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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Sergey Brin has blue camo KSO VFFs

This guy will come onstage in 20 guess who he is? #w2s on TwitpicJohn Battelle (@JohnBattelle) recently interviewed Sergey Brin, Co-Founder of Google, at the 2009 Web 2.0 Summit. Prior to the interview, Battelle tweeted a pic with the caption "This guy will come onstage in 20 guess who he is? #w2s." The answer, of course, was Sergey Brin. And below is a video of that interview where Battelle's first question is about Sergey's "shoes" (The other 16 minutes are interesting interview material if you're into Google and Web 2.0, but up to you if you want to watch that!):

Apparently, Sergey has had his blue camo KSO fivefingers for awhile now but recently sprained his ankle while playing Ultimate Frisbee in cleats. So he was wearing his VFFs for comfort. Battelle's comment, "Those are just ... freaky."

Cool!

H/T Nikola for alerting me to this video!

Admin note: Been away for the past few days in the Smoky Mountains so apologies to those who've sent in photos and stories — I'm not ignoring you and will get things back on track in the next day or so! — Justin

Latest Vibram Five Fingers Reviews 10/25/09

This past week's latest Vibram FiveFingers reviews:

  • Vibram Five Fingers KSO early review at Andy Oakley [KSO]:

    The idea definitely appealed but I held a few reservations: will they rub against my feet, what happens when they get wet, how will they handle rocky ground, walking on hard surfaces like concrete, smell and maintenance. I’ve been pleasantly surprised. The fit is ideal, no complaints there, even when wet. Crossing rocky ground is a little interesting, you definitely feel everything although jumping onto small rocks is probably to be avoided. That said, the hike up to Rattlesnake Ledge today was easy and the lighter weight is definitely noticable on climbs. Concrete and other surfaces are a bit less forgiving and I would probably worry about my knees over time. So far, I haven’t have enough time to comment on how the hold up over time.

See last week's Latest 5 Fingers reviews here.

Allan "Survives" a Race through Edinburgh, Scotland in VFF Classics

Allan "Survives" a Race through Edinburgh, Scotland in VFF Classics
Allan is pictured here alongside his team before the "Survival of the Fittest" 10K race through Edinburgh, Scotland.

In the mailbag this week comes an email from VFFer Allan who recently partook in a very unusual 10K race through Edinburgh, Scotland. The race was a mixture of running and running through, around, or over various obstacles. Allan completed the race in his grey and orange Classic FiveFingers.

Here is Allan's account of the wily race through Edinburgh:

Hi Justin,

First of all, I love your website! Birthdayshoes is brilliant to find out about other fivefigner wearers and what they get up to, as well as finding out about all the latest news.

Last sunday, I took part in the final challenge of a three part "survival of the fittest" running event in Edinburgh, Scotland wearing my grey fivefingers classics ... The run was 10km through the centre of Edinburgh, but this was no ordinary run, as several “challenges” tested the runners throughout.

The race began on the historic Royal Mile, which connects Edinburgh Castle & the Scottish parliment. One hundred meters down from the start line, runners had to clamber over a series of hay bail walls, before continuing down the narrow side streets & stairwells of the Old Town before reaching 'Jacob's Ladder' – three hundred narrow steep steps connecting the city's lower level with it's upper level. Soon after this came the climb up Calton Hill, a one hundred meter elevation that forms part of Edinburgh's former volcanic landscape. A combination of stepped & off-road track led the runners to their next challenge – an army assault course comprising cargo net climbs, rope swings, monkey bars & crawling under cargo nets.

Runners then received a welcome aid as the course flowed back down the hill, down 'Jacob's Ladder' & back into the Old Town, where runners met their next unique challenge – a short clamber through two wrecked cars (in the boot, out through the front window).

The next couple of kilometers offered the nearest thing to a conventional running race, although contenders still had to deal with the undulating nature of the city. After a short time, runners arrived at the centrepiece of Edinburgh's volcanic iconography, Arthur's Seat, where the runners enjoyed a brief moment of fun with a thirty foot water slide down the hillside.

The next challenges took runners through artificial spiders webs & a 'wall of water' provided courtesy of two of Edinburgh's fire engines and their hoses. A five hundred meter long sub-terrain disused railway tunnel took runners further towards their finish line, leading runners toward Edinburgh's night life centre, the Cowgate. Here, runners had to navigate a comical tribute to the city's current bain – a building site, complete with rock climbs, blockade hurdles and a trek up and down a four-storey derelict building. Runners then faced a sharp uphill climb back to the Royal Mile where the next (inflatable) assault course brought a smile to some tired faces. Heading back through the Cowgate, runners approaching the finish had to navigate a series of skilful Parkour challenges before entering the finishing straight – or so runners thought...

