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
    $80
  • Weight
    Men: 6.7oz
    Women: 5.3oz
  • 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.

  • Width
    Men: Normal
    Women: Normal
  • Release date
    Unknown
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87 / 100 based on 1 expert reviews

  • 87 / 100 | Science Focus | | Level 1 expert

    If you’re going on holiday, these are a handy addition to your wardrobe as they’re perfect for pottering round town, splashing in the sea, or even for offering extra grip when paddleboarding. Those with sturdy knees might be fine to use them for running, but I’m not convinced I’ll be doing a 5K in them any time soon.

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  • The Vivobarefoot Ultra 3 gets a revamp through the brand’s partnership with Bloom®, a manufacturer of plant-based foam. In this release, the shoe gets an ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) foam upper that is formulated with algae biomass. This innovation aims for two things: First, to reduce the use of fossil fuels, as well as other petroleum ingredients, which are utilized in the creation of traditional EVA foam. Second, the use of algae will help control its uncontrollable bloom in water ecosystems, which threatens marine life by blocking sunlight and oxygen, not to mention polluting the water.
  • With the formation of the Ultra 3 Bloom, at least 57 gallons of water are filtered and recirculated back into aquatic habitats. It also prevents and reduces carbon dioxide by being released into the atmosphere.
  • The algae-based EVA aside, the rest of the shoe is mostly the same as its predecessor, the Ultra 3 – barefoot-type structure for excellent ground feel, hex grip outsole for flexibility and traction on any surface, and a unique lacing system for a convenient wearing method.

The special version of the Vivobarefoot Ultra 3 fits true to size. Its overall construction will cater to runners with narrow to moderate foot volumes. The shoe is available for purchase in medium width for the versions of both men’s and women’s.

The hex grip outsole of the Ultra 3 Bloom is made from sticky rubber. This unit is designed to avert slipping and sliding, especially when running on wet surfaces, such as mud, or even watery ground like streams and swamps.

Because it aims for the ultimate durability, the outsole of the Ultra 3 Bloom is also resistant to both punctures and abrasions. It also intends to withstand much more impact compared to the regular rubber compounds used in outsoles.

As a barefoot running shoe, the Ultra 3 Bloom does not employ any midsole element. Instead, the outsole serves as the cushioning, offering the foot the right combination of comfort, protection, and ground feel.

The Bloom® EVA foam upper is meant to be lightweight, therefore allowing maximum airflow and comfort while running. The unique material also enables the most efficient water drainage system.

A unique lacing method gives the finishing touch to the shoe’s upper design. It is a flexible and sturdy fiber cord that permits to be adjusted and tightened using an easy pulling technique.

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