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Vivobarefoot Geo Court Knit Review | Good Barefoot Shoe for Formal Settings?

The Vivobarefoot Geo Court Knit is designed for daily wear and inspired by classic court sneakers. As someone who’s constantly trying to find barefoot shoes for daily wear, I was excited to test the Vivobarefoot Geo Court Knit.

For daily wear and even more formal settings, I like the Vivobarefoot Geo Court Knit and its appearance. The wild hide leather, Woolmark wool, and recycled polyester knit help give this shoe a simplistic and classic look for a variety of settings.

Plus, the merino wool in this model is designed to promote thermoregulation so this is a pretty good all-season barefoot shoe. While I like this shoe as a whole, there are a couple of cons to note about this shoe which I’ll discuss below.

In this Vivobarefoot Geo Court Knit review, I’m going to discuss a handful of topics to help you assess if this barefoot shoe is a good investment for your needs and wants.

 

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Who Should Invest In the Vivobarefoot Geo Court Knit?

The Vivobarefoot Geo Court Knit is a good barefoot shoe for anyone that wants a model for most formal and casual daily wear settings. This shoe’s wild hide leather upper paired with its Woolmark wool and knit gives this shoe a nice subtle and classy look.

I think whether you’re wearing these to work, to more formal settings like dinner, or just to run errands, then you’ll like how this model feels and how it looks with different outfits. These shoes are also a pretty good all-season shoe which adds to their daily wear prowess.

Vivobarefoot Geo Court Knit In Depth Review

Another pro of this model is that you can also do some light training in them. I’ve used them as daily wear shoes, then to the gym to get in some lower body sessions where I wanted to train in barefoot shoes.

If you’ve been on the market for more classy-looking barefoot shoes, then the Geo Court Knit could be a model that’s worth exploring, especially if their appearance and construction mesh well with your wants and needs.

Vivobarefoot Geo Court Knit

$175

Vivobarefoot Geo Court Knit
4.5
Stability
4.7
Versatility
4.1
Durability
4.7

Best For

  • Daily Wear (All-Seasons)
  • Casual Training
  • Walking

Falls Short

  • For Cost-Efficiency
  • For Running

Vivobarefoot Geo Court Knit Pros

Over the course of my testing and reviewing of the Vivobarefoot Geo Court Knit, I’ve found multiple pros to like about this barefoot shoe.

  1. Great Barefoot Shoe for Casual and Formal Wear
  2. Good All-Season Barefoot Shoe
  3. Sturdy Construction Built With Recycled Materials

The first thing to like about the Vivobarefoot Geo Court Knit is that this is a good barefoot shoe for dressing up with and rocking casually. In my opinion, not every barefoot shoe looks the part for more formal wear settings.

The Geo Court Knit is a nice exception to the norm with barefoot shoes in regard to their appearance. Their wild hide leather upper gives them a classic court-style look and their knit boot is subtle and blends well with the leather.

Vivobarefoot Geo Court Knit Pros and Cons

I think if you’re on the market for a pair of barefoot shoes that you can wear to things like work and dinners, then the Geo Court Knit could be worth exploring. Plus, it’s pretty easy to style this shoe.

The second aspect to like about this shoe is their ability to perform well in every season. A big feature of this model is its thermoregulation. Leather uppers can tend to run hot and the Geo Court Knit counters this with Woolmark merino wool.

The wool in this model is designed to keep your feet warm in cooler months and cool in warmer months. I found this to be true with the wool and I like that I can wear these shoes without socks in the warmer months and with thicker socks in cooler settings.

Vivobarefoot Geo Court Knit Barefoot Shoes Review

Another pro with the Vivobarefoot Geo Court Knit is their sturdier construction, the materials used in this shoe, and their durability. I like the blend of leather, recycled polyester knit, and Woolmark wool in this shoe.

These materials come together really nicely to give this shoe a nice “structured” fit and feel which I personally enjoy for daily wear purposes. This model doesn’t feel floppy on the feet and they feel as though they’ll last a while for daily wear purposes.

Vivobarefoot Geo Court Knit Wear Review

This model is also made with recycled materials including recycled polyester, and post-consumer plastic waste, and this shoe is built with natural materials in its insole.

Vivobarefoot Geo Court Knit Cons

The Vivobarefoot Geo Court Knit is a pretty strong performing barefoot for their intended contexts, but they do have a couple of cons worth noting.

  1. Price Point Is Pretty High
  2. Can Slip In Wet and Humid Settings

The one drawback that I could see others having with the Vivobarefoot Geo Court Knit is their price point. At a price of $175 USD, this is far from a cost-efficient shoe and before investing I think it’s important to make sure this model aligns with your wants.

Vivobarefoot Geo Court Knit Barefoot Shoes

I wish there were more colorways, too, as I think better colors would also make the price point more justifiable.

I think if you’re mainly investing in this shoe for daily wear in more formal settings, then their price point makes sense. In this context, these shoes should last you a while and their durability will be strong across the board when being worn in every season.

Conversely, if you want a barefoot shoe for some casual wear here and there that can also perform really well for training, then I’d pass on this model and look into other budget-friendly or performance-focused options.

