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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Woolby Slipper-Sock Cashmere "Boots" Review

Woolby Slipper-Sock Cashmere "Boots" Review

The founder of Woolby & Co, an eco-friendly footwear company you'll find over at Etsy, reached out a couple months back to talk to me about her reclaimed cashmere and suede slipper boots. She sent me a pair of the men's slipper sock boots (these guys).

I've become a huge fan of a good pair of slippers. My go-to for the past three years has been the Soft Star Roo (reviewed here almost three years ago!) — these guys are still going strong! And then there are the Padraig Cottage Slippers, which are also amazing and still make their way onto my feet on a routine basis.

I spent Thanksgiving up in the mountains and found the perfect opportunity to give the Woolbys a solid run on my feet. Today I'll be sharing how they fared!

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Earth Runners Alpha X and Circadian X Running Sandals Review

Earth Runners Alpha X and Circadian X Running Sandals Review

For the last month, I have been testing out two of the latest sandals from Earth Runners: The Alpha X with leather laces and the Circadian X with leather laces and conductive inserts.

They are some of the most handsome-looking huaraches on the market and they feature a unique lacing and strap system that allows for a slightly more secure fit than many other running sandals.

Read on for my review on the Alpha X and Circadian X (as well as for a limited-time coupon code!)!

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VivoBarefoot Early Black Friday Doorbuster Sale

VivoBarefoot Early Black Friday Doorbuster Sale

It's that time of year again—no, not talking about Thanksgiving—but rather the retail holiday du jour: Black Friday is a week away. At least one online retailer is trying to woo customers via a flash, one-day "early access" Black Friday sale (Say that five times fast!)

Outdoor gear site LeftLane Sports just launched a 24 hour only sale on Vivo Barefoot shoes that includes a large variety of Vivos shoes--if you can find your size! They're dubbing it an "early access" Black Friday sale and I have to say—it is delivering. Case in point: you can get the original Gobis for about $51 and The One is $52!

If you're not a member of LeftLane use my invite to sign up so you can get $10 credit off your first purchase over $50. Orders over $75 also get free shipping. Shipping aside, if you're new, that means you could pick up the original Gobis for $41 after using your credit. That is a steal.

Links to the sale:

Becoming a "member" of LeftLane is as simple as providing basic info (name/email). There are no strings attached (no fees to join) other than the fact you'll get emails about future upcoming sales—but you can quit the email list at any time.

If you can't find your size, go ahead and join for your $10 credit and keep an eye on future sales—Vivos tend to pop up periodically! Alternatively, you can hunt down some other minimalist shoes at LeftLane: Vibrams | Altras | New Balances | Inov-8s ]

Good luck!

(Cross-posted to BirthdayShoes Deals! If you know of a deal, let me know!)