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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Josh hikes in the Brazil countryside in his KSO FiveFingers

Josh went exploring the Brazilian countryside in his Vibram Five Fingers.
Josh went exploring the Brazilian countryside in his Vibram Five Fingers.
What a beautiful view from the highest point around Taquaritinga do Norte, Brazil!
What a beautiful view from the highest point around Taquaritinga do Norte, Brazil!
Josh, with the assistance of Livia, models his KSO FiveFingers-clad foot.
Josh, with the assistance of Livia, models his KSO FiveFingers-clad foot.
Hey Justin,

I arrived in Brazil a few weeks ago and took my five fingers on a hike with a friend in the interior of northeast Brazil.

I put on my five fingers KSO and got ahold of my best friend Lívia for a hike in the trails of northeast Brazil. We started off in a small town called Taquaritinga do Norte, about 130 miles from the coast. In this area, most locals live off ranching and agriculture. We hiked to the highest point in the region which some use as a launching spot for hang-gliding. From the mountain peak we could see the city far below. And of course, I took the opportunity to show off my five fingers. Many people asked me if they will ever be made available abroad. I can’t answer them for sure, but they do like talking about these unique looking shoes.

Josh

We've previously seen Josh hiking Ransom Canyon. Looks like he's still putting his KSOs to good use!

As for when VFFs will be more available worldwide—it's anyone's guess. I hope sooner rather than later!

Patrick slides and sleds in KSO Treks and then goes "snowfooting"

Patrick demonstrates some cold-weather VFF-style a la KSO Treks!
Patrick demonstrates some cold-weather VFF-style a la KSO Treks!
At an Ice Exhibit in Dallas, Patrick rides down an icy slide!
At an Ice Exhibit in Dallas, Patrick rides down an icy slide!
Wait a second!  Shouldn't Patrick be the one pushing here?  Between ice slides and driveway ice-sledding, Patrick is having a good time in his VFFs!
Wait a second! Shouldn't Patrick be the one pushing here? Between ice slides and driveway ice-sledding, Patrick is having a good time in his VFFs!
This is "snowfooting," as Patrick calls it.  I call it "cold feet!"
This is "snowfooting," as Patrick calls it. I call it "cold feet!"

Above, a wintry update by way of photos from Patrick (forums @linuxracr | blogged previously) who is enjoying his KSO Treks (and bare feet) during a random snow in Dallas, as well as going down an ice slide:

As it doesn't snow much in Dallas, Texas, I was quite surprised to see it coming down on Christmas Eve. We were at the Gaylord Texan resort to see the Ice Exhibit, and I ended up going down the slide in my Treks ... As they keep it really cold in there, my toes were numb, and I needed a couple of cups of hot chocolate to warm me up again!

When I got home, I also took the opportunity to do something I've always wanted to do: SNOWFOOTING!!

And of course, the last collage shows Patrick being the kid who is sledding down the driveway. Hopefully you guys took turns!

Jason KSO Trek Trail-Running in Austin

Jason runs at a local trail in Austin in his Vibram KSO Trek Five Fingers.  He's giving his feet a nice impromptu massage on those rocks!
Jason runs at a local trail in Austin in his Vibram KSO Trek Five Fingers. He's giving his feet a nice impromptu massage on those rocks!

Jason (birthdayshoes forum member jcarneytx) recently posted a few photos showing off his Five Fingers KSO Treks in action on Ken's Trail in Austin, Texas.

Gotta love the mid-air photos — you're looking might nimble there, Jason!

Eric's first trail run in KSO 5 Fingers in Houston

Eric takes his brand new black and orange KSO FiveFingers for an introductory spin in a local Houston trail.  Nothing like a good mud coating to break them in!
Eric takes his brand new black and orange KSO FiveFingers for an introductory spin in a local Houston trail. Nothing like a good mud coating to break them in!
Justin -

Love the site. Got my V5s for christmas after my wife wouldn't let me open them for weeks. I'd been running barefoot in the gym on the indoor track for a few weeks getting ready. Took them out for a 5K on Christmas day, came back with the dreaded fore-arch blisters. Nothing a little duct tape couldn't handle.

