Comment from: mary casey [Visitor]
mary casey

Great review. I can't believe I haven't seen this company until now. I am trying to figure out sizing I am wondering what size you wear in the Dharma and how it fits compared to the 9.5 in the Penny V2. I wear a 41 in the Dharma and it is just perfect.

03/20/15 @ 08:54
Comment from: [Member]

Mary Casey,

I'm the exact same size as you!

My 41 Dharma is the exact same length as a 9.5 Penny V2 from TUNE.

It's a little roomier than the dharma without its insole and a little tighter without it.

I think you'll really like it!


03/20/15 @ 15:13
Comment from: Mountain Evan Chang [Visitor]
Mountain Evan Chang

Very thorough review, especially with all the comparisons at the end!

The choice of a nubuck lining is interesting. I haven't experienced it myself, but I can imagine it being more comfortable than smooth leather lining. I wonder why I never see it in dress shoes though. Perhaps just tradition? Something for me to think about for future development.

Oh, and very nice shots!

03/23/15 @ 00:47
Comment from: [Member]


My guess is that many manufacturers of shoes, bags, clothes, etc just refer to all leather as simply "leather", despite the fact that there are many different types of leather; each with it's own qualities.

For example, lots of sellers use the term "genuine leather" somewhat liberally and it can refer to full grain, top grain, split, nubuck, etc.

It's always nice when someone specifies (and when they use full grain!).


03/23/15 @ 15:44
Comment from: Mark [Visitor]

I held off on the TUNE v.1 after reading a couple of reviews critical of volume, especially tightness over the instep. That had been my issue with the Dharma. They just felt to flat to me over the top of my foot. After reading this, I decided to give v. 2 a shot, and I love them. Plenty of room up front, and they don't fall off my feet like my Jays want to. I started with the black, then got the chocolate, and they have become my everyday work shoe. They don't match the formality of my Primal Professionals or Vivo Lisbons, but they work great with khakis or slacks.

04/30/15 @ 08:36
Comment from: elyse [Visitor]

I got a pair of the tune v.1 and they were as you say super lightweight and flexible. For my place of work they didn't work out (being referred to as my "duck shoes" none too affectionately). However I'd've stuck up for them if I wasn't having my own issues -- namely they were far too roomy for me (5' 6" girl with proportionally sized feet) so that instability in walking played hell with my knees. I also tried the Lems laceup ones and had a very similar problem. It's been quite draining on my meager bank account to try these different shoes to get a pair that'll work for work. They need to be black and be able to pass for "normal". Sneakers even work but they can't look outlandish (even though I hanker to run around in 5 fingers all day long). Any advice from the birthday shoes community would be awesome.

02/15/16 @ 04:00
Comment from: [Member]


I cannot speak for the v1, but the v2 are very comfortable and the toebox is nice and wide for me. If you have narrow feet, it would probably feel floppy. The insert would help!

You can also look into Soft Star shoes, Vivobarefoot (they have great flats!) and the more athletic stuff from Merrell, Newbalance or even Nike Free, but those are hardly true minimalist shoes.


02/15/16 @ 23:13
Comment from: Zulfikar Malik [Visitor]  
Zulfikar Malik

Big Scam; I ordered this shoe two months ago Tune Penny V2 online and I received an email from them stating that they don’t have my size and that they will refund my money. Today’s nominey refunded and I haven’t heard from them either even though wrote many emails. It appears they are bunch of crooks and taking custommer for a ride. Disgusting.

10/15/18 @ 15:11

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