Facts

Terrain

Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Arch support

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who need arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

Price
$135
Weight
Men: 7.1oz
Women: 6.3oz
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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

Summary

We spent 5.7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • The majority found the Vivobarefoot Primus Lite to be a highly comfortable shoe.
  • Most of the users highly appreciated the very light weight of the footwear.
  • Several customers highlighted that the shoe had a reliable capacity to adapt to the natural shape and movement of the foot.
  • A few runners welcomed the minimalist, closer-to-ground feel by saying that it was like ‘feeling the natural ground but with protection’.
  • Some purchasers said that they liked the overall look of the shoe.
  • A few users mentioned that they loved the colors the footwear was available in.
  • A wearer said that the shoes were comfortable ‘even without socks’.

1 reasons not to buy

  • A runner said that it took him time to get used to the shoe.

Bottom line

The Vivobarefoot Primus Lite, owing to its amazing design, high comfortability and incredible looks, has the vote of the majority. The individuals loved the natural feel of the ground, which the shoe allowed. At the same time, they were satisfied with the protection the sole unit offered.


Rankings


Ratings

4 / 5 based on 6 ratings

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Updates to Vivobarefoot Primus Lite

  • The interesting aspect of the Vivobarefoot Primus Lite is that the shoe delivers a level of quality and performance on the roads using only a minimum amount of technologies.
  • The exterior side of the lightweight TPU provides the needed traction on wet or steep surfaces, while its interior serves as the midsole. Also, the very thin yet sturdy upper assumes the shape of the foot which makes possible for the wearer to follow his natural gait while running without having to compromise on the comfort or the breathability.

Vivobarefoot Primus Lite size and fit

The neutral road running shoe is based on a minimalist design which, owing to its semi-curved shape, adjusts to the natural shape of the runner’s foot. The Vivobarefoot Primus Lite has a standard running length and a standard medium width of D for men and B for women, respectively.

Outsole

The Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU) outsole is light in weight, resistant to abrasion and has excellent traction. It ensures maximum protection underfoot and at the same time lets the user feel the natural ground underneath.

Midsole

Unlike a traditional midsole, the shoe utilizes the inner side of the Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU) as its underfoot platform. It Is thin and flexible, qualities that are actually important for those who like to experience a near-barefoot performance.

Upper

The upper unit of the Vivobarefoot Primus Lite utilizes a Breathable Mesh in order to maintain a well-ventilated in-shoe feel for the wearer. The open construction of this material allows environmental air to pass through it, enabling maximum ventilation inside the footwear. At the same time, it wraps itself around the user’s foot, offering a snug and secure fit.

The Fused Upper Material, based on the minimalist design, feels seamless against the skin. Also, the material adapts itself to the shape of the foot, thereby enabling a natural gait for the runner.

Thin overlays are fused to the main fabric. They provide structure to the façade of the shoe. They also help in maintaining a snug and secure wrap.

Round laces cause the upper to provide a customizable coverage. They’re directly linked to the printed overlays via eyelets, thus making it easy to attain a fit that’s adherent to the preference of the wearer.