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Vivobarefoot Primus Trail Winter FG Vivobarefoot Primus Trail Winter FG
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Barefoot running has cemented itself into the mainstream with Vivobarefoot shoes leading the way by reconnecting people with the planet through sustainable materials and a natural running experience.

However, it is hard enough to poke your toes outside the duvet right now, let alone sending them out for a run unprotected, fear not though the Primus Trail Winter FG shoes ensure you can carry on Barefoot running in the colder weather. This new edition to the Vivo family comes in two colours in both the men’s and women’s design Obsidian (both men’s and women’s) Drift Wood (men’s only) and Aurora (women’s only), sizes 6-14 in men’s and 3-9 in womens. The FG in the name refers to the Firm Ground Outsole used in this shoe, this is a highly abrasive sole, with a low-profile, multi-directional lugs for traction on the trail and a sticky rubber compound coating for all terrain durability. It has a base and lug height of 2.5mm – 4mm is thick enough to change the ground feel in an urban road run but it has been designed perfectly for wet and dry and more rugged surfaces.

There is a textured arch that has been added to provide a zonal grip on technical trails, whilst the concave hexagonal design adds to the grip, giving you more confidence in each step. These winter shoes are water resistant, yes we want to feel closer to nature but frost bite is a step too far, thanks to the water-resistant treatment on the upper materials. Just like many of this brands footwear they have utilised recycled PET plastic bottles into the production of the shoes, giving it a second life and taking it out of the landfill, they are also Vegan and made entirely from animal-free materials. The flexible sole provides instant sensory feedback with the bio-based BLOOM foam performance insole offering only the protection needed, the shoes feel lovely and light which adds to that feeling of a free and natural run. The Primus Trail Winter FG are comfortable straight out of the box the thin, seamless tongue rests gently on the top of the foot and the lace system evenly pulls the shoe together for a comfortable but unrestrictive fit. Whether you are already a fan of barefoot running or fancy taking on a new hobby this year, these winter runners are a great option, enjoy all the benefits of a natural run whilst protecting your feet and the planet. RRP £130

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Don’t let the cold weather stop you from getting your bare foot on, these shoes will protect your feet whilst providing enjoyable sensory feedback.
  • Water resistant upper
  • Highly abrasive
  • Grippy, multi-directional
  • Sensory feedback
  • Tough and flexible outsole
  • Recycled PET plastic waste
  • Vegan