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About the Author — I founded BirthdayShoes.com in April 2009 on realizing just how much I enjoyed having "free feet" - I mostly wanted to use them for weights, sprints, and plyometrics (I'm not much of a runner!). I'm a Googler by day and minimalist footwear aficionado by night; you can find me 'round Atlanta. If you want to catch up with what I'm doing outside of the site here, follow me on twitter @bdayshoes or @justinno or check out my personal site JustinOwings.com.
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The Great BirthdayShoes Garage Clean-up

I often tell people: careful what you decide to blog about; it might become your life. It's tongue-in-cheek but truthfully, I never thought creating BirthdayShoes going on 8 years ago that I'd become the Al Bundy of barefoot shoes, but well, that… more »

Review Lems Mariner 2 (updated!) - Barefoot Boat Shoe

Review Lems Mariner 2 (updated!) - Barefoot Boat Shoe
Review Lems Mariner 2 (updated!) - Barefoot Boat Shoe
I love Lems Shoes. My 9to5s continue to be a staple in my closet. Many months back (now) Andrew sent me a pair of the updated version of the Lems Mariner to test and review. Long-time readers might remember I had highly positive things to say about the… more »

TheClymb VivoBarefoot Sale!

TheClymb VivoBarefoot Sale!
TheClymb VivoBarefoot Sale!
Flash Sale site The Clymb has VivoBarefoots on sale today. Their stock includes everything from the original Gobi to the Gobi II, the Freud II, The One, Stealth, and one or two others. The discounts vary but I see the Gobi at about 35% off. If you're… more »

Shamma Sandals Old Goat Huaraches Review

Shamma Sandals Old Goat Huaraches Review
Shamma Sandals Old Goat Huaraches Review
Shamma Sandals makes a quality huarache-styled sandal that is built on Vibram sole materials and is styled in various lacing/upper configurations. It's in the same league as other minimalist sandals manufacturers like Luna Sandals. BirthdayShoes… more »

Vivo Barefoot Drake Review

Vivo Barefoot Drake Review
Vivo Barefoot Drake Review
Once upon a time Vivo Barefoot made a shoe called the Oak. The Oak had a Wallaby-esque look to it and to this day is still in my regular shoe rotation (no small feat!). But the Oak was discontinued awhile ago, which left (to my thinking) a bit of a… more »