Topo Athletic ST Review

Topo Athletic ST Review

Topo Athletic (“ToPo” is short for Tony Post, the founder of the company and former Vibram CEO and former Vice President of Product and Marketing at Rockport) first launched their brand about two years ago with a Tabi-informed, split-toe design built on a lightweight, minimalist-minded platform (See the Topo M-RR review).

Fast forward a bit and Topo iterated on their design, releasing new models that dropped the split-toe while keeping other tenets of the Topo vision—things like lightweight materials and an anatomically-minded last. One of those models was the Topo ST, and that's what I'll be reviewing today. Read on!

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ZEM U Cross Ninja/Split Toe

ZEM U Cross Ninja/Split Toe

Prior to year-end I was able to try the latest trainer split toe from ZEM GEAR, the U Cross Ninja/Split Toe.

I believe this shoe is fantastic for those getting into minimalist running and want to hone their form, while enjoying the benefits of a split toe design. They are very comfortable, provide a nice wide toebox, very lightweight, and feature an eye-catching design.

Read on for my thoughts on the Zem U Cross Ninja/Split Toe from ZEM GEAR!

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Feelmax Niesa 3 and Panka 2 Review

Above, photoed, are the Feelmax Panka 2 (left) and Niesa 3 (right)
Above, photoed, are the Feelmax Panka 2 (left) and Niesa 3 (right)

I recently got the chance to test out the Feelmax Niesa 3 and Panka 2 running shoes and today I'll be sharing a full review of both.

What makes these shoes special is that they may be the lightest, thinnest running shoes in the world (at 2.7 oz and 1.3mm thick for the Niesa!) and are the closest thing to running barefoot that I have ever experienced while wearing a shoe.

Read on for just what makes these barefoot shoes—ones you might call Marty McFly's fantasy elf shoes from the future—great!

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Lems Nine2Five Shoes Dress Up with Mocha!

Lems Nine2Five Shoes Dress Up with Mocha!
The Lems Nine2Five "Mocha" provides a dark-brown soled option for the Nine2Five work line that will fit right in at a business casual work environment.

I'm a big fan of what Lems has brought to the minimalist footwear world. Men's Lems shoes we've reviewed include the Primal 2, the Mariner, the Boulder Boot, and of course, the Nine2Five and the thread that runs through all these reviews is comfort and style.

The Nine2Five previously only existed as either a classic Black (photo) or a "Coffee & Cream" (brown leather, cream-soled colorway—photo). Lots of photos of both can be found here. Well, Lems just added a new colorway to the line.

Meet the Mocha! The Mocha takes the deep brown leather upper and pairs it with a dark brown sole, giving those of us who'd like a Nine2Five with a more conservative look an option for everyday work wear!

While I've loved my Coffee&Creams and worn them with everything from selvedge denim to khaki, brown, and even green chinos, I'd always wondered if the creamy sole of the Coffee & Cream kept them from being appropriately conservative for many office environments.

If you've wanted a pair of Lems Nine2Fives that suit your office fashion, here ya go! Head over to Lems and pick up a pair and let me know what you think.

Soft Star Portlander Review

Soft Star Portlander Review

The Soft Star Portlander is a newer design from Soft Star Shoes, which is based on their popular Dash RunAmoc style (Jarvis recently reviewed the RunAmoc Dash here). The Portlander features the same upper style, but the major and most obvious change is the way the upper is attached to the sole. The shoe uses a stitch-down technique to create a lip around the edge of the sole. That simple change complements the look of the Dash with a bit more casual style.

With an entirely different sole, the Portlander adds a familiar but distinct feel and style to the Soft Star lineup and has quickly become one of my favorite shoes. Read on for my full review!

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Gladsoles Original and Trail Huaraches Review

Gladsoles Original and Trail Huaraches Review

The Gladsoles Original and Trail running sandals are lightweight, very comfortable, and versatile huaraches that can pretty much handle anything you throw at them. Custom-made from tracings of your foot and made in the USA, they are what I consider to be the very best self-tied running sandals currently on the market. If you are a minimalist or barefoot enthusiast, you have to check them out!

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