When you shop for a pair of running shoes chances are you will look for support and comfort, something that will be shock absorbing, aids motion and often have words like “natural” featured somewhere in their description, although this is a common approach to running it is not the only way. Barefoot running is essentially the complete opposite to the cushioned, springy running shoes you may be used to, but it doesn’t mean you have to expose your bare skin to the broken glass and sharp stones whilst running around your local park.

Inspired by the minimalist sandals made for indigenous bushmen VIVOBAREFOOT create shoes to protect you from cuts and the cold and that’s it, allowing the sensory, shock absorbing and strength abilities from your feet to naturally shine through. The Primus Lite lets your feet do its thing by using the non-marking, PRO5 outsole, this patented, ultra-thin, puncture resistant layer gives you 5x more puncture resistance than a standard sole of the same thickness. This shoe has been made to follow the natural shape of the foot with the least possible interference of natural movement, it lets your toes spread out wide on impact, the upper is made from synthetic multi-ply materials, making it both incredibly light as well as highly breathability.

Whilst you reconnect with the earth beneath your feet you can also help feel good about doing your bit to protect it, the recycle PET has been repurposed giving it a second life and are produced using animal free products and processes making them vegan friendly. The Primus Lite are suitable for running, walk or workout classes, inside or outside the gym, if you are new to bare foot running Vivo offer a 100 days no quibbles test run to see if it is right for you. The Primus Lite are durable where you need it, super light, highly flexible with a minimalist, no-sew construction, letting you return to the running style your feet were made to perform. RRP £100

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Durable PRO5 outsole


Breathable mesh



Recycled PET

Follows foots natural shape