Vivobarefoot Ryder Tall Boots Review

I bought these boots with my own money, Vivobarefoot did not pay me to write this review.

Cost: $150+ (Vivobarefoot doesn’t make these boots anymore, but I hope they will come out with a new line of tall boots soon-wishful thinking)

Size: I need a size 40 in these boots and usually wear a size 9 or 9.5. I don’t have pictures of these boots on because they were a bit too snug. I’m still on the look out for a pair of tall minimalist / barefoot boots.


  • The boots are well made and feel like they would last a long time with regular wear
  • The Vivobarefoot Ryder Boot is very warm and has a fleece lining in the shaft, but not the foot part
  • They are flat, zero drop and flexible
  • Tall barefoot / minimalist boots are hard to find and I was thrilled to get these, not many companies make a tall boot
  • The toe box is wide and gives my average width feet room to move
  • The shaft is tight on my legs which is great for me but wouldn’t work for someone with athletic calves
  • These boots are water resistant and would work well in some rain and a bit of snow, but not knee deep or as everyday snow boots
  • Vivobarefoot Ryder boots came in a few different, neutral colors (black/brown)


  • These boots are discontinued and are hard to find (any tall minimalist / barefoot boots are)
  • The canvas upper on the shaft makes these boots more casual than I would like. I want a dressier boot to wear to work in the fall and winter.
  • I wish the boots were a bit wider to accommodate my correct toes
  • The boots are slightly hard to get on and zip up
  • The material buckles at my ankles and sags, making them not quite a perfect fit and looks baggy, but only at the ankle