Vivobarefoot Geo Court Knit Testing

This shoe will fall short for training and there are better performing shoes with more fair price points like the Vivobarfoot Primus Lite III. That being said, if you have the means, then I think you’ll enjoy the Geo Court Knit, but it’s not a model worth breaking the bank for.

Another potential drawback to the Geo Court Knit is that their traction can fall a little short in wet settings, and more specifically, on surfaces that don’t have a high level of rigidity.

Vivobarefoot Geo Court Knit Movement Sole Construction

I noticed this when wearing these in the rain and then popping into a coffee shop that had finished concrete floors. The 2mm golf ball tread works really well for dry settings, but their smooth texture doesn’t do the best on smooth floors when wet — I could see this also being a problem on subway platforms if you’re not careful.

Performance and Styling

To discuss the performance of the Vivobarefoot Geo Court Knit, I’m going to break down how these shoes do in a couple of different settings and I’ll discuss how I like to style them.

Vivobarefoot Geo Court Knit Performance Overview

Vivobarefoot Geo Court Knit for Casual Training

For casual lifting, the Geo Court Knit can work and they do pretty well for strength training. This model is plenty stable and wide for accommodating toe splay and I like the removable insole for creating a variety of feelings in the gym with this model.

Personally, I would suggest limiting wearing these for running, versatile workouts, and other forms of training that could stress the wild hide leather upper.

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Vivobarefoot Geo Court Knit for Lifting and Training

That being said, if you primarily use these for lifting and more static strength work, then I think you’ll get more out of this model and you won’t stress the leather upper to the same degree as doing things like running or versatile training.

Vivobarefoot Geo Court Knit for Walking and Daily Wear

Where the Vivobarefoot Geo Court Knit excels the most is with casual wear and walking. In the context of walking, I like the Movement Sole construction and the fact that it gives you a nice layer of protection from different surfaces and terrains.

Vivobarefoot Geo Court Knit for Walking

I also like the cork insole in this model because it adds a bit more cushion and support if you plan to be on your feet all day. If you want to remove the insole you can do so easily due to the finished internal construction and get even more ground feedback with this model.

For daily wear, I like that these shoes don’t necessarily shout “barefoot shoe” like other models can (*looks awkwardly at Xero Shoes*). The classic leather upper looks clean and it isn’t clunky or heavy which I personally like for style reasons.

Vivobarefoot Geo Court Knit Fit and Try On

The boot is also low-key and with the flared heel tab this model is easy to slip on and off if you don’t feel like tieing your shoes every time you put these on. The ability to rock these with socks and without is also a nice and subtle perk.

Vivobarefoot Geo Court Knit Styling

When it comes to styling the Vivobarefoot Geo Court Knit, I personally like to wear these shoes with both pants and shorts depending on the context in which I’m wearing them.

I do wish this model had more colorways because I think a black or olive would look really good with different outfits as well.

Vivobarefoot Geo Court Knit Try On Review

I like that these shoes have a nice summer look to them, but they can also be worn with jeans, jackets, and sweaters. Below are some ways that I like to style the Vivobarefoot Geo Court Knit.

Vivobarefoot Geo Court Knit Sizing

For the Vivobarefoot Geo Court Knit, you should be safe going true to size in this model. The length runs a little long in this model and there’s plenty of width in these shoes for a variety of foot anatomies.

I’m a size 10/43 EU, so that’s the size I went with for this model. If you’re in-between sizes, then I’d suggest going down versus going up to the next size. 

Vivobarefoot Geo Court Knit Sizing

The sizing of this model is identical to the Geo Racer Knit in that they run fairly long and can feel floppy when they’re not sized correctly.

I think that would be the safer call to ensure these fit well enough without having to go through a painful exchange process, especially since stock can be an issue at Vivobarefoot.

  • Vivobarefoot Geo Court Knit Sizing Thoughts: Go true to size. If you’re in-between sizes, then go up.

Vivobarefoot Geo Court Knit Sizing and Fit

If you have additional Vivobarefoot sizing questions or how they compare to other Vivobarefoot models, drop a comment below.

Vivobarefoot Geo Court Knit Vs Geo Racer Knit

If you’re on the fence between the Vivobarefoot Geo Court Knit and Geo Racer Knit, I’m going to break down some of their key differences and similarities below.

Vivobarefoot Geo Court Knit Vs Vivobarefoot Geo Racer Knit

The first major difference is their upper constructions and how they fit and feel. The Vivobarefoot Geo Court Knit’s wild hide leather upper gives this shoe a much stiffer and heavier feel compared to the lightweight and stretchy mesh and knit upper on the Geo Racer Knit.

The second big difference between these models is where they perform best. If you want a shoe for training, then you’ll want to go with the Geo Racer Knit.

Vivobarefoot Geo Court Knit Vs Geo Racer Knit

This shoe’s upper breathes really well for lifting and running and it features Vivobarefoot’s Active Sole. The Geo Racer Knit also articulates a little better in the gym due to its lightweight upper.

