Vivobarefoot Geo Court Review – The Perfect Leather Sneaker

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The Vivobarefoot Geo Court is a smart barefoot leather sneaker for everyday wear. They are one of the best-looking barefoot shoes Vivobarefoot has produced and check all the boxes: Minimal, Stylish, Functional, and Durable. Read on for my full review of the Vivobarefoot Geo Court.

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Geo Court Review

woman sitting on rocks outside smiling and looking to the side with obsidian vivobarefoot geo court sneakers on her feet and a black dress and tan leather jacket.

Sneakers have really taken over the fashion scene in the last few years, which is just too good for those of us who want to be comfortable all the time. I love the little edge a sneaker can give, and I love that they’re easy to wear for an entire day. But even though most sneakers are far better for your feet than a pair of heels, I still can’t comfortably wear most sneakers without my toes getting pinched. That’s where barefoot shoes come in.

Vivobarefoot’s flat and flexible shoes are good to my feet, and with the release of the new Geo Court they’re good for my style too. The Vivobarefoot Geo Court is the PERFECT leather sneaker. They’re that exact blend of sporty and simple that makes it possible to pair them with everything, but without compromising on foot health.

The Vivobarefoot Geo Court is a simple tennis shoe for men and women. With a sleek design and subtle detailing, the Geo Court is an every day shoe that Vivobarefoot releases in different colors and materials seasonally (vegan options available during the summer).

Cloes up of person wearing Vivobarefoot Geo Court SNeakers in black obsidian, side view outside on gravel with water in the background

Geo Court Sizing

I got a size 37 (US size 7) in these and they are just the right fit. I wear a 37 in all my Vivobarefoot shoes, and they’re comfortably wide with about a thumbs width of space in front. 36-37 (sometimes 38) is my normal size, and Vivobarefoot is known for running a little bit small. So if you’re in between, I’d size up. The US website shows US sizes, but European sizes are what’s printed on the shoes. So I recommend checking out their size chart to be sure.

These fit low volume feet, but you can remove the insole for a little more space. Most Vivobarefoot shoes fit an Egyptian shaped foot, with a slanted toe box. You can learn more about what that means in this post.

Barefoot Qualities

Close up of person wearing Vivobarefoot Geo Court SNeakers in black obsidian, front view outside on gravel with water in the background

Vivobarefoot shoes are all completely flat, thin, flexible, and with a wide toe box. The width of the Court sneaker is consistent with the other Vivobarefoot shoes I’ve tried recently (see my other reviews here) which is just right for my wide feet, but I need to wear them without socks to have enough space. Vivobarefoot shoes are medium width, do most of their styles are not suitable for extra wide feet (their Made in Ethiopia range is one exception).

The stack height is 3mm thick without the insole, and about 5mm with it, so they are very thin.

These sneakers have been updated in 2021 to be softer and not so close around the ankle, which is great news. When I first got these in 2020 they rubbed my ankle bone for a while until they broke in. In general, Vivobarefoot shoes do require some breaking in, but they last a really long time.


The shoe uppers are made of leather, which makes them so easy to keep bright and clean. Most of the time all you need to do is wipe them down and if they get scuffed you can use a rubber to erase marks. The interior is partially lined with leather and partially fabric.

The removable insole is made from algea and helps get air circulating around your foot, which can help with sweating. I like the feeling of it and can tell my feet stay cool while wearing them, but I still got sweaty in these shoes after a while. I think you’d have to wear socks to eliminate that completely. These no-show toe socks would go well with these!

Vivo developed a new sole for these shoes that is extra grippy. In comparison to their everyday soles, I can definitely tell the difference. You can use them on the tennis court, but I haven’t heard from many people who have actually done it.


My feeling is that you really can wear the Geo Court with almost anything. Of course, you’re not going to step into a boardroom meeting in white sneaks. But thanks to current fashion trends, this type of shoe can look very put together.

