What's special about Vivobarefoot soles?

Barefoot shoes are foot friendly and foot shaped! The natural foot is wide, flexible and sensory – with thousands of nerve endings on the soles of your feet providing your brain with all the information it needs for skilful movement. Vivobarefoot soles are stable, strong and ultra thin; precisely engineered to maximize all that useful sensory feedback by minimizing interference between your feet and the ground.

All Vivobarefoot soles (except the Ultra) have a patented Pro 5 puncture resistant layer, with up to 5x the puncture resistance of other minimal shoe brands.

Sadly, it isn’t possible for Vivobarefoot soles to be entirely puncture proof without compromising on the barefoot experience.

How do I clean/care for my Vivo's?

When possible, it’s best to use natural products for cleaning and weather protection. Soapy cold water beats a washing machine when it comes to Vivo’s performance shoes.

Should I wear socks or insoles with my Vivo?

It’s all a matter of personal preference. On a cold day, for instance, you might appreciate a pair of Thermal Insoles. We recommend lightweight, non-restrictive socks, but they aren’t required if you’re sock averse. We believe that the ideal barefoot experience is insole free, but no one’s watching, so the decision is yours!

I have a medical history of injury, can I still transition?

Yes, but it’s best for any transition to be gradual and supervised by a medical professional, especially if you’ve been using corrective footwear.

We’d recommend Vivobarefoot’s Everyday shoes as an entry point, for everything besides long walks and running.

Vivo's appear to have less components than regular shoes, so why are they expensive?

Because they pay more for less! Their commitment to minimal shoes that are perfect for feet demands material of the highest quality, and an awe inspiring level of care and craftsmanship is put into each shoe.

What is my size & how do I work this out?

Vivobarefoot Size Guide is here to help! Vivo shoes fit 'big' deliberately – they call this ‘the rule of thumb’. Your toes need wiggle room! This is especially important for running. If you can fit your thumb in-between the end of your toe and the front of the shoe, you’ve more than likely found your ideal size.

After some time with barefoot shoes, your shoe size may need to increase, as your toes splay out more naturally.

Why do sizes vary across styles?

This often comes down to materials and production. For example you may find that Handcut Leather collection seems slightly smaller, a result of the (initial) tightness of the leather, especially compared to a flexible mesh running shoe.

If your shoe feels a little tight, you may find that removing your insole will give you all the extra room you need!


Rains develops and manufactures modern and comfortable rainwear. Signature to this promise, is a lightweight yet strong polyester fabric backed with a flexible polyurethane coating. The fabric is bonded together through ultrasonic welding, ensuring quality, waterproof products. Additionally, all fittings, zippers and trimmings are designed and produced in materials optimized for wet conditions.


For a long shoe life, they need care and love. Although the shoes are made from state of the art materials we cannot guarantee they will not break. Please don’t jump off high objects, step on sharp edges or exert high pressure. The leathers are vulnerable, when dry they should be treated with a cream or a wax.