I was first attracted to the Vivo Barefoot range when I spoke to local Soled Shoes shop owner Suey Cooper about their virtues. She passionately shared that the underlying ethos behind the Vivo Barefoot brand, is to allow feet to develop naturally by providing a light sole and wide toe space to allow for growth. Rather than being weighed down by heavy soles and tapered toes, Vivo Barefoot celebrate the foots natural form, allowing it to develop freely~ not squished and squashed into tapered and heavily padded shoes. Suey is so passionate about the Vivo Barefoot range, that four weeks ago she handed over a pair of Neo Junior Hydrophobic Mesh trainers to my seven year old son (hereinafter referred to as Mr 7), and challenged him to put them through their paces. They almost didn’t leave his feet for the next 4 weeks …..
Being summer holidays in Australia was a perfect time to trial the shoes. Pulling them on for the first time, Mr 7 commented on how light they were compared to his regular padded trainers. Whilst he occasionally wore socks with the shoes, he preferred to go without as he found them very comfortable. Now I am not exaggerting one iota when I say Mr 7 fell hard for these shoes (must have his mother’s genes). Not a day has gone passed over the past four weeks that I haven’t seen him wearing them. They were paired with new clothes on Xmas Day, traversed dry and rocky bush tracks on holiday, gripped skateboards, peddled bikes, caught air with some spectacular slam dunks and even balanced in and out of canoes down the Murray River.
From my son’s point of view, the Vivo Barefoot trainers are an absolute winner. From mine, they are too. There is the practical element, that I am happy his fast growing feet have ample space to grow naturally. There is the hardy element, in that these shoes have really been worked the last four weeks, and still look good! And there is the style element – The Neo’s do look good with everything. They look great with jeans (no Seinfeld look), summer shorts and physical training gear. A perfect all rounder. To top it off, you can even throw them in the washing machine and they come out looking spick and span.
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