In my mind, even in light of their remarkable progress on the running side, it's the everyday functionality of work and casual lines that remains VIVOBAREFOOT’s strength. Despite the explosion of minimalist footwear makers rushing to market, there really isn’t a comparable product yet today; nobody else combines formal fashion and natural biomechanics nearly as well as VIVOBAREFOOT does.
This was an especially attractive point for me as I made my transition to minimalist footwear, because the way I saw it, there wasn’t any point in running for one or two hours per day in minimalist footwear only to stuff your feet into traditional “foot coffins” (a term popularized by Terra Plana owner Galahad Clark) for 12 or more hours afterward. Once I made the decision to walk naturally, I wanted to do it all the time, no matter what the circumstances.
That’s why I was thrilled to discover VIVOBAREFOOT. My Dharmas were comfortable, durable, and allowed purely natural foot movement with a stylish design. The diversity of the VIVOBAREFOOT product line made it possible to wear true minimalist shoes at work, church, or to casual outings. After that initial Dharma review , I was so impressed that I immediately bought and reviewed a pair of Oaks , which quickly became my favorite dual purpose work/casual shoe, and later on grabbed a pair of Lesothos , which are formal enough for me to wear to weddings and professional interviews (and yes, I’ve done both).
The company takes care of female professionals as well, with the Kali , a sharp-looking Mary Jane-style shoe that is ideal for the office or formal settings. For obvious reasons, I haven’t reviewed these (nor, unfortunately, has my wife), but I found a nice review here at Living Barefoot if you're interested. Since they have all the features that make the men’s models so impressive, I’m reasonably certain that the Kali would be perfect for some girl out there with a regular job who is brave enough to fight the tragic high-heel mentality of so many career women.
Perhaps that girl is one of my readers – and perhaps I’ll be able to help her out. This week’s VIVOBAREFOOT giveaway is for a pair of work shoes: the Kali for a female winner, or a choice of Dharma or Oak for a male (the Lesotho is now categorized in the spring/summer line and is not available for this giveaway). Today also starts a new coupon code offer for these work styles; if you purchase any of those three models between now and December 13th, enter RRWORK at checkout to receive 20% off your purchase. The banner ad at the top of the page will run through this week, and will take you to the VIVOBAREFOOT home page.
Contest rules will be very similar to what we did for the Evo II giveaway. Enter the contest by 5PM PST Friday, December 10th, and I’ll announce the winner shortly thereafter, which will give you enough time to use the coupon code if you don’t win. I’ll give one entry for a comment, one for Twitter or Facebook (but not both), and one for a blog link - but it has to be to this contest page; just saying “You’re on my blogroll!" doesn’t count.
As before, when you comment below, let me know how many entries you’ve earned, and I’ll put them in a spreadsheet to determine a random winner. Finally, just to have a little more fun with the London edict that opened this post, I’ll give you an extra entry if your comment is written in all capital letters. GOOD LUCK!
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