoot. So, I decided to get a running sandal.

Overall, these have been exactly what I was looking for. I spent a couple weeks easing into them as the toe-separator does rub the inside of your toes. However, after a week or so it seemed like no big deal for my lunch runs (5-8 miles). They seem like high quality and that they will probably last a long time. They are a bit heavier feeling than expected though. Also, although I normally wear a 43; the 41/42 size fit perfectly...the 43/44 was way too big for running as you need a snugger fit so you're foot doesn't move around in the shoe (I bought both sizes and returned the 43/44). If I were wearing it to the beach or just walking around the 43/44 probably would have been fine though (the 43/44 fit similarly to other flip-flops I have).

Really, the only complaint I have is that if I run through sandy places some times a few grains get stuck in between the toe separator and rub uncomfortably against the inside of my toe for a while. However, it seems like that is part of the deal with a running sandal. If I didn't want that, I'd just wear a more shoe-like running shoe ;) I do like the toe-separator from a stability perspective, but if they could redesign it to be less abrasive against the foot this shoe would be perfect.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
I've run in Vibram FFs, Merrell Bare Access 2, trail and road gloves, Nike Free Runs, Saucony Kinvaras and these bad boys over the past few years. And all of them have their place; that can't be denied. The Merrells are the best (imho) in terms of quality, looks, all-day comfort and most importantly customer service and feedback. I've loved every pair I've ever bought.

But these I bought on a whim...I had some amazon credit and figured I'd round out my collection of minimalist shoes with something pretty extreme. However I was surprised at what I got; a no-nonsense pure-awesome distance running shoe.

If you've been doing the barefoot 'thing' for a while and your feet/legs are built up to handle it, you'll never run on anything more comfortable. Your feet will breathe well, land on the ball like they're supposed to and feel every bump without getting cut or hurt. You might get a pebble stuck once in them once in a while but it doesn't last long; in a few steps it usually flies right back out.

I use my Merrells in the gym when I'm lifting or using a cardio machine, but when I'm out on the path putting down some mileage these are the only shoes I'll run in. The only con is that yes, they're pretty ugly. The camel toe is a bit offputting to look at.

The workaround is to get the ones that are semi-translucent with the yellow soles...that way you look like you're running with nothing on your feet at all. :)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on December 4, 2012
The Vivobarefoot Achilles sandals are about as close as is possible to actual barefoot, while still having something between my feet and the rocks. Arizona has lots of these, so a minimal shield is good. They look cool, too. Don't expect cushioning, though. Recommended.
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60 of 84 people found the following review helpful
on September 1, 2012
Just got these in grey. They are awesome! The only problem is that they are 100% vegan. Would've preferred some animal product angle, like making them out of bison jerky...
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
After sojourning with Merrel, New Balance, Vibram Five Fingers, etc...I've finally found a home with Vivobarefoot in general. In particular, the Achilles works great for me.

I live in Miami, Fl. These breath even better than the Vivo Ultra Pure running shoe.

I run, sprint, practice joint mobility, train with kettlebells, and do Capoeira in these shoes.
Of course I prefer being actually barefoot...but these are the next best thing...especially when you need the protection in hot climate.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 24, 2014
These looked so ergonomically correct I decided to try them. They are cool looking.....to me. When I received them I immediately doubted their integrity though. The sole is no thicker than 1/8th inch. I thought I'd feel every stick and stone I stepped on, however when wearing them I did not (not yet) The sandal is well designed and fits snugly, with the adjustable strap. I do find the divider between the big toe and the next to be somewhat uncomfortable but it functions as a control point, helping keep this lightweight sandal snug. I also have a longer toe next to my big toe and the design does not accommodate that shape very well but it's manageable. An overall great effort in the design of this footwear. Will be a great river and moderate trail shoe!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 4, 2014
This is a well made shoe for minimalist running. My only problem with it is how my big toe meets the hole in the shoe. It tends to poke out and led to my toe socks developing holes in the big toe after a 10k race. I love running in them though!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on March 12, 2013
Pretty interesting design and I'd say pretty successful. This review is a bit early as I haven't worn the sandal for an extended period of time as yet, however, I can say that so far, I'm impressed. The first thing is that for such a tiny thing, it stays on the foot really well. Keens have a gazillion straps to keep the sandal on and yet I can still slip around in them. These with their one strap, stay on. The strap can be removed and the sandal can be used as a slip-on. As for the barefoot design, it's about as barefoot as you can get. The main feature of the sole it to prevent injury to your foot from sharp objects - that's it! If you want a cushioned step or arch support, this ain't for you. As for the toe divider, yes, it takes getting used to and you might get a blister or two at first. It will also catch sand or dirt and need to be emptied, but that is an issue with many sandal designs, especially Keens. If you are a barefoot person, this is a great product.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on May 25, 2014
Nice and ninja like in appearance but I wouldn't run in these unless I was being chased by a pack of knife wielding clowns. I bought them more for the design and Im enjoying them.
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on February 1, 2015
I have been running semi-barfoot for about 3 years now. I do obstacle races, when running through muck mud water ect. these don't hold any water or dirt. They are great and offer enough traction in my opinion to keep you on your feet but not to much to roll an ankle, you will slide as long as you have good balance you will stay upright. The only thing that is out right bad is the big toe design. If it were to cover up higher and have large holes it would still shed muck without having your toe pressed hard when running downhill. I would like the big toe to be enclosed for downhill and obsticule running and will be e-mailing Vivobarefoot. Other then that they are exactly as advertised and offer great road feel and for the price I could buy literally 4 pairs of these compared to other more expensive brands.
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