WHY BARE FOOT?
Take a walk in your great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great - grandfather’s footsteps.
TAKE A WALK IN YOUR ANCESTORS FOOTPRINTS
Back in 1976, a group of Archaeologists in a remote region of Tanzania were letting off steam after a hard day’s digging, by throwing elephant dung at each other. When one of them dived to avoid a flying pachyderm turd they inadvertently landed on something remarkable.
IT STARTS WITH YOUR FEET
Consider your journey on planet Earth from your feet’s perspective. It’s an immense journey over astonishingly diverse terrain: pulsing, neon-drenched city streets, volcanic black sand beaches, pristine Alpine switchbacks, sun-bleached desert trails, tropical swamps chock full of snakes and gators... And the most important treks of all—the journeys you make every day going about your daily life.
LET YOUR CHILDREN STAND ON THEIR OWN TWO FEET.
A baby’s feet don’t just look beautiful. They do a job. Starting with a few tentative steps, they grow strong enough for their owner to soon be charging around, creating mayhem. And a few bumps and grazes. And, before you know it they’re running, jumping, kicking and dancing. Until the day they’re crammed into shoes. From then on, it’s all downhill.
FEELING IS EVERYTHING
Your feet have over 200,000 nerve endings. The same amount as your hands. To allow you to feel. Because, if you can’t feel what you’re doing you’re in big trouble.
Whether you’re attempting to cross Niagara Falls on a tight rope, perform a Olympic gymnastics routine or defeat Bruce Lee: wearing padded shoes isn’t a great idea. And this is the reason why Vivos have the thinnest sole possible. Designed to give you maximum sensory feedback.
And they’re foot shaped so your feet can move as nature intended. Whether you’re performing a pirouette or popping down the shops.
WE PROMISE TO GIVE YOU LESS
Our strategy is simple; the less we can give you the better.
We’re not out to make a quick buck. But to make the best shoe possible. And we believe that your feet work perfectly just as they are.
Vivobarefoots are foot shaped to allow your feet to move like feet. They have no heel or support. Whilst our ultra-thin protective sole gives you maximum sensory feedback.
You have our promise that we’ll continue to put next to nothing into each and every pair.
Less is More.
THIS IS NOT A SHOE
According to the Oxford English Dictionary the definition of a shoe is:
An outer covering for the human foot typically having a thick or stiff sole with an attached heel and an upper part of lighter material.
Clearly, we’re not in the “shoe” business. We don’t do heels, they impede the natural movement of your foot and were designed for riding horses. We don’t have thick, stiff soles. They don’t allow your feet to flex or feel.
We tossed out the unnecessary padding and cushioning. Wrapping your feet up like a baby only makes them weak and defenceless. Vivos let your feet move like feet. No additional extras; just an ultra-thin sole that gives you maximum sensory feedback and doesn’t restrict your foot’s natural movement. Because, on their own, your feet work pretty well.
WE MAKE SHOES FOR PEOPLE WHO DON’T WANT TO WEAR THEM
If you like the feeling of walking in bare feet then we’ve got just the shoe for you. Or rather, a whole range. Whether you want to hike up a mountain, stroll along a city street or just potter around the office.
Our ultra-thin protective sole gives you maximum sensory feedback.
And we made them foot shaped so feet can move as nature intended.
WALK BEFORE YOU CAN RUN
Unless you have strong healthy feet and a flexible squat, watch any four-year-old running barefoot round a swimming pool and they will show you great natural technique. Upright posture (head over hips over feet), quick cadence (lots of small steps) and they are probably relaxed and having fun. That is what natural human movement is all about. Then we go to school... start sitting on chairs and wearing padded shoes... and so begins a lifetime of bad posture and movement habits. Everyone’s transition back to strong healthy feet and natural movement is different depending on lifestyle, chair and shoe use. Walk and squat before you can run. Take time just to walk around every day in thin flexible shoes to reignite the many muscles in your feet and start using the Great Toe! When it comes to running, no shoe is a silver bullet:
Running is much more complex than that. If you are not injured and enjoy running the way you do – then don’t change! And if you insist on ‘jogging’ (long sticky heel striking strides) then the more padding the better.
But, if you would like to rediscover the skill of natural healthy movement then the more sensory feedback from the feet to the brain the better and make sure your feet are strong and healthy and you have a nice flexible deep squat.
At Vivobarefoot we believe in being natural, above all else, in all walks of life.
That means combining ancient wisdom with modern technology through sustainable innovation. We don’t use jargon and we don’t like spin. We are honest and informed. Our shoes are built out of the stories we live, and the stories we tell about them flow from our values. We celebrate the potential of the human body to work beautifully. We respect the human experience. We try to inspire with humour and wit. We pledge to honour the foot.
"We shall not cease from exploration , and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time. Through the unknown, unremembered gate, when the last of earth left to discover is that which was the beginning." --T.S. Eliot
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