Sizing Vivobarefoot shoes – how to size from Adidas, Nike, and DIY!

Sizing barefoot shoes at first is tricky – they fit quite differently than regular shoes and you might make a mistake on your first go around.

This little guide on sizing Vivobarefoot shoes (link to their website) will hopefully get you sorted out right away. Let’s quit the chit chat and run right into it.

Edit 1: Here is a link to a 25% discount to any of the Vivobarefoot stores. Use code NOMAD10 at checkout!

sizing guide vivobarefoot shoes

How to size for barefoot shoes

Barefoot shoes can be tricky and it’s a good idea to size up at first! Your feet will naturally spread out and even ‘grow’ after a while since your foot is no longer tightly confined by awkward and incorrect design. Here’s how to get your size for Vivobarefoot shoes:

measuring sizing barefoot shoes
looks like 27.5cm, but with weight added it goes up to 28cm!
  1. Get a tape measure/ruler, take off your socks.
  2. Place your heel against the wall, put your weight on your foot.
  3. Carefully mark down the exact length.
  4. For width, place foot against wall – ankle bone touching (or almost touching) wall.
  5. Place tape measure/ruler under foot, record widest part of foot.
  6. Repeat with other foot, note down all measurements.
Measuring width of foot
Measuring width of foot – ankle bone AGAINST the wall!

With a measuring tape, my feet measure 28cm x 10cm. This is length by width at the widest part (5th metatarsal).

Refer to the Vivobarefoot sizing chart when making your choice.

In my example where my feet are 28cm long, I would therefor fit EU43, UK9, or US10, however, these are too tight! I use 44 in all of my Vivobarefoot shoes as 43 is too tight. Size one up!

And too, the people working at the Vivobarefoot stores told me to go even bigger! I decided to not but they were adamant on it.

I came from wearing Nike Free 5.0 shoes and Adidas Hyperboost type garbage, so below I’ve included my direct conversion from those and how my shoes fit.

Sizing Vivobarefoot Shoes from Adidas

I fit Adidas 44 shoes and actually fit perfectly into Vivobarefoot 44. Your mileage may differ. This was applicable to their running shoes.

Sizing Vivobarefoot Shoes from Nike

transition from Nike to Barefoot shoes
transition from Nike to Barefoot shoes – funny enough my Nikes ‘appear’ longest to the naked eye (not in this pic)

My Nike shoes however tell me that I’m an EU 45.5 or US 11.5, however my shoes without insole are still short. So if you fit US 11 or 12 Nike, you’ll probably want EU 44 Vivobarefoot.

Sizing Vivobarefoot shoes or other barefoot shoes

If you can test try a pair on beforehand then that’s great! If not, the manufacturer definitely has sizing guides for their selection. Here are some of the sizing guides for the common manufacturers.

Hiking shoes vs Magna Trail barefoot shoes
Hiking shoes vs Magna Trail barefoot shoes

If you’re not fortunate enough to have a Vivobarefoot shoe store around, then you’ll be going in blind. Lucky for me I have two Vivobarefoot stores in my city.

Still, if you can, try and find a place which has some barefoot shoes in stock so you can test em out!

Conclusion

Well, I hope this helped you out! If you’ve got any questions or thoughts please drop them down in the comments below and I’ll be glad to help out.

Otherwise, have a good day and check out my Vivobarefoot buying guide for more thoughts on my favorite barefoot shoes 🙂

Here is a link to a 25% discount to any of the Vivobarefoot stores. Use code NOMAD10 at checkout!

Link to the Vivobarefoot Amazon store (automatically redirects to your country, Amazon affiliate network link)

Peace!

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4 thoughts on “Sizing Vivobarefoot shoes – how to size from Adidas, Nike, and DIY!”

  1. Dear sir,greetings from Greece…I have found on the internet, by accident, the vivobarefoot, and I loved them…But since there is no store near me that sells them, I m checking through out the internet in order to buy the correct size!I just read your post,really helpful, but still,I have a few questions…My ADIDAS GAZELLE are size 46 and 2/3 EU (size 12 USA)…I printed the VIVO MEASURING GUIDE and it seems that I should get a size 44EU…My question is this…We wear the shoes with shocks and also,there must be a thumb gap between the big toe and the end of the shoe…In the end of the day,from your experience,should I get size 45 EU or 46EU?…Thanx for your time and the valuable post…

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  2. Great to see the first two pictures, I was not entirely sure how much room there would be on the top. I checked the sizing on their website…
    Yes it is confusing, but I had a light bulb coming up at a certain moment. Actually I found, the way to read the table is that the cm values are not your measurement, but the length of the shoe. So you take the cm size and you subtract a thumb and you should get your foot length. Like My foot is 26cm. On the table the size 42 is 27.6cm. The space in the toe box will be 1.6cm. I wear normally 42 and I bought a 42. Still feels a bit bigger but I am between size and wanted reassurance. So thanks for the post 🙏

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