Vivobarefoot Tracker Review – Barefoot Hiking Boots

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The Vivobarefoot Tracker is one of the best barefoot hiking boots around. Traction, durability AND a flat, flexible sole make them a shoe that can do it all. Read on for my full review of this minimalist boot.

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Meet the Tracker

The Vivobarefoot Tracker is a serious hiking boot that makes no compromises on functionality and is one of the best barefoot hiking boots currently available.


1/4 inch lugs, hard-wearing leather upper, and fully waterproofed exterior make these one hell of a boot. Thick laces slide through the metal grommets easily and speed hooks make getting the Trackers on and off a breeze. The tongue is fully gusseted (attached) so you don’t get debris or water in through the creases. It also has an accordion design so that the shoe can expand for higher volume feet or thick socks.

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The interior is padded so you can hike in them without blisters and they come with a removable thermal insole. This is a boot by any standard, whether you use it for hiking or as a work boot. But what makes them truly great is that they also meet my standards for healthy footwear.

Barefoot Qualities

In addition to all the functionality of a hiking boot, the Tracker is also completely flat, flexible enough to roll into a ball, and spacious around the toes. This is a minimum requirement for me in footwear and what makes this a barefoot shoe.

While they are stiffer than I prefer in my day-to-day shoe, for an adventure boot these are very flexible. My husband has been wearing his as a snow boot in addition to hiking and they really live up to the hype. The fact that you can get the durability and traction needed for high-adventure and still be able to roll your shoe up into a ball is quite impressive.


So far this shoe has held up to its claim to be waterproof. It’s pretty wet and snowy where we live, so it’s been tested many times in real weather. No water has come in and we haven’t had any problems slipping in rain or snow. We’ve had these for about a year now.

The one complaint we have is that the thermal insoles do not keep our feet very warm. Last winter we swapped it for a thicker insole from NorthSole. A sheepskin insole would also work well (that is what I use in the winter)

This has been my experience with all my Vivobarefoot boots, I simply freeze in winter with their thermal insoles. So if you plan to wear these boots in a really cold climate I would use a better insole with them. If you plan to wear them in warmer weather, you might want to ditch the insoles all together.


We have many Vivobarefoot shoes in our house. In general, Vivo sizing is slightly small but usually you can expect to wear your normal size. In the Tracker however I recommend sizing up, because the padding on the inside takes up space.

My husband typically wears a 13 in barefoot shoes. In the Tracker he got a size 14 and they fit him well. He alternates between pairs of medium weight socks and thick wool sicks with his, and he uses a 6mm insole from NorthSole. If he wore them barefoot and with a thinner insole he might get away with a 13, but for a cold weather boot he wanted to make sure he could put in the thicker insole and socks.

My husband also has the Vivobarefoot Addis sneaker in a size 13, but the Addis is built on a wider last and has a roomier fit than most other Vivo shoes. You can see the comparison here:

Vivobarefoot Addis sneaker review and Tracker close up shot
Size 14 Tracker: Longer but more slanted at the toes. Size 13 Addis: Shorter but a rounder toe box


The Tracker costs $240 (but you can get 10% off with the code ANYA20 for 20% off) and is available year round from Vivobarefoot, but if they are ever out of your size check out their Amazon shop as they often carry different stock. Vivo offers free shipping, free returns, AND a 100 day return policy. That means you can actually test these to see if they work for you. You can also check out the Revivo site to see if you can get a good deal on a lightly worn pair!


The Vivobarefoot Tracker is a solid boot. I can confidently recommend it to someone looking for an all-purpose, all-weather shoe that can take a beating. Besides hiking, the Tracker is also great for snow and as a work shoe.

These are the first barefoot hikers we have owned, but this fall I am going to be testing out several more! If you are interested in the most durable, sturdy, and waterproof barefoot hiking boots be sure to subscribe below for my future posts! And you can see regular updates and mini reviews on Instagram.

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53 thoughts on “Vivobarefoot Tracker Review – Barefoot Hiking Boots”

  1. Hi Anya,
    I am looking into purchasing the Vivo Tracker FG or Vivo Tracker Hi FG boots for my winter/ hiking boot. I know your review talks about them being waterproof- but on Vivo’s website under the description for each of these boots it states “*please note that this item is not waterproof”
    Where have you seen the claim that these are waterproof boots? Has this changed? (The description says things like “winterproof” or “will keep your feet moving in the nastiest of weather” but at the end of the paragraph it clearly says they are not waterproof.

    I appreciate the help!

    1. Hi Angie! It looks like Vivo changed the classification from waterproof to water-resistant. Bummer! The Tracker Winter and the Textile Tracker both claim to be waterproof. Hope that helps!0

  2. Hi Anya, thanks for all the helpful reviews. Do you have any sizing beta for the discontinued tracker decon low shoes for women? Ordering from overseas so returning isn’t an option. Would you size up like you recommend in the boots? I’m 24.7cm if that’s helpful to know. Thank you

    1. I don’t think there is a discontinued Decon model, only a discontinued colorway. Otherwise the fit and feel should be the same. I personally sized up for width because I have wide feet, but if you don’t have wide feet and don’t plan to wear thick socks than your usual size is likely fine. They don’t run small like the Tracker FG.

  3. Hi Anya and community! Anya, thank you for the great review. I recently got a pair. I should also add that while I have been trying to transition to zero drop and eventually more barefoot oriented shoes, I only started the process in December by running in Altra Superiors (while wearing normal shoes the rest of the day). Beginning in late January, it was all Altras (running) and the FT trackers while out and about. All good at first, including a 33,000 step walking day in the vivos in Barcelona. I have noticed a bit of left foot TOFP and ankle pain recently though, only while in the Vivos. Wondering how much of this may be due to barefoot transition, vs shoe, vs shoe size? (I wear a 10 and did not size up as per your rec). Other info: 45 yo, highly arched feet, what looks like some hammer toes particularly on my left foot, where of course the toes are touching to overlapping, particularly the fourth toe which also looks to be rotating towards the right.

    I have more running oriented questions as well that I will take to a separate forum in the interest of not going on forever here! Thanks again.

    1. It really could be the shoe fit or the transition, or a combination. Vivobarefoot shoes are on the lower volume side, so it may be that you need a roomier shoe. But also, Vivos are significantly more minimal than Altra and will require a lot more of you feet as you walk around. So that might also be contributing. Do you do any foot care outside of wearing barefoot shoes? Might be worthwhile to see if any stretching or exercises when you’re resting at home help.

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