So I didn't want to hijack the other recent barefoot shoe question, but in clicking through links I found this shoe http://www.vivobarefoot.com/us/ladies/achilles-ladies.html which I'm very interested in. I prefer straight barefoot and I don't do well with closed-toe shoes so I thought this might be a nice compromise. Anyone have any suggestions as to this or another similar shoe? I want to keep it under $75 if possible.
I'm a huge Vivobarefoot fan. I have almost 10 pairs! But I never got on with the Achilles sandal. I suggest you try them on before you buy. Something to do with the split toe thing makes them uncomfortable for me and seems like a design flaw... I think of sandals as what should be the least constrained shoe type, but these feel more constrained than any of their other models.
As for the durability of the Vivobarefoot soles, the running shoes tend to be more durable than their casual/court shoes. I think the Achilies have a "running" type sole.
I've been running in a pair of their running shoes (Evo) for over a year now on roads and hard trail on average about 20 miles a week and the soles are just fine... It's the uppers that are starting to show some age.
An alternative but not quite as minimal on the sole as the Vivobarefoot shoes in the Teva Zilch, but I can't say I have tried these.
I never try this barefoot shoe, I like shoes at http://www.upere.com/upere-wedge-sneakers-c-1.html.