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Vivobarefoot Motus Strength


The Vivobarefoot Motus Strength is a standout barefoot shoe for CrossFit and cross-training, offering good durability and grip that can withstand the rigors of activities like rope climbs and sprints. Its unique design features, such as the strong outsole with 1.5mm deep lugs and reinforced upper, provide exceptional stability and foot security, making it a top performer for dynamic and multi-directional workouts.


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What I Like About the Motus Strength…

  • Well-Rounded Performance
  • Wide(r) Toe Box
  • Aggressive and Grippy Outsole


What I Don’t Like About the Motus Strength…

  • Not Great for Running
  • Upper Can Run Hot
  • High Price Point

Product Summary and Features

The Vivobarefoot Motus Strength JJF, developed in collaboration with champion surfer John John Florence, is a versatile shoe ideal for cross-training and CrossFit. It boasts a durable construction and a wide toe box, coupled with a sticky rubber outsole, ensuring both stability and agility in dynamic movements. This shoe not only excels in performance but also aligns with eco-friendly principles, incorporating recycled materials in its design.

While its unique aesthetic and higher price point may not cater to all, especially those seeking budget barefoot shoe options, it does stand out for its commitment to versatility and sustainability. Overall, the Motus Strength is a strong option for athletes who value a combination of a durable and versatile barefoot shoe.

  • Ortholite Insole
  • Full Rubber Outsole With 1.5mm Lugs
  • Sole Base 2mm Thick
  • Extended Outsole
  • Textile and Synthetic Overlays
  • TPU Heel Wrap
  • Mesh Upper
  • Bootie-Style Construction
  • 4 Core Eyelets
  • Read my Motus Strength Review

Vivobarefoot’s Return Policy: You can return and exchange items within 100 days of purchasing them. Learn more here.

Testing the Vivobarefoot Motus Strength JJF for Lifting

Vivobarefoot Motus Strength Specs

  • Heel-to-Toe Drop: 0mm
  • Weight: 9.85 oz (size 10 men’s)
  • Stack Height: ~8.5mm (with insole in)
  • Removable Insole: Yes
  • Colors: 2 men/2 women
  • Sizing: True to size


Lifting Tests

    • Max Squat: 425 lbs. The more aggressive outsole tread is great for grip and the wider toe box helps with toe splay.
    • Max Deadlift: 570 lbs. The wide toe box, aggressive outsole, and low stack height are great for deadlifts.
    • Max Lunge: 245 lb walking lunge. Good stability and grip. This shoe articulates well.
    • Max Leg Press: 590 lbs. The outsole gripped the machine well and you get good ground feedback in this model.
    • TF2 Lifting Rating: 4.8/5

Versatility Tests

    • HIIT Workouts: Full-body circuits. This shoe has a good athletic fit that hugs the feet well for HIIT workouts. This is a good barefoot shoe option for the athlete who does plyometrics and multi-direction work often.
    • CrossFit WODs: Fran, Cindy, and more. For CrossFit, the Motus Strength has been a strong barefoot shoe pick. This shoe has a durable upper construction and works well in most WODs.
    • Running Tests: Sprints and 1.5 mile run. For sprints, I like the pliability of this shoe and its grippy outsole. For my 1.5-mile run test, I thought this shoe ran warm and was a little heavy for a barefoot shoe.
    • TF2 Versatility Rating: 4.3/5


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