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The Primus Lite from Vivobarefoot has been one of their flag ship barefoot running shoes for a while now and with the third edition of this minimalist shoe now available it looks like it has all the features that we have grown to love as well as some new and improved ones.

This shoe comes in four designs in the men’s Obsidian, Botanical Green, Deep Sea Blue and Bright White and the Blue Haze replaces the Obsidian in the women’s range. There are sizes 6 through to 14 in men’s and 3 up to 9 in women’s, they are constructed in Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi, Vietnam from recycled materials, and now from materials made with even more post-consumer plastic waste and helping reduce the waste that ends up in landfill. As many who love barefoot running have a deep appreciation for our planet these shoes are also fully vegan, no leather or animal bi-products in sight. The cut of the Primus Lite is based around the natural shape of the foot which means they might not look like the other shoes in your cupboard with an extra wide design that allows the foot to spread out with each step, just like it is intended to do.

They feel wonderfully thin underfoot for real time sensory feedback with every step, allowing you to more intuitively, connect with the ground beneath your feet and build all those tiny muscles in the foot and ankle. Suitable for running, walking or working out the Primus Lite III are highly flexible in both the sole and the upper, the active sole provides a powerful grip on slippery and uneven surfaces. The signature 4mm thin sole puts the minimum material between your feet and the ground but it is highly durable, more than capable of protecting your feet for hazards in both natural and urban environments. The Ortholite Performance Insole is made up from recycled PU foam, reducing the use of virgin plastics, when these shoes have taken their last step they can be returned to where they will be recycled and given a new life. When it comes to barefoot running the Primus Lite III are up there as one of the best, most reliable and versatile shoes.

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A barefoot shoe that lets your feet get closer to nature whilst protecting them from harm.
  • Lightweight
  • Flexible
  • Tough, grippy outsole
  • Foot shaped design
  • Created from recycled materials
  • Vegan