Comment from: Aaron [Visitor]

I agree with just about everything Justin had to say. These are great casual minimalist shoes. Personally, I don't mind the design on the outside of the heel. It isn't noticeable unless you are really looking at them.

For me, the best thing about the Stems is the comfort. I've never had a pair of shoes that felt so good on my feet.

I have had mine for a week and have done two runs in them (total of 8 miles) in addition to wearing them to the office. I think they are great for running, especially in cooler temps.

I really hope Stem will come out with a running version with more ventilation and maybe some more durable rubber on the sole. I haven't seen any noticeable wear on mine thus far, but I'm sure it will come with continued wear.

For those who don't care for the current colors, they will have an all black version (including the sole) in March. The all black looks a little "orthopedic" to me, but I'm sure they will be exactly what some folks are looking for.

01/12/12 @ 12:30
Comment from: Ran [Visitor]

I wear these lovely ones for 3-monthes now, and I hardly take them off my feet.

If I don't need a Biz shoe (Where I wear the Merrell Tough Glove), I am almost with the Stems on me ALL the time. Sock-less..

I have no idea about the heel thing, you describe, I wear 13US.

These shoes are addictive, and addictions happen over time, not over night.

I wear them as shoes, as *socks*, as *slippers*, they play just about any role excluding Biz Shoes. I wore them in hot/cold weather (again, sock-less) and they preserved my feet very very well..

I love these Stems, more than I ever expected.

01/12/12 @ 13:37
Comment from: JorgeGortex [Visitor]

I was hooked and all set to get myself a pair until I read the fitting info on their site: not for narrow feet. Thanks. Such a shame, as my biggest problem is finding shoes that fit my narrow, below average length feet (8-8.5 C width [ideally]). I'd prefer to go more minimalist in my shoes, but when not even they can guarantee fit in shoes that look half way normal... its a sad day.

01/12/12 @ 16:09
Comment from: anne mccranie [Visitor]
anne mccranie

Thanks for the detailed review Justin (even the part about the socks!)I shied away from vibrams because they were so loud but in person the stems are very under the radar. You can walk down the street in them they don't scream "hey look at my weird shoes"

01/12/12 @ 17:07
Comment from: Hap [Visitor]

Am much enjoying my 'Origins'. Since I'm in my sixties I may not return to running, but I do get in plenty of walking. Today was my first day on a hill trail with plenty of small rocks. Great massage for the feet. For me, it's a comfortable feeling of near-barefootedness without the "Ooh! Ah!" walking-on-eggshells dance. (All depends on the surface, of course.)

I wore through a pair of KSO Treks and haven't replaced them. My lower ankles at the top of my feet seemed to stay swollen. (Product of flat feet?) Also I wasn't getting the kind of big toe alignment which Correct Toes are better at achieving.

Though skeptical about Correct Toes eventually bringing my big toes back in line on their own, I use them in my STEMs. Very comfortable. Worn barefoot with Correct Toes, the STEMs feel great, with no chafing or blisters. Like slippers.

Particularly enjoyable is attempting to soften my gait, the feedback from footfalls being so much more obvious. I can't say it's 'the way,' but the video linked below gives a sense of one overall feeling I sometimes play with. Yes, it's hilarious caricature, but I think there may be something to it. It's very short:

I am curious about how durable the STEM soles will be. (Must be very challenging to choose a rubber which yields enough for feedback and won't wear quickly on pavement.) I don't imagine my cobbler will be able to resole the STEMs. Will probably need a new pair.

01/12/12 @ 19:15
Comment from: cptp [Visitor]

I have been wearing my stems for about 2months now and have only great things to say about them. I have reccommended them to a bunch of my friends as well. Though I wouldn't go running in them these make some fine every day wear shoes; especially avoiding the, as one commenter put it, the "hey look at my crazy shoes" you msometimes get with the vffs.

P.S. I think the date is wrong on the %15 promotion. You have the year listed as 2011.

01/13/12 @ 09:01
Comment from: Ben [Visitor]

I am new to the barefoot/minimalist movement and I am running in new balance minimus shoe for the most part and moving slowly into my stem Primals. I love the stem shoes, I think they are great. At 265lbs, and having had two prior knee surgeries this is the best have have felt running in a very long time. This post is the second post I have written on birthday shoes that indicate that the stem shoes are more of a casual shoe and not a running shoe. I am not attacking either review, I am purely seeking information and knowledge. Wouldn't the very soft and pliable construction of the shoe be more in line with a pure barefoot experience than a shoe that offers more structural support. If you have been in the barefoot/minimalist game longer than my 3 months, I would certainly welcome any helpful insite.

