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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Miguel Takes his new VFFs for a Spin to the Beach

Miguel Takes his new VFFs for a Spin to the Beach

Above are Miguel's new kicks — the brown/walnut Classic Five Fingers. The photo was taken after their inaugural bike ride around Hollywood, Florida:

Hey this is Miguel of Hollywood FL and these are my five fingers!!

They just came in today and the first thing I did was take them down to Hollywood Beach for a bike ride. I spend alot of time in my trusty rainbows but now I have an alternative.

I went with the classics as I like the idea of as close to barefoot as possible,

I cant wait to do some hiking in them.

Cheers,

Miguel

I've not seen many others with the brown/walnut Classics, which is surprising. I got this color for my second pair of Classics, and really dig it!

Enjoy the new sensations on your fivefingers honeymoon, Miguel!

Alan's first half-marathon in his fivefinger KSOs

Alan's first half-marathon in his fivefinger KSOs

Alan Thwaits photoed above before a recent 10-K he ran in his black KSO fivefingers

Alan Thwaits, our very own "AlanT" on the forums, recently completed his first half-marathon, the Run for the Grapes half marathon in St. Catherines, Ontario—in his black KSO fivefingers. I asked Alan if he'd mind I share a bit from his blog post on the race, his second in KSOs (First was a 10K):

Sunday’s Run for the Grapes half marathon went really well. It was second race in my Vibram Fivefingers KSOs and my first KSO-equipped longer distance race (the first was the Underwear Affair 10K a couple of weeks ago). Here are the stats:

Finishing time: 2:07:45
Pace: 6:04
Category placement (men 60 – 64) 7/12
Gender placement: 189/244
Overall placement: 305/451

That’s not bad at all, considering that I’ve really only been running in my KSOs for three weeks. Before that, I took about four weeks off training because of injuries I’d sustained from overdoing it when I started running barefoot. But the healing process went well, and my “on the fly” three week training program got me to the half marathon. ...

I got lots of interest in the KSOs, all the way from cute comments to serious enquiries. Interestingly, the more experienced runners said they’d heard or read good things about them, and wanted to talk about transitioning from conventional shoes and whether running in Fivefingers might help alleviate long-standing injuries. One young runner said he already had a pair of Fivefingers Sprints, and was just beginning to transition from conventional shoes. After the race, I had a couple of long conversations with runners who said they would seriously consider buying VFFs. I think I might have made some converts!

You'll have to go to Alan's blog, The Road to Comrades, for the rest. Also, check out why he runs while you're there.

Thank you Alan for both your contributions on the forum and for sharing your experiences running and racing.

Javier tours Turkey in black KSO fivefingers

Javier tours Turkey in black KSO fivefingers
Javier tours Turkey in black KSO fivefingers
Javier tours Turkey in black KSO fivefingers
Javier tours Turkey in black KSO fivefingers

Javier sent in the above photos from a trip he took to Turkey earlier this year. From top to bottom you can see Javier in his black KSO fivefingers in Cappadocia, Ephesus, and Priene, Turkey. Here's what he had to say about the trip and his KSOs:

Took my black KSOs all over Turkey in Spring 2009. Ruins, trails, even bustling Istanbul. They got a lot of smiles, especially at the street markets. I even had a guy stop me and ask me where he could get a pair!

I've also converted 3 coworkers :) I love these 'shoes'!

-J

Fivefingers continue to prove the instant cultural icebreaker as people travel around the world! Thanks, Javier!

Dave's Classic FiveFingers

Dave's Classic FiveFingers
Dave's Classic FiveFingers
Dave's Classic FiveFingers

Don't adjust your screen, those peculiarly-colored Vibram Classic fivefingers really are that green and yellow.

I received the above photos from Dave (a.k.a. vfftriathlete) showcasing his Nike Air Rifts, green/yellow Classic fivefingers, and grey/orange Classic VFFs. The green and yellow color combination is one I've never seen from Vibram.

I asked Dave what he'd been using his VFFs for, and wanted to know more about the green and yellow Classics and the Nike Air Rifts, specifically. Here's what Dave had to say:

Justin,

Done a little running in the classics not a great deal, spent most of the time hanging out in them in pub restaurants hotels etc when working away. Also used them exclusively at the gym—can’t remember the last time I wore sneakers to the gym. Now use them for general slip into to go outdoors and general day to day wear. Now my half marathon is out of the way I do intend to up my running in vff’s either classics or kso’s.

