Went cruising on the Allure of the Seas 3 weeks back. Tried on my new purple Bikila LS while running a 9K and a 5K around the perimeter of the boat on the running track. Also used my Flows under my fins when cavern scuba diving in the Mexican cenotes. My Treksports were used to climb a waterfall in Jamaica. And my Classics to walk around everywhere including Haiti. I wanted to use my Treksports for rock climbing on the ship but they did not let me. Needless to say, even though I prefer Europe to southern destinations, it was a fantastic trip.
Do you carry excess weight? There is only so much pressure the skin under the feet and the foot structures can take comfortably without a bit of cushion. I don't have excess weight but I once did. I find that the Lems are good for a little additional cushion without losing the minimalist characteristics.
About those pits, a member on this forum recommended Certain Dri to stop sweating. I used to soak through anything everyday but now I don't sweat anymore under the arms. You apply it at night and it closes the pores while you sleep. You wipe or wash it off in the morning and apply a light deodorant. At first every day, after a few months every 3 days. No sweat and no odor and no stains on your clothes anymore. He saved my life. Good luck with everything, and let us know if the alcohol worked for you.
Literally rubbing alcohol. Leave it as long as it takes. My feet don't smell, so I just leave it a few minutes, but in your case start with an hour and go from there. Some people spray the alcohol after the wash and leave it there, It evaporates quickly anyway. Just on the footbed inside though, it may not be good for the glue if sprayed outside I imagine. What I also do after the alcohol is before I wash I pretreat with Oxi Clean Max Force Pre-Treater Gel Stick. I apply, scrub the footbed with it and a toothbrush until the stains are gone, let it sit while I scrub my other shoes, rinse it out, then put them in the machine. Brand new shoes everytime.
I had seen on an other post about smells that the best killer for the odor causing bacteria is alcohol. I do it before washing my VFF's. Spray alcohol abundantly inside them, and if that does not work I would not have much hope...
For your needs, I think you got a winner with the Lems. I have also been looking high and low for a more formal minimalist shoe, that's still good looking, and they are it. I had the light grey Primal 1 before and got the Primal 2 in black so I could wear it with less casual attire. VB's are great, but not as cushioned as Lems, if that's what you are looking for.
-new Lems in black (had ordered the Primal 1 from coolfitwear.com, but received the Primal 2. They finally admitted they did not have the Primal 1 anymore. The Primal 1 was nowhere else to be found online either so I kept the less desirable 2.)
-new Vivobarefoot Lucy Lites crimson (probably last one available in that color and my size anywhere)
-new Konvines, camo and skull...
Getting to be hard to cram all of these models in my signature...
If they touch the end without pushing on it, and without your toes bending, it's normal. It should fit like a glove, without room to spare, except the smallest toes which rarely touch the end of the pockets.