Who should buy Vivobarefoot Magna FG

Get this shoe if you are a minimalist fan and are looking for a solid option. It has everything that a shoe in this category should have, plus some more protection. If you are a beginner, note that a gradual approach is recommended when it comes to lower drops.

Who should not buy it

Look elsewhere if you:

Magna FG is definitely comfortable

The upper is made with leather and wool, which may sound too warm, but the result is, as a reviewer explained, a “naturally breathable, temperature-regulating and sweat-wicking” upper.“ He said he didn’t have “any blistering or overheating issues during the blazing hot summer months.”

Besides, the knit around the ankle adds further comfort and the same tester pointed out that it’s “literally like wearing a sock.”

Like being (almost) barefoot

With the outsole and the insole being the only (thin) layers between the foot and the ground, sensitivity is high and very close to a barefoot experience, hence the name of the brand.  

This can be awkward at the beginning, but as a tester said, “I can’t say I missed the cushion terribly.” Instead, he found himself “reaching for these shoes way more often than [he] expected.” 

Lowest drop in the Magna FG

The difference in height between the forefoot and the heel is called heel-to-toe drop, and in this shoe is zero. This is said to promote natural walking/running, but it might take a while to get used to it if transitioning from higher drops (which most shoes on the market have).

A perfect grip

A hiker pointed out that the traction in this shoe is aggressive and it grips “on everything from wet, dry, to rocky and firm terrain.” No slippage was reported.

All about flexibility

This is a shoe that has no stiffness whatsoever. A runner perfectly put it: “you could practically roll these shoes up and put them in your pocket.”

Great support

For being a minimalist shoe, support is “as good as it can be,” as a tester said. This is due to a heel cup and two wings on the sides which hold the foot in place and increase stability.

Vivobarefoot Magna FG is roomy

The fit is true to size, but, as for other similar shoes, the toe box is roomy and lets “your toes spread out naturally.”

The laces don’t last 

A tester noticed that this shoe is very well built: it’s “designed to take a beating and still look good.” However, where it comes short is on the laces, which the same tester described as being terrible, due to the metal eyelets that cut through them and make them short-lived.

Good protection for its category

Although minimalist shoes lack protection for some, the Magna FG is more protected than many other Vivobarefoot options due to its thicker sole.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 12.3oz
Use: Light Hiking, Urban hiking, Water hiking / Snow
Cut: Mid cut
Features: Lightweight / Eco-friendly, Minimalist / Zero drop
Waterproofing: Waterproof
Width: Normal, Wide
BRAND Brand: Vivobarefoot

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Gabriele Zampieri
Gabriele Zampieri

Gabriele lives and runs in Italy and he knows the Alps inside out. No wonder given that he has 30+ via ferratas, 20+ trail races and 100+ hiking routes under his belt. And he willingly bivouacked more than 30 times in the middle of nowhere. He logs 25-45 miles per week with 1k-3k elevation gain and is now training for his first 100k race. Trails run through his veins but so does the Italian talkative side.