Facts

Terrain: Road
Arch support: Neutral
Weight: Men: 8.5oz | Women: 4.2oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 0mm | Women: 0mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Material: Vegan
Strike Pattern: Forefoot strike
Distance: Competition
Heel height: Men: 3mm | Women: 3mm
Forefoot height: Men: 3mm | Women: 3mm
Brand: Vivobarefoot
Type: Low drop | Zero drop | Minimalist | Barefoot
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal, Wide
Price: $150
Colorways: Black
Size
Small True to size Large
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Rankings

Among the better Road running shoes
A popular pick

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88 / 100 based on 10 expert reviews

  • 86 / 100 | James Smith

    Vivobarefoot Stealth 2 - comfort beyond comfortable!

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    I have thoroughly enjoyed wearing my Vivobarefoot Stealth II.

    I've put them through their paces on everything from road to mud and even the beach! I've run about 45 miles in these shoes and walked about 15.

    They have become my go-to shoe for almost every situation and I can't see anything taking their place anytime soon. When I have them on, all I want to do is bounce about the place.

    They've also been an awesome shoe to transition to barefoot/minimalist running in, so much so that I almost wish I could rewind and do it all again!

     

    Tech Specs

    Weight - Size 45 EU weighing in at 225g per shoe (without insole in… I weighed them myself!)

    Sole - PRO5

    Patented, ultra-thin (3mm), puncture resistant layer. 5x more puncture resistant than a standard sole of the same thickness.

    Vegan - Produced using animal free products and processes.

    Upper  -Breathable Mesh 

    Synthetic multiply materials, to deliver optimum lightweight breathability and comfort.

    V-MESH 

    Multi-layer honeycomb constructed upper, engineered with foam and mesh.

    V-WEB 

    Heat fused together for lightweight structure and stitchless durability.

    TPU COMPOUND 

    Super thin, lightweight and incredibly durable for maximum underfoot sensory clarity.

    INNER 

    Outlast® technology, originally developed for NASA, utilizes phase change materials (PCM) that absorb, store and release heat for optimal thermal comfort.

    Design

    I've not only used the Stealth II for running in but also as my everyday toe-house and they've certainly turned a few heads… but mostly not in a good way.

    They definitely look quite odd and if you're the kind of person who cares about how you look or how other people view you then these probably aren't for you. I'm not saying that I hate how they look but these minimalist beasts definitely weren't designed with looks as the primary concern.

     

    Safety

    The reflective and protective toe, heel and tongue parts are great for adding to night-time visibility as well as offering that little bit of extra safety and foot security.

    The heel cup especially helps to keep your foot locked in, which is great! But in the daytime they make the shoes look more like plimsolls than I'd like them to, I've also had a few comments to that effect.

    The honeycomb pattern in the upper although fantastically functional also adds to the strangeness in appearance. Most people that have seen me wearing them just aren't sure what to make of them.

    But you know what… I couldn't care less!

    These shoes are brilliantly comfortable! I'd go as far to say that (only just) behind the Vibram FiveFinger KSO’s they are the most comfortable footwear I have ever worn!

    Flexibility

    The 3mm sole is flexible yet resistant and it offers more than adequate protection from the road whilst running. It also doesn't feel too hard on your feet, even without the insole in. (And I'm only just transitioning to barefoot/minimalist at the moment).

    The heat fused, multi-layer upper offers great flexibility and breathability.

    On cold days (down to -1°C) my feet don't feel cold despite how thin the upper is. The high-tech Outlast inner really is fantastic and does what it says it should.

    I can't wait to see how these shoes perform in the summer to disperse the heat on those heat-wave run days.

    Fit 

    I wish I had gone a size up with these.

    I went for my usual size 45EU with these shoes and although I have decent room for my toes I think a size up would have given that little bit more for these shoes to feel even better.

    One big plus point with these is that I didn't have to break them in at all. They haven't once given me a blister and they're as comfortable now as they were the first day I stuck them on. 

     

     

    My toes occasionally hit the end on downhills which is a bit annoying. That could have to do with my downhill technique more than the shoes being too small. (I'm trying to learn how to run downhill like a child but it's hard letting go).