Note, you can definitely train in the Geo Court Knit, but its heavier upper and higher price point hold it back in comparison to the more sporty Geo Racer Knit.

 

A final and subtle difference between these two shoes includes their insole construction. The Geo Court Knit features a cork insole while the Geo Racer Knit features a standard mesh and foam recycled insole.

Some similarities between these models include their boot construction and how the knit is constructed to lock down the foot and both models have similar golf ball-inspired outsole treads.

Vivobarefoot Geo Court Knit Vs Vivobarefoot Geo Racer Knit Performance

Which Should You Go With: Opt for the Geo Court Knit if your primary goal is using them for daily wear and go for the Geo Racer Knit if your goal is primarily training with some daily wear.

Vivobarefoot Geo Racer Knit

$170

Vivobarefoot Geo Racer Knit Detailed Review
4.7
Stability
4.8
Versatility
4.3
Durability
4.6

Best For

  • Heavy Strength Training
  • Recreational Workouts
  • Casual Running and Versatile Sessions
  • Daily Wear

Falls Short

  • For Cost-Efficiency
  • For Longer Runs and HIIT

Price Breakdown

For the Vivobarefoot Geo Court Knit, you can expect to pay $175 USD. I mentioned this above, but I’m a little hit or miss on this price point and the value of this shoe is dependent on what you plan to get out of them.

If you’re mostly interested in this model for daily wear and their price point doesn’t phase you, then I think you’ll be happy with these shoes and their long-term durability.

Conversely, and once again, if you’re more focused on performance, I’d suggest looking into barefoot shoes that are a bit more specific for your barefoot shoe asks.

Vivobarefoot Geo Court Knit

$175

Vivobarefoot Geo Court Knit
4.5
Stability
4.7
Versatility
4.1
Durability
4.7

Best For

  • Daily Wear (All-Seasons)
  • Casual Training
  • Walking

Falls Short

  • For Cost-Efficiency
  • For Running

Construction Details

Below, I’m going to break down some of the key construction details that come along with the Vivobarefoot Geo Court Knit. There are a lot of cool and subtle details about this model.

  • Heel-to-Toe Drop: 0mm
  • Weight: 11.05 (for my size 10/43 EU model)
  • Removable Insole: Yes

Construction Close-Up

The upper in the Geo Court Knit is primarily constructed with a wild hide leather that is double-layered with an internal Woolmark wool.

Vivobarefoot Geo Court Knit Upper Wild Hide Leather

The boot is constructed with a blend of recycled polyester knit and Woolmark wool. This shoe has a bootie-style construction with the midfoot’s knit and wool sitting separately from the wild hide leather.

The heel features an external pull tab and the boot itself has a flared heel tab which is great for slipping these shoes on and off if you don’t feel like unlacing them.

Vivobarefoot Geo Court Knit Boot

This shoe is built on Vivobarefoot’s Movement Sole which is 2.5mm thick with an additional 2mm thick golf ball-inspired tread design. The Movement Sole wraps up and over the upper which I like for durability.

Vivobarefoot Geo Court Knit Movement Sole

There are six core eyelets on this shoe and once again the midfoot’s leather sits on top of the internal bootie so you get a nice locked-down feeling with this shoe if you tighten the laces up.

Vivobarefoot Geo Court Knit Upper

This model has a finished internal construction a cork and foam insole that is made out of natural materials.

I like the removable insole feature for giving you a variety of ground feel depending on what you want and the cork insole gives this shoe a slightly “thicker” feeling for those that may be new barefoot shoes and want to acclimate slowly.

Vivobarefoot Geo Court Knit Insole

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q:
Are the Vivobarefoot Geo Court Knit true to size?

A:
The Vivobarefoot Geo Court Knit fits true to size. If you're in-between sizes, then I'd suggest sizing down versus sizing up. For example, if you're a 9.5, then go for a 9 over a 10 in this model.

Q:
Are the Vivobarefoot Geo Court Knit all season shoes?

A:
Yes. The Vivobarefoot Geo Court Knit has a wild hide leather upper paired with Woolmark wool and recycled polyester knit which are designed to promote breathability and thermoregulation for all of the seasons.

Takeaway Thoughts

The Vivobarefoot Geo Court Knit is a good option for anyone that wants a more casual and dressy barefoot shoe from Vivobarefoot. This model can work well for every season and its classic court-style look can be easily styled.

This model also works for some casual training, so I do like its dual-functionality. My main and only real gripe with this shoe is its $175 USD price point.

However, I think if you’re investing in this shoe primarily for daily wear, then they should last you a while and your investment should go the distance.

If you have any additional questions on the Vivobarefoot Geo Court Knit, drop a comment below or reach out to me personally via Instagram (@jake_boly).

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Jake Boly

I've been in the fitness and strength training industry for nearly a decade. In that time, I've trained hundreds of clients, written thousands of articles, reviewed over 100+ pairs of training shoes, and have produced a large list of training videos. I live and breathe fitness and training gear, and I think it's important that reviewers walk the walk with the gear they're testing. As for my educational background, I have my Masters in Sports Science, Bachelors in Exercise Science, and have my CSCS.

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