VIVOBAREFOOT Stealth II Review

VIVOBAREFOOT Stealth II Review

It's been almost two years since my last post here on BirthdayShoes. Reason being that I've transitioned almost completely to barefoot living. Or, at most, a pair of light running sandals. I mean, I'm no barefoot activist. I'm not going to be that person that goes into a grocery store barefoot and makes a scene about it just because.

Anyway. What I'm saying is that I can't really do shoe reviews if I'm rarely wearing shoes anymore. My last post was a review of not having shoes, for chrissakes. And if I do a shoe review, those poor shoes have their work cut out for them. Because they'll have to convince me that they're better than barefoot now.

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Vivo Barefoot Porto vs Soft Star Shoes Hawthorne Chukka (Comparison)

Vivo Barefoot Porto vs Soft Star Shoes Hawthorne Chukka (Comparison)

Time for a comparison update!

As a supplement to my review for the Soft Star Shoes Hawthorne, I will be adding additional thoughts on the shoe and a comparison with another handcrafted leather chukka, the Vivobarefoot Porto (That's a link to Justin's review). Given the similarity of the two shoes, I decided it was time for me to grab my blazer, lace up, and do a dress shoe shoot off.

Read on to hear my thoughts and a verdict on which leather dress chukka gets my recommendation!

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Topo Athletic Tribute and Fli-Lyte Reviews

Topo Athletic Tribute and Fli-Lyte Reviews

Topo Athletic recently released two new models of running shoes. They sent both pairs my way for the purpose of putting them through the paces and seeing what I thought! So that's what we'll be doing today — reviewing the Topo Tribute and the Topo Fli-Lyte

The Topo Tribute is, in my opinion, the flagship running shoe of the Topo lineup with one of the most breathable uppers in existence and a flexible 16mm zero drop sole for new runners looking to up their mileage or transitioning runners moving into minimalism.

The Fli-Lyte is a laced version of the BOA-equipped Runduros that provides a lot of protection and stability for trails and inexperienced shod runners. It does not really fall into the minimalist shoe category, but has its merits for the right audience.

Read on to hear my thoughts on the Tribute and Fli-Lyte!

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Soft Star Shoes Hawthorne Chukka Review

Soft Star Shoes Hawthorne Chukka Review

The Hawthorne from Soft Star Shoes is their latest flagship chukka for casual wear. It was just released about a week ago and is now available on Soft Star's site!

The Hawthorne has beautiful leather throughout, excellent workmanship, and a durable Vibram Geo sole (that can be re-soled) that is great for casual minimalist shoe enthusiasts.

Soft Star sent me a pair of the Hawthorne Chukkas to test and review, and now that I've put some miles in them, I'm ready to share what I think!

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TheClymb VivoBarefoot Sale!

TheClymb VivoBarefoot Sale!

Flash Sale site The Clymb has VivoBarefoots on sale today. Their stock includes everything from the original Gobi to the Gobi II, the Freud II, The One, Stealth, and one or two others. The discounts vary but I see the Gobi at about 35% off.

If you're not familiar with The Clymb, you'll first want to sign-up, which is free and gets you on their list to:

a) receive emails about their latest sales (you can quit this at any time), and
b) invite other people and get Clymb credit when friends join and buy something ($10 of credit for you and for them per referral).

Go check out the sale if you're a member or join if you aren't!

Shamma Sandals Old Goat Huaraches Review

Shamma Sandals Old Goat Huaraches Review

Shamma Sandals makes a quality huarache-styled sandal that is built on Vibram sole materials and is styled in various lacing/upper configurations. It's in the same league as other minimalist sandals manufacturers like Luna Sandals.

BirthdayShoes readers know Jarvis has been a big fan of Shamma Sandals for awhile now (Reviews | Shamma Classic All Browns Shamma Mountain Goats Shamma Jerusalem Cruisers and Warriors) but up until early May when Josh (Shamma Founder) reached out to have me try out one of Shamma's newest designs, did I get a chance to see what all the fuss was about.

So it went that I got a pair of Shamma Sandals Old Goats — just in time for summer — to test and review, which is what I"ll be doing today!

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