    I think these probably fit as expected but if you're the kind of person (like me) that's sometimes a bigger size then I would definitely suggest going bigger.

    My one slight critique of the design in terms of fit goes is that I don't understand the weird flappy bits that surround the tongue. It's almost like they forgot to cut off half a centimeter of excess material from the thing, only it's definitely meant to be there.

    It doesn't cause any discomfort but it bugs me a bit that it is there, especially when I'm putting them on.

    Maybe it has a function I don't know about but what that could be I have no idea! The tongue also feels like it's slightly too short, maybe just a few millimeters extra on there and it'd be absolutely banging on for me. 

    Grip

    Just looking at the soles on the Stealths you'd think that they would only be any good on nice smooth, dry pavements (there must only be about half a mm of tread grip on them after all).

    But you'd be wrong all day long! I still can't quite get my head around how well these things grip the road.

     

     

    I've run on wet, dry and icy roads, groomed trails, the beach (both wet and dry sand) and even on wet, muddy grass.

    The only times I felt as though I wasn't in control was on the muddy grass and it was a little hairy on the ice (hah!) but the shoe really impressed me in every other instance.

    Obviously, you're not going to get a super grip in a lot of places with these but they are pretty amazing.

    Support

    As I've mentioned before the heel cup on these shoes offers decent support for your feet. The lacing system is simple yet effective and your feet snug and locked in place when all done up.

    For the most part, these shoes just allow your feet to act for themselves and don't really need to offer a load of support. They let your feet work things out for themselves and I'm quickly getting used to how great that feels. Not just with the Vivobarefoot's but barefoot in general.

    Performance 

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

    I've found that when I hit that point in a run where usually my legs would be tired and feeling heavy that isn't the case when I'm wearing these.

     

     

    I've still feel light on my feet and my legs although tired don't feel drained. I've also found that my running pace is way more consistent in these. I can only put it down to how these shoes have altered my running form, from heel striking to forefoot running.

    On top of how responsive they are the Stealth 2’s support is great. As I mentioned above in regards to support they essentially teach your feet how to look after themselves.

    For years I've had a problem where my left foot has overpronated and early this year I started suffering from really bad shin splints. Since wearing these shoes I haven't felt any shin pain at all. It's incredible!

    I do have to say that a couple of times I have slightly over-done it and my feet, or more the tendons on the tops of my feet have really hurt for a couple of days after running but perseverance has been the key.

     

    Bottomline

    I really cannot rate these highly enough.

    No, the Vivobarefoot Stealth II is not perfect but they come closer to perfection than any other shoe I've worn before.

    This expert has been verified by RunRepeat. Reviews are neutral, unbiased and based on extensive testing.

  • 84 / 100 | Avery Smith

    Vivobarefoot Stealth II: A strong shoe, trumped by the competition

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    The Vivobarefoot Stealth II is a high-quality barefoot road running shoe. It has a unique, breathable upper, and a great outsole.

    The bottom line is that although the Stealth is a good barefoot running shoe, the Merrell Vapor Glove is better than the Stealth in every area.

     

    Marketed Statistics

     

    Upper Material

    The upper is made of a hexagonal EVA structure. There are hexagons of foam with thin mesh centres.

     

     

    This construction is extremely breathable. Vivobarefoot advertises that the upper will keep you cool in 90-degree weather.

    Honestly, I didn’t run in 90-degree weather whilst testing these shoes, but in conditions that my feet would usually get very hot, the Stealth excelled at keeping my feet cool.

    Fit

    The Stealth has an extremely wide fit. I found this to be a disappointment.

    The wide fit makes the shoe feel pretty clumsy. I need to really cinch down on the laces in order to secure my feet. The heel area has a standard fit, but the midfoot and forefoot are extremely wide.

    Heel Cup

    The Stealth does not have a heel cup, which is standard for a barefoot shoe.

    Barefoot shoes rarely have such support features. Most people are into minimalist shoes after a free and unrestricting shoe.

