Vivobarefoot's new minimalist running shoes will let you run in water with ease

The new amphibian shoe was created in collaboration with tyre manufacturer giant Michelin

Vivobarefoot Tempest
(Image credit: Vivobarefoot)

Barefoot running shoes have a cult following and of the not-so-many brands that produce such shoes, Vivobarefoot is probably the most well-known. The British brand has just announced its newest shoe in collaboration with tyre manufacturer Michelin: the Vivobarefoot Tempest.

• Buy the Vivobarefoot Tempest for £170 directly from Vivobarefoot

Originally created for SwimRun endurance sports, the Tempest is the first in Vivobarefoot’s new Extreme Survival Collection (ESC). According the Vivobarefoot, the new collection "is the ultimate off-road performance footwear to escape the city with uninterrupted natural movement on both land and sea." (In Spring 2021, it was joined by an extreme hiking boot: the Vivobarefoot Tracker Forest ESC.)

Vivobarefoot Tempest trail running shoes

(Image credit: Vivobarefoot)

The Tempest is a trail running shoe as it was designed for easy transition from trails to sea and features a "lace locking system, a streamlining lace pocket to aid hydrodynamics and a seamless sock construction for a second skin feeling."

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Just because it is a minimalist running shoe, it doesn't mean the Tempest hasn't got any cushioning at all. The foam heel adds protection on the trails and increased floatation in the water, and is made using algae-based BLOOM technology, making the Tempest a very sustainable shoe, as expected from Vivobarefoot.

• Buy the Vivobarefoot Tempest for £170 directly from Vivobarefoot

The pattern of the sole mimics natural growth patterns found in oceanic ‘brain coral’ structures. In the official press release, Vivobarefoot has the follwoing to say about the outsole: "the pattern was used to create a lightweight cage that achieves breathability and flexibility with protection, whilst allowing water drainage with every step on land or stroke in water. True to the Vivobarefoot minimalist design ethos, this structure uses as few materials as possible to maximise durability, performance, quality and that signature Vivobarefoot feel."

Key features:

  • Lace locking system and lace pocket to aid hydrodynamics in the water
  • Quick-draining mesh and recycled plastic PET ankle sock construction
  • Bio-based Bloom EVA midsole
  • Super sticky rubber outsole developed in collaboration with Michelin

The Tempest is available now at Vivobarefoot and retails at £170. The ESC will include additional styles across active and outdoor categories throughout the rest of 2020.

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Matt Kollat
Section Editor | Active

Matt Kollat is a journalist and content creator who works for and its magazine counterpart as an Active Editor. His areas of expertise include wearables, drones, fitness equipment, nutrition and outdoor gear. He joined T3 in 2019. His byline appears in several publications, including Techradar and Fit&Well, and more. Matt also collaborated with other content creators (e.g. Garage Gym Reviews) and judged many awards, such as the European Specialist Sports Nutrition Alliance's ESSNawards. When he isn't working out, running or cycling, you'll find him roaming the countryside and trying out new podcasting and content creation equipment.