Comment from: dirk verelst [Visitor]
dirk verelst

I have my pair for a few months now, and was very enthusiastic as well about the design, these feel so right. I fiddled quit a bit with the laces, and it`s possible to just get it right, the big toe not slipping out anymore, the toebox really sets to the forefoot after a while, Justin`s pictures look like he has not yet arrived at that stage, yet, honestly. Justin you forgot to mention that Michael has gone to great efforts to make this an all-ecological shoe, even down to the laces. Temperatures have not been good enough to try them out. Michael told me the sole wears down very slowly, against even his own expectations! The looks are the only hindrance, but of course we are at the dawn of a revolution, I`m glad these already exist, and might adopt them after all cause of their comfort. They look much better with black socks, that is they are less noticeable...

04/13/12 @ 11:01
Comment from: admin [Member]  

@Dirk,

Good to know about them "setting" -- indeed, this is just a first look and not a full, long-term review.

I'd imagine they'd last quite a long time thanks to them being so thin and flexibly soled — this will result in lighter steps and less foot dragging.

04/13/12 @ 11:04
Comment from: Peggy [Visitor]
Peggy

Not sure I love them...interesting though...and I think that they would look different on every foot. It might be the color...would like to see a lighter brown, maybe.

04/13/12 @ 11:23
Comment from: Joey [Visitor]
Joey

I'd like to see these put through some more vigorous paces in order to determine what they can actually stand up to, and maybe the design could be tweaked a tad to address the issue of the escaping toe.
I'm intrigued by the design but shy about showing toe cleavage.

04/13/12 @ 11:26
Comment from: Maggie [Visitor]  
Maggie

As a Minnesotan, I'm unreasonably drawn to all things Nordic. So when I saw this post, I had to check it out!
I've been planning on making a pair of these for some time (having found an online tutorial about 9 months ago), but have been putting it off. Now knowing how they look and feel from minimalist folks, I'll definitely make a pair now! The cost they're offering seems about right for the amount of work involved.
I have a friend getting married outside this summer. I was hesitant to plan to wear my FiveFingers to her wedding, but a pair of leather Benat-style shoes, maybe with ribbon rather than leather lacing? Sounds LOVELY.

04/13/12 @ 11:27
Comment from: mynameisfoxtrot.com [Visitor]
mynameisfoxtrot.com

wow those look feminine...

04/13/12 @ 11:39
Comment from: Againstthegrain [Visitor]
Againstthegrain

"wow those look feminine..."

As a female, I'd tend to say that statement is probably generally true for the typical westernized male, but worn by a confident guy with a physique like Russel Crowe's when he was in Gladiator, these would be über-masculine.

So, like fashion in general, it really depends on the person inside the garb.

04/13/12 @ 11:46
Comment from: Mr. Leigh [Visitor]
Mr. Leigh

I am not crazy about the aesthetics of these. Maybe in the right color. I first saw them a few months back. There is a thread post on them in the forums. I think I will stick with my VFF Classics for summer wear. I agree that the lacing system could be modified slightly to make it cleaner looking and easier to fit. I do not see myself buying these. It really is not the look, but rather the exchange rate, shipping, and the fact that I am content with VFF Classics. Imagine the tan lines these would leave behind with their lacing system.

04/13/12 @ 12:23
Comment from: Paul Halliday [Visitor]
Paul Halliday

While I do love the notion of Romano-Celtic footwear, these do appear pretty constrictive for the toes. Shame.

04/13/12 @ 16:14
Comment from: K.A. Green-Wall [Visitor]
K.A. Green-Wall

According to the website, the "synthetic material" on the exterior is actually natural rubber.

04/14/12 @ 07:57
Comment from: mitzi shaffter [Visitor]
mitzi shaffter

mmmm..... i'm on the weird side of birthdayshoes.com

04/14/12 @ 08:24
Comment from: C Rea [Visitor]
C Rea

Cool but not a unique concept by any means..

Ancient Celts have been making leather shoes this way since before the wheel was invented.

You can make them yourself very easily. Cutting the leather is simple, but I'd recommend a hole punch tool. This girl's site has been floating around for years and gives step by step instructions for making your own "Viking Shoes", which turn out to be Celtic after a bit of research.

http://www.instructables.com/id/Viking-shoes/

I made some flats for my girlfriend out of purple dyed leather after a few practice runs with scrap material. She loves them! I'm going to find some thicker leather and make some for myself soon, grommets can be found at your local leather shop as well.

The addition of the durable/grippy outer layer is a nice thought, but you can simply buy a can of spray on bedliner or some similar thing at Home Depot. I think the price is a bit steep, especially since these could easily be CNC cut in masse for super cheap.

Bottom line, if you like the concept save the money and make them yourself. You'll feel great knowing how to make your own "minimalist" shoes and you can customize them to your liking.

04/14/12 @ 19:23
Comment from: Rob Y. [Visitor]  
Rob Y.

I'm sorry, but that's about the most ridiculous "shoe" I've ever seen and I thought VFFs held that title. I think we have a new champion! Just seems a bit unfinished to me? But hey, I totally get it, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

04/16/12 @ 10:48
Comment from: admin [Member]  

@Rob,

Ha it may look a bit odd, but it's old school shoe tech (that Viking Shoes link is basically the same thing but DIY). I appreciate it's design sorta like huaraches (though huaraches don't look quite so wild).

Am I gonna rock these to work or pair them with khakis? Not likely.

04/16/12 @ 11:04
Comment from: Kait [Visitor]
Kait

about the price--i think this is about right. i am both a DIYer and a buyer--so I say if you are going to make them--then go ahead and sell them at a sound profit--for the rest of us on budgets we get to weigh the difference for ourselves--buy or "spend" the time making them. thus is our world. thank god we get to have the best of both worlds--a modern marketplace, the ability to DIY through the vast knowledge share of the interweb AND the option to wear oldschool celt shoes--woopwoop! 2013 baby

my question is--how are they for running?

07/07/13 @ 16:33