Comment from: Lars [Visitor]
Lars

I was checking your site daily for this review. Finally it's here!

Now just what color to order... :)

07/15/13 @ 12:59
Comment from: Mark Geoffriau [Visitor]
Mark Geoffriau

If these are half as good as my Stems, I'll absolutely need a pair.

I like my Vivobarefoot Oaks, but I find the sole to be surprisingly inflexible. Not uncomfortably so, but stiffer than I'd expect for a "barefoot" shoe company.

07/15/13 @ 17:27
Comment from: Vitor [Visitor]
Vitor

I got the boots and I really love them, at the time Lems only had the boots size 14, now I see they have those in my size too and free world wide shipping...I must have them.

07/17/13 @ 01:21
Comment from: Mark Ferwerda [Visitor]  
Mark Ferwerda

I love my Vivobarefoot Oaks so much I bought two additional (3 total) pairs on sale and wear them for my "business casual" job. These Lems Mariners look cheap with that cloth section in the sides...I won't be getting those.

07/18/13 @ 21:10
Comment from: admin [Member]  

@Mark F

I'm a little confused in dinging the Mariners b/c of the small fabric on the sides while praising the Oaks when the Vivo Barefoot Oaks have an unfinished looking lip around the ankle and a stretchy/fabric/neoprene at the rear/heel.

While I love my Oaks, the Mariners look much more proper/finished/nicer by comparison.

07/19/13 @ 11:44
Comment from: Mark Ferwerda [Visitor]  
Mark Ferwerda

@Justin O

I find that the Vivo Barefoot Oaks are MUCH better looking than the Mariners with their contrasting colored cloth section in the sides -- makes them look like this was a move to save leather! Deck shoes have no place for cloth in the shoe sides. To each his own!

07/19/13 @ 15:46
Comment from: admin [Member]  

@Mark F

Totally to each his own, which I guess is my point. Again, Oaks are one of my favorite pairs of shoes; but the stretchy heel has never sat right with me on the aesthetic and the ankle wrap has always looked like someone took scissors to the top of the shoes — the leather just terminates on the Oaks at the ankle and you see what looks like an ankle sock (the neoprene). Makes them hard to wear without socks.

That said, Google Sperry Topsiders and you'll see a ton of boat shoes that have what looks like the same exact spot of non-leather on the sides. So it's a pretty popular thing to mix leather with fabric in the boat shoe line.

I actually would prefer all leather, I think, but I really don't mind that patch of fabric. I hadn't even paid much attention to it until this line of comments! But it reads like you're quite the boat shoe aficionado whereas I am a mere dabbler!

07/19/13 @ 15:55
Comment from: Joseph [Visitor]
Joseph

Lems has changed the lasts they use, now they no longer fit wide/high volume feet. I went 2 sizes up from my Primal 1 shoes to the 48 Boulder boots (same last and construction as the Mariner,and the largest available) and the new shoes are too narrow across the entire fore-foot area.

3+ years into the minimal shoe boom and I'm STILL waiting for someone to make a minimal shoe in WIDE sizes I can wear to work, or anywhere else. VFF's are great, but not always acceptable.

07/24/13 @ 20:25
Comment from: Markthetrigeek [Visitor]
Markthetrigeek

As an aside, I was hoping to see the Black Boulder Boot released. But only the brown came out and it's been rather quiet about the black one. If you know of any news I'd be happy to get an update.

07/27/13 @ 13:26
Comment from: Lars [Visitor]
Lars

@Joseph
So you're saying these are tighter than the Primal 2?

07/29/13 @ 04:24
Comment from: Joseph [Visitor]
Joseph

@Lars
I don't have any experience with the Primal 2's. I went from the Primal 1's (2 pairs) to trying the Boots and planning on buying the Mariners to replace my ancient boat-shoes. Unfortunately, the upper of the new series of shoes seems to be narrower and less forgiving than the first generation, and they can no longer accommodate my wide feet.

07/30/13 @ 05:08
Comment from: Nyah [Visitor]
Nyah

Lems mentions on their site that a vegan version of the Mariner will be available in the future. Hopefully that will be some kind of ventilating material, such as wool. I've seen boat shoes made with wool uppers so, there's already a precedent for that. Chocolate brown wool, please. Thank you.

08/01/13 @ 20:15