Vivobarefoot launches the Hybrid Wing – a "radical" shoe that's 3D printed to fit your feet

The Vivobarefoot Vivobiome shoe
The Vivobiome system scans your feet then prints a personalized shoe using a low waste approach to production (Image credit: Vivobarefoot)

Tired of running and hiking shoes that just don't work for your foot shape? Vivobarefoot might just have a solution for you.

Last night, the minimalist running shoe company behind shoes like the Magna Lite SG announced the launch of a limited edition shoe, the Hybrid Wing, that uses a "radical" scan-to-print approach to circular footwear manufacturing.

The Vivobiome system requires you to scan your feet using your phone, then you can adjust the design to your preferred fit – including length and width – using the company's online fit visualizer. 

Once you're happy with your fit, your shoes will be 3D printed using a laser to fuse the materials together, and delivered to your door in between six weeks and four months. According to the company's press release, the process enables you to make only what you need when you need it, which helps to reduce waste in production. 

The Vivobarefoot Vivobiome shoe

The Vivobiome requires you to scan your feet using your phone, then you can adjust the design to your preferred fit (Image credit: Vivobarefoot)

A 3D approach to outdoor gear is becoming increasingly common – we recently tested a 3D-printed backpack from Jack Wolfskin. The technique is said to be much more sustainable than traditional production methods, so it's no surprise that companies with a strong focus on sustainability will embrace it.

With the Hybrid Wing, a circular knitting process to build the uppers can "create a 3D foot shape in one seamless upper using a single process" according to the release, which further minimizes waste.

The sole and upper will be bonded together using an automated assembly process complete with a gluing robot, which Vivobarefoot says increases speed, accuracy, and efficiency in production.

Vivobarefoot is quick to clarify that the design process is not yet fully bespoke, but they intend for the shoe to become "made-to-order, made-to-measure, made locally and made to be remade."

Images of the Hybrid Wing, reveal it to look in line to the brand's distinctive approach to barefoot shoes – wide, thin and flexible. The initial run comes in two colourways – Obsidian/Origin Red and Obsidian Origin Blue.

Just 2,000 pairs of the Hybrid Wing will be available in the UK only and the shoes retail at £260 per pair. For more details, visit 

Julia Clarke

Julia Clarke is a staff writer for and the author of the book Restorative Yoga for Beginners. She loves to explore mountains on foot, bike, skis and belay and then recover on the the yoga mat. Julia graduated with a degree in journalism in 2004 and spent eight years working as a radio presenter in Kansas City, Vermont, Boston and New York City before discovering the joys of the Rocky Mountains. She then detoured west to Colorado and enjoyed 11 years teaching yoga in Vail before returning to her hometown of Glasgow, Scotland in 2020 to focus on family and writing.