Womens Primal 1 Brown

Womens Primal 1 Brown

Please note that the Original Stem Shoes DO NOT have an INSOLE, while the new Lems Primal 2's have a 3mm insole.

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What Size to Order

The Stem fit is shaped to the human foot and will not fit like traditional shoes. Stem Footwear is designed to fit relaxed and free. The extra wide toebox allows all five toes to move freely and splay apart. There should be a generous amount of room for the ball of your foot to spread naturally. They can be worn with or without socks. Follow the fit instructions, and read all the below before wearing:

How Stem Sizes Run.

  1. Go by our labeled US size not the EU size.
  2. If you are having trouble deciding between two sizes, we recommend you buy both and exchange the one that doesn't fit. It saves you about 8 days of delay
  3. Fits best for medium to wide feet (not for narrow feet).

How to Fit

  1. Tap your heel to the back.
  2. Your toes should fit close to the end of the shoe (less a than finger width), because it follows the natural shape of the foot.
  3. The extra width at the toebox is designed to be there.
  4. Don't worry they should not feel "snug" in the toebox like your other shoes.
  5. Don't lace tight to try to achieve a "snug" fit. This is natural fit.

Other Tips

  1. Machine washable gentle. Do not machine dry. Air dries in front of a fan in less than 2 hours.
  2. Stem Footwear can be worn with or without socks. We've found that when performing athletic activities Stem Footwear fits best without socks.
  3. If wearing socks, we recommend wearing toe socks. Click here to see what we offer ToeSox
  4. To improve healthy toe alignment we recommend wearing Stem Footwear™ with Correct Toes™ intermittently (see instructions for use.)
  5. Take off your shoes and go barefoot frequently. Barefooting is the best training to learn how to walk more natural. Remember transition slowly.

Color: Earth Brown
Manufacturer: Original Stem
6.3 oz
Feature: $9.95
SKU: 1020M
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Ultra Light Weight6.3 oz
Special Air-Infused Rubber
True Barefoot Experience
Natural Feelgood Fit
Collapsible and Packable

Fits true to size labeled above.

Follow sizing above when you select your size in the drop down.

See more on sizing below left.

Returns are accepted within 30 days for a full refund. Shoe must be in original condition. Simply follow the steps below. Full return policy.

  • Step 1) Re-box with packing slip (write reason for return).
  • Step 2) Ship to our address.
  • Step 3) We will credit you.

Exhchanges for another size or color are accepted within 30 days. Shoe must be in original condition. Simply follow the steps below. Full exchange policy.

  • Step 1) Re-box with packing slip (write new size or color).
  • Step 2) Ship to our address.
  • Step 3) We will send your new size/color FREE shipping.

Customer Review

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Reviewed by: Jamie Anderson

from Australia on 6/17/2013


I've had these for 2 1/2 years now and have almost worn the soles through. They get more comfortable with age and now feel like moccasins. I can still do a full day's hike in the mountians with them and, unlike many other barefoot brands, they are traditional enough to wear in a casual environment.

Reviewed by: Tammy McGaughey

from Chicora, PA on 2/12/2012

LOVE these shoes!

OH...MY...GOSH! LOVE these shoes! I don't usually review items I buy, but felt that these definitely needed some applause! I'm a trail runner who is migrating toward minimalist running. I purchased these shoes as kick-around shoes to help train my feet in the meantime. Now I've found that I don't want to wear anything else! These are incredibly comfortable and seem to be very well made. Kudo's to you, Stem! Fantastic shoe!

Reviewed by: Christine

from Asheville, NC on 2/1/2012


These shoes are fantastic! After getting into yoga and learning how to spread my toes out, my feet couldn't be happier. I tell everyone about these incredible shoes, and I can't wait to get a pair of the black version coming out this spring.

Reviewed by: Claudia Cruz-Teixeira

from Massachusetts on 1/27/2012

Great Shoes!!

I received my shoes a couple weeks ago. I got them 4 days after ordering them. I tried them on and my feet were in heaven. I wear mocs normally but these have no tread. The Survival Origins have great tread. I've walked in snow with them and not once did I slip. I've worn them in 20 degree weather, with no socks, and they are still very warm. Unlike some people, the joining of the tongue and shoe does not bother my feet. I wear them sans socks.

Reviewed by: Angelique Lee

from Vermont on 1/18/2012

Everything I'm Looking For

I really do love these shoes. Everything I was looking for, flexibility, wide toe box, zero heel. My only issue is that the way the tongue is sewn in, it leaves the edge of the tongue fabric exposed, and the edge is sharp. It makes it impossible to wear the shoes without having socks on - which is a bummer for me. I hope that gets fixed and then I can give these FIVE stars!

