Trek Ascent Insulated Vibram FiveFingers Review

Trek Ascent Insulated Vibram FiveFingers Review

Vibram’s Trek Ascent Insulated is a fantastic variant of the Trek Ascent for a variety of winter activities. Featuring a wool sockliner that does a fantastic job keeping you warmer than you would expect from a toed shoe, the Ascent Insulated is great for snowy runs, and this new model just might be the most comfortable shoe that Vibram has ever created.

Read on for the full review!

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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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