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VivoBarefoot Information

If you're new to Vivo we recommend you size the same as you would with your existing shoes. These shoes fit 'big' deliberately - there should be a thumb width of space around the 'toe box' separating your toes from the shoe. If you're in-between sizes, we recommend you size up.

If you've been wearing barefoot shoes for a period of time, you may notice your feet start to grow as your toes splay to a more natural shape and size; over time you may need to increase your shoe size. The shoes fit consistently to each other as per the sizing charts below, unless otherwise stated in the product description.

Where does the Leather come from, and is it ethically sourced?
The majority of our Leathers are now sourced from Pittards PLC and come from free roaming cows in Africa. You can find out more about the leather we use by visiting our Wild Hide or SUSTAINABILITY page.

Are your shoes puncture proof or puncture resistant?
Our shoes have a patented puncture resistant layer that has up to 5x the puncture resistance of other minimal shoe brands out there. Sadly, it is not possible to make them puncture proof and maintain the barefoot flexibility and feeling. Learn more here (Learn more ‘link to attached page for thermal and puncture resistance.

Vivo’s appear to have less components than regular shoes, so why are they expensive?
FLEXIBLE SHOES - At VIVOBAREOOT we are committed to giving you as little shoe as possible while providing your feet with all the grip and protection you would expect from a pair of VIVOBAREFOOT shoes. Making soft, thin, flexible shoes that last longer and still allow for natural foot function, is our unique challenge.
LESS IS MORE - With less materials, thinner soles and complete flexibility; a huge amount of stress is put on the shoes during wear. This means we have to use the best materials and most considered shoe making process we can lay our hands on.
WE PAY MORE FOR LESS - In our China factories, it is common for shoe productions lines to make up to 3500 pairs per day. Our soft, thin, flexible shoes are a lot harder to make which limits us to below 1000 pair per day due to the level of shoe making and craftsmanship in each and every pair. We are a small company, with small orders and difficult to make shoes with industry defining quality standards.

Where do you produce your shoes?
Currently, we produce our shoes all over the world, from China and Cambodia, to Ethiopia and Portugal. We only work with factories who we believe can offer us the best possible construction, but who also follow our company code of conduct on human rights. Please read our Code of Conduct for more information.

What’s special about the soles?
Did you know that up to 70% of the information your brain needs for skilful movement comes from the 200,000 nerves on the soles of your feet? By maximising sensory feedback as your foot touches the ground, you can exploit the abundance of information available to the brain to help you stand, walk and move with optimal skill. Learn more here
Every shoe we make has a patented, ultra-thin, puncture resistant sole which gives you maximum sensory feedback with protection. Learn more here.

How do I clean/care for my Vivo’s?
We recommend using natural products where possible for cleaning and weather protection. Construction methods and materials vary across styles and we would recommend using soapy cold water rather than a washing machine for our performance shoes.
In the interest of increasing the lifespan, and appearance of your shoes, we have now partnered with Liquiproof. The innovative spray uses nano-technology to create a protective coating for your shoes, making them liquid repellent. Protect your shoes against spills and splashes with Liquiproof.
Products such as Nikwax for leather are also great!

Should I wear socks or insoles with my Vivo?
Yes, you can, a lot of this comes down to personal preference.
If you are not used to wearing socks, then there is no need to wear them with our shoes. However, if you do still want to keep them on, we would recommend a pair of lightweight, non-restrictive socks that may stop any friction and can sometimes help with moisture wicking, preventing sweat and stinky shoes.