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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Ronald's 10K Podium Finish in KSO V5s

Ronald has a huge grin on his face as he runs a recent 10K in his KSO Five Fingers.  Who says running isn't fun?
Ronald has a huge grin on his face as he runs a recent 10K in his KSO Five Fingers. Who says running isn't fun?

Ronald recently ran a 10K in his black KSO Five Fingers and was fast enough to get a 3rd place finish! Here's what Ronald had to say:

Hi Justin!

Just wanted to share my pic and experience with my VFF KSOs.

I've been training in them since September and finally used them on an actual race, last December 5. I finished my first 10k for the year with a time of 54:02, good enough for 3rd place. Pretty fast, considering that I'm into ultras. Haha! I really enjoyed my experience with my KSOs and hope to get the Treks soon. And if I decide to use VFFs in an ultra, I'll let you know.

More power to your website and to the VFF community!

Regards,
Ronald

Definitely keep us posted on any ultra runs you do in them! Good to hear you're having so much fun in your new set of feet!

Jawa runs the Rock'N'Roll Las Vegas Half Marathon in KSO V5Fs

Photos from Dr. Jawa's recent half-marathon — the Las Vegas Rock'N'Roll half marathon.  Can you spot Jawa's blue-camo KSO FiveFingers?
Photos from Dr. Jawa's recent half-marathon — the Las Vegas Rock'N'Roll half marathon. Can you spot Jawa's blue-camo KSO FiveFingers?

We've previously heard from (Dr.) Jawa as he not only runs and does post-run headstands in his KSOs but also teaches in his Five Fingers. Most recently, Jawa ran a half marathon in his blue camo KSOs. An impressive feat in and of itself, but that he only started running again in September — just awesome!

Here's what Jawa had to say about the accomplishment:

Hello Justin,

I just crossed a major milestone a few days ago. I started running not too long ago but my running was not going anywhere because I had constant knee and lower back pain. See my blog titled "Addicted to Shoes" if you want the (funny) story behind my interest in running.

In September I bought my first pair of Vibram five Fingers. I started with half a mile run on my blue KSOs, and on December 6, 2009 I completed my first half marathon (Rock N Roll Las Vegas). Not only did I complete the race but also I finished successfully with a PR. My chip time was 1:56 with an average pace of 8:52 minutes per mile. Not bad for a new runner nearing 50! Here is a Garmin link to my race.

My next goal - another half marathon and then all the way to LA Marathon. I probably will use a new pair of KSOs for these races.

Thanks

Jawa

Thanks Jawa and well done!

I encourage you all to read Jawa's Addicted to shoes post. Here's a snippet from the intro that I particularly liked:

Surgeon General’s Warning: Running with these shoes ruins your natural posture and causes serious injuries.

Would you buy a Nike shoe, if it had the above warning label on the box? Yet we spend $100+ on running shoes that are actually causing serious injuries.

It all started when my daughter said that she was going to run a half-a-marathon (13.1 miles). I thought this was the most sensible thing she said in a long time. I was excited and without even a moment of hesitation I decided then and there I was going to run too. I am an abecedarian in running and the last time I ran was when I was a sophomore in high school and that was 35 years ago.

Now go read the rest!

Matt's KSO Vibram Five Fingers Birthday Cake

Above is photoed Matt's 40th birthday cake, made by Sweet Lisa's out of Connecticut, depicting a pair of Matt's running shoes—KSO Vibram Five Fingers!
Above is photoed Matt's 40th birthday cake, made by Sweet Lisa's out of Connecticut, depicting a pair of Matt's running shoes—KSO Vibram Five Fingers!

Matt is a KSO Vibram Five Fingers runner and blogger at Run Luau Run. As he is about to turn 40 on the 22nd of December, Matt's wife recently threw him a surprise birthday party, complete with the awesome cake pictured above depicting a pair of gray/palm KSO Vibram Five Fingers, made by Sweet Lisas. Matt wrote this about the cake:

I love the details of the heel pull and the VIBRAM label on the sole. My wife had the cake “imported” from Connecticut. It was made by our dear friends at Sweet Lisa’s. You may have seen them once or twice on the Food Network! They are awesome and can make anything…ANYTHING! Oh, and it was delicious!!!

I asked Matt if I could share his birthday cake with birthday shoes and he kindly agreed.

For all you VFF runners out there, check out Run Luau Run. Matt is working toward his goal of qualifying for the Boston Marathon and blogs race reports and other thoughts from his training. One post worth checking out is his write-up on switching to FiveFingers. Here's a my favorite part from his post titled "It's Gotta be the Shoes:"

You want to run like you did when you were a kid? Like you didn’t care about anything other than the wind in your hair and the laughter in the air? Wake your feet up. Vibrams are the vehicle to get you back to the joy of running ... just do it slowly.