The lacing and stitching do a great job of disguising the width of the toe box and they look like a stylish shoe by any standard. The subtle sheen of the leather gives them a little class, but they’re simple enough to work for just about any style, whether feminine or masculine.

I like the new branding they’ve been using on the tongue of their shoes, and can even get behind the V on the sides. I think they’re going for an Adidas or Nike style where the brand symbol becomes a fashion statement in itself. It’s subtle enough that it doesn’t interfere with the versatility of the shoe, and I like it. Wouldn’t it be cool if a barefoot brand got so big it’s symbol was recognizable to the masses?

I like the new branding they’ve been using on the tongue of their shoes, and can even get behind the V on the sides. I think they’re going for an Adidas or Nike style where the brand symbol becomes a fashion statement in itself. It’s subtle enough that it doesn’t interfere with the versatility of the shoe, and I like it. Wouldn’t it be cool if a barefoot brand got so big it’s symbol was recognizable to the masses?

The Geo Court in Action

Check out the how the geo court moves and looks in real life in this video.


I have to say, this is my favorite adult Vivobarefoot shoe by a long shot (2nd being the Gobi Hi Top). The cost of these is in keeping with other major barefoot brands, and you can get 10% off with my code VBANYA10. Since Vivobarefoot has worn so well for our family I expect them to last forever, and with such a classic design, they’ll be in style forever too. So if you want one sneaker that can do it all for you, the Vivobarefoot Geo Court is it.

What are your thoughts on the new Court sneaker?

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A woman modeling the Vivobarefoot Geo Court sneakers in a review
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54 thoughts on “Vivobarefoot Geo Court Review – The Perfect Leather Sneaker”

  1. Hi,
    I’ve just bought a pair of these and have the same concern about the high (And hard) heel collar part.
    I thought I’d ask how yours have broken in before deciding whether to keep these shoes or return them.

    1. Mine have softened up a bit and I’m not having trouble with that spot anymore! I started wearing mine a little looser around the opening and that helped too.

  2. Hi Anya! Thanks for the awesome review. I plan to buy these in the canvas version when they come out, but I’m so unsure of what size to get. My feet are 24cm (9.5in) which makes me a size 8 but the vivobarefoot size chart isn’t consistent with that. I emailed vivo to ask about it but in the meantime would you mind telling me your foot length so I can compare? I just want to be super prepared because I know they’ll sell out. Thanks so much ^_^

    1. Actually a 9 sounds about right for you, unless you want a snug fit you could go with 8. My feet measure 23 cm long from a foot tracing, 22.5 cm long using the wall method, and I wear a size 37 in Vivobarefoot. Based on the chart I could fit into a size 36, but t36 in Vivobarefoot is usually too snug for me. The 37 has some extra length out front but are the right width.

  3. Thank you for your review and great photos too. Please, do you think these sneakers could fit foot with very low instep and very narrow ankles but wider toes? Vivo Primus Mesh fit me well. Thank you.

    1. Hey there! It’s so hard to know because all feet are different, but that sounds similar to the way my feet are. These shoes are good for low instep and low ankles, but it will depend on how wide your toes are. I consider mine to be wide and I have to wear these without socks to fit comfortably. I am still loving my Court sneakers and wear them very frequently!

      1. Thank you for your review and your photos with different outfits was really helpful. I still can’t decide between black or white !!! (My wardrobe would suit both!) can I ask, what colour do you wear the most? Also I have two young kids so they’re bound to get dirty, are the white easy to clean and did you put any leather protectant on it?
        Thanks in advance!

        1. I definitely wear the white most often, they are still one of my all time favorites! It suits my wardrobe well, and they do wipe off really easily. I have young kids too and haven’t had issues. I didn’t put any leather protectant on them, but I should. It would make them last longer and look cleaner.

          1. Big thanks for your prompt reply!!! It’s great to know the white geo courts clean up well ??
            Again I really appreciate your fast reply as I would like to order a pair ASAP.
            Kind Regards!

