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- V-Web Breathable Vegan Flat and wide Totally flexible Ultra-thin
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Built for the road, tailored for speed; the primus road puts your feet in charge. The super-lightweight, breathable construction, with ultra-thin, flexible sole allows your feet to feel the ground, to Connect with the run, leaving nothing in the way of you and the road.
- Shipping Weight: 5.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- ASIN: B0170QRDZQ
- Item model number: PRIMUS ROAD-M
- Date first available at Amazon.com: April 6, 2016
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Anyway, back to the Vivobarefoot shoes. Out of the box I was a bit nervous they might be too wide but after putting on some Darn Tough running socks and spending a few miles running in them I'm very happy with the fit. The toe box is perfect and provides just enough room for my toes to splay without hitting the edges of the shoe anywhere. The shoes didn't move around at all so I shouldn't be getting blisters from that either. It will take a few longer runs to verify the fit but after about 6 miles I'm pretty optimistic that these will work really well for me.
My biggest concern at this point is how long they will last. It's a bit of a two edged sword with minimalist shoes. I don't want a lot of tread, especially for road running, but with how little tread is on these shoes I fear I'll wear them out in 4-5 months and they would be pretty expensive to replace 2-3 times a year. I can't dock a star for that as I haven't seen how they hold up yet and it's part of the nature of the minimalist design that the soles won't last as long anyway. Even with the minimal tread, they have pretty good traction. I did some sprints through some wet (sprinklers) asphalt and never felt like I was slipping at all. Overall I'm happy with the purchase.
The shoe itself and the toebox are too small/narrow, and the sole has some strange arch support that presses against the bottom of your foot. If I wanted arch support and a narrow toebox I wouldn't be buying Vivobarefoot.
The quality is also questionable. The shoes arrived smelling like Robotussin or some similar medicinal smell that I can't quite place. The place where the laces go through seem quite fragile, I doubt they will stay intact over time.
The sole is nice and firm though which I like. I really do wish they had pulled this shoe off correctly with a wider toebox, wider shoe overall, and a truly flat sole. But as it stands I can quite confidently recommend that you PASS on this shoe.
I do own another vivobarefoot shoe, the Ra II, which fits me much better. It is not a running shoe though.
I should mention that I've been "barefoot running" for almost a year (in Vibram FF) and it still feels a little weird walking around in the Vivos. Your feet have a lot to un-learn when your start wearing them. Don't be too surprised.
That being said, my knees don't hurt anymore, so don't try telling me "barefoot" is a fad. :)
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