The attached pic was taken just after my first trail run in the KSOs at Memorial Park in Houston, right before I hosed them down at the dog/bike wash.

The last mile on the loop is on a fire-road on the utility / rail easement. Over the last several wet months, parts of the road have become virtually impassible in shoes due to standing water/ruts. The KSOs, with a little trepidation of what broken, improvised former water crossing materials may lurk beneath the brackish surface, took the mud in stride.

Also, I should add that I was initially a little bummed that I didn't think my Suunto Footpod would attach to the KSOs. Even though that kind of telemetry goes against the barefoot/minimalist grain, I considered writing Vibram to request they add some kind of fabric loop to the top of the shoe in future models. But then, after some experimenting, I realized that you can simply velcro the holder clip into place when fastening the shoe, and then snap the pod in over that. Voila! Metrics On!

Keep up the good work.

Eric

Eric, good to hear you finally got to experience the wonderful world of Five Fingesr. And glad you braved the muddy road and made it safely to the other side. Mud can make for interesting experiences in VFFs (e.g. mud surfing!).

Also, good to hear you figured out how to make your Suunto Footpod work with your strap. Others have used similar methods for attaching the Nike sensor.

Travis hikes Loan Peak in Northern Utah (11K feet up) in his KSO FiveFingers

The view from 11,000 feet off of Lone Peak in the Wasatch Mountains of northern Utah a la Travis' KSO FiveFingers.
The view from 11,000 feet off of Lone Peak in the Wasatch Mountains of northern Utah a la Travis' KSO FiveFingers.

Justin,

Having been an admirer of birthdayshoes.com for some time, I finally found a VFF pic from this summer that I wanted to share. On the 4th of July 2009, my brother and I hiked Lone Peak in the Wasatch Mountains of northern Utah. At 11,253 feet, it's among the tallest peaks in the Wasatch range. This picture was taken on my phone from just below the summit looking west towards Salt Lake Valley.

Some fellow hikers spotted my VFFs and flipped out, as is customary. But as we spoke, another hiker passed us with a pair of Sprints attached to his backpack. He had elected not to wear them due to the snow. VFFs are definitely gaining in popularity here, and my local running store has had difficulty keeping them in stock.

I love wearing my KSOs hiking and running. On this particular hike, nothing felt better as I scrambled over the huge granite boulders near the top than wearing VFFs. They were grippy and just a lot of fun to have on.

Thanks for your work on the site,
Travis

Looks like quite a view from the top, Travis. Glad you're having so much fun in your FiveFingers, not to mention braving some chilly altitudes and snow in them!

Thanks for sharing!

Seret runs a Marathon in VFF Sprints and Surfs Mud while trail running in her KSOs!

Seret sent in the above photos (montage-ified) showing off her marathon finish in VFF Sprints and her muddy trail running in her blue camo KSOs.
Seret sent in the above photos (montage-ified) showing off her marathon finish in VFF Sprints and her muddy trail running in her blue camo KSOs.
Hi Justin

I can't believe it's almost eight months since I first bought my KSOs. In that time I've completed two marathons. One in June (which I ran in my old trainers) and one in December in my new Sprints! My finish time improved by 30 minutes.

My husband continues to wear his blue KSOs during strength training and also while out & about. He was able to get the KSO Treks when I purchased my Sprints in Northern Washington. I am so very jealous.

Although it's wet and muddy here I continue to run the local trails. While I'm anxious for the smaller sized Treks to come out next year I am proud to say - I've slipped down hill in the mud a few times but have yet to fall. It's almost like surfing down the mud!

Wearing FiveFingers has improved my balance for sure. I love these shoes!

Keep up the great site!
Seret

We've seen Seret and her husband donning matching KSOs before (here). It is good to see they are both still putting them their VFFs to good use. Congrats on your marathon time!

Anyone else experienced "mud surfing" in their KSOs? I distinctly remember a major mud bust while trail running here in Atlanta in my KSOs. The Treks have fared better though.

Thanks for sharing, Seret!