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Vivobarefoot reimagines hiking with a new hybrid boot

By Danielle Wightman-Stone


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Certified B Corp minimalist footwear brand Vivobarefoot has launched a new hybrid hiking boot, the Tracker Decon FG2, designed to offer a sensory experience that connects people to the earth and the outdoors like never before.

The Tracker Decon FG2, available for women and men, aims to offer a seamless transition between urban living and the outdoors, explains Vivobarefoot, with a wide, flexible and foot-shaped design. To ensure maximum grip while also connecting people with nature, feet first, the boots have a 2.5mm thin sole base and 4mm lug height design to enable the wearer to feel more, while the wide design allows for natural stability.

The boots also have a firm outsole that offers multi-terrain traction for enhanced security under-foot. This means those wanting to explore even the rockiest of paths can do so with ease, added Vivobarefoot. The ground sole, made from natural materials, also features an improved all-terrain grip with deeper lugs, intelligent spacing and faster mud shedding.

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The hybrid hiking style also has a Woolmark-knitted sock design around the collar for better barefoot feeling, thermal regulation, and anti-odour properties. While wildhide leather, sourced from free-roaming cattle on small-scale farms, has been used on the heel of the shoe for ultimate comfort. The boots are also made from water-resistant and non-absorbent materials with sealed seams to keep feet dry and warm in any weather.

In addition, Vivobarefoot notes that the simpler design makes the boots easier to repair and recycle.

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Vivobarefoot co-founder, Asher Clark, said in a statement: “We didn’t want Tracker Decon FG2 to be a boot, we wanted it to be an unforgettable experience on the foot and for the brain. Normal hiking boots are rigid, heavy, overly cushioned and structured. Unlike a traditional hiking boot, Tracker Decon FG2 is foot-shaped and flexible.

“What makes the Tracker Decon FG2 special is that it’s designed for uninhibited foot mobility – so you can reconnect to nature and feel your next adventure from the ground up. It’s a sensory experience as much as it is a tool for exploring the outdoors and rewilding our souls.”

The Tracker Decon is available in two colourways, Acorn and Obsidian, for 180 pounds from Vivobarefoot’s website.

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