  4. What insert did you use for the shoe to help with the heel problem? I had that happen the other day with mine.

  5. These weren’t first barefoot shoe but they squeak!! Walking on either hot or cold pavement first where the Two rubber bits on the heel meet and then at the ball of the foot, it sounds like I’m walking on a nest of mice! I was a bit gutted. If anyone has this problem get in touch with the company, when they didn’t soften up by the 100-day guarantee they offered an exchange, which is great! Apparently it’s not a common problem so I hope the next pair will be keepers!

    Thanks for the review Anya!

    1. Mine squeaked at first too! But that stopped really quickly. I’m glad they were able to sort it out for you, I hope your next pair is perfect!

      1. Hi there! What site are you using? I’ve been hearing from my European readers that it’s not working on those sites. I have an e-mail in to Vivo to get it fixed. Hopefully soon!

  6. Thanks for the great review and information! I’m looking for a minimalist shoe to actually play tennis in, do you think these would hold up for tennis? Or is it named “Court” just for the style, and more of just a casual shoe?

    1. As far as I know it was actually made for tennis playing. The outsole is specifically made to be sticky and grippy. But I don’t have any firsthand experience playing tennis, so don’t really know what to look for in a tennis shoe.

  7. Thanks for the great info!! What makes the GeoCourts better than the Gobi Hi tops? It is because they are more versatile. I am trying to decide between the GeoCourts and the Scott ii eco. I prefer the Scott’s but I am afraid they will be too warm.

    1. I haven’t ever seen the Scott Eco, I’m not sure if it’s lined for warmth or would be lighter than the leather Scott. Both are great styles, but the Court is more casual with an athletic vibe.

      1. Thanks for the reply! I got the Geo Courts and the Scott ii leather. The Scott’s are winter lined and are awesome! I only wore them yesterday to walk my dog but my feet didn’t hurt because I had a big enough toe box. Plus, I’m 5’10” so it was nice to have shoes that cover my ankles since pants don’t lol. They look great with joggers! Got men’s because they said the width is 1cm bigger than women’s. Thanks for all your reviews! Takes a little bit of the headache of trying to understand barefoot shoe sizing. Bohempia were too tight on me and they ran out of the size I needed in wide. Thanks to your reviews, I knew not to try feelgrounds as they would be too narrow for my feet. The geo courts (men’s) seem to fit right in between a bohempia normal width and wide. (In case anyone was wondering.) The Scott ii leathers feel slightly bigger than the geo courts in the toe box but I am the same size in both. Excited to see how these treat me in the cold weather. Thanks again Anya!!

  8. Hi Anya,
    I’m excited to try these shoes, but your code is not working for me on the Vivo website. Thanks for all your great info.

    1. Hi Marlena! I’ve recently learned my code reached its usage limit. If you can wait until Monday it will be reset! It’s also possible it’ll be changed to a new code, so it might be worth checking back here.

  9. Hi Anya! Would you say that these shoes should work well for a Roman style foot? Or is the toe box too sloping?.. I glanced at the “Soul of Africa” line but I need the narrower width of the regular Vivos.

    1. Mmm, they’re not optimal for true Roman feet unless you size up. They slope quite a bit. The Addis (from the Made in Ethiopia range) is a much better shape for Roman feet. Another white leather sneaker that is less sloped than the Court but still not super wide is the Mukishoes leather Cloud. I have a 10% off coupon with Mukishoes as well (ANYASREVIEWS). Just a thought! I do love the Geo Court, if it can work for your feet!

  10. Alejandro Ortega

    Thank you for your review! Very informative. I just purchased the Geo Court II and used your discount code.

  11. Just found your site and I’ve learned so much about shoes and why I might have foot pair. It all makes so much sense. Thank you!

    I just got my Geo courts and they are the perfect white sneaker. My one beef – cheap laces and lace holes that are too narrow, making it almost impossible to tighten or loosen the shoe without a lot of tugging and pulling. Had anyone else experienced this? Just disappointing for an expensive shoe. Love the anyway!

