RunBARE with STEM Interview Video

Posted by on 2/23/2011 to Shoe News

Sneak Peek by Tina on Living Barefoot Radio

Posted by on 2/16/2011 to Shoe Reviews
Tina Dubois, a writer for the Living Barefoot Radio Show got the opportunity to try out STEM's and gave her opinion on their site  Here are some of her words.  

STEM Booth at OR Show

Posted by Andrew Rademacher on 2/13/2011 to Shoe News
Wow.  Our first OR Show was an incredible trip and overwhelming success we will never forget.  The booth was so busy we had to wait until after show hours to be able to take a picture.  Over the fours days and  36 hours of showtime the Booth looked more like the picture below this one.
We shared our story with everyone we could: clients, consumers and even competitors.  Our philosophy is to educate people about living an more natural and healthy lifestyle by starting with the understanding "it all STEM's from the ground up" and so we did not exclude anyone from hearing our story.  We had such great conversations about shoes, bare feet, our evolution, foot pain, and so many others topics and that's what made it such a touching experience for us.

Review by

Posted by on 2/12/2011 to Shoe Reviews
The following is a review written by Nicholas, author of

I first ran across STEM Footwear last year after I read the “The World is Flat… if You Are a Foot” by Dr. Mark Cucuzzella of Two Rivers Treads and Andrew Rademacher of STEM. I had been in touch with Andrew since then and they finally delivered their first Origins samples at the Winter Outdoor Retailer Show last month. And I’m very fortunate to receive a STEM Primal Origins in my shoe size to wear test last week.
The first impression I have is: the shoe is so light, soft, and super-flexible! I have never worn a pair of shoes like this ever. It feels like a hybrid of a glove, slipper (as in ballet), and martial arts shoe, with the best of each rolled into one. And it became an instant recovery and wellness shoe for me.
The shoe is completely collapsible so I had to test it out. I rolled the shoe up from toe to heel in addition to twisting it left and right along the heel-to-toe axis – amazing flexibility. And it unrolled back to it normal shape flawlessly – no visible wrinkles or permanent folds remained.
The shoe weighed in at 6.2 ounces on my digital scales. But it sure feels lighter than that.
The outsole is a thin 6mm and allows even better ground feel than my VFF KSO! The air injection rubber used replicates skin elasticity (replicates the physical properties of human skin) and this technology is new and unique – I’m sure Andrew is patenting it
The uppers is made of a breathable air mesh and the shoe is designed to be worn without socks. No worries about sweaty feet. Worried about the toe box? The soft uppers and wide toe box accommodated my 2E wide feet with compression recovery socks – it has room to spare! The natural foot shape fit with a wide toe box makes the shoe complete.
The lacing system is comprised of a quick-release draw chord so you can put on or take off your shoes quickly and easily. This is actually better the easy slip-on like those on the New Balance Minimus Wellness or Zoot Ultra Speed because with the chord, you can get a better midfoot wrap and support. Tighten or loosen the laces depending on the activity you are performing.
There are no inserts and the stitching is seamless for barefoot wear. After walking for over 10 miles in the first two in these shoes, they do feel like an extension of your feet! I’ve since put in a lot more miles

There is no noticeable toe spring visible and if there is, the shoe is so soft and flexible that your toes have nothing to fight against. Your toes will splay and flex without restrictions.

Some closeups on the attention to details in the heel and uppers.
Here’s a video giving you a better view of the shoe than flat photographs. I took it while un-boxing the shoes.
STEM shoes also proudly incorporate the 3 R’s (Reduce, Recycle, Reuse) when it comes to being green and eco-conscious.  And they started decreasing their eco-footprint with reducing – less wasted material, less excess scrap, and elimination of unnecessary material altogether. They don’t use any leather (go vegan!) but only natural grown fibers.

Who are these shoes for?

It’s for everyone who wants to get back to their roots and feel the ground again. We have weakened our feet over time with traditional shoes and thus losing touch with one of our vital senses – proprioception, the outsole-to-insole-to brain sensory feedback system. STEM believes that by strengthening the muscles in your feet, you are inadvertently strengthening your entire body.

Fan Mail: Chris Mello

Posted by on 2/10/2011 to Shoe Reviews
Hi Andrew,

"My name is Chris Mello and when I found out you were a pole vaulter I just had to write to you. I love what you're doing with Stem Footwear. I was a pole vaulter in high school for two seasons and for a year and a half in college. I haven't vaulted very high. my PR was 14 feet in high school and I never bettered it in college.

"Great Toe" positioning

Posted by on 2/4/2011 to Shoe News
Correct Toes

The Great Toe, otherwise know as the Big Toe, is the centerpiece in so many foot functions.  Simply correcting the positioning of the Great Toe and giving the other toes space to splay can cure pain from plantar fasciitis to bunions, and neuropathology (numbness).
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