Vibram FiveFingers CVT Hemp Review

Vibram FiveFingers CVT Hemp Review

Earlier this year Vibram released the CVT Hemp—a FiveFingers model that was an alternative to the 2013-introduced CVT LS. The whole CVT thing stands for "convertible" due to the original CVT LS allowing you to flip the heel of the CVT LS flat and make them slip-on toe shoes. (You can check out the CVT LS on Vibram's site here.)

I never reviewed the CVT LS as I just never got into wearing them* but I've found the CVT Hemp to be a solid five-toed pair of shoes, by comparison. The CVT sole is a super lightweight and flexible minimalist sole that has a lot to offer for FiveFingers fans and the hemp upper lends a snug but comfortable, casual look to these VFFs.

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Review VI-B Vibram FiveFingers

Review VI-B Vibram FiveFingers

I stumbled across the VI-B this spring while looking for a new pair of trail paws – and instantly fell in love. Having said that, the VI-B is everything but a trail shoe! It is light and thin and delicate and sylphlike and, to say it with Vibram’s words, simply elegant!

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VivoBarefoot Porto Review

VivoBarefoot Porto Review
The VivoBarefoot handcut desert boot Porto.

When I first saw VivoBarefoot's new line of "Handcut" shoes, I immediately wanted to try them out. However, given they were only initially released abroad, it took some time to get a chance, so I was pretty excited when Vivo offered to send me a pair of their desert boot Porto to test and review.

While striking in their simple construction of premium leather and dressy by extension, the Porto's initial on-foot experience wasn't surprisingly stark. I've come to grow into these desert boots and they offer something different that you just might like.

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Shamma Sandals Mountain Goats Review

Shamma Sandals Mountain Goats Review

For the past three weeks, I have been enjoying the latest offering from Shamma Sandals: The Mountain Goat. This model provides the most protection of any other Shamma Sandal and is aimed at rough-terrain hiking and running.

If you are new to Shamma, I previously reviewed the Shamma Sandals Jerusalem Cruisers and Warriors. I absolutely loved those so I was happy to review the latest product from Josh Stiles and his buddies at Shamma Sandals.

This is an exclusive first review of the Mountain Goats for birthdayshoes.com. Read on!

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Exodus XO Heroes Sandals Review

Exodus XO Heroes Sandals Review

About a year ago I reviewed the Exodus XO minimalist sandal from Exodus Sandals. In that review, I noted that, "One thing I'd like to experience with the Exodus is a foamier Vibram sole—perhaps something like the Luna Leadville. Why? Well, mostly for a little bit more of a plush ride for all-day wear."

Ryan, the founder of Exodus, must have had a similar idea because earlier this summer, he crafted another XO for me to test and review on BirthdayShoes. With an exclusive first-review, may I present the Exodus XO Heroes!

The pair I'll be reviewing today feature a grippy, 10mm Vibram Newflex sole that is lightweight, transmits a great deal of groundfeel, and provides just enough "cush" for all-day wear. What more, the XO Heroes I'm reviewing were outfitted with a deerskin footbed!

How'd the fare? Want to know more? Well, you're going to have to read on!

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Unshoes Pah Tempe (Summer 2014 Update) Review

Unshoes Pah Tempe (Summer 2014 Update) Review

Over the last three weeks, I have been lucky enough to put the latest version of Unshoes' Pah Tempe sandals through their paces through a variety of activities and environments and presently believe they have crafted THE BEST minimalist running sandal currently on the market. If you are passionate about minimalist/barefoot running, you have to check these out.

This is an exclusive first review for BirthdayShoes.com! Read on!

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