Take a walk in your ancestors’ footsteps with Vivobarefoot’s new barefoot hiking boot.

Barefoot Hiking: Feel the Trail Beneath You

When Abebe Bikila toed the starting line at the 1960’s Olympic Marathon with nothing but his bare feet, other athletes called him crazy. 2 hours and 15 minutes later, he became a gold medalist.

Walking barefoot dates back to our great, great, great, great, great (you get the point) ancestors. Like a child playing in the grass, shoes off, hair wild and unkempt, being barefoot simply feels better.

But can the barefoot approach apply to hiking, too?

Vivobarefoot Tracker FG

barefoot hiking boot


I met with the Vivobarefoot team at Outdoor Retailer winter show to hear more about their company. Galahad, Vivobarefoot’s founder, told me about the Tracker FG, one of the few barefoot hiking boots on the market. The Tracker is fully waterproofed, au-naturale foot freedom.

By reducing shoes to a bare minimum, barefoot shoes allow us to feel the texture of a rock, or the curve of a tree root beneath us. “We want people to feel nature,” Galahad told me. To make the barefoot hiking transition even easier, they have an step-by-step guide for new barefoot users.

Whether you’re camping in the rainforest of Olympic National Park or the desert of Joshua Tree, Vivobarefoot will take you there.

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Megan Walsh

Megan Walsh

Megan dreams of one day being a professional recreationalist, and welcomes any and all tips on how to get there. When she isn’t climbing, skiing, or enjoying shavasana, she’s drinking coffee and furiously typing away at her computer––or watching Netflix. Her work has been featured in Climbing Magazine, Utah Adventure Journal, and on Moja Gear.