Facts

  • Discontinued
  • Use

    Workout

    Shoes with optimum cushioning, lateral support, and flexibility for daily workouts and studio sessions. See workout shoes

    CrossFit

    Versatile, low-profile shoes for constantly varied exercises including plyometrics, sprinting, weightlifting, and rope climbing. See CrossFit shoes

    Weightlifting

    Heavy-duty shoes with a wedge and an elevated heel that create a sturdy platform and promote ankle mobility. See weightlifting shoes

    Walking

    Shoes for daily wear that ensure a smooth walking gait cycle. Check out walking shoes

  • Arch support

    Neutral

    For people with normal pronation. Also provide support for high-arched feet with underpronation (excessive outward rolling of the foot). See neutral training shoes

    Stability

    For people with low-arched or flat feet and moderate overpronation (excessive inward rolling of the foot). See stability training shoes

    Motion control

    Shoes feature stabilizing technologies for people with severe overpronation. See motion control training shoes

    Good to know

    Stability and motion control add-ons are uncommon for workout shoes and are never present in CrossFit or weightlifting footwear. They are mostly found in walking shoes where the gait is easier to correct.

  • Price
    $165
  • Weight
    Men: 9.3oz
    Women: 7.4oz

    Weight

    Training footwear typically weighs between 200g and 300g per shoe to accommodate agile workouts. Minimalist trainers go as low as 150g, while weightlifting shoes can go as high as 500g.

  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 0mm
    Women: 0mm
  • Heel height
    Men: 11mm
    Women: 11mm
  • Width
    Men: Normal
    Women: Normal
  • Release date
    Unknown
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87 / 100 based on 6 expert reviews

  • 95 / 100 | Bodytribe

    No worries, no fear...just the way it should be. Excellent.

  • 95 / 100 | Warrior Monk

    It's great..I really love the shoe...Will buy it again and again and again.

  • 95 / 100 | Opinionated World

    A casual shoe that’ll perform incredibly well over a wide variety of applications in an instant.

  • 90 / 100 | HealthGauge

    Overall, the Vivobarefoot Motus absolutely deliver on their proposition.

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Updates to Vivobarefoot Motus

  • The Vivobarefoot Motus is designed with indoor and outdoor training in mind. It caters to people who prefer shoes with minimalist sole, but which would withstand high-intensity workouts.
  • It features a two-layer breathable mesh material that keeps the inside of the shoe fresh. It has the Hi-Viz Reflective feature that allows it to be visible in poorly lit environments.
  • A strong and grippy TRb (Tough Rubber) compound makes up the outsole. It features a puncture-resistant Pro5 layer which makes it ideal for outdoor training.
  • The shoe has no dedicated midsole. However, it comes with a removable thin foam insole that adds a layer of protection and cushioning.
  • Most of the shoe's features have been replicated in the second edition, the Motus II Mesh. However, the new model sports a different type os mesh material to make the in-shoe experience even more breathable.

Vivobarefoot Motus size and fit

The Motus is available in both men’s and women’s sizes and runs true to size. It is comes in D - Medium and B - Medium width options for men and women, respectively. The trainer is designed with a wide toe box that allows for comfortable toe splaying. The material used in the upper delivers a snug feel, so, people are advised to try the shoe in person to get an agreeable fit.

Outsole

The Vivobarefoot Motus utilizes the TRb (Tough Rubber) outsole. This patented rubber is claimed to be strong and hard-wearing. It also delivers traction and leaves no black scuffs on polished floors. It features a hexagonal tread pattern that enhances the traction offered by the rubber. The outsole also encapsulates the toe box to protect the front from abrasion and impact during workouts.

An ultra-thin and flexible Pro5 layer is used on the outsole for enhanced protection. It is made to be five times more puncture resistant compared to other soles of the same thickness. 

The medial side of the forefoot and the lateral side of the heel have been reinforced with another layer of rubber. It makes these high-wear areas more resistant to abrasion. 

Midsole

The Motus is designed as a minimalist shoe which explains the lack of a midsole. This design allows users to feel more connected to the ground. It does, however, feature a 3-mm foam insole that adds a layer of cushioning and protection from the elements of the terrain. It also keeps the foot warm. Users can choose to remove the insole to experience a natural underfoot feel.

Upper

The Vivobarefoot Motus employs a two-ply breathable mesh upper. This material keeps the inside of the shoe well ventilated during workouts.

It has thin, polyurethane laminate overlays at the toe, eyelets and quarter sections of the trainer. It protects the mesh and gives structure to the facade.

Parts of the upper feature the Hi-Viz Reflective material. It makes the footwear visible at night or in dark places.

The inside of the upper is lined with soft mesh to deliver a great in-shoe feel. Additionally, it assists in regulating the temperature in the foot chamber.

The Motus uses a traditional lace-up closure that locks the foot in place. It works together with the V-strap, a hook-and-loop mechanism in the midfoot area. This structure makes it quicker to adjust the fit of the upper.


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