    1. Hm, that’s interesting. Either it’s a feature of the new design (they made a few small tweaks to the 2021 version) or it’s a problem that goes away and I don’t remember. I hope that as the leather and the laces soften with wear it becomes easier!

  12. I heard these uppers are very stiff, is this still the case? I think I’d rather get the Geo Racer II then perhaps?

    1. Yes, it is still the case. The Geo Racer is significantly softer and more breathable. But, if you take the time to break in the Courts they will soften up a little bit.

      1. Thanks for the quick reply, I wonder if the Geo Racer II would be suited for all seasons though, maybe with a thicker sock! It seems like every shoe is a tradeoff.

        1. The Geo Racers wouldn’t be very warm in cold weather, and it definitely doesn’t keep moisture out. But you could probably get away with it to some extent with a thick sock.

    1. You’re right, they’re not on the website. My guess is they’re just out of stock at the moment and will become available again in the spring – Vivobarefoot does that often.

  13. Hi! Thanks for the review. Were those still very new in the review images, or do you do some magic to tame creasing in the toe area? I have some of these shoes and they are quickly developing a very strong crease where my toes bend. I know that’s normal, just curious if you have tips / use paper or a foot tree etc.

    1. Yes, they were still pretty new in these photos. Today they have some pretty good creases in the toe box. I don’t do anything special for it, it doesn’t really bother me. But a shoe tree is a great idea if you don’t want creases (we use them in Justin’s Carets).

  14. Hey! I was hoping you could point me in the direction of finding out the difference in width between the womens geo court and the mens? I just picked up a pair of the womens and I think they are a smidge to narrow. Also how do I know what classifies as a wide foot? Is there a certain measurement ?

    1. The Courts take a little breaking in, so if it’s really just a little snug then you might just need to wear them for a while. But if they feel too narrow, the men’s are a good option. I don’t know exactly how much wider, but it’s not a massive amount. And they look completely the same otherwise. There is no exact definition of a wide foot, so it takes a little bit of trial and error at the beginning.

    1. Vivo Court – It broke in really well for me and still is a favorite all these years later (this review was originally written 3 years ago). I feel like the Court just has more of the style I was looking for.

  15. Hi. I’m very interested in this shoe, but I hesitate because my feet are very picky. I’m in the US and I’m guessing it is very expensive to ship them back if they don’t work for me. Also, their Terms and Conditions state that once the shoes leave their warehouse, all shipping issues are on the customer. Ugh. Comments, please?
    Is there a way to buy Vivos in the US? I see that some styles are on Amazon, but not what I want and they are much more expensive. Thank you very much for your help.

    1. Hey Marie, Vivo has a no questions asked 100 day free return policy. So that means it wouldn’t cost anything to return them. They do ship from Europe and can take a little while to get through customs, but if you’re in the US you don’t have to worry about additional duties or fees.
      There are no US retailers of the Geo Court, we’ll be adding some Vivo styles to Anya’s Shop this year but probably won’t add the court (at first at least).

      1. Thanks, Anya! I see now, as I search on their site, they offer free returns to the US. I saw the 100 day, but did not know they pay shipping.

  16. Hi! Thanks for all these really helpful reviews!! Do you think it’s safe to spray a protective spray on the Geo Courts without ruining their breathability? (e.g. I have the Carbon Pro waterproofing spray) – thanks!

  17. Have you tried to clean your white pair with a Magic Eraser? Do you know if it will affect the leather finish or color? I know you put a link to the “rubber” for cleaning but it links to a Timberland shoe cleaning kit on Amazon that says it’s meant for nubuck/suede. Can that cleaner bar be used on white leather too? Thank you!

    1. I have only used a Magic Eraser on the sole of a shoe, I wouldn’t use it on leather. It is too likely to damage the leather IMO. Leather rubbers aren’t as abrasive as a magic eraser. The kit I linked to includes a rubber and a brush, which are the two tools I use most often when cleaning leather or suede (they work on both types).

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