Top positive review
5 people found this helpful
on February 15, 2014
I've been wearing minimalist or "Barefoot" shoes for 4 years after I realized that my feet didn't hurt when I went barefoot. I've done a ton of research, and spent hundreds of dollars on minimalist shoes. I find Vibram Five Fingers to be a gimmick, Xero Shoes are awesome but not exactly appropriate for Oregon Winters, and my $160 Feelmax Kuuvas fell apart after just 4 months of non-athletic wear. I also have hot feet so many shoes that people love are just too hot for me. I am always on the lookout for a pair of unlined leather shoes. (My next expensive purchase will probably be Softstar but they cost 4 times what these cost.)
I had a pair of Manitobah Mukluks that were similar to these, but the originals were made with crepe soles, a wider toe box and made of suede. But I LOVED them. They weren't exactly my style fashion wise, but they were seriously comfortable. After my disappointment with my Feelmax boots I went back to amazon and found that Manitobah was making these out of FULL GRAIN leather and with VIBRAM soles! That would solve the two only problems I had with my previous pair: A: Crepe soles wear down fairly quickly and B: Suede is harder to waterproof than full grain leather. Also full grain leather is really durable. So I bought a pair.
Now I'm not usually a beads and fringe kind of girl, I bought them intending to cut the fringe and beads off, but I decided after wearing them for a day that I kind of like them just as they are. Even if they aren't always appropriate with the outfit I'm wearing.
I only took a star off because they no longer have the nice roomy toe box. They are a little tight on me. But the narrow toe box is nicer looking, so you win some you lose some. Also, they are leather, they WILL stretch. The Vibram sole is glued on not sewn on like the previous crepe soled kind, so I'm not sure how they will hold up - but if they start to separate I suppose I can put them back together with barge cement or something (What I've been told shoe repair places actually use instead of shoe glue, it's stronger)
They tie tighter on my ankle than my previous pair as well, so I don't have to wrap the lace around the whole shoe like I did before. That's a bonus as well.
All in all, I like them and I like the company. When I have a bit more money I want to try their winter boots.