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
$150
Weight
Men: 8.5oz
Women: 4.2oz
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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 7.1 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • Most users of the Stealth II found it to be comfortable, flexible, and lightweight.
  • A runner commented that the shoe gave adequate toe room and enabled a more natural foot movement compared to mainstream running shoes.
  • Many runners agreed that it had a stylish appearance unlike other brands of barefoot-running shoes.
  • A lot of users felt the Stealth II was effective in delivering a barefoot running sensation.
  • One reviewer mentioned that a recurring heel pain was reduced when running.
  • Another tester noted that the shoe did not require a long break in period.

4 reasons not to buy

  • One user said the Vivobarefoot Stealth II was not able to perform well on rough roads and dirt tracks.
  • The shoe caused discomfort around the ankle, said one reviewer.
  • It was a little expensive considering its few features, as observed by a couple of buyers.
  • Some runners felt the shoe did not provide enough support to the foot.

Bottom line

Many will find that the Stealth II is a relatively durable running shoe that reaches its goal in making barefooted running easy and enjoyable. The shoe delivers comfort and flexibility while remaining visually appealing. It is not recommended for runners who want a shoe that promotes minimalist running.


Rankings

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Ratings

4.4 / 5 based on 27 ratings

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Expert Reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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85 / 100 based on 4 expert reviews

  • 86 / 100 by RunRepeat • James Smith • Level 1 expert

    Where the Stealth II really shines is when you take the insoles out! They're really responsive.

  • 88 / 100 by Domabventure • Domabventure • Level 1 expert

    They are nice, lightweight, flexible shoes.

  • 87 / 100 by The TriNerd UK • The TriNerd UK • Level 1 expert

    At the time of this review, I have only ran ~20km in these shoes, but I pretty much have worn them as a general shoe every time I have left the house. Love them.

  • 80 / 100 by Thither • Thither Staff • Level 1 expert

    An article on smithsonian.com pretty much sums up what I believe. Decades of athletic footwear development have led to bigger, more protective shoes— which have only weakened our feet and made us unable to run the way we are naturally meant to.

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Updates to Vivobarefoot Stealth II

  • The Stealth II is a road running shoe that is ideal for seasoned barefoot runners. It is built to withstand long-distance running on roads, treadmills, and gym floors. The design and structure of the shoe are aimed towards neutral pronators.
  • At 3 mm, the sole unit is thin enough to let the foot experience the most natural environment possible.
  • The upper consists of an engineered hex-shaped laminated mesh that provides support and allows for a comfortable stretch.

Vivobarefoot Stealth II size and fit

As a minimalist running shoe, the Stealth II provides plenty of room for the foot to move naturally and comfortably. However, while it fits true to size, runners with a high-volume foot might want to wear half a size up to accommodate their forefoot. The width profiles are D – Medium for men and B – Medium for women.

Outsole

A 3-mm V Road rubber outsole is present in the Stealth II to deliver flexible traction in both wet and dry conditions. There are no deep lugs as the shoe is made for running on pavements and similar surfaces. Instead, it has rubberized V-tread grips that guard against slipping.

The Stealth II encourages a natural foot movement with its zero-drop profile.

Midsole

As a minimalist running shoe, the midsole of the Stealth II is built to be ultra-thin and puncture-resistant for maximum proprioception. It features natural sensory feedback, which engages the foot’s natural running gait as it allows the arch and toes to load, splay, and recoil. This results in a natural shock absorption and a clearer foot sensation.

A footbed insert is included to provide additional cushioning and protection to the foot. It can be removed for an even better ground feel.

Upper

Made from a lightweight EVA cage with a thin mesh, the upper of the Stealth II aims to deliver optimum breathability and comfort. With this, it aims to keep the foot cool even in a 90°F weather. It also encourages a responsive foot control and an adaptive fit so that the foot can endure long-distance running.

The structure of the upper is heat-fused together to eliminate the need for stitching. This contributes to the durability of the shoe.

The lightweight material prevents rubbing and chafing so that the shoe can be worn even without socks.

The interior lining of the shoe is made from Dri-Lex to promote moisture wicking and superior comfort. Dri-Lex works by transporting moisture away from the foot. Another layer under the Dri-Lex ensures that the interior of the shoe remains breathable so that the skin of the foot remains cool and dry.

Both the tongue and heel collar are slightly padded to provide comfort and protection to the foot.

It also features the HI-VIZ reflective PU, which allows visibility in low-light conditions.