VIVOBAREFOOT – Sock Doc’s favorite footwear. They’re as barefoot as you can be without actually being barefoot. No drop. No arch support. No cushioning. No motion control. Plenty of unaltered proprioception to help with your balance, body awareness, and overall health and fitness.

VIVOBAREFOOT makes shoes for on the road, off the road (trail) and multi-terrain. Whether you’re in the office or in some water they’ve got a barefoot-style shoe to fit your need. Plus, they’re well aware that kids’ feet need only one thing to develop properly – a little bit of protection at certain times. So they’ve created a diverse line of kids shoes and boots to fit their needs.

I have completed several VIVOBAREFOOT shoe reviews that you can find below. I don’t get paid any money from anyone for my VIVOBAREFOOT shoe reviews and I don’t work for them nor am I an affiliate; I just think they’ve got great shoes. If you’re interested in injury prevention and optimum health and fitness as I am, then VIVOBAREFOOT will fit your lifestyle.

Make sure you read “Healthy People = Barefoot People” to learn more about how your bare feet and your health are interrelated with each other as well as how to properly transition into a barefoot type shoe. There’s a powerpoint presentation at the end worth watching too.

Shoe Reviews




  1. I can’t seem to find any of the minimalist shoes that would work for a student athlete sprinter. They all seem to be designed either for just daily living or trail or long distance runners. Am I wrong? Do you have any suggestions for sprinters?

    • I wouldn’t necessarily say they’re for long distance – you might not want to sprint a 100m in them, but you can definitely be running 400s in them. Check out some other shoes at your local running shop. Most sprinting/racing flats are so minimalist just by the nature of the design.

  2. Gregory Michael says:

    I’m trying out the minimalist New Balance Vibram and like it so much I don’t wear anything but it even at work. This will soon become a problem especially at my job because of the natural of what I do. Most people wear heavy duty boots with steel toed protection. Have you found a minimalist boot for work or have you heard of anyone removing the outer and mid soles of their boots to bring them closer to barefoot walking?

  3. What do you recommend as shoes for tennis? Thanks for your great website and info. Jill

  4. I’m a size 11 1/2, do I need to buy a size 12 or would it fit true to size?

    • Hard to say because it depends on what you’re an 11 1/2 in. Best is to try a pair on but I don’t find their comparison chart on their site to be very accurate.

  5. What do you recommend for a woman with size 12 narrow feet? Vivobarefoot does not manufacture shoes for women in that size.

  6. What do you think about the new balance MR00 Road as a casual/workout shoe? Do you think it’s a good option? And also I have a pair of vans and I’ve been wondering if I could classify it as a “minimal” Shoe. This is the link to it. The heel looks thick but when you take out the thickly cushioned insert it basically because a zero drop shoe. There isn’t any cushion to the shoe and it’s pretty flexible with a pretty wide toe box. Vans just aren’t really known around the world as a “minimalist” type of brand, but i’m wondering if these would work? Thanks a lot doc!

  7. Donald Gabrielson says:

    I have pain and swelling around the sesamoid bones in my right foot. The side of my right leg is numb because of a bulging disc in my back. I had surgery, however my right leg is still numb below the knee, because of numbness I slap my right foot when I walk (my left foot is OK). I have used orthotics for years but they are not helping anymore and around my sesamoids it is swollen and painful. I walk on a cement floor every day. Do you have a solution for my problem?

  8. I have a horrible back. (Twisted sciatica and 2 bulging disks in the upper back) I need an lightweight shoe for long distance backcountry camping. I was considering a natural shoe. Any suggestions?

    • Gotta see what works for you. If you’re used to a supportive shoe then going with less will probably make your back feel worse if you don’t address the problem there.

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