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Most Common Questions about VIVOBAREFOOT

Why should I even go barefoot, what advantages will it give my body, what should I watch out for while running barefoot and what's so special about barefoot shoes?

We have answered the most frequently asked questions for you.


    If you usually wear conventional shoes, you should take your time when switching to barefoot shoes. Wear your new VIVOs for just a few hours a day to help your feet get used to the new walking experience. Walking may feel unfamiliar and you may even get muscle ache. But that's normal: your feet and legs build up muscles over time, making walking feel more comfortable.

Our shoes fit true to size. Please order your normal shoe size.

Generally our shoes are designed larger than conventional models. If you try on your first pair of barefootshoes, it may seem like your shoes are too large - but that is how it is meant to be! That way the shoes enable your feet to move naturally as it gives them the space they need. A general rule: If you have enough space around your toes (about the width of your thumb) and you don't slide in or out of your shoes, it fits properly. The shoe is too large if you can fit a finger between your heel and the back of the shoe.

No, not really, as ladies' and men's versions aren't visually different. However it happens that the ladies' model has a smaller cutting than the men's model.

Wearing barefootshoes doesn't mean that you're not allowed to wear socks anymore. The ultra-thin, patented sole and the flexible and light material ensure a real barefoot feeling.

You don’t have to miss the barefoot feeling during the cold seasons! The thermal insole in our winter shoes lets you feel the ground beneath your feet while ensuring warm, cozy feet. Plus: Going barefoot stimulates your blood circulation in the feet - this means, they get warmer automatically.

Regular maintenance ensures that your leather shoe remains water-repellent and last longer. Harsh stains should be removed with a brush, for the rest you can use a damp cloth. Shoe wax provides the leather with moisture and keeps it smooth: Simply rub it in and polish it with a dry cloth. Impregnating spray protects your shoes from water and stains.

Never put the shoes in the washing machine, because it can destroy the adhesions. Smaller stains can be removed with a damp cloth or sponge. For harsher stains, take out the insole and put your shoes in warm soapy water. After about 30 minutes, rinse with clear cold water to remove any soap residue. Impregnating spray can make your shoes more resistant to dirt and stains.

To remove dust and light stains, you should clean your shoes regularly with a soft brush, you can also damp it before usage. To remove harsher stains, you can use a suitable cleaner, ex. Colonil Bamboo Lotion. Use impregnating spray to make them more resistant to dirt and moisture.


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    If the illness isn't genetically derived, improvements through barefootshoes are possible. The skew angle of the big toe is often caused by shoes that are cut too small; mostly women are affected. Because of the large space around the toes in barefootshoes, the toes have enough freedom to move freely and support foot health. To be sure, we recommend to speak with an orthopaedist.

A simple way to answer this question: Does it hurt when you go barefoot? If it doesn't, barefootshoes are suitable for you. Walking barefoot is the most natural way you could walk, it supports the health of your feet. If you have flat feet, barefootshoes will help you build up the arch of your foot.

If you need to wear special insoles or even special shoes for health reasons, we recommend to slowly switch to barefootshoes. You can start wearing barefoot shoes together with your insoles.


    Leather from the British traditional company Pittards comes from free living cattle in Africa. To keep its naturalness, the leather is treated as little as possible. The high quality leather for our Made in Portugal collection is from the Tuscany. It is fully tanned and processed by hand in our traditional shoe manufactures in Porto. It is one hundred percent chromium free.

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