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.
Vivobarefoot Gobi II WP | 5  

The Gobi II WP has a natural foot-shaped design and is extremely lightweight, with a thin sole and zero added features such as artificial arch support and motion control. Thanks to these qualities, the Gobi II offers proper foot motion and movement. 
  1. Weight | 10.1 oz [M12]
  2. Stack Height | 3mm
  3. Zero Artificial Arch Support
  4.Some 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).
Vivobarefoot Gobi II | 5

This is an excellent shoe because it is completely flat (heel to toe), possesses no heel elevation, and has zero toe spring.
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.
Vivobarefoot Gobi II | 5

The Gobi II offers excellent width in the toe box, allowing natural toe splay. This shoe can accommodate Correct Toes for most people. 
 
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.
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In this photo, the man's toes extend beyond the width of the shoe liner. However, when tested, the reviewer found no issues wearing Correct Toes in the shoe. We suggest lightly testing Correct Toes in the Gobi II WP to ensure comfort. 
 
The Gobi II WP meets all of our foot-healthy criteria and is Correct Toes 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.
Vivobarefoot Gobi II | 5

This shoe is extremely thin and flexible, especially when compared to other men's casual shoes on the market. Each test point offers great flexion and extension and allows natural movement of the foot.

Points of Flexion and Extension
  1. Material
  2. Heel Counter
  3. Arch
  4. Ball
  5.
Ends of Toes
 
The flat and wide features of the Gobi II WP offer optimal foot health. The anatomical shape of this shoe is designed to offer comfort and a great connection with the ground. If you're looking for a stylish, casual and well-performing natural shoe, we highly recommend the Gobi II WP. Thank you, Vivobarefoot, for giving us the opportunity to review your shoe. 

If you have not already transitioned into thin, flexible footwear learn how to transition.
 
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