Comment from: Richard [Visitor]  

I just wore my new Kuuva 4s out in the rain for a little while. Two hours later the inside of the toebox is still wet to the touch. It looks like, as with the Kuuva 3, the gigantic seams in the lining might have something to do with it.

Frankly I'm disappointed: two iterations with a big WATERPROOF label on the side, and acknowledging that it wasn't really true for the K3, but it doesn't look much better for the K4.

There's nothing better out there, but they're barely better than unlined leather moccasin boots at keeping your feet dry.

02/18/17 @ 19:27
Comment from: Kare [Visitor]


Pls contact Feelmax regarding the waterproofness.

02/20/17 @ 15:07
Comment from: Tim [Visitor]

I bought the Feelmax Kuuva 4 and overall have been impressed. I'll post a review soon on my blog too.

02/22/17 @ 10:50
Comment from: Mark [Visitor]  

How does the fit of these compare to the Lems Boulder Boot? I recently purchased a pair of Boulder Boots, and while the fit is better than anything I have previously worn, I still wish they were a little wider.

02/23/17 @ 08:36
Comment from: [Member]

Thanks for the review! I see you reviewed the Vasko a couple months ago. Any thoughts on version II that I reviewed earlier?


I am wearing one on each foot right now.

Boulder in 43 and Kuuva 4 in 42.

The fit is about the some, but I am surprised that the Boulder runs a bit smaller, despite being a larger size.

Similar toe splay, but the boulder is tighter around the middle of the foot. Same vertical space for toes as well.

The heel is roomier in the Kuuva and is a looser boot overall.
of course, the Boulder is much shorter and it's a colder, less water-ready boot. I really enjoy both of them. The boulder for fall and the Kuuva for winter.

02/23/17 @ 09:57
Comment from: Gunnar [Visitor]  


Just wanna send a WARNING. I bought a pair of Feelmax Kuuva 4´s in November of last year. Overall i was very pleased with them, I use a lot of fivefingers and these boots proved a good option for winter use. Since i live in Sweden temperatures go down quite low but that was never an issue. I have also had some troubles with the laces breaking, in fact four pairs of laces have gone in as many months which is a bit annoying.

The main issue however is the lack of promised waterproofing. After only 4 months the lining between the sole and the boot (both boots) has started to loosen leaving them completely useless in any sort of wet conditions, my feet will be completely soaked. Furthermore when i tried to adress this issue with Feelmax i was first given a lecture on how i should tie my shoes (!) since then i have been completely ignored so now i must take this matter to higher authorities since i personally can't afford a pair of boots for 160 € that breaks after 4 months of use.

Its really a shame since i was very satisfied with them until all this happened.

Hope other people don't get into the same trouble. Happy hiking!

02/27/17 @ 14:11
Comment from: [Member]

I recommend you contact Feelmax about your situation. Even my two year old Kuuva 3 are still very waterproof in my experience. It's possible that there are some variations and that is something worth highlighting.

I would say that boots such as these should last a while even with tons of wear and tear. If your experience is different, please check with Feelmax for them to make it right.


03/04/17 @ 15:09
Comment from: Gunnar [Visitor]  

Dear Jarvis

My main complaint in this was not that the boots were leaking, such things can happen and they may just have been a malfunctioning pair. The issue was with feelmax and their claims department, their entire way of dealing with my claim was below all criticism.

I have now sent them back and I truly hope to be able to write a positive comment about how this situation progresses soon. When the boots were doing their job they were great and preferably I can keep using them. If the administrative hassle continues this will however be my last pair since it's to costly and to much of a headache to deal with a company that treat you like a nuisance.

Have a nice day :)

04/04/17 @ 04:13
Comment from: Dee [Visitor]  

I need a good boot with the natural toe box , have wide feet and so far nothing works. These boots look good. Problem is I live in Florida . Are these only for winter wear ?

04/04/17 @ 11:59
Comment from: Nocona [Visitor]

Well, as usual I'm stuck between sizes. 10.5 us would be a 44.5 EU. All they have is the 44 and 45. My guess is that the 44 would be snug but ok, but the 45 would be a little sloppy. Any thoughts Jarvis? Love this review and the website. Keep up the great work.

05/08/17 @ 15:34
Comment from: JLM [Visitor]  

I'm trying to figure out if the toe boxes in the Kuuva 4 would allow enough space for my big toes. From the pictures it looks like it tapers inward prematurely. Do the toe boxes push your big toes toward your other toes? Also, I live in the rainy NW and waterproofing is essential. Are these shoes waterproof or not? Looks like there are mixed reviews. Thanks!

05/30/17 @ 10:24
Comment from: Richard [Visitor]  

JLM: I just took them out again in WA rain and knee-height wet vegetation, and the tongue immediately saturated and soaked my foot. I had waterproof pants fastened over the top of the boot, so it wasn't rain ingress from above. My socks were wet after a one hour hike.

