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    barefoot shoes for work: vivobarefoot ra

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    for quite a while, i've been looking for a barefoot shoe for work (corporate) that is acceptable in appearance, without much luck. however, i just stumbled across a pair of vivobarefoot ras and impulsively purchased. anyone else have these?

    i guess i should have asked for feed-back before ordering, but luckily zappos has a 100% return guarantee should i not like them.

    anyone have them?

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    Those look nice. I have their Lucy's and they're not the most barefoot of shoes I've tried but they're quite comfy. The soles look similar. They're not as flexible as Vibrams. I don't have quite as much feel of the ground, but you're at work so not as big of a deal as on the trail. I found them nicely flat with a roomy toe box. I had hoped they'd be more water resistant than my other minimalist shoes but they weren't by much. But yours are leather, so you can possibly fix that.

    Merrell has some nice looking leather "glove" shoes that could be suitable for men's business casual. The soles still have a bit more of the sport shoe styling. Might be a casual Friday option. I'm in tech and work in California, so we're fairly lax here. We're pretty much one or two steps above showing up to work in our jammies.

    Of course, like them or not, you ordered from Zappos and they really do have excellent service.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave P View Post
    f... vivobarefoot ras ...

    anyone have them?
    Yes. I like them. I wear them most days. Probably not a good idea, as I recall reading that one should always rotate shoes; otherwise, they apparently remain slightly damp from one's sweat. But they're more comfortable than anything else I've got, so they tend to be first choice.

    The shoes are very light. People say that women's shoes are generally worse than men's so far as sense goes: in some ways that's true; in some, not. Men's shoes are often damn heavy. These are not. Another common fault with men's shoes, but rarely women's, is thick and inflexible soles. But these have very thin soles (3 mm, IIRC). However, you won't find them wearing out in a hurry, because they're made from kevlar and are very tough.

    These are the best Vivos I've had. I've had two pairs of canvas shoes, but they quickly looked fairly grotty -- although I got a fair amount of use out of them. Brown leather will clean up well, which buff canvas really won't.

    I do use the insoles in these, although with the two pairs of canvas shoes I has before I there the insole away and got really close to the ground.

    So far as faults go -- the Vivo shoes have a fair amount of "toe spring". That's to say, if you sit the shoes flat on the floor, you'll notice the toes it up in the air a fair amount -- the sole is kind of banana-shaped. Unfortunately, if you wanted to avoid that (and it does interfere with natural gait) you'd have to look for something like a genuine moccasin with a buckskin sole. But you probably couldn't wear those on a sidewalk -- because they'd wear out too quick. AFAIK, toe spring is what makers do to get around the inflexibility of a modern sole, and even the Vivo sole is inflexible enough to need some toe spring.

    I also found that the company has an annoying habit of over-reporting the size of their shoes. I always have to buy Vivo shoes a size bigger than I would for any other company's shoes.

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    @DaisyEater i have the merrell's you mentioned and love them. Was trying to find something like them but a little more work appropriate for my environment.

    @Lewis thanks for the feedback. I was between sizes and chose the smaller. Hope it works out.

    Thank you.

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    Just want to put a good word in for the vibram Bormios. They are handsome and super comfy. Mine got me through a Rocky Mountain winter
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    @ Dr. Bork Bork thanks for the bormio reference, I like them. Unfortunately, they are a little too far "out there" for daily use at my job. I've got to hide the fact that I actually have individual toes while at work!!

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    No, I don't have them.
    But two years ago I splurged on custom made leather shoes that have been incredible. There are many customization options available: leather type, color, ankle height, sole, etc. They can be washed in the washing machine. The maker says they should last between 10 20 years. I believe him after having them for a y year.

    Best of all, they get compliments every new place I go. Will probably work fine in most corporate settings. I have walked many miles on indoor concrete in these. Like barefoot and no foot or ankle fatigue.

    Worth every penny. I am buying a second pair this year.


    They have turned out to be the best shoes for both hiking and work.

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    DH just bought a pair of the Ras two weeks ago. They're incredibly uncomfortable at the heel. He owns other Vivobarefoot shoes that he loves and finds comfortable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Bork Bork View Post
    Just want to put a good word in for the vibram Bormios. They are handsome and super comfy. Mine got me through a Rocky Mountain winter
    How are they for out walking in snow or shoveling the driveway? Not sure what your winters are like.

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    I recently got a pair of lemings, which I am wearing to work. I absolutely love them! Granted they are a bit more casual than the vibram ras and lucys, which I was also considering, but still wonderful to wear when walking lots at work.

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