I haven’t got the green and yellow ones anymore so can’t tell you the exact combo. They didn’t fit to well so I gave them to a friend to get him into vibrams. Finally the nikes are nike air rift split toe sneakers and before the vibrams along with aquasocks (watershoes) where the most minimalist sneakers I had.

Cheers

Dave

Enjoy extending your VFF use to running, Dave!

Barefoot Running in the Irish Times (And another shot of the upcoming fivefinger Bikilas!)

05.06.10 - The Vibram Five Fingers Bikila is out!

An article titled Bare feet or funny feet? by Paul Cullen appeared in the Irish Times today. The piece discusses the emerging trend around barefoot running, Christopher McDougall's Born to Run, and of course, Vibram fivefingers. Here's a great blurb about Cullen's foray into barefoot running, a run-in with some sort of foot rash, and his first pair of Spider-man shoes:

Back in Ireland, I took my first barefoot run through the Phoenix Park on April Fools’ Day, which seemed appropriate. The ground felt cold as I padded forward gingerly. Like a bomb disposal expert, my eyes scanning the ground for danger. Your feet hit the ground with a reassuring thwack when running barefoot, and your toes come into play far more than in shoes. The coast was clear, it seemed, apart from some deer droppings, and soon I had picked up the pace and was enjoying the experience.

And so it went for some weeks, until disaster struck. Not a cut from broken glass, but a hive-like skin rash whose most likely cause was a plant (ragwort?). There was nothing for it but to stop; the rash disappeared.

All was not lost, once my FiveFingers arrived in the post from Italy.

To meet the growing demand from runners who want the thrill of barefooting without the risk, manufacturers – in this case, Vibram – have come up with ultra basic shoes that provide protection without messing with the benefits of going barefoot.

If Spiderman wore shoes, they’d look like FiveFingers; appallingly ugly but surprisingly comfortable foot gloves made of rubber and plastic. There are individual sleeves for each toe, which entails a bit of wiggling, but I found them easy to run in. I did miss the squelch of the earth beneath my soles but no longer had to keep my eyes peeled for shards of glass.

All said, another great bit of PR for Vibram fivefingers (now if only supply could catch up with demand, right?).

But it doesn't stop there! Astute reader Noah glimpsed on the IrishTimes website a thumbnail photo of what appeared to be another color option for the upcoming, Spring 2010 fivefingers Bikila.

We'd previously only seen a gray/green version for men and a pink/orange version for women. So this was a new find!

To really go the extra mile, Noah contacted the Irish Times reporter and actually got a higher-res version of the image to share here on birthdayshoes! Check it out (click for a larger version):

As you might recall, the Bikila is slated for a Spring 2010 release — I seem to recall hearing February mentioned, so we're inside six months!

Way to sleuth, Noah! Thank you!

Steven Hiking Waterfalls in Hawaii in Five Finger KSOs

Steven Hiking Waterfalls in Hawaii in Five Finger KSOs
Steven Hiking Waterfalls in Hawaii in Five Finger KSOs
Steven Hiking Waterfalls in Hawaii in Five Finger KSOs

As I sit in my gloomy* office listening to the rain, a sound I normally love but am beginning to tire of, in what is shaping up to be the Great Atlanta Flood of 2009 ("GAF2K9," for short), I'm find myself imagining how beautiful it must be in Hawaii.

It seems that Steven, photoed above in his grey/palm five finger KSOs, recently honeymooned in Hawaii. Here's what he had to say about his "birthday shoes shots:"

Hi Birthdayshoes.com,

My is Steven. Here are some photos of me on my honeymoon in Hawaii. This is from a hike through the rainforest and different waterfalls. These are my KSO ... They worked out great. Really well going from wet to dry. Plus gripped really well.

Thanks
Steven

Looks like you had a good time, Steven! Thanks for sharing and congratulations on your recent marriage!

* Been taking a bit of extra Vitamin D3 (about 10,000 iu/day) as I can feel the lack of sunlight (and thereby D3 production) starting to take it's toll on my immune system.