Reviewed by: JUDY MONROE

from SANTA MARIA CA on 12/23/2011

Plenty Wide

Just received my Women's size 9-9.5 Survival Origins and they fit perfectly with plenty of room for my wide foot. I love the long tongue & the nice adult color. Very flexible & comfy inside. Want the Primal Origins, too, but my size is out of stock. I hope they will make these in black. Road test tomorrow!

Reviewed by: Joe McMullen

from Chicago on 12/5/2011

Worth Twice the Price

I have been going farther and faster with shorter recovery times since I started wearing Stem. Because mine were drying I had to wear an old pair of NB 100s - which have a traditionally shaped toebox. They killed my feet and my stride broke down after 5 miles. I would pay twice the price for Stem.

Reviewed by: Sonja Sutton

from Denver, CO on 10/25/2011

Awesome shoes!!

Just got my first pair of Stems and I love them! They're super comfy and I feel all my accessory muscles in my calves while walking in them. I can't wait for a leather version.

Reviewed by: jane brown

from Outdoor Provisions on 10/23/2011

thrilled customer

I have been wearing heavy New Balance walking shoes for at least the past 8 years because of painful fit with most shoes. I have bunions and a hammer toe that causes a poor shoe fit. That is until now. My feet are in HEAVEN!

Reviewed by: Sarah Jarel

from Oklahoma city, ok on 10/22/2011

My stem shoes

I have been looking for a pair of shoes that looked like tennis shoes but felt like I was going bear foot. My survivals feel just like that. I am so in love with them they are the best. Thanks to my daughter for having your website on her Facebook.

Reviewed by: Mercedes

from Illinois on 10/22/2011

Love them!!

I am in my 50's and have been going to minimalist shoe style. I LOVE my Stem shoes!!!! Compared to the many others I have tried, these are the best. Wide and comfy, fitting my wide feet perfectly. The company has been awesome to deal with, I had to return my first pair because I chose the wrong size and they were super fast with response, shipping etc. I could not have been happier! My only desire is shoes in black. I wear these daily, and I need the black for better blended look at work.

Reviewed by: Nancy Payton

from central california on 10/21/2011

More Comfortable than most tennis shoes

These shoes are more comfortable than most for me, because they don't try to make my foot fit the 'ideal' foot shape - Like many people, my feet aren't exactly alike. After wearing this pair for the better part of a month, I think i need another pair. maybe two. Also, trust them when they say the shoe runs a half-size small. it's not about the number. it's about the fit, right?

Reviewed by: Coach S.

from FL on 10/17/2011

Loving these shoes

I am really pleased with my earth brown survival origins. The size I ordered fit well and feels very comfortable. Unlike my merrells, they don't leave my arches aching after wearing them all day. Looking like normal shoes is a plus, not everywhere are five fingers appropriete.

Reviewed by: Cindy Wallace

from Royal Oak, Michigan on 10/16/2011

The Best

Fabulous comfort and style. Will be a long time customer.

Reviewed by: Amy Thomas

from Portland, OR on 10/11/2011

Connected to the earth!

Finally, a nice-looking, stylish shoe with a minimalist approach. I transitioned to minimal footwear after years of chronic plantar issues and nerve damage in my toes. The pain subsided almost immediately, and since then, I've been working on strengthening all of the muscles that have been dormant for so many years. These shoes are perfect (and the most cost-effective of the minimalist bunch)! Thank you STEM Footwear - I'll definitely be a long-time, frequent customer.

Reviewed by: Kathi Clark

from Southern, CA on 9/26/2011

Exactly What I've Been Looking For

I also got my new Stem shoes last week. They are amazing! Exactly what I've been looking for. I go barefoot when possible, but at work that's just not an option. These shoes have plenty of forefoot and toe room and look like actual shoes (sometimes I get so tired of explaining my footwear to people and want to blend). I am in love with these shoes!

Reviewed by: M. Kay

from Minnesota on 9/23/2011

Love them!

Got my Primal Origins last night and I love them! The ground feel is fantastic. I have been barefooting exclusively for six months now. I have several pair of Merrell Pace Gloves and a couple FiveFingers. Have to say these feel like I'm wearing slippers and am actually barefoot. Can't wait for more colors! Don't wear much brown, but I just may have to snatch up a pair for working in the yard. Fit is perfect. Love, love, love them!

Reviewed by: S.Turner

from Las Vegas, NV on 9/19/2011

Love these shoes!

I have the merrell pace gloves but they are super narrow. I've been looking for a flexible shoe for work (I'm a kindergarten teacher). I got them today and love them. I measured my feet before ordering so fit is perfect. The sole is very flexible. The top is very soft and wraps my foot well. I have medium/wide feet and love the extra toe width. The shoes feel like comfortable socks. Also, I know it's trivial but I love that these come in all brown. FINALLY the perfect work shoe!

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