Review: Vivobarefoot Stealth

Written by Barefoot Dawsy

VivoBarefoot StealthVivobarefoot have been one of the best kept secrets in minimalist running circles since the early days. They have been very consistent in producing high quality, thin-soled, lightweight shoes, and it’s amazing that they are not more commonly seen in running shoe stores around the globe.

Vivobarefoot have produced some fantastic shoes over the past few years. I use their Gobi boots for most smart-casual engagements, and completed the 100km Oxfam Trailwalker earlier this year in a pair of Breatho Trails with nary a blister. With their latest offering, the Stealth, however, they are approaching perfection.

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Like all Vivobarefoot shoes, the Stealth’s best feature is its puncture-resistant sole. For those of you who haven’t seen these yet, they are truly a marvel of shoe engineering. Coming it at a mere 3mm, these soles provide marvelous ground-feel, and are so flexible that they move with your foot like a second skin.

toeboxThe wide toe boxes that feature prominently on Vivobarefoot shoes are also present in the Stealth. Unlike many other shoes with this feature, the Stealth don’t give you the Clown Shoe appearance (you’ll know it when you see it).Instead, they look sleek and fitted, while giving your little pigges all the room they need to wiggle around in.

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My favourite part of these shoes, however, is without doubt the uppers. They’re made of a very fine mesh that weighs next to nothing. They aren’t waterproof, but have more than adequate airflow to dry out wet feet.

The Stealth fall into that wonderful new class of minimal shoes that are stylish, functional, and hard-wearing. I’ve had several runs in them, and each time, I’m amazed at just how well they perform.

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I’ll definitely be adding the Stealth to my usual shoe rotation, and look forward to racing in them this summer.

Beginning Barefoot would like to thanks Vivobarefoot Australia/NZ for providing sample shoes for testing. If you’re interested in tryin pair for yourself, be sure to check out Amazon.com for regular deals, and be sure to check out their Facebook page for news and giveaways.