Great boot, too soft sole
Very close to the perfect minimalist boot. I love the Lems last, the best minimalist last on the market, particularly the generous forefoot/toe height. Great forefoot room, no pushing in on big toe or little toe.
Theses boots are great looking, not my highest priority, but we've all known that minimalist shoes could look great and meet 100% of our functional requirements. It's nice that someone made that happen.
Some have commented that the sole is too thick, but for Boston winters we need at least this thickness. In cold weather you learn quick that most of the cold comes up from contact with frozen pavement/ground.
I have 2 cons: 1) The sole is pretty squishy. To me this is not minimal. A minimal sole should be relatively hard to accurately transmit ground forces. I know a lot of minimal enthusiasts disagree with me, but I would strongly prefer a significantly harder sole. 2) Over winter (bought in Fall 2014) boot developed quite a few frayed/loose threads.
Wish list: A true winter boot: waterproof from the ankle down, 5mm thicker sole, and double the insulation in the forefoot (but without losing space in forefoot). I would pay significantly extra for this.
Reviewed by: Gregory from Newton, MA.