I have a hard time finding trainers or runners that use the barefoot method for our family. I keep looking at VivoBarefoot shoes and I love all their styles for men, women and kids. Right now our family wears Merrell barefoot shoes but I’m not sure how “ethical” they are. They are made in China with the Vibram sole. I have had such a hard time finding runners for my family that are barefoot and not made in China.
1. Ladies $115 2. Men’s $115 3. Kids $40
These VivoBarefoot shoes are made in China as well — but they make their shoes vegan which means they use as little glue as possible and using recycled materials. They have an ethical policy section and it states that their main tannery partner is rated ISO 14001 which is the highest environmental standard accreditation for shoes. It’s tough — I mean, unless you know these factories personally in China — it’s hard to say. I know there are ethical factories in China — in fact we carry bags and toys made in China by near deaf or deaf women but that’s only because we know these factories through personal referrals.
Does anyone out there have more info about VivoBarefoot? I love that they use recycled materials but would love to know if their shoe makers are paid a fair wage and have decent working hours as I would love to get these shoes for my whole family. They are freakin’ cool!
First posted at Lil’Soak + Friends.