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.

Read on for my full review — and a 15% off coupon!

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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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Luna Premium Mono Huaraches Sandals Review

Luna Premium Mono Huaraches Sandals Review

Back in May of this year Luna Sandals, the huaraches-making company founded by "Barefoot" Ted McDonald launched a "premium" huaraches sandal offering in two American Bison leather-laced and soled colorways—dark and milk chocolate, respectively. As someone who has been looking to round out my summer-barefoot-wear options with a Birkenstock-like minimalist sandal, the Premium Mono Lunas immediately caught my eye.

Mind, at $125/pair, the Mono Premium is hardly a misnomer. These bad boys aren't cheap, but I bought a pair (believe it or not) to wear and review here on BirthdayShoes.

Did the Mono Premiums deliver? You'll have to read on to find out.

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Lems Boulder Boot — Now in Black!

Lems Boulder Boot — Now in Black!

About a year ago Lems Footwear debuted their Boulder boot, which we reviewed in detail here.

Well, it's over a year later now (boy does time fly!) and I'm happy to share a few photos (Thanks to Lems sending me a pair!) of the all-BLACK, 100% Nylon (and 100% Vegan if that's your thing!) Boulder Boot. Check it out:

As I've already gone into exhaustive detail about the Boulder elsewhere, I'm primarily interested in just sharing the aesthetic of these boots. Being all nylon and black, they have a certain military-esque feel to them (to my eye). At the same time, the black Boulders remind me of Seattle grunge (e.g. Google image search).

If you're after a black minimalist boot, the Boulders are worth a look. They run about $115 and I size into a 45, which is a surprising insomuch as my VFF size is typically a 43 and my VivoBarefoot size a 44 (usually). Lems' handy-dandy sizing print-out (here, PDF) should eliminate sizing issues though.

If you've got any questions about them, happy to answer! And if I had to pick between the brown Boulders or the black Boulders, I'd go black! They're just sorta edgy and distinctive. But then again, both will work just fine with a flannel shirt (wink!).

Lems Boulder Boot — Now in Black!