The Vivobarefoot Primus Lite is too good-looking! Its pure white looks are amazing, tempting you to save it for Sunday best. But, it is great to run in too. The road sibling of the trail shoe brothers (SG, FG and Swimrun), the Primus Lite is a great addition, but maybe just for the summer!

The upper holds the foot well, is minimal and breathable, with the added bonus of recycled PET mesh. There’s no midsole of course, just a puncture resistant sole. I’ve found this works great on the track and on grass. I’ve tended to keep this shoe for speedwork, rather than on the road (mainly to keep it clean). It’s a shame it’s not lighter – if you’re going this minimal under the foot, I’d like a shoe weighing 100g, not over 200g.

Wear and Tear:

I’ve run 80+ miles of track and grass in this shoe, not enough to cause any damage.


A great super-minimalist shoe for summer running. It’s foot-shaped, flexible and a thing of beauty. 78/100


Weight – 221g – (UK size 8)
Midsole – Zero. Zero-drop
Outsole – Rubber
Insole – Standard and removable.
Flexibility – Super High
Fitting – Wide toebox. Natural foot-shaped last.