I have found the most comfortable boots. It’s taken several months of looking to find them, but it was worth waiting for what was right. Vivo Barefoot Dundan boot is my new winter footwear. The design is based on the premise that a shoe should not interfere with our natural balance and rhythm of walking. The puncture-proof soles are very flexible and thin to give a barefoot sensation. My new boots feel like cozy, supple slippers and I love them.
My curiousity with barefoot shoes began last year when I started wearing Vibram Five Finger shoes for just about all activities. (Read my May 30th post about them) Walking, running, hiking… they look different (ok, downright, odd- my running buddy calls them my “gorilla feet”) but they’ve strengthened my feet considerably and changed their structure. Less constricted by shoes now, my feet have broadened. After trying on my former running shoes for the first time in months and experiencing considerable pain and discomfort, I’ve given them away. Same for my Chaco sandals that I loved for years… they now strike me as clunky and heavy. As much as I love my Five Fingers, though, they are chilly in winter (even with toe socks) and are informal. I prefer them for my physical activities. My new Vivo Barefoot shoes are my winter/city solution. They look good, feel great, and don’t interfere with me standing on the ground.
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4 Responses to “Vivo Barefoot”
What a fantastic piece you wrote alongside a beautiful sketch of our boots. I am so happy that you were able to obtain a pair and found the true concept behind the footwear to fit into your lifestyle. Look forward to future collaborations with you!
I am not able to find these (or any) boots on the website. If I search for dundan or boots, nothing comes up. Are they still selling them? (July 16, 2009)
I think they stopped carrying them for the warmer seasons, but hopefully they’ll be back in the winter! I suggest writing Terra Plana a note to let them know you’re interested.
I love your sketch :)Great job – I am putting my first photography book together. Maybe you can give me some feedback on the barefoot concept: http://www.barefootladiesartbook.com