Feet function optimally when positioned naturally. We have developed a certification system, through which we evaluate shoes for their foot-healthy qualities.
Our feet are designed perfectly. With 26 bones, 33 joints, and over 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments we can flex, rebound, and absorb shock naturally, throughout many activities. Therefore, we recommend shoes that allow your feet to function naturally. Many manufacturers add features that can hinder our feet and toe alignment. Below are important features to consider when looking to purchase healthy shoes.
Vivo Grace | 5  

This women's leather boot has a natural foot-shape design. We found this boot to be extremely lightweight, with a thin, flexible sole, and zero added features such as artificial arch support and motion control.
  1. Weight | 8.9oz
  2. Stack Height | 3mm
3. Zero Artificial Arch Support
  4. No Motion Control

We recommend shoes that are flat from the heel to the ends of the toes. This means that you want to purchase shoes that do not have elevated heels or toe spring (a feature that lifts the ends of the toes higher than the ball of the foot).
Vivo Grace | 5 
This is an excellent boot because it is completely flat (heel to toe), and possesses zero heel elevation, and zero toe spring. This is especially rare to find because most all women's boots have an elevated heel, which effects overall alignment.
We recommend shoes that are widest at the ends of the toes (like a baby’s shoe), not at the ball of the foot. This shape allows for natural toe splay, and will not compress your toes into a deformed position.
Vivo Grace | 4  

This shoe offers moderate width in the toe box—allowing for natural toe splay—but does not accommodate Correct Toes for most people without modifications.
Natural feet are widest at the tips of the toes, not at the ball of the foot. Correct Toes helps place the toes back into their natural alignment. To make sure your shoe is wide enough to accommodate natural toe splay, remove the shoe liner from the shoe and stand on it while wearing Correct Toes. If your foot stays within the margins of the liner, this indicates a foot-healthy shoe. If your foot spills over the shoe liner considerably, then this shoe may be too narrow and could cause adverse effects.
Vivo Grace | 3  

In this photo, the women's toes extend beyond the width of the shoe liner. Therefore, we would not recommend wearing Correct Toes in this shoe without modifications.
The Vivo Grace meets all of our foot-healthy criteria, and is Natural Foot Approved.
Unlike other companies that recommend “supportive” shoes, which can act like a cast, we recommend shoes that allow natural movement and articulation of your foot bones. We test each shoe for flexibility within each point of flexion and extension.
Vivo Grace | 5 

This boot is extremely thin and flexible, especially when compared to other women's boots on the market. Each test point offers great flexibility, and allows natural movement of the foot.

Points of Flexion and Extension
  1. Material
  2. Heel Counter
  3. Arch
  4. Ball
Ends of Toes
This boot is an excellent leather boot for women. Thank you Vivobarefoot for creating a great looking boot that possesses all the natural foot-healthy qualities!

If you have not already transitioned into thin, flexible footwear learn how to transition under our Correct Toes Tips.

Sizing & Fit
The Vivobarefoot Grace has a more narrow shaft, and removable  thermal insole to help keep your feet warm.
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