     

     

    The lack of a heel cup achieves this perfectly. There is more padding than I would expect around the heel collar. This is favorable because of how tightly I have to tie the laces.

    Tongue and Laces

    The tongue is made of a thin piece of mesh with a plastic overlay.

    The tongue is not very soft; it doesn't feel great against the top of my foot when I run sockless.

    I need to crank down on the laces because of the wide fit. The tongue does distribute the force applied by the laces to the top of my foot appropriately.

    Toe Bumper

    The Stealth has a fairly sturdy plastic toe bumper.

    This toe bumper is not too necessary since the Stealth is a road shoe, but it does give your feet a little bit more protection.

    Insole

    The Stealth is built with a fixed insole. The shoe comes with a set of additional insoles if you feel that you want a slight touch of cushioning.

     

     

    I don’t usually like to use insoles in barefoot running shoes, because they diminish the ground feel that the shoe provides, however, the fixed insole and heel area of the Stealth become pretty gross after just minimal use.

    The supplementary insoles do not accumulate sweat and dirt as the fixed insoles do. Therefore, I recommend using them.

    Reflectivity

    One of these shoes' strengths is its high levels of reflectivity.

    The entire heel area, the entire toe bumper, and the tongue are all reflective. You will always be seen whilst running at night.

     

    Midsole

    There is no midsole.

    Outsole

    There are three main criteria for any barefoot running shoe outsole: It must be flexible, durable and provide good traction.

    The Stealth’s outsole is made of a single sheet of durable carbon rubber.

     

     

    After about 100 miles of use, my pair of Stealths did not show too much wear.

    This is partially because when people run barefoot, they tread lightly, but also because the Stealth has a durable outsole. The carbon rubber provides very good traction on roads. I never felt unsteady or felt as If I was losing power due to a lack of traction.

    Finally, the outsole has exceptional flexibility. The outsole is engraved with a pattern of many small hexagons. These hexagons flex in all directions with ease.

    My feet never felt restricted in this shoe in terms of flexibility. This outsole excels in all three areas.

     

    Best Uses

    The Stealth is a good barefoot road running shoe. It also works well on the treadmill.

    Since the Stealth is so breathable, it works well for summer running. For the same reason, I would not recommend the Stealth for winter running.

    The Stealth is a true Barefoot shoe, it will only be comfortable for runners who have a smooth and efficient gait.

    Comparisons

    Vivobarefoot Stealth II Vs. Vivobarefoot Primus Lite

    The Primus Lite is the little brother of the Stealth. It is lighter and more nimble than the Stealth.

    In an effort to keep down the weight of the Primus Lite, they use a less comfortable upper than in the Stealth. Apart from these features, the two shoes are very similar. They both have the iconic Vivobarefoot hexagonal outsole.

    Vivobarefoot Stealth II Vs. Merrell Vapor Glove 3

    The Merrell Vapor Glove does everything that the Stealth does, except better.

    The Vapor Glove has a more comfortable upper, a better fit, a more adept outsole, and is lighter. The Vapor Glove can also handle trails better than the Stealth. Additionally, it is almost half the price of the Stealth.

    Vivobarefoot Stealth II VS. Salomon S-Lab Carbon Skate

    Well…one is a barefoot running shoe and the other is a nordic ski boot.

    Conclusion

    Overall, Vivobarefoot Stealth II is a high quality barefoot running shoe. There are certain aspects of this shoe that could be improved, such as the fit and the shoe’s inner lining material. 

    I have enjoyed my time running in the Stealth, but I always felt that I would have preferred to be running in the Merrell Vapor Glove.

    The Stealth is a strong barefoot running shoe, so I recommend it to anyone who finds that they don’t like the Merrell Vapor Glove.

    This expert has been verified by RunRepeat. Reviews are neutral, unbiased and based on extensive testing.

  • 88 / 100 | Domabventure | Level 1 expert

    They are nice, lightweight, flexible shoes.

  • 87 / 100 | 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.

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  • 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 of this Vivobarefoot running shoe consists of an engineered hex-shaped laminated mesh that provides support and allows for a comfortable stretch.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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