01/14/12 @ 21:08
Comment from: Andrew Rademacher [Visitor]
Andrew Rademacher

Hey all,
This is Andrew, the creator of Stem Footwear. I appreciate all the positive comments above. It's a pleasure to work on this for about 2 years and see that people enjoy our shoes. The ALL BLACK will be available on March 1st along with a few other slight changes. We have more styles coming out In late Fall 2012, so stay in tune. Signup for our newsletter if you would like to be the first to know. Thanks again!

01/14/12 @ 21:12
Comment from: kai [Visitor]

When will these be available in stores in AZ??

01/14/12 @ 22:40
Comment from: Meredith [Visitor]

I love, love, LOVE my STEMs! I've had them for about a month and I wear them for everything, walking, running, and everything in between. They are super comfortable and offers a minimal shoe that looks good too. My husband is so jealous and now he wants a pair too! I can't wait to see more from this top requests are for kids shoes and a dress shoe line for men and women. Everyone should try them if you get the chance!

01/17/12 @ 19:18
Comment from: Vitor [Visitor]

What is seen can not be unseen...

01/17/12 @ 21:27
Comment from: Matt K [Visitor]
Matt K

I finally got mine today (delayed because of bad weather) and was absolutely blown away by how comfortable they are. I also got the Correct Toes, and they work just fine in them (in my Trail Gloves and Vivobarefoot Neos too). At last a comfy, non-flashy, affordable minimalistic shoe that lets me fly under the radar at work!

01/22/12 @ 01:38
Comment from: jem33139 [Visitor]

I read the preliminary reviews and bought a pair. I have wide feet and was looking for a "barefoot" shoe that I could wear casually. I tried the NB lifestyle but too tight. I tried the NB minimus mt20 in a 2E and still tight, so saw these here on this site and decided I wanted to check them out. I have had them for about a month and they are awesome. They fit like a glove and love the shoes. I just have one question, after wearing them for the whole day, the heels of my feet hurt a bit. Is this due to my not being used to walking with a zero heel shoes and have to get used to it or could it be the heel design?

01/22/12 @ 14:52
Comment from: Ran [Visitor]


Take it easy on the first few takes some getting used to such minimal shoes.

Wear them 3-4hrs a day.
If u start feeling pain, u can reverse back to supportive shoes for a opulent days to let your feet rests it, before going for another adoption period.

2 month or so & u will be good to go :)

01/22/12 @ 15:31
Comment from: Jonathan [Visitor]

jem, i would also suggest learning how to walk correctly in minimal shoes. we are so accustomed to regular shoes with heels, we tend to heel strike and take long strides when walking. try taking shorter strides and land on the mid-foot instead of your heel. vivobarefoot has a good video on their site.

01/27/12 @ 12:01
Comment from: sylvie [Visitor]

I got these Stem shoes and am wearing them with Correct Toes for my bunions. I've been wearing them for a few months, went running in them today and got a blister underneath my foot near the bunion. :( Did you have any blisters? I thought after a few months both of would have been broken in.

02/16/12 @ 00:57
Comment from: Emmanuel Santiago [Visitor]
Emmanuel Santiago

I've been using the light grey stems for about a month now. Good shoes. Very comfortable. My only comments is on the terminations, like the stitches on the right and left shoe in the front are of different widths. And the mall bump on the front of the right show. In the photo that you have up there the difference in widhts can be appreciated. Other than that, the shoes are excellent. And their customer service is second to none.

02/21/12 @ 21:35
Comment from: Hugo [Visitor]

Dang the discount code no longer works!

Who do I have to kill to get a working code?

03/24/12 @ 11:50
Comment from: Lynn [Visitor]

PLEASE more killings over shoes! Here's a code that is good through 5/15/2012 for $10 off -- "tech10off"

03/31/12 @ 22:35
Comment from: Kris [Visitor]  

Hi, i was wondering if you guys and Justin in particular have any info on the sizing of the Leming. I usually wear a 10.5 in Nike (11 in Nike Free 4.0) and i really dont know what to order in Leming, a little confusing on the site when they say 10-10.5 (43 Euro)or 11-11.5 (44 Euro)
I'm from Europe so these Euro sizes really confusing me, any input here?

I'm looking for a wide shoe so i can wear it together with Correct Toes.

Thanks a lot!

11/28/12 @ 14:09

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