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Are the Vivobarefoot Primus Lite III (knit) a good shoe?

Before deciding on any new pair of shoes, consider the following 5 questions:


  • Is this for a competition, or for functional training?

  • Am I standing in one place, or do I need to be more mobile?

  • Do I want to wear them outside of training and why? (i.e. lifestyle vs function)

  • Do I need durability, low weight, or both?

  • Do I need increased traction or grip?


 

This article will offer a unsponsored review on the Vivobarefoot Primus Lite III (knit). This review is intended for educational purposes only and not to sell or promote any product or brand specific. To view our other reviews click here.

 

Primus Lite III Knit (mens)

Vivobarefoot Primus Lite III (knit)

$145-160


 TLDR

VivoBarefoot Primus Lite III (knit)


Pros:

  • Wide shoe / wide toe-box

  • Functional all-day wear

  • Lightweight durable materials

  • True minimalist build


Cons:

  • Expensive

  • Hard to clean

  • Lacking lateral stability for knit version


Takeaway:

This is a lightweight and highly durable shoe fantastic for cross training and all-day wear and has been shown to increase foot strength by up to 70%.


However, be cautious wearing them as lifestyle sneakers, as they can be hard to clean and maintain.


 

Universal Function + Multisport Durability

Thanks to the minimal structure this shoe allows the foot to bend and breath the exact way it was meant to. First time wearing it may actually feel like you're just wearing a sock and not a shoe. For this reason it may be best to take some time to get used to them before testing a run or a hard workout.


Travel Friendly

Not that you'll ever want to take them off, the Vivobarefoot Primus Lite III silhouette is hands down the most versatile shoe I've ever worn. The minimal design features exceptional attention to material detail allowing for an all around lightweight and durable shoe that can be easily folded and packed into just about any space.


Yudae and crew recently took a trip to New York where we were able to test just how travel friendly (and walk friendly) these shoes actually. Oh man, did they surpass expectations. They were not only highly functional, but also comfortable on both the plane and around the city.


Mobility > Stability

Airing on the side of caution, it's best to say if you don't have a priority on form, these are not the best shoes for you. On the other hand, if you're all about form and increasing your foot health, there is truly little better than a pair of Vivobarefoot Primus Lite III shoes.


Keep in mind the knit version of the Vivobarefoot Primus Lite III offers the lowest lateral stability. For those attempting heavy lifts, lateral agility movement, and fast tempo runs, this may not be the best option for you. That said, I personally do all of the above and they have worked just fine.


 


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