Meet Lems Boulder, the "Barefoot Shoe" Boot

Meet Lems Boulder, the "Barefoot Shoe" Boot

I got good news from Andrew Rademacher, founder of upstart minimalist/barefoot shoe manufacturer Lems Shoes* ("Light. Easy. Minimal.") — the first batch of the much-anticipated Lems Shoes Boulder Boot are now available for order! I say "first batch" because it's only the first few hundred pairs of production (more to come, of course, within a few weeks).

The release of the Boulder boot marks the first of a new line of Lems hitting the market in 2013! What's so exciting about the Boulder? Aside from it being a "barefoot shoe boot" that is super lightweight, zero drop, minimally and flexibly soled, and a boot, well, what else is there to say? If you've had a pair of Andrew's barefoot shoes, you're expectations are likely through the roof for these boots. We've reviewed the first offering from Lems that hit back in 2011 — the Primal (see reviews here and here) and had nothing but good things to say.

Andrew has a pair of Boulders coming my way, so I hope to share more about it soon, but if you're eager to snatch up a pair without further adieu and want to know the scoop, read on!

UPDATE: I got the boots! If you want to jump straight to my full review of the Lems Boulder boot, go here!


The official Boulder Boot specs from Lems!

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An Introduction to ChiRunning®A Natural Running Form

Guest post by David Stretanski of EnerChi Fitness

In the fall of 2005, I was injured, frustrated and confused. Nagging injuries had affected my running program for over two years and I was running with the fear of my next setback. Then a fellow runner suggested I get this book called "ChiRunning". With the help of a few ChiRunning principles, I have been running injury free ever since while enjoying greater distance and speed with limited recovery. ChiRunning has also allowed a steady migration to less and less shoe over time as I improve technique.

ChiRunning ("chee-running") is incredibly simple. It applies some basic principles for a dramatic increase in efficiency while reducing discomfort, aches/pains and injury.

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Weekend Link Love 3/28/10

I'm mixing up how I've previously tracked new reviews of Vibram Five Fingers (As in, my "Latest Reviews" posts). Each week that goes by brings more and more reviews with it. As these reviews come in, I will be regularly updating this page:

Vibram Five Fingers Reviews 'round the Web

That way, anyone can find every review out there on Vibram Five Fingers in one place in an orderly fashion.

Meanwhile, on Sundays, so long as I can manage it, I'll post links to Vibram and natural/barefoot running related articles and reviews of note from around the web. The goal here is to point the VFF community to interesting stuff around the net. Therefore, if you find any articles that you think might interest the barefoot-powered community, drop me an email at justin at birthdayshoes dot com with a link and any relevant information about the article (quotes, thoughts, whatever). I can't promise I'll post everything submitted, but all submissions will get consideration!

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Vibram Five Fingers Reviews 'round the Web

Below is a comprehensive list of Vibram Five Fingers reviews found both here on Birthday Shoes or around the web. The list is organized by publish date (most recent being at the top) and VFF model.

This list is regularly updated. Note that reviews prior to 2009 have been discovered months after their original post date — if you are aware of a review that is not on this list, please contact the administrator! Also, if you find any links are broken, please let me know.

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Barefoot Running Ultramarathons: Possible? Of course!

Jason Robillard of Barefoot Running University demonstrates barefoot running on the trails in Michigan.
Jason Robillard of Barefoot Running University demonstrates barefoot running on the trails in Michigan.

Guest post by Jason Robillard, author and founder of the Barefoot Running University

Running ultramarathons ... barefoot? Is that even possible? Of course! Not only is it possible, I think it can give a runner a discernible advantage. Okay, so maybe you won't have to go completely barefoot. A good minimalist shoe may work just fine.

I'm a barefoot ultramarathon runner. I do wear minimalist shoes on occasion when conditions warrant. I ran a 100 mile ultra in September of 2009 (Hallucination 100 in Pinckney, Michigan) wearing a pair of Vibram KSOs. I've run a 50 miler barefoot and another in aqua socks (North Country Trail Run in Manistee, Michigan) I also teach people about barefoot and minimalist shoe running.

Okay, so you're ready to take the plunge. You decide you'd like to try one of these ultramarathons. If you are a barefoot or minimalist shoe runner, this likely causes a little trepidation. How do you prepare for such a long distance with so little protection on your feet? What variables will your footwear decisions affect?

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More Scuttlebutt on the Seamless, Podded, FiveFingers Bikila

Ville shows off his pre-production FiveFingers Bikila.  While not the final version, this photo makes clear the seamless upper design, which VFF fan Orlin recently confirmed via a third party source who met directly with Vibram.
Ville shows off his pre-production FiveFingers Bikila. While not the final version, this photo makes clear the seamless upper design, which VFF fan Orlin recently confirmed via a third party source who met directly with Vibram.

Orlin, BirthdayShoes forum member and blogger at the Disencumbered athlete, relayed information that both confirms and adds to our understanding regarding the upcoming Vibram FiveFingers Bikila design. Here is what Orlin was able to share:

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