They are virtually the same, but the Kiota H2O has a footbed that grips your foot much better when wet and they also dry much faster than the regular Kiotas. The regular Kiota's footbed is smoother. Some times I prefer the Kiota H2O and other times I prefer the regular Kiotas.
Early this summer I purchased two pair of sandals made by a company called Lizard. I bought one each of the Lizard Kiota & the Lizard Kiota H2O sandals. Since then I have worn them, almost daily. They are really comfortable and the fit is rather unique and extremely adjustable. They are also made in italy. Some have commented that they look somewhat unusual, I think that they are rather cool looking! I have found them to be the best every-day sandals that I have ever worn.
Has anyone out there purchased both the Vivobarefoot Ra and the RunAmoc Dash for work, and if so, which do you prefer? Are either one or the other better for certain times of the year and/or climates? I live in New England and I am very interested in getting one or other (or both). I have the Stem Primal Origins and love them, but sometimes they are not dressy enough. Also, as it gets colder, the Stems are a bit too "breezy"!
I also have yet to wear them barefoot, but I will try that this evening. I agree with Solus that you really should not pull the tongue when putting these on. I think that the shoe is so light and flexible that when you pull on the tongue the (I think fell) seam between the tongue and body that normally sits flat is pulled into position in which it is protruding inward. Of course I don't actually have them in front of me now so I could be wrong!
That's great news, because I LOVE these shoes! I have been talking them up to everyone with whom I come in contact. My hope is that these shoes will fly off the shelves so fast that he is inspired to design several additional models!
After a few days of wearing my Survival Origins, I absolutely love them! They fit incredibly well and are really comfortable! The only issue I have is that, lately, during some early morning walks with my dog (when the temp was south of 45 degrees), my feet would get cold. Generally I am not a person with cold feet. My issue is with the shoe's upper material. On those cold breezy mornings it is almost too well ventilated. As a result, the wind cuts right through them. I would love to see a stem model with uppers made of something along the lines of Gore Windstopper for Fall and Winter. Other than that these shoes are flawless!!
Hello: I know that this subject has arisen in the forums several times before, but I am looking for a pair of minimalist boots for winter. I like what I have read about the Feelmax Kuuva, however, they seem to be less available than hens teeth! The Feelmax website states that they will have a new collection in December 2011. I wonder whether the Kuuva's lack of availability is due to it being replaced or discontinued? I also was looking at the OTZ1-Troop Leather but did not find many reviews. I live outside of Boston and spend a great deal of time up in the Whites in New Hampshire, so I'm looking for relatively warm minimalist boots ideally ones in which I can snowshoe and hike. I have a pair of Bormios but am hesitant to waterproof them, but if I do, I will only use Pecard's - I think that it is better for the leather. Still, the Bormio is a bit lower than I am after - sort of along the lines of a minimalist R.M. Williams boot as opposed to a Pack style boot. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!!
You all have inspired me to give Stems a try! I normally wear VFFs when not working. However, yesterday, after running, I went to a football game and chose to wear a pair of skateboard shoes (since I had gotten rid of all my other sneakers). By the time I got home, my left forefoot hurt so much I was convinced that I had a stress fracture! After a good night's sleep it feels normal again! I am convinced it was the skateboard shoes (which I won't wear again). So I decided that I needed a pair of barefoot shoes that are a bit more mainstream. I looked through all the info on this site and settled on Stem Survival Origins. I'm quite excited to get them. I will get back to you all when they arrive. Thanks for all of your input on the BirthdayShoes.com site!!