Comment from: oodoow [Visitor]

Thanks for the review, just one correction, you wrote that:"Just four years ago there were none."
- I think even four years ago there was Feelmax Kuuva. They have now new model line with Kuuva 2 and other models, will birthdayshoes review them?

05/13/13 @ 16:21
Comment from: [Member]


Good catch -- just amended the post. For whatever reason, BirthdayShoes hasn't had many Feelmax reviews. If you happen to know anyone there, tell them to drop me a line!

05/13/13 @ 16:24
Comment from: chirmer [Visitor]

Picked up a pair of these (38 W) on the day they released and haven't regretted it for a second. They are comfortable, roomy at the toe while decently snug at the heel and ankle, and super cute! They look great with pretty much everything except black dress clothing. I LOVE the touch of plaid as well. I walk to work every day, be it rain or shine, and my feet have never gotten wet. Foot Locker makes a great waterproofing spray, and while you can't dunk your foot in a pond and expect to come out dry, I've nailed some pretty hefty puddles before with zero problems. I seriously love these boots! I can tell a lot of thought was put into them, both in their appearance and functionality, and really appreciate it. It's not everyday the minimalist footwear groupies get an attractive shoe. Can't recommend them enough!

05/13/13 @ 18:20
Comment from: HeadDoc [Visitor]

I JUST discovered this brand, and my well never own a pair (check the price!), but they make me want to find questionable, if not immoral, ways to make more money... These are EXACTLY what I want in a winter boot. Why is NO ONE selling a waterproof, minimalist hiking boot? The Vivos are close, but the last is nothing like their regular shoes (surprisingly narrow in the toe box), and they are pretty heavy...

05/14/13 @ 00:06
Comment from: Fey [Visitor]

The sole runner line has a boot:
The transition. Although for use as a boot I need a more grippy sole (thought the Allrounder is one of my favourite every day shoes) and therefore I got the lightes inov-8 boot:
which I reall like! It's really flexible.

Then there's the nimbletoes boots.

05/14/13 @ 09:53
Comment from: Sam [Visitor]  

What about including the mini mil boot from Belleville in your comparison of minimalist boots?

After reading a review of the mini mil boot at Birthday Shoes earlier on, I ordered a pair but had problem with sizing (which was a bit 'lost in translation' from women's size into men's - the suggested reduction of 2 sizes from the women's size to work out the men's size didn't work for me) so have had to return and re-order - here's hoping the next size up will fit...

In the meantime, I am keeping an eye out for a boot (and more water resistant) alternative to my five fingers - so, would be great if there was a comprehensive review of all the minimalist boots out there.

05/14/13 @ 11:39
Comment from: Fel [Visitor]

I think I just found my new work books! Thanks for the review!

05/14/13 @ 16:38
Comment from: Mike H [Visitor]
Mike H

What I wouldn't mind seeing would be a Whites Boots-made minimalist pair of boots.Their current boots are rebuild-able.
(I already own a pair of Smoke Jumpers and a pair of Hunters-both very high quality.)
Here's their website:

05/16/13 @ 07:06
Comment from: Bryan [Visitor]

These look great! Is there a model that incorporates a steel toe so I could use them in an industrial shipyard environment?

05/23/13 @ 12:53
Comment from: Jeremiah [Visitor]

These boots are great. I ordered after Birthday Shoes did the preview a little while ago. I couldn't be happier with them as a casual boot with jeans. They are decent in the woods, but perfect for rocky terrain (Texas Hill-Country).

05/24/13 @ 20:37
Comment from: Amy [Visitor]

I have to wonder if you write your review in order to please the Lems makers. The first Stems were great; the Primal Ones were great BUT with confirmation from Lems people they CHANGED their 'formula' with these new shoes. They changed what kind of plastic they use for the soles which is now a heck of a lot harder than before. The fit is a heck of a lot smaller (ie toe room, etc). I even measured the footbed & compared it to my old shoes .. it was a good 1/2" smaller in width. I can't believe you're liking these boots. I did buy a pair as well as Primal 2 shoes. Both the boots and the shoes made my feet pronate and I instantly got pain in my knees. OK .. if you guys get pain in your knee you'll know where it came from. Oh, also when it came to refunding me they said they couldn't put it back onto my credit card and mailed me a cheque which was the wrong amount to the tune of over $200.00. They issued me another cheque, but why couldn't they put it back on my card? Yes it is a bother because they sent me US money and I'm not in the US. It sounds pretty sneaky to me.

05/28/13 @ 17:22
Comment from: [Member]


Certainly didn't write the review to please Andrew (Lems founder). I've been critical of Lems designs in the past (what stands out most in my mind is my beef with the rounded out heel of the Primal/Primal 2 sole.

That said, your fit comment makes me think you got the wrong size -- I'm typically a 44 in the Primal/Primal 2 but seems I'm a 45 in the Boulder (I tried a 44 and it was just too small).

As for the formula of the rubber soles, hard for me to compare the Boulder sole to the Primal or the Primal 2 since the basic design of the Boulder sole is fundamentally different from the Primal sole mould, regardless of the formula used to make the rubber.

