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 normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

    Stability / overpronation / normal arch

    Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low 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.

  • Use

    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
    $170
  • Weight
    Men: 9oz
    Women: 6oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 0mm
    Women: 0mm

    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.

  • Heel height
    Men: 3mm
    Women: 3mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 3mm
    Women: 3mm
  • Width
    Men: Normal
    Women: Narrow, Normal, Wide
  • Release date
    Unknown
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Rankings

A top 8% best Road running shoe

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97 / 100 based on 1 expert reviews

  • 97 / 100 | Birthday Shoes | | Level 1 expert

    The Primus Lux is definitely one of the more barefoot-feeling shoes out there. It's not quite as barefoot as your most typical FiveFingers due to Vivo's outsole being a bit harder as far as rubber goes. However, if you're looking for a good-looking, everyday wearing barefoot shoe, the Lux is worth considering.

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  • The Vivobarefoot Primus Lux is a road shoe that’s designed for the neutral pronator. It has a lightweight and flexible construction that mimics a near-barefoot style of performance. The upper unit is made of tanned animal leather, a material that is durable yet flexible.
  • Underfoot support is provided by a thin thermoplastic polyurethane unit. This full-length aspect of the shoe also serves as the outsole. A puncture-resistant layer shields the foot from abrasion and harmful elements on the surfaces.

This Vivobarefoot shoe for running was crafted to be true to size, though it would be helpful for runners to try on the shoe first before deciding on a purchase. When it comes to width, the available options are D – Medium and B – Medium for men and women, respectively.

The outsole unit of the Vivobarefoot Primus Lux features ground-contact TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane). This compound is meant to provide traction and a flexible underfoot experience.

The PRO5™ technology is a very thin layer that is resistant to punctures. Its job is to protect the foot from the abrasive nature of the elements on the paths.

A hexagonal tread pattern is tasked with heightening surface grip and flexibility.

The TPU sole is responsible for carrying the foot throughout the running session. It has been configured to resist sagging or early material breakdown. The thinness of the construction permits the wearer to get a feel of the ground beneath.

A leather footbed is placed on top of the main platform. This add-on offers a bit more cushioning without sacrificing flexibility. It also follows the contours of the underfoot, thereby supporting sections that are not usually given attention.

The upper unit is made of Pittards® animal leather. The material is not thick, yet it has been constructed to be durable and flexible. It has tiny breathing holes to maintain a cool and dry interior for the foot.

The elements on the upper are stitched together, not glued. Such a configuration heightens the overall sturdiness of the façade.

Round laces go through stitch-reinforced eyelets on the instep. These fabric cords are designed to adjust the tightness or looseness of the fit while also preventing in-shoe wobbling.

The heel lining is made of leather. Its goal is to keep the back of the foot in place and prevent it from exiting the foot-chamber unintentionally.

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