Vivobarefoot Scott: Best Utility Boots For Winter Casual

December 13, 2023Barefoot utility boot with a 4mm sole, wide leather upper, and organic cotton insulation.

Hello, my name’s Andrew, and these are the Vivobarefoot Scott, a barefoot utility boot with a leather upper, cotton insulation, and flexible sole for cold weather casual.


Last video I reviewed the Vivobarefoot Gobi, which is a super lightweight winter barefoot boot, but the soft leather upper doesn’t offer much protection for more rugged use.

So I asked Vivobarefoot for a pair of Scott’s to test, and they’ve got the same excellent ground feel but with a thicker leather to shield you from the elements, or the occasional airborne two-by-four.

Vivobarefoot Scott Features Showcase Desk


Because the Scott’s have a wide, foot-shaped toebox with a water-resistant leather upper, tongue straps to keep the laces in place, curved ankle cuff for mobility, and reinforced heel to prevent tear-outs.

Inside you’ve got a smooth leather lining handcrafted in Portugal with some thick, fluffy organic cotton insulation, soft leather footbed, and a removable heat-reflective insole for extra warmth.

Vivobarefoot Scott Boot Toebox Desk


Underneath there’s a thin 4mm zero-drop sole that’s highly flexible in all directions, along with a hexagonal tread for roads and light trails and a wraparound guard for keeping water out.

Vivobarefoot Scott Boot Tread Desk


The first time I used my Scott boots the front got wet, which created this odd two-tone effect, so I’d recommend treating them with an extra layer of beeswax or Vivobarefoot’s waterproofing spray.

Vivobarefoot Scott Boot Wax Desk


Going out for a walk the ground feel and flexibility was excellent, but the thicker leather upper had more structure, which was nice for keeping cold air off me but not pliable enough to handle running, like the Gobi.

Without an insole the leather footbed was still warm and temperature regulating for warmer days above forty, and when it got down around ten degrees the Scott’s stayed quite warm when I added a wool felt insole and a couple layers of merino Injinji toe socks and thick Smartwool’s.

Vivobarefoot Scott Boot Walk Side Road


Switching to trails the Vivobarefoot Scott’s extra .3mm made them slightly better for handling light gravel than the Gobi’s and the thicker leather provided more protection from stubbing my toes on roots.

But while the water-resistant upper worked well for fending off wet grass and mud, I wouldn’t recommend wading through streams or trusting the minimal tread on steep slippery hills.

Vivobarefoot Scott Boot Tread Trail


Stylistically the Vivobarefoot Scott is one of my all-time favorite barefoot boot designs, because it’s classic and minimal but with a few modern touches, like the geometric tread texture and curved ankle cuff.

So it’s super versatile for casual and formal, but still hearty enough that it provides some toe protection as a low-key work boot.

Vivobarefoot Scott Boot Style Front Floor


Overall the Vivobarefoot Scott is a great lightweight option for anyone who wants the freedom of a thin sole with the protection of a heavier barefoot boot.


Because the leather upper is wide and sturdy, the organic cotton insulation provides a wide temperature range, and the classic design works as well for casual and formal as it does for trails and work.

Vivobarefoot Scott Boot Up On Desk Pov

However, the structured ankle is not as pliable as a thinner barefoot boot, like the Vivobarefoot Gobi, the leather upper is not completely waterproof, and the toebox might not be roomy enough for extra-wide feet.

Vivobarefoot Scott Boot Side Stool Style


In terms of similar barefoot boots…

  • Vivobarefoot Gobi: wide toebox, soft water-resistant leather upper, synthetic insulated winter version, and minimal 3.7mm tread.
  • Ahinsa Jaya: wide toebox, soft water-resistant vegan upper, synthetic insulation, and minimal 4mm tread.
  • Realfoot Farmer: extra-wide toebox, medium-firm water-resistant leather upper, synthetic insulated winter version, and minimal 4mm tread.
  • Vivobarefoot Scott Boot Voiceover Toebox


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    Thanks for reading, catch ya next time. Peace!

    Andrew Folts

    Andrew is a writer/filmmaker who creates video guides and reviews for a community of 25K+ creative rebels on YouTube.