Vivobarefoot Primus Review for Forefoot Running

Are you among the many runners that continuously get injured? To reduce your injuries, run in minimalist running shoes. While running in these shoes, you’ll get stronger feel, ankles and legs and will have maximum control over your running form in that your feet will be in a better position to land forefooted and avoid heel strike, which is highly recommended to avoid injury.

There are dozens of minimalist shoes that feel natural, like you are almost running barefoot, and the Vivobarefoot Primus road minimalist running shoe is one of them.

Vivobarefoot Primus Review for Forefoot Running
The Vivobarefoot Primus is a road running, race-specific barefoot shoe that’ll help your performance excel. The shoes unique signature is that its full of properties that go beyond minimalism and out of that, will help you develop a more robust and durable foot that’ll be well prepared to take on more miles and faster paces. Meanwhile, the incredibly thin outsole ensures a steady supply of the sensory ground cues important in keeping your posture and footstep stability reflexes engaged at a much higher level, thereby strengthening your balance control and helping prevent mechanical slip-ups as compared with traditional running shoes.

Vivobarefoot Primus Review for Forefoot Running

If you are a fan of the Vivobarefoot EVO Pure, you’ll love the Vivobarefoot Primus Road! The Primus Road is made for road running. Its zero-drop, flat design creates the perfect environment to run more naturally, on the forefoot. Its max outsole thickness is 3 mm, so it’s pretty flat, like the Vibram FiveFingers and gives good ground-feel, so that you can feel where you are stepping.

The upper mesh is see-through, and really ventilated, so the Primus Road is ideal for the summer. The upper is also very lightweight and is made of polyurethane, giving the overall shoe better structural integrity, so it holds up well over long distances. The upper is also flexible and moves with your foot and doesn’t compress your foot, so it’s great it you have a wide foot and bunion. The lacing design is also wider, again less compression on the top of the foot.

For added mobile and a barely-there-fit, the tongue is thinner and is well-anchored in the shoe, so it does not move around or slide down. The construction is 100% vegan-friendly. For added comfort, the Primus Road comes with a thin, removable form insole as well.

To replicate the barefoot experience and rejuvenate your feet, the Primus Road is the staple running shoe that does just that. Plus the shoe is sharp looking and can be worn casually.

Update: The Vivobarefoot Primus has now since been reformulated and replaced with the Vivobarefoot Primus ‘SwimRun’. You can learn more about the upgraded model here!

Need more insights and choices on minimalist running shoes? Here are more of my recommendations on the barefoot-inspired running shoes made to bring out the best in your forefoot running form.

If you want to learn more about the health and performance benefits of forefoot running and barefooting as well as to learn more about the potential injurious effects of heel strike running, you’ll love my YouTube channel here!

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

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