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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VFF Joggling the Philadelphia Marathon with Joe Salter

Essential equipment for having a truly unique marathon experience: KSO Five Fingers and balls for joggling — an intriguing combination of running or jogging and juggling!
Essential equipment for having a truly unique marathon experience: KSO Five Fingers and balls for joggling — an intriguing combination of running or jogging and juggling!
Mid-race we see Joe juggling and running the Philadelphia Marathon!
Mid-race we see Joe juggling and running the Philadelphia Marathon!
Joe hit a new marathon PR of 3:31, joggling the race in his Five Fingers.
Joe hit a new marathon PR of 3:31, joggling the race in his Five Fingers.

I got the above photos from Joe Salter who recently ran the Philadelphia Marathon in his KSO Five Fingers joggling. Joggling is a combination of running and juggling and according to Wikipedia, "Jogglers say that the arm motions of juggling with three objects feels natural with the action and pace of jogging."

Joggling is a fascinating niche for runners and this is the first time I've heard of anyone running a marathon in Five Fingers while joggling.

Here's Joe on both joggling and the marathon:

On November 22nd, 2009 I "joggled" the entire 26.2 miles of the Philadelphia Marathon while wearing my VFF KSO's. Joggling is the fringe sport/activity that combines juggling and running/jogging. This was my 3rd marathon, but my first for joggling in the KSO's. I've been joggling in the VFF KSO's for around 3 months. For more information on joggling, go to: justyouraveragejoggler.com or my YouTube channel.

Race Highlights:

Set a PR finish time of 3:31 (15 minutes faster than my previous marathon in regular shoes with joggling, and 21 minutes faster than my first marathon in shoes without joggling)

I got questions and nice comments about the KSO's before the race; but during the race people only focused on the "joggling." Joggling kinda steals the attention from the VFF's during a race ...

Legs felt great joggling in the VFF KSO's. Met one other runner wearing KSO's during the race.

Three Jogglers (Two juggling three balls, and one juggling five balls) were in the full Marathon, thus setting a record for the most amount of jogglers in a marathon.

Best Regards,

Joe Salter
Pensacola, Florida

Way to be a VFF joggling pioneer, Joe! I wonder if joggling is starting to take off? Thanks for sharing your Five Fingers joggling experience with BirthdayShoes!

You can read more about Joe via this joggling interview he gave.

Finally, "Zataod" has a blogged dedicated to barefoot joggling. Check it out at Zen and the Barefoot Joggler.

Josh and Barrett Hike Ransom Canyon

Josh and Barrett hiked Ransom Canyon in Texas in their KSO Vibram Five Fingers.
Josh and Barrett hiked Ransom Canyon in Texas in their KSO Vibram Five Fingers.
Having conquered the canyon, Josh and Barret raise their VFF-shod feet into the air!
Having conquered the canyon, Josh and Barret raise their VFF-shod feet into the air!

Josh submitted the above photos of a recent hike at Ransom Canyon, which is near Lubbock, Texas. Josh hiked with his friend Barrett — they were sporting their Vibram Five Fingers KSO (Grey and Palm and Black, respectively).

No doubt the VFF-shod feet were loving such a gnarly terrain!

Matt Runs a Thanksgiving 5K in his Flow VFFs

Matt gets ready to race a 5K in his black Flow Five Fingers on Thanksgiving morning.
Matt gets ready to race a 5K in his black Flow Five Fingers on Thanksgiving morning.
Matt Runs a Thanksgiving 5K in his Flow VFFs
Looks like it was a foggy morning in Shelby, North Carolina!
Looks like it was a foggy morning in Shelby, North Carolina!

Matt emailed in the above photos taken this past Thursday morning: he ran a 5K in his Flow Five Fingers. Here's Matt:

Hey!!!

I ran a 5K in my VFF Flows on Thanksgiving morning in Shelby, North Carolina. Out of over 600 participants, I was the only one in VFFs! These pictures were taken by my mom and sister at the race. Finished with a decent time and had a great time running with everyone else in their sneakers!! Love these shoes for cold-weather running and I have a pair of Sprints for warmer running.

Thanks for having such a great site! I look at it all the time and it's great to have a website like this where all of us VFFers can see others with the same awesome shoes!

Sounds like you've got a nice one-two punch for year-round VFF running! It's not often we see Flows, so thanks for sharing!

And glad to be of assistance to the Five Fingers fan community!

Update: Matt sent in a couple few more photos from a hike he took earlier this year in his VFF Sprints:

Matt poses on a hike in the Appalachian Mountains near Boone, North Carolina!

I went on a day of hiking in the Appalachian Mountains up near Boone, NC (where i go to college.... Go App!!) with my family earlier this semester and enjoyed all of the beautiful scenery and great views in my VFF Sprints. I sure got some weird looks by people passing by and lots of questions about what the heck i had on my feet and why i would ever hike in them, including people from my own family!! It was a lot of fun and i can't wait for warmer weather to do it again soon!!
Enjoying the VFF-view!

Two sisters take a Vibram Five Fingers Road Trip

Ellyn and her sister took a "VFF Road Trip" to the Six Flags Great Adventure park in New Jersey!
Ellyn and her sister took a "VFF Road Trip" to the Six Flags Great Adventure park in New Jersey!
I wonder if you can press those Garmin GPS device buttons with your VFF-shod toes!
I wonder if you can press those Garmin GPS device buttons with your VFF-shod toes!
Getting your rubber toes wet in Classic Five Fingers.
Getting your rubber toes wet in Classic Five Fingers.
Look closely and you'll see two different pairs of VFF Classics at the Hersey Park.
Look closely and you'll see two different pairs of VFF Classics at the Hersey Park.
Ellyn and her sister also went to the Cedar Point amusement park in Ohio!
Ellyn and her sister also went to the Cedar Point amusement park in Ohio!

Ellyn (Who has previously been seen mini-golfin' here) sent in the above photos taken on a "VFF Road Trip" with her sister. Ellyn wrote:

This summer my sister and I took a Roller Coaster Road Trip from Wisconsin to Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey, Hershey Park in Pennsylvania, and Cedar Point in Ohio. We also spent an evening in Atlantic City to stroll down by the beach. We wore our VFF Classics at the parks each day and ended up with some pretty awesome VFF tan lines! We got so many comments and questions about our shoes that we created a little business card with information that we could hand out to people in the future. They come in very handy and have helped to make a few VFF converts!

Ellyn sent in an image of the aforementioned card:

Many folks in the Five Fingers fan community have considered making a card to pass on to inquiring minds.  Looks like Ellyn actually put one together!
Many folks in the Five Fingers fan community have considered making a card to pass on to inquiring minds. Looks like Ellyn actually put one together!

Looks like you two had a good time on the road!