All that said, if the shoes made you pronate and you experienced knee pain, that's no good -- I actually wonder if that had to do with the high-top ankle, which I talked about in the review as gait-effecting. Don't know though maybe you figured it was something else.

Can't comment on their refund policy for international refunds -- sounds like a pain though.

05/30/13 @ 11:04
Comment from: larslaird [Visitor]

Any thoughts on how warm it keeps you? I live in Oslo, and I´m looking for a winter boot that deals with snow and reasonably cold temps. (Would be good if I could use them in -10C )

08/22/13 @ 18:19
Comment from: larslaird [Visitor]

I´m looking for a winter boot to wear in winter in Oslo, Norway. I´m wondering how cold weather the Boulders can deal with - or if there are any other shoes that does well in the cold. Or should I go for mukluks? What are the minimalist verdict on things like this?

09/23/13 @ 13:49
Comment from: cold [Visitor]

Can you run in these? How well?

11/23/13 @ 22:49
Comment from: Brady [Visitor]


I was looking for 'barefoot' winter gear last year (moved to far northern, USA) and bought a pair of the tracker moccassins from the website (I live and work in the same town so I just needed to shovel and get around, not hunt or trek deep snow. Also, I don't like "high" I have overshoes if need be for deep snow). I LOVE THE MOCASSINS!!!!! My feet are always warm, dry, and the soles are incredible!!! best sole I have ever had on ice and it really feels like it molds to my feet (in a minimalist way). They feel about as zero drop as something with a 'real' sole can be. Wide toe box, etc. Highly recommended.

I bought the waterproofing spray they recommend also.

12/02/13 @ 21:15
Comment from: ngyoung [Visitor]

Was thinking of getting these and just rubbing on some lanolin for waterproofing. I live in Minnesota and I just started getting into barefoot minimalist shoes this spring/summer. I found out quickly that my Merrel Trail Gloves are no good for casual wear in the late fall and winter.

12/12/13 @ 14:54
Comment from: Amy [Visitor]

Would these boots be appropriate for hiking in desert conditions, or are they better suited to colder climates?

01/19/14 @ 11:53
Comment from: Leah [Visitor]

I bought a pair of these in mid-October 2013. Living in the midwest, wearing VFFs isn't really an option during the winter.

While they were extremely comfortable, I did experience several issues related to material quality. First, the red flannel lining frayed within a month. Since it was a cosmetic defect, I chose to keep them instead of returning them for another pair.

Then, I noticed that once they get wet, the red dye from the lining soaked through to the tan leather, leaving reddish pink dye stains on the outside of the boot itself.

Lems was nice enough to refund my money and send me a shipping label. I will be sending them the "lemon" Lems as soon as I can get into town to mail them. (One disadvantage to living out in the boonies is driving an hour into town to return the shoes to the company.)

02/20/14 @ 14:53
Comment from: Natasha [Visitor]

Somebody please help me out. My hubs and I have a farm and he needs minimal work boots!!! I have looked everywhere and can find nothing that serves that purpose. We tried the belville boot but it is suede, not waterproof (farming is wet, dewy, mucky business) and lasted him about 5, maybe 6 months. Is there anyone out there doing serious manual labor and wearing minimal shoes. We cannot wear what city dwelling folk deem acceptable for hiking.

01/15/15 @ 19:53
Comment from: lowwall [Visitor]


See my comment on the other Boulder Boot thread at

My answer was Russell Moccasin's minimalist Thula Thula - . Note that they are neither light nor especially flexible, they are only minimalist in the sense that that are zero drop and use a last with a large toe box (and they can be custom fitted to your feet for no additional charge). But what you get in trade for the extra $ and giving up lightness and ground feel is a very well constructed and repairable boot of very tough materials, especially if you choose the "Optional All Weather Tuff Leather."

03/04/15 @ 15:12
Comment from: Michael [Visitor]  

I love the boulder boot. Wish they used quality material. My first pair failed in less than 6 month and now my second pair is failing in about the same time. The “leather” tears open around the edges of the sole. I don’t do anything in these boots to warrent this. They are nearly new in every way. If they made this boot with quality leather and charged twice as much I’d buy them. I won’t ever buy another pair of Lems currently. Awesome design terrible quality.

06/15/18 @ 16:23
Comment from: Elizabeth Swiderski [Visitor]  
Elizabeth Swiderski

Just read your review. I just got a pair of the Boulder Boots myself, but I'm finding that they cut at the back of the ankle when I walk. I just wanted to see if this has become more flexible over time for other people. It just seems like a weird place to cut the boot and the fabric seems not great ankle mobility.

09/11/18 @ 15:48
Comment from: Elizabeth Swiderski [Visitor]  
Elizabeth Swiderski

Just read your review. I just got a pair of the Boulder Boots myself, but I'm finding that they cut at the back of the ankle when I walk. I just wanted to see if this has become more flexible over time for other people. It just seems like a weird place to cut the boot and the fabric seems not great ankle mobility.

09/11/18 @ 15:48

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