Vivobarefoot One Running Shoes Review

An area you want to focus on as a runner is your foot health. Weak feet are only manifested in traditional running shoes because the feet are isolated from being stimulated to work naturally, losing muscle and nerve function over time. And, when the feet are weak, its highly unlikely to run pain-free.

It’s important to know that going barefoot or minimal is a good starting point to make sure your feet become stronger.

It is only possible to strengthen the feet via less sole materials under the foot as this enables the feet to be continually engaged in movement. This is why I love the Vivobarefoot One Running Shoes, because the barefoot construction of the shoe forces the feet to work independently which does a lot more to prevent injury than traditional running shoes.

Vivobarefoot One Running Shoes Review

Vivobarefoot One Running Shoes Review

Vivobarefoot One Running Shoes Review

The traditional running shoe is a barrier for developing strong feet. The Vivobarefoot ONE is a powerful intervention that gets your feet more connected with the ground by dramatically increasing tactile stimulation, which is especially important for building stronger soft tissues within the foot.

What I appreciate the most about the Vivobarefoot ONE is its wider-than-normal toe-box. Running in wide minimalist running shoes can single-handily improve foot health. A wide toe-box is essential because it allows your toes to expand whereby toe spreading is key in providing additional balance and impact absorption during forefoot running.

Vivobarefoot One Running Shoes Review

The Vivobarefoot ONE is a light-weight, zero drop, versatile, high performance minimalist running shoe intended for accelerating running performance by encouraging a forefoot strike running style.

Vivobarefoot One Running Shoes Review

The Vivobarefoot One is an amazing forefoot running shoe because it is flat and has no added support, which is what you need to sufficiently build foot strength for running.  The One is also more minimal than the New Balance Minimus and the Merrell Vapor Glove.

The Vivobarefoot One has a 2.5 mm thin outsole, making it easier to monitor your forefoot strike when you are running. But, if you are looking for more comfort and protection, the One also comes with a thin, removable insole.

What’s It Good For?

The One is exceptionally durable and can be worn in obstacle races, on asphalt, concrete, gravel, mud and snow.

Other Notable Features of the One:

  • Outsole feels thinner than it is
  • 100% vegan construction
  • Flexible forefoot region
  • Lightweight
  • Breathable upper -well vented, your feet will barely sweat in the summer
  • Secure lacing system for a snug-in-shoe fit during long distance running
  • Can be worn with thin socks or you can go sockless
Vivobarefoot One Running Shoes Review
Because of the wide toe box, the One lets your toes spread out naturally, improving dynamic balance during running.

Vivobarefoot One Running Shoes Review

The Vivobarefoot One is as close as you can get to being barefoot without compromising durability. The true nature of the One is to help you overcome discomfort and injury  when forefoot running.

Finally, the concept of proprioception does help clarify why shod runners run so differently from barefoot runners. The Vivobarefoot One is a big leap from the standard running shoe –the One is elastic and thin and is central to the reason weak feet get stronger.

Here’s my video review on the Vivobarefoot One running shoe:

Be sure to check out my other reviews and recommendations on barefoot-inspired running shoes for forefoot running.


Bretta Riches

"I believe the forefoot strike is the engine of endurance running..."

BSc Neurobiology; MSc Biomechanics candidate, ultra minimalist runner & founder of RunForefoot. I was a heel striker, always injured. I was inspired by the great Tirunesh Dibaba to try forefoot running. Now, I'm injury free. This is why I launched Run Forefoot, to advocate the health & performance benefits of forefoot running and to raise awareness on the dangers of heel striking, because the world needs to know.
Bretta Riches

P.S. Don't forget to check out the Run Forefoot Facebook Page, it's a terrific place to ask questions about forefoot running, barefoot running and injury. I'm always happy to help!

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