Who should buy the Vivobarefoot Primus Knit

You will love the Vivobarefoot Primus Knit if:

  • You are a fan of minimalist running shoes that encourage natural movement and close-to-the-ground action
  • You want an appealing and multipurpose shoe fit for neutral pronators

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Close-to-the-ground running experience with the Vivobarefoot Primus Knit outsole

The outsole unit of the Vivobarefoot Primus Knit is made of rubber. This full-length piece fundamentally serves as the actual platform, receiving the shape of the foot and supporting it like traditional midsole units. It has a 3-millimeter height to separate the foot from the ground beneath.

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Proprioception, or ground-feel, is encouraged by close-to-the-ground shoes. Another example of a series that has thin sole units is the Merrell Trail Glove.

Vivobarefoot Primus Knit mid outs

The environment-friendly midsole of the Vivobarefoot Primus Knit

Above the rubber sole unit is a Bloom™ Performance Insole, which is an add-on that is derived from algae. Such a design is environment-friendly. The insole itself offers some semblance of cushioning. It can be removed or replaced with a new one if the wearer wants to do so.

Vivobarefoot Primus Knit midsole

Upper molds to the natural foot shape with the Vivobarefoot Primus Knit

The upper unit of the Vivobarefoot Primus Knit is primarily made of a knitted fabric. This material has a flexible and form-fitting construction to permit the natural shape of the foot as it goes through the gait cycle. Small holes allow air to enter the foot chamber and maintain a ventilated running session.

Vivobarefoot Primus Knit mesh up

Leather panels are stitched onto the back, the sides, and the front. These elements are meant to reinforce the structural integrity of the upper unit and help in the attainment of a secure fit.

Vivobarefoot Primus Knit side up

A one-piece opening permits the foot to experience a sock-like fit. The connected collar and instep evoke the shape and texture of a sock’s topmost portion, even having a stretchy and seamless material to further sell the design.

Vivobarefoot Primus Knit collar

Vivobarefoot Primus Knit openning

Flat shoelaces snake through discreet eyelets on the tips of the leather panels. These accouterments work together to deliver a customized in-shoe experience, tightening or loosening the in-shoe hug to suit the preference of the wearer.

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Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Drop: 0mm
Arch support: Neutral
Forefoot height: 3mm
Heel height: 3mm
Collection: Vivobarefoot Primus
Pronation: Neutral Pronation / Supination / Underpronation

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Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.