So far it seems that the seams at the front don't work too well, the seams on the top let water through if the leather saturates, and the tongue is very vulnerable to moisture.

I haven't contacted customer service — when I did so for the K3 they basically said "sorry, we said it was waterproof and it wasn't; the next version should be better", so I don't expect anything better this time around.

I'm still looking for a waterproof minimalist boot.

06/04/17 @ 23:29
Comment from: Gunnar [Visitor]  


An update from me.

I got my first pair of Kuuva 4´s last autumn and after about 4 months of use they were completely useless. The lining between the sole and the boot was loosening and they might as well have been made of canvas. After MUCH arguing with Feelmax they finally sent me a new pair that i received in april this year. Swedish summer has been very dry and warm so there has been no real use for boots, i therefor treated them properly and put them away. Now the autumn is coming and it was time to start using them. I have been doing so for maybe a week and have made sure to treat them and keep them dry in between since the first experience was less than desirable.

Sadly after walking in a rainy/damn forest for about an hour today my feet were absolutely soaked. Its like wearing a canvas shoe all over again. Don't get me wrong, they are very comfortable to use in dry conditions but they are completely useless as soon as the weather turns wet. These boots are NOT waterproof and that little sticker on the side saying so is a lying little bastard.

It sucks to waste 160 € on a pair of shoes that don't deliver but worst of all is that I am once again left without a proper boot for winter. Im done with this now, simply do not have the energy for another mail war with Feelmax and will try to find something else although we all know that options are slim.

I truly hope you guys have better luck than me.

08/31/17 @ 15:41
Comment from: Tim [Visitor]  


Vasko 2 looks like the traction is improved. The original Vasko was not waterproof and the traction for the Blue was too minimal. Honestly I would have preferred the Vasko 2, but after having bought and am now selling my vasko blue, I'm not considering another pair

11/17/17 @ 18:08
Comment from: Juhani Pulkka [Visitor]  
Juhani Pulkka

I use Kuuva every day, also as a business shoe, so I polish it well. In its nature it is ideal and in the winter I use the base.

02/19/18 @ 00:30
Comment from: [Member]

Hi Juhani!

Very nice to hear from you!

We're big fans as well!

03/18/18 @ 16:19
Comment from: Brian [Visitor]  

I see there's now a Kuuva 5 due for shipping later this month. Again it promises improved waterproofing. Lets hope so, because the wet feet comments above chime with my own experience of Vivobarefoot offerings over the years. Typically these keep my feet dry for a couple of really wet walks - if I'm lucky - and thereafter are useless. Waxing, sprays etc are of no help. Like Gunnar says of the K4, the Waterproof badge on the sides of Vivos is also a big fat.. well, "terminological inexactitude". At least Kuuva are only claiming waterproofing "up to 4 hours". Which of course includes waterproof for 4 minutes.. and does not exclude being waterproof only for the first four hours of the boot's life.

Strikes me that some barefoot requirements do not sit well with the idea of dry feet on a four or five hour walk across wet muddy terrain and through fields of wet grass - which traditional leather hiking boots generally manage without difficulty.Perhaps we need to accept a greater degree of rigidity with thicker leather and ditch "breathable" fabric tongues altogether - or offer gaiter fittings. Not really barefoot - no - but still zero drop and a whole lot less harmful than going back to heels every winter..... or falling ill from walking several miles in boots full of cold water!!!

10/11/18 @ 05:10
Comment from: [Member]


I actually have a Kuuva 5 in my hands right now!

Waiting for snow for some winter testing!

Review to follow! Hoping they live up to their potential!

11/28/18 @ 09:11
Comment from: Matt [Visitor]  

I bought the Kuuva 5 a month ago and love them. Finally a boot that is truly barefoot but warm enough to work for COLD Chicago winters. So my first impression is that the boots are Outstanding! If they hold up well then I’ll be hooked!

12/18/18 @ 21:35
Comment from: [Member]


Thanks for sharing!

I'm currently testing out the Kuuva 5 as I write this!

Happy Holidays!

12/27/18 @ 21:40
Comment from: Patrick [Visitor]  

Jarvis, any idea about when the Kuuva 5 review will be posted? I'm dying to hear what you have to say.

01/08/19 @ 19:13
Comment from: [Member]

Hi Patrick!

Well, we finally got some snow, so hopefully soon!

Thanks for checking! I'll update shortly!

Happy adventures!

01/08/19 @ 21:22
Comment from: Patrick [Visitor]

As follow-up to my prior comment: thanks for posting the review of the Kuuva 5 Jarvis!

05/19/19 @ 21:12
Comment from: [Member]

Of course, Patrick!

05/20/19 @ 10:15

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