An unwelcome route diversion took runners one hundred meters up the side of The Mound, a volcanic throne for Edinburgh Castle, before competitors raced down to the finishing line to face an eight foot wall – get over by any means necessary. The finishing line followed to mark a memorable and challenging ten kilometer run .

I completed the race in a team of six, wearing my grey VFF classics (with socks for comfort). This was the first time I've run any significant distance in my VFFs, but i thoroughly enjoyed it (except for the sharp rocks in the building site :( ). Without any prior training for the event and with several stops to wait for some of the other fifteen hundred contenders to pass through, I finished in a reasonable time of 1 hour 15 minutes (normally a slow time for 10k, but given the circumstances I am satisfied). I will certainly be trying more events like this in my VFFs!

Thanks very much,

Allan

Sounds like it was quite a wild 10K! I'm impressed that you managed it so quickly, particularly given it was your first race in FiveFingers. It's also good to know your VFFs managed such an adventurous obstacle course with ease (sharp rocks aside)!

Thanks for sharing with us, Allan!

"Barefoot" Michael Camps in Sprint Five Fingers

"Barefoot" Michael Camps in Sprint Five Fingers
"Barefoot" Michael goes camping in his FiveFinger Sprints.
"Barefoot" Michael Camps in Sprint Five Fingers
Ah the acorn — Fall is here at last.
"Barefoot" Michael Camps in Sprint Five Fingers
Can you manage a rocky creekbed in VFFs? If you don't mind a free foot massage, then yes!
"Barefoot" Michael Camps in Sprint Five Fingers
VFFs by the campfire make keeping your tootsies warm all the easier (Just don't melt the rubber soles)!
"Barefoot" Michael Camps in Sprint Five Fingers
Michael takes off his VFFs for some barefoot time!

"Barefoot" Michael sent in the above photos of a recent camping trip he took to Wallace State Park, Cameron, Missouri. Here's Michael on the trip:

Justin,
Hey, BarefootMichael here! (@BarefootMichael on Twitter and "Barefoot and Grounded" — blog) Here's some photos from my recent camping trip.

Wallace State Park in Cameron, Missouri, is beautiful this time of year! I couldn't help but join family to go camping. Being a barefooter and VFF fan, however, I had to keep it "minimal" during the trip. I wore my FiveFinger Sprints most of the time we were there and they were AWESOME! The rocks and acorns on the ground were but a foot massage while wearing my Sprints. From dining to fishing to hiking on trails much less traveled — my nephew and I had to improvise a bit when a side trail died once — the FiveFingers held up and kept my feet as close to barefoot as I was comfortable with. They were even comfortably warm enough for low 40 degree F temps so long as I kept my feet active. I loved camping in my Vibram Fivefingers and especially enjoyed the extra "open" feel that the Sprints provided.

Smiles,
"Barefoot" Michael

As Michael noted, you can follow him on twitter @barefootmichael and/or check out his blog here!

Thanks for sharing — love the acorn photo!

Comic Frazz gives "Nod" to FiveFingers, and Luke Radl's Tribute to a Friend

Don't know if any of you are avid readers of the comic Frazz by Jef Mallet, but today's (October 21, 2009) comic gives a hearty nod to Vibram FiveFingers (click to see it in full resolution):

Frazz

Meanwhile, in other FiveFingers-illustration-news, Luke Radl (@lukeradl | website) did a great illustration tribute to a fellow fan of FiveFingers and Batman, the late Bill Joyce:

Luke said about his friend Bill:

He was wicked adventurous and totally unstoppable at anything he wanted to do. He was a huge Batman fan (the memorial was littered with Bat symbols) and a big barefoot enthusiast. The shoes are Vibram Five Fingers and once I showed them to him he hated to wear anything else.

Sorry to hear about the loss of your friend, Luke, and what a fantastic way to pay tribute to his memory!

Be sure to check out Luke's website for some impressive illustrative work!

VFF Now! See what people are doing in their FiveFingers on twitter!

Thanks to Mike/Tetsubo as well as PayNowLiveLater, I'm pleased to announce "VFF Now!"

VFF Now! is an application that scours twitter for tweets including links to photo uploaders twitpic and yfrog that also make reference to fivefingers.

For example, let's say that you are out climbing a tree in your VFFs. You take your camera phone and snap a photo showing off your Vibrams and then post that photo to twitter with the accompanying message "I'm up in a tree in my VFFs!" VFF Now! will pick up that tweet and show it off on here at http://birthdayshoes.com/vffnow/ !

This idea was spawned awhile back via the "primal" cooking photos that @PayNowLiveLater was compiling for the paleo diet community (See that implementation here). Since people are always tweeting photos of their VFFs, it seemed like PNLL's application would be great for birthdayshoes.

So if you tweet pics of your VFFs or want to see what others are doing in their FiveFingers "right now," check out VFF Now!