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.

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3 Responses to Review: Vivobarefoot Stealth

  1. elhoir says:

    Any details about the durability? I’ve owned many VB shoes and love them, except each pair ends up having some crappy craftmanship or QC mar. For instance, the uppers repeatedly delaminate from the sole near the knuckle joint on the big foot. This has also been seen at the heel and toe. It’s not as big of a deal when trail running, as the shoes are going to take some abuse, but for their road running shoes and casual/formal wear this is unacceptable, especially when I’m paying well over $100 a pair.

    So please comment on how long you have had them, what type of abuse you have put them through, and how they have held up. Durability is the main reason I am reticent to purchase any more VB.

    • That’s a very good question. I’ve had similar issues with my Vivobarefoot trail shoes, which has been disappointing. So far though, the Stealths have held up quite well, though I’ve only put a couple hundred kilometers on them. As they sit now there’s minor wear to the soles, but the uppers still look as good as new. I’m mostly running barefoot and in sandals these days, so sorry I haven’t go more info about them for you.

      You’re spot-on that Vivos are pricey and that you’d expect them to hold up well at the price. I’d definitely recommend giving some feedback to Vivobarefoot directly and see if they have any recommendations. They’re quite approachable on social media, and very helpful in my experience.

  2. The same happened to my vivobarefoots, twice! Same area of wear concern! I’m reluctant but can’t find another alternative…

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