Today we feature the running shoe company Vivobarefoot, and are happy to announce that they make a whole bunch of vegan shoe models. We’ve been meaning to write about performance athletic shoes for a while since we get a lot of inquiries about shoes for specific sports. Hopefully we’ll be able to cover a variety of activities, because there has to be some vegan option for every sport, but today we’re talking about running – barefoot running.
Vivobarefoot was started in 2004 based on the simple idea that if you’re going to run, the best way to do it like you weren’t wearing any shoes. To wit, millions of years of evolution has given us 200,000 nerve endings, 33 major muscles, 28 bones, and 19 ligaments which all work in concert to allow us to move naturally and pain free. But modern sneaker technology has focused on cushioned, padded shoes – with the paradoxical result that 80% of runners are injured.
Vivobarefoot was at the forefront of the barefoot running movement. They make minimalist shoes with zero drop, anatomic width, total flexibility, ultra-thin, puncture resistant soles. The idea is to allow the nerves on your feet send more accurate signals to the brain, giving your body a better understanding of its surroundings. Your body has all the technology you need: muscles and tendons provide natural shock absorption, the skeletal system provides natural motion control, and the nervous system gives natural sensory feedback.
These shoes are not only (sometimes) animal friendly, but all of them are produced sustainably using recycled, locally sourced materials, with efficient and environmentally friendly production techniques in independently monitored factories. They use minimum components where possible and favor stitching and vulcanized production methods over glue. In short, these shoes are built to last.
We’re glad to feature a sampling of their vegan collection. They also have several casual models, and kids shoes you can find on their vegan page here. But for now, this is what we like. We hope you do too.