Above are photos of Matt as he ran the Manchester City Marathon.
Above are photos of Matt as he ran the Manchester City Marathon.

Keep it up, Matt! Happy (early) Birthday, and thanks for sharing your impressive cake with the Five Fingers fan community!
You can follow "Luau" on twitter @luau

Ian plays a gig in his KSO Five Fingers

Ian plays his bass guitar at a gig his band performed at a local bar in his Five Finger KSOs.
Ian plays his bass guitar at a gig his band performed at a local bar in his Five Finger KSOs.

Ian sent in the above photos taken before and at a recent gig his band played at a local bar:

Justin,

I wanted to share these photos with you & the folks at BirthdayShoes. My band recently played a gig at a local bar, and I wore my VFF KSOs. The first shot is warming up with scales and arpeggios prior to playing and the second is a picture taken while we were really grooving on a tune. Both photos were taken by Ed or Kristin Ciechon.

I also run ~20 miles per week and do CrossFit in them as well, but the pictures are better with a bass in my hands! I absolutely love these things, and a couple more pairs are on the top of the Christmas list!

Best,

Ian

Glad you're getting such good use out of your VFFs. It's hard not to go from using Five Fingers in an athletic pursuit to using them elsewhere. They're just so dang comfortable!

Way to rock out with V5Fs!

Latest Vibram Five Fingers Reviews 12/13/09

This week's latest Vibram Five Fingers reviews:

  • Vibram Five Fingers at the Complete Body [Classics]:

    The Vibram Five Fingers allow your feet to feel the ground. This will be quite an adjustment after having spent most of your life with your feet in straight jackets. You will be able to feel rocks and unevenness in the sidewalk. The Five Fingers are also very flexible–in fact they can be folded in half.
    The Five Finger is probably the only shoe which allows your toes to move independently because of its glove like structure. I am not sure how much my toes move independently now that they have the capability. They feel like they all move in unison, but I am sure they now move more independently than they used to.

You can check out last week's latest Five Fingers reviews here.

Paul's Montreal Oasis Marathon in Sprint FiveFingers

Here we see Paul running the Montreal Oasis Marathon in Sprint FiveFingers.  Notice the photographer in the right photo staring at Paul's feet!
Here we see Paul running the Montreal Oasis Marathon in Sprint FiveFingers. Notice the photographer in the right photo staring at Paul's feet!

Paul, photoed above, recently completed his first full marathon, and he did it thanks to his Sprint FiveFingers. Here's Paul's story:

Hi Justin,

I bought my first pair in Spring 2009 after reading many articles about running barefoot. My current running shoes (Brook Beast) were okay, but sometimes I had trouble with my knees—especially while running long distances like half marathons. Still, I had already completed several half marathons without serious injuries. Would I be able to run a full marathon? I was not sure yet because running a full marathon implies a lot more training, and by more training comes greater risk of injuries. I must add that my physique is not ideal for running: I weigh 200 pounds and I am a very extreme over-pronator. People who see me running feel pain for me ...

So, in the Spring 2009 my dream of running a full marathon was becoming more a project than a dream. I wanted to run the Montreal Oasis marathon, which takes place every September. I knew that my knees may not support a 42.195 kilometers run with my heavy bodyweight and over-pronation. I had read some interesting articles (on wired.com and sportsci.org) about running barefoot, saying that sometimes it's the traditional running shoe that causes injuries. The evidence presented in these articles seemed very credible, so I tried running barefoot a few times, but despite great feeling it gave me, there were some inconveniences like broken glass, dog poop, bad asphalt, running in the late evening, etc. I felt irritation on the soles of my feet after a few kilometers. Then I heard about the Five Fingers and found a pair of the Sprint model at a local store. I started using them for my short runs and while using them I felt I had a lot more pleasure running compared to when running with "real" shoes. I started to increase the mileage, but after running more than 1 hour I started feeling irritation on my feet and toes. I tried stuff like bodyglide, duct tape, but I still felt pain.

I was losing the faith, when I read on Ted McDonald's site (Barefoot Ted) that he completed several marathons, and even ultra-marathons with his Five Finger shoes. I thought maybe the problem was the size, because the volume of the foot increases after long runs. So I bought another pair in a larger size (I passed from 43 to 45) and the problem was solved. I continued my training exclusively with my VFFs, even for long runs. I was feeling no pain on the feet or in the knees. Concerning the over-pronation, I still over-pronate in VFFs (I even land a bit on my heels), but it seems it doesn't do much harm to me, probably because having no cushion or heel elevation reduces the bad effects.

Finally, I completed the Montreal marathon in 4:25 hours, just a few minutes more than my objective. I got some pain in the legs and knees but only after 30K, and I had no trouble running my way through the finish line (note that I don't use a "walk/run" strategy; I was running nearly all the time). I will certainly run my future races in VFFs or barefoot, but not in shoes with a micro-processor in the heel!

tks,

Paul