Singletrack members have access to a whole bunch of rewards including Vivobarefoot shoes. It’s just one of the great reasons to be a Singletracker. Each week we will highlight a great discount or a new reward. Some are cycling related, some great when splashing out on something nice, and others are great for daily real world life.
This weeks it’s VivoBarefoot shoes… not something specifically for mountain bikers, but in a recent study we found that the majority of mountain bikers also have feet. Some also had dogs to walk, pubs to visit, and mountains to climb. Sorry about that. I am just anticipating the “But that’s not a mountain bike thing” comment.
Barefoot shoes… hold on?
VivoBarefoot make shoes that feel like you are barefoot. When I first heard about these, I was rather skeptical. My skepticism was rather colourful and may have used words like “middle class”, “hipster” and a word that sounds like “tank”. However I am now not only converted but also a barefoot evangelist.
Vivobarefoot tell us… “Our mission is to reconnect people to the natural world, starting with your feet. We design barefoot, minimalist shoes to let your feet move naturally, for stronger, healthier feet. We make our footwear as close to barefoot as possible to connect you to the earth and feel the ground beneath your feet”.
Foot shaped shoes!
You know what? It really is a bit of revelation when you start wearing foot shaped shoes. You suddenly have more stability, strength and comfort. Why are so many shoes not the same shape as your feet? Think about that for a moment. We have hand shaped gloves, wheel shaped tyres, and baby shaped jellies… but our shoes?
The video below will tell you everything you need to know in 1 minute. And if you have more time and really want to get stuck in there is lots more information here.
As worn by…
You will find both myself and Hannah wearing these around the Singletrack office. As a landlocked surfer I don’t like being over-booted and prefer to potter about in a more natural way. I would have bare naked feet all day long, but the northern climate makes that very very seasonal. I have also found these great for improving the strength in my lower legs, which is something that really helps get me in shape before big adventures on foot, or on a bike, where I often end up pushing the bike a lot.
But also, they make me happy. Just like ponchos, it difficult to be unhappy in barefoot shoes.
I Love The Decon Tracker
The Tracker Decon is my favourite. It looks cool with its pre-splattered sole. When I first wore them to the office I think Amanda thought I had trod in something nasty on the towpath! It is based around a super comfortable wool inner sock, offers amazing flexibility, and has excellent grip. What’s more, like most Vivobarefoot shoes it packs down really small and is frequently found in my bikepacking bags so I have clean dry shoes for the overnight camp/pub/hostel/rave etc.
Click the button below and you will be taken to the Singletrack Discounts page where you will find this discount and shed loads more. Singletrack Members get 15% off Vivobarefoot.
Want a second opinion?
Here is what Hannah had to say about her Vivobarefoot shoes.
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