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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Shawn's 25 pairs of Vibram Five Fingers: Collect the Whole Set!

Shawn's 25 pairs of Vibram Five Fingers: Collect the Whole Set!
Shawn shows off his pile of Vibram Five Fingers — 25 pairs in total.
Shawn's 25 pairs of Vibram Five Fingers: Collect the Whole Set!
A huge collection of Vibram Five Fingers — 25 pairs in total, covering virtually every model ever produced.

Shawn is quite possibly the biggest Vibram Five Fingers fan I've encountered so far. Shawn got his 25th pair of VFFs, the black and orange KSOs, on Friday (Shawn tweeted it here or you could have seen his photo via VFF Now!).

Shawn's collection has grown large in an attempt to color coordinate outfits with his VFFs. His first pair was the orange/vapor Sprints, which he got off eBay back in early 2007 — unfortunately, in the wrong size, which is why he has two pairs in that color.

Here are some collection stats:

  • 7 pairs of Classics
  • 7 pairs of Sprints
  • 5 pairs of KSOs
  • 2 pairs of Flows
  • 2 pairs of Mocs
  • 1 pair of KSO Treks
  • 1 pair of Surges

Shawn's current favorite VFF style is the Moc, which Shawn finds "Perfect for bumming around the house." His least favorite? The Flows, which he finds too constricting on his toes: "[Flow Five Fingers] are very tight around the toes to the point where you can never 'forget you have them on.' But they are good for the winter months." And as for the Treks, "The jury's still out although they performed extremely well on my last hike of the season."

Incidentally, Shawn was one of the first VFF-fans to submit photos to BirthdayShoes way back in early May of this year.

With so many pairs of Five Fingers, it's got to be hard to decide on which ones to wear!

Tyler's First Half-Marathon in KSO Five Fingers

Tyler's First Half-Marathon in KSO Five Fingers
Tyler walks through a sneaker-shod crowd after completing his first half-marathon in Vibram Five Fingers.
Tyler's First Half-Marathon in KSO Five Fingers
Tyler stands before the San Antonio Rock'n'Roll Marathon & 1/2 sign post-race.

Tyler sent in the above photos taken after he completed his first half marathon in his KSO FiveFingers — the San Antonio Rock'n'Roll half:

I have been running since June in my Black KSOs. The pics were taken at the after race party in San Antonio at the Alamo Dome / Finishing Line of the San Antonio Half Marathon 2009.

I had people / runners talking to me throughout the run about my "crazy cool shoes". I overheard a couple of people saying, "Gosh, that guy is hard core running in those" which of course, is a perfect ego boost before taking on a quick 13.1 mile run.

I finished in 2:07 which wasn't great but not bad for my first.

I'm planning on doing another half in December, Dallas White Rock 1/2 Marathon as part of my training for a Marathon in my VFFs in early 2010.

Great website!

Nice times! And congrats on completing your first half-marathon "VFF-shod."

Flow Five Fingers "Lonely" at the Starting Line

Flow Five Fingers "Lonely" at the Starting Line
Robby's Flows were the only VFFs present at the starting line. Look at all those poor feet in overly cushioned high heeled sneakers!

Robby sent in a photo taken by his wife at the starting line of a recent 5K race. It seems Robby's Flow Five Fingers were the only VFFs accounted for at the race:

Hey, I ran a 5k a few weeks ago in my Flows and my wife took this picture as everyone was lining up at the starting line. I was the only one in VFFs so I was a little lonely but I am used to it. Living in South Alabama I don't see many people in them. Either way, I love my Flows!

Thanks for running a fun and informative website!

Glad to be of assistance — and if Five Fingers keep growing as they have been over the past three years, you might not be lonely for much longer!

Alika's Classic Vibram Five Fingers in Oahu, Hawaii

Alika's VFF-view from the Lanikai ridge in Kailua, Oahu, Hawaii.  Who wants to go to Hawaii?!
Alika's VFF-view from the Lanikai ridge in Kailua, Oahu, Hawaii. Who wants to go to Hawaii?!

Alika sent in the above photo taken overlooking the ocean in Vibram Five Fingers-view. Alika noted that this was his Classics first trek through dirt and rocks.

Looks beautiful! Just one more tantalizing photo of Hawaii. Gotta get out there at some point!

Thanks, Alika!

Sergey Brin, Billionaire, Innovator, Five Fingers Model

Who'd have thought that Google's up-and-coming operating system would be less exciting than Sergey's five-toed shoes? Well, some people around here might have guessed it. Yesterday Google made a big announcement about their Chrome OS and Sergey decided to sport his blue camouflage VFF KSOs!

This marks the second time Brin has been spotted sporting his blue camouflage KSO Five Fingers, the first time was when Brin was interviewed by John Batelle.

Yesterday's VFF modeling was first chronicled in the live Engadget Chrome OS Announcement post yesterday:

11:15AM Sergey Brin has stopped by. No rollerskates this time, but whatever he's got on it's feet, it's something else.

Of course they were referring to his VFF KSOs. Since then, we've seen VFF-centric posts about Brin's monkey shoes over at Gizmodo and Crunchgear.

Who cares about Chrome OS, anyway? Sergey Brin, Co-Founder of Google and one of the richest guys on the planet, wears Vibram Five Fingers!

Can you say, "Trendsetter?"

H/T to Michael, Bob, Steven, and Mike!

Maria Climbs to the South Arete Summit in her KSOs

Maria Coryell-Martin sits atop South Arete Summit, 7,807 ft, wearing her black KSO FiveFingers, which she used to climb to the top! Photo credit: Joel Reid
Maria Coryell-Martin sits atop South Arete Summit, 7,807 ft, wearing her black KSO FiveFingers, which she used to climb to the top! Photo credit: Joel Reid

Maria, an artist and VFF-fan who we've seen previously here on birthdayshoes, alerted me to a recent post on her site, Expeditionary Art, about her doing some technical climbing in her KSO Five Fingers with Injinji socks.

Here's what she had to say about the climb from her blog:

Last month I enjoyed a beautiful climb up the South Arete of the Early Winter Spires in the North Cascades. Though I love strolling in the high country, I don’t often do technical climbing. Thanks to my brother-in-law and climber extraordinaire Joel Reid for leading the adventure! Our climb was in mid-October and there was already a dusting of snow on the ground. While considering the 1.5 mile+ approach and climb, I opted to wear my KSO Vibram Five Fingers with a pair of Injinji socks. The shoes gave great traction and I was impressed how great my feet and knees felt at the end of the long day. As for the cold, as long I kept moving, I had no problems.

Quite am amazing view from the top. You can see Maria's black KSO VFFs up close here! Maria added that though the VFFs weren't "super sticky" on the technical climbs, she liked having her toes free!

Thanks for sharing, Maria!