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“Tobago” offers endless comfort – especially for wider, sturdier feet. Serving as an excellent stabiliser, it simultaneously supports the anatomically correct rolling of your foot. This shoe is a strong, reliable choice that also looks great worn with suits.

  • Tough rubber sole with a soft profile and excellent cushioning


What is the meaning of the "fair2feet" certificate for shoes?
The shoe model has been recorded computer-tomographically, measured digitally and verified orthopaedically!
Orthopaedic quality verification
Important criteria
• Shoe length
• Width of the ball of foot
• Convex shape in the forefoot area
• Shoe form in the big toe area
• Flexibility in the forefoot area
• Foot bedding
• Stability, shoe joint
• Torsional behaviour
• Form closure with the foot
• Heel enclosure 
• Heel pitch and height
• Special requirements in the shoe division, e. g. "comfort"
Institute for Quality and Certification
Independent and scientifically substantiated
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Upper material
sole type
foot type

So this article has been evaluated

28/07/2019 Review by James
I have worn a single pair of the Tobago every day for around 10 months.


The shoes look great; I am able to wear them casually and formally without worry.

The construction quality is outstanding.

The quality of the materials is outstanding. The leather has worn very well, despite only being oiled once since my purchase.

The shoes do not smell (even after being worn for 16 hours straight!).

The wider fit of the shoes make them more comfortable than shoes built with a standard last.

The sole is very flexible and slightly soft, so, despite lacking a mid-sole, the shoe feels slightly plush underfoot.

The sole is very grippy on dry surfaces, and has proved itself to be durable, only wearing noticeably on the lateral aspect of the heel and the center of the forefoot.


The toe box isn't really that wide for the length of the shoe. I don't have particularly wide feet, but found my toes feeling cramped as I put them in my shoes.

The mid-foot of the shoe is also not very wide, and the lateral aspect of my feet felt squashed after long periods of standing. Again, I don't have wide feet, so I feel that this would be worse for someone who does.

I found that the insole of the shoe was very thick and stiff, detracting from the overall flexibility of the shoe and rendering them uncomfortably warm on a hot day or in a hot building. After a long day I found myself racing to take the shoes off as the insoles kept so much heat and moisture in the shoe. I had to swap them for a set of 'vivobarefoot' perforated insoles, and have since noticed no problems with heat and moisture.

For me, the insoles also added noticeable arch-support which, combined with the slightly narrow toe-box (compressed toes cause the arch of the foot to collapse), caused my arches to become fatigued during walks of longer than a few miles.

I have not been impressed with the fit around the heel. I find I have to loop the laces twice through the last eyelets in order to secure the heel but keep a looser forefoot. In fact, I had previously purchased a half size larger, but, though enjoying the width of the shoe, was forced to return them due to the poorly fitting heel.

I find the grip to be exceptional on textured surfaces, but noticeably lacking on smooth, polished, or wet surfaces. The ridges within the sole unit ALWAYS collect small rocks and sticks while walking, and I am often forced to stop and pluck them out because they are scraping against the pavement/floor.

Suggested Improvements:

Make the shoe wider in the forefoot and mid-foot but slightly narrower in the heel.

Include a spare eyelet for securing the heel of the shoe more precisely.

Change the insoles for a thinner, more flexible, more breathable, and less supportive one, or even an integrated insole.

Consider rearranging the design of the bottom of the out-sole to prevent stone collection.

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The BÄR principle: 100% toe freedom

Why do you experience a completely new and natural walking experience in BÄR shoes? Because they offer 100 percent freedom for your toes. This freedom gives you relaxation and comfort right from the first step. You walk as comfortably in BÄR shoes as you do barefoot. That is because our shoes follow the natural shape of your foot. That is the BÄR principle. For more than 35 years. The maximum freedom for your toes gives your foot its natural strength back. You gain strength for long stretches. The freed foot supports your body balance and relieves your spine. You feel as relaxed as you do on a beach. The entire day.

This is the exact effect that Christian BÄR wanted to achieve 35 years ago when he discovered: "The form must follow the foot." He became a pioneer of toe freedom in 1982 through the consistent implementation of this notion. You can profit from this today. Give your feet the room that they need so that you gain more freedom.





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