Information about Vivobarefoot Neo Minimalist Cross Training Shoes (For Men)
Closeouts. Lace up Vivobarefoot's Neo Minimalist cross-training shoes for a whole new workout experience! Designed with a "barefoot" design, Neo has an ultra-thin outsole that allows the foot to hit the ground naturally.
Reviewed by kristininseattle from seattle, wa on Monday, November 26, 2012
LOVE these shoes! I had been running in Vibram 5-fingers for about 2 years and finally broke through the soles, so I decided to try replacing them with a less dorky and warmer minimalist running shoe this winter. Tried on lots of brands at my local outdoor retailer and settled on the no-frills Vivobarefoot, but unfortunately the store only carried women's sizes and the toe box just wasn't roomy enough for my wide forefoot. Sierra to the rescue with the men's version, which is super wide and allows my toes to splay out fully just like a true barefoot shoe.
Right out of the box, I was able to wear them on an 8-mile run with no problems whatsoever - they work for a forefoot strike gait as well as the VFFs, but the sole is just tough enough that I found myself looking for excuses to go off-road. And wow is it nice to have warm feet (and socks!) for a change! My only caveat to this praise is that people just switching to minimalist running might be better off starting with something less protective like the VFFs to help force the issue of proper form.
Construction seems pretty solid so far. They're not all that attractive, of course, but that's not really the point. And I wouldn't feel totally strange wearing them to the grocery store or something.
Reviewed by Alice from MD on Thursday, August 16, 2012
I've been wanting to buy these for a while. The great discount plus current coupon tipped the scale over for me this time. I was a little nervous ordering these though. I wear women 9.5 through 10.5 depending on the shoes. I went onto the Vivobarefoot web site which gives a fabulous evaluation of how their shoes will fit according to the running shoe you currently wear. I wear women's Brooks Pure Flow in a size 10.5. I like a little room for my toes to breathe when I run and really could have gone with a 10. When plugging that info in, the Vivobarefoot site told me that the best fit on the Neo would be a size 43 women's or 42 men's (it even let me know that I would be very tight in a men's 41). Seeing the reviews here and the availability of the shoe in 41 men's only, I decided to give it a shot. I am glad I did. These fit great, I have ample room for my toes (1/4 inch extra in the front) and the toe box is wide enough for my feet (I don't have paddles but for a woman, my feet are rather wide) I am glad I didn't have a choice to order the 42s because they would have been WAY too big for me. Can't tell how long these will last but I took them on the trails today and the ground feedback was great. They are light and I feel good in them. Room for socks in the winter as well.