VivoBarefoot Ultra Water Shoes - Men's

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Taking the barefoot running phenomena to the next step, the Vivobarefoot Ultra Water Shoes for men offers amphibious performance with minimalist design. The high-density, flexible outsole has the traction and protection you need for light trail running, while the honeycomb design and synthetic construction make the Ultra 100% water friendly. Vivobarefoot designed the Ultra to provide a comfortable and natural splay, so your foot flexes naturally while you move. The thin sole facilitates maximum proprioception without compromising on protection. The Ultra's unique design allows customization by adding or removing the sock liner and tongue depending on your use and the conditions of the day. Enjoy the barefoot revolution with the Vivobarefoot Ultra Water Shoe.

Specifications

  • Upper: EVA: 3D upper-outsole with perforated, non-toxic, dual-density, soft, high abrasion resistant EVA (Ethylene Vinyl Acetate)
  • Footbed: Removable, plug-in, puncture-resistant sock liner for climate control or added protection
  • Elastic Lace cord and lock lacing system for a quick, secure fit
  • Lining: Removable, plug-in stretchy mesh tongue for climate control and preferred fit
  • Outsole: Durable, amphibious, injected EVA sole
  • Outsole Thickness: Starts at 7mm compresses to 3mm
  • Superior traction
  • Natural foot-flex uses a perforated upper and a hex-flex outsole for optimal comfort
  • Glueless construction
  • Mono-material shell is light on resource consumption
  • 100% vegan
  • Sole thickness: 7mm / compresses to 3mm
  • Weight: 5.5 oz, 157 g

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Review Summary

3 out of 3

1 Reviews

Pros
  • breath well: 1
  • comfy on smooth ground: 1
  • dry instantly: 1
  • easy on and off: 1

Cons
  • no puncture protection: 1
  • soles very thin: 1
  • weak durability: 1

1 Ratings & Reviews

CoastalAK
from Coastal Alaska
35-44 yrs

Comfy, but lacking durability
August 01, 2012

These are extremely minimalist 'barefoot' shoes. They are basically made out of expanded foam rubber. The sole starts out about 7mm thick but with use compacts to about half that. I'm not sure what surfaces they are supposed to be worn on because when worn off-trail, twigs and small sharp objects go right through the soft, thin sole, and on trail/pavement the foam sole wears very quickly. I have Crocs that I have worn for years that are essentially a similar but much thicker material that show less wear than these have after only one month. I am using them as my drysuit kayaking footwear, so most of my time is spent sitting in a boat with some short trips up and down the beach or walking around camp. Certainly no hiking or big miles. The uppers are holding up well but why they couldn't put a second, more durable material on the sole is a mystery. These do ship with a slip-in rubber-soled liner that does make them a little snugger fitting and keeps the sharp stuff from poking your foot, but I mostly wear them in the 'Ultra Pure' style without this liner for boat use. If they had put the harder rubber from the liner on the bottom of the outer shoe, much of the durability issue would be addressed. These make great insanely light camp shoes, or work as water sandals for brief river crossings/swims, or are nice for just sitting around the house and yard. Don't expect to wear them for many miles or over sharp objects however. A more durable sole would make these a five star 'barefoot' water shoe.

Pros: lightest footwear ever, easy on and off, comfy on smooth ground, breath well, dry instantly, Cons: soles very thin, no puncture protection, weak durability

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Available sizes, while supplies last, include size 40, size 41, size 42, size 43, size 44, size 45, size 46 and size 47: 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47.

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