Forefoot: These shoes definitely have a nice wide toebox that can accommodate a wide forefoot as a well as a bunion deformity. They are made of leather which is soft and flexible so it should conform to any bunion deformities one may have. For a dress shoe this is definitely way ahead of rest of the industry in providing room for digital deformities. If one had a severe deformity you still may find more room in a breathable nylon upper, but you will compromise style which is one purpose of his shoe.
Cushion: There is not much cushion to this shoe aside from the shoe liner and the 3mm rubber sole. But, it’s not really needed. Remember this is a dress shoe that is designed for the foot to function in a natural manner the way it was intended to. There is no “stylish” heel that will compromise the way you are walking (increased stride length) and lead to a plantar fasciitis. It is a nice soft flexible feel in my opinion. One downside with a stack height of 3mm and no heel is your pants may drag on the ground. I suggest if you’re rearranging your shoe wardrobe to more minimalist type shoes, you will need to make some adjustments to your pants!
Flexibility: Passes Dr. Nick’s roll up test.
Overall:. I really like this shoe for dress and casual purposes. It has the look of a dress shoe minus the raised heel and stiffness. The choice in the leather and the rubber sole to build this shoe was superb. At a price of $130.00 it is just a bit high, but you have to remember this is a specialized flat shoe with a design not seen from many manufacturers. I have seen higher priced shoes that are not as well constructed as these so you are getting what you pay for with this Vivobarefoot Ra leather shoe. Enjoy!!
Dr. Campitelli is a podiatrist in Akron, OH specializing in foot and ankle surgery with an interest and enthusiasm for running as well as helping runners with injuries. For the past several years he has been treating running injuries in patients by fixing their form and transitioning them to minimalist shoes. Having treated runners with all types of injuries through conservative measures with orthotics and shoe gear changes to reconstructive foot and ankle surgery, Dr. Campitelli has brought what works best and is most current to his practice as well as the Akron and Cleveland running communities.