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Geek P.O.D.: Vivo At Work.


My new pair of Vivo Barefoot Evos. Great customer service by Terra Plana. My original pair (the greens one) actually had small rips on the sides and I sent photos and an email to the Australian distributors to let them know. As a result, they offered to replace them and deliver a new pair to me free of charge. They even allowed me to choose a new co our should the green ones be out of stock.

On another note, they are a nice pair of barefoot shoes to wear. I use them as a casual pair of shoes and at work as well. Looks like an ordinary shoe and has the cushioning of the Vibram FiveFingers Bikilas. Like the FiveFingers, they also give me that proprioception training i require for the weak arches of my feet. Because of their hexagon pattern, it also looks quite funky. This new pair did not need as much breaking-in as much as the first ut pair. So now since I have two pairs, the older pair with the rips which just require a bit of sports tape to mend up will be used as a training pair of shoes!


3 thoughts on “Geek P.O.D.: Vivo At Work.

  1. Jesper says:

    Have your new Evos developed any rips since then? My first pair developed small rips after a monh or two. The second pair also developed rips but at that point I didn’t bother returning them. Some of those rips have since then developed to a huge gash in the side of the left shoe. Starting to wonder if the company made a poor choice of fabric for the top of the shoe.

    • Hi Jesper!

      I actually had that exact problem! I started developing small rips on the side just two days after walking in them. Then I sent photos to the distributor here in Australia and they sent me another pair. But the same thing happened after a few months. I feel that it’s the material they use for the top of the shoe like you mentioned. It’s pretty stiff and i feel that’s why it rips easily. The other thing as well is it’s not very water-proof. Although I like the feel of the shoe. one of the better minimalist shoes around. Just lousy material used.

      Have you tried other shoes? I am using the inov-8 f-lite 195 at the moment. Not too bad. thinking of putting up a review of a few of these minimalist shoes as I have gone through quite a few pairs.

      Thanks for the interest!

      Lester aka the Training Geek.

      • Jesper says:

        The only footwear I have tried since then have been a pair of Teva sandals. While not particularly barefoot/minimalist oriented, I do find them very comfortable and very durable (my previous Tevas lasted years and only started to come apart after the outer layer of the sole had worn through).

        Right now I’m on the lookout for a place to buy a pair of VivoBarefoot Neo Trail. I have heard that they work very well in the nordic winters (lots of ice and wet snow), where the waterproof upper material helps a lot. Neo Breatho are often mentioned as its summer counterpart, but it looks too hot for me. I like my sandals better 🙂

        On a side note I have also used the original FiveFingers some years ago, when they were just starting to come out. While they are very comfortable, I quickly got tired of the comments from other people. They also had a tendency to collect dust or something under my heals, which somehow formed a hard cement-like compound. Had to be cleaned rather often to prevent that.

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