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 Evo Pure | 5

This shoe has a natural foot-shape design and is extremely lightweight, with a very thin sole and zero added features such as artificial arch support and motion control.
 
  1. Weight | Women's: 4.3oz ,  Men's: 6oz
  2. Stack Height | 6mm
  3. No 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 Evo Pure | 5

This is an excellent shoe because it is completely flat (heel to toe), and possesses zero heel elevation, and 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.
Women's Vivo Evo Pure | 4

This shoe offers moderate width in the toe box—allowing for natural toe splay—but does not accommodate Correct Toes for most people. However, we found that the men's model has more room in the toe box than the women's model. In this case, we recommend women purchase the men's shoe in their size.
 
Men's Vivo Evo Pure | 5

This shoe offers excellent width in the toe box – allowing for natural toe splay. This shoe also accommodates Correct Toes for most people, but not everyone.
 
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.
Women's Vivo Evo Pure | 3

Since this shoe does not have a shoe liner,  we recommend turning the shoe over and standing on the bottom to compare the imprint. In this photo, the women's toes extended beyond the width of the shoe. Therefore, we would not recommend wearing Correct Toes in this shoe without modifications. Alternatively, you may consider the men’s version since the toe box is wider.
Men's Vivo Evo Pure | 5

Since this shoe does not have a shoe liner,  we recommend turning the shoe over and standing on the bottom to compare the imprint. In this photo, the man's toes extended slightly beyond the width of the shoe. He was, however, able to comfortably fit Correct Toes inside his shoe because of the flexible upper material. Therefore, we would recommend the men's version of this shoe (for men and women).

Note: Most people are able to wear Correct Toes inside this shoe; however, they may not accommodate someone with an extremely wide foot, without modifications.

The women's shoe meets all of our foot-healthy criteria. The men's shoe meets all of our criteria, plus is wide enough to accommodate Correct Toes. Please consider the men's shoe if you are a women.
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 Evo Pure | 5

This shoe is extremely thin and flexible, especially when compared to other shoes 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
  5.
Ends of Toes
This shoe is an excellent shoe for outdoor and casual wear. Vivobarefoot markets this shoe as a road shoe (for running). If you have not already transitioned into thin, flexible footwear we do not recommend running in this shoe. Learn more on how to transition under our Correct Toes Tips.

Thank you Vivobarefoot for creating a great looking shoe that possesses all the natural foot-healthy qualities!


Final Recommendations
We would love to see the women's model just as wide (in the toe box) as the men's model so everyone can fit Correct Toes inside.

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