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- EVA upper
- Removable nylon/airpene/neoprene footbed
- Latex rubber and TPU outsole
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For land, water and everything in between the Ultra offers a unique amphibious experience for those wanting something a little more than normal. It's all about fashion, function and freedom for your feet with the Ultra: a truly revolutionary and versatile shoe.
- Product Dimensions: 12 x 9 x 6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- ASIN: B00EEI5RBG
- Item model number: 300009-605
- Date first available at Amazon.com: April 4, 2014
- Average Customer Review:
Top Customer Reviews
Here is the downside. The shoes are not durable. I'm sure that if you ran in them for an hour a few times a week, they would last for a long time, but I wore them constantly and am moving around for much of the day (though mostly indoors). They wore out in about 2 months. the bottoms wore away at the ball of my foot and one of the shoes now actually has a hole in the bottom. If you ask me, that is unacceptable, I expect to be able to wear $50+ shoes for many months, not 2.
The shoes are quite comfortable and they look decent, but the durability just drags these shoes down so much.
One other small note: the questionnaire for shoes asks if they provide good arch support--for a barefoot shoe you have to answer 'no' because of course the shoe offers no support. The properly used and developed muscles in your foot provide all the arch support you need. Try going barefoot and you'll find this to be the case, but start slowly as it will take you time (I think at least a month is a reasonable period) to build up your feet, calves, and a little but of glutes for your human walking and running mechanisms to build of strength. Once you do that, though, you'll be way better off than in conventional shoes that don't support a natural walking and running motion and put too much strain on your knees while not using the muscles in your feet and calves.
By comparison I received also my New Balance MT10BS2 (EU44, US10) and they really fit my foot like a glove. I love them totally!
Beats the heck out of me as to why some frigging companies can't adhere to the sizing standard and make their shoes the right damn size!
I went to the Vivobarefoot website to check sizing. Their sizing app is way off. It told me that to achieve the fit of my New Balance Minimus MT10, size 9, that I would need a size 43. So, that's what I ordered. They're huge.
So, I did some searching and found that a US 9 and 9 1/2 are generally considered to be a EU size 42. Then, I looked at actual measurements, in inches, and measured my foot. That put me in a 41.
I returned the 43 and ordered the 41. It fits the way I would expect it to, length-wise. I usually wear a 2E width, and these fit me with room to spare, so I would guess that if you're a 4E width, you'd still be fine with them; the difference in shoe widths, in inches, isn't that much.
These have a removable 'sock', which can be worn on its own. I wore it around the house, just out of curiosity, and it's comfortable, but it takes 20 minutes or so to get used to. It does have tread, so you can wear it outside, though I can't see me doing that, unless I have them on and need to run out to the car or something.
To replace the 'sock', and protect you from the laces, they have a neoprene 'tongue' that snaps in.
The shoes fit well, they don't slip, and they're comfortable. The only downside that I've found is that the bottom of your feet sweat, while the rest of each foot is well ventilated.
I like that they're easy to clean and can get wet without worry.
One other warning; if you step on something sharp or pointy, you WILL feel it. Unlike most minimalist shoes, which have tougher Vibram soles, these are pretty soft. I accidentally stepped on an in-ground sprinkler head or something, and it hurt! So, watch where you step when you wear them!
If it weren't for the fit issues, I'd give them 5 stars. Even if the sizing app had pointed me to a 42, it would've still been too big. That makes me question whether they're sizing them incorrectly, or if it's just a typical problem with conversions. I don't know.