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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Stef Dune Bashing and Sand Boarding in Dubai in KSOs

Stef Dune Bashing and Sand Boarding in Dubai in KSOs

Stef in Dubai passed on the above photo and had this to say about her black KSO VFFs:

The best shoes for a day of dune bashing and sand boarding. The locals seem to love them as well. :)

Stef

Hopefully, the KSOs are doing their job and keeping sand out!

Note: I have no idea what dune bashing is!

Dr. Jawa teaches in black KSO VFFs

Dr. Jawa teaches in black KSO VFFs

Dr. Jawa, a professor of mechanical engineering, has been teaching students — in his black fivefinger KSOs! The above photo, in which Dr. Jawa is demonstrating what I like to call the "see my fivefingers stance*," was taken at his home in Diamond Bar, California before heading off to class.

No doubt his students find his footwear fascinating, perhaps worth discussing from the standpoint of bio-mechanical engineering!

* For another example, see Ryan here.

Jason Cruises "the Med" in FiveFinger Classics (Italy, France, Spain)

Received this annotated account from Jason ("Ardent" on the forums) of his recently finished cruise around "the Med:" he explored Italy, France, and Spain. Here's Jason on the sights (with accompanying photos):

Recently back from a cruise around the Med. Have attached some pics and a little commentry if you are interested.

1, B4 the off. Just a shot to show my home for the past week and that my trusty vffs had come along for the ride.

2, Palermo - Sicily, Italy. Busy place. [You] need eyes in the back of your head when crossing the roads. Came across this cross roads and on each corner was a fountain and multiple statues. Only thing that caught more people's attention were the classics.

3, On the rails. After busy day exploring as much as you can in the time you have, nice just to put your feet up and watch the world go by.

4, Toulon - France. Very nice place the Cote d'zur.

5, Barcelona. What a place! Will be going back there. You could happily spend a day just taking in the Gaudi's work. Guell park is a must.

6, Guell park again and the famous salamanda water feature. Only today out done by the classics, as can be seen in the face of the lady on the left.

No pics but the classics went down a storm in Olbia Sardinia.
Clearly they had never seen any before. Stopped off for an ice cream. Shop keeper straight round to the front of the counter absolutley blown away. Communication was all done via gesture no English spoken. Wrote Vibram Five Fingers on a piece of paper and he promptly went to the rear of shop still in view. Straight on to the net and a big thumbs up came way. Made both our days.

Jason

Leave it to Vibram fivefingers to spur an unexpected cultural exchange! VFFs: not only are they good for feet, they're good for making new friends around the world!

Erin Swimming in Natural Pools in Hawaii in Vibram Five Fingers

Erin Swimming in Natural Pools in Hawaii in Vibram Five Fingers

Erin sent in the above photo of her jumping into a natural pool. The "birthday shoes shot" was taken on Moku Nui, an island off the coast of Hawaii. Here's what Erin had to say:

I'm in my KSO's on the island of Moku Nui, which is one of the two twin Mokulua Islands off the coast of O'ahu, Hawai'i. The island is a seabird sanctuary and is accessible only by sea kayak. I'm jumping into a pool on the island called the Queen's Bath. It was an amazing trip!!

Erin

Looks like you had a great time (and that cliff you're stepping off looks awfully high up to me!). Thanks for sharing, Erin!

Latest Vibram Five Fingers Reviews 9/13/09

This week's VFF reviews:

  • Review: Vibram FiveFingers Shoes at SparrowRose [KSO]:

    Walking barefoot is like listening with naked ears. Walking in traditional shoes is like having that big, muffling, home stereo set of headphones on your head. Walking in Vibram FiveFingers is like a little bit of cotton held over your ears. It's close to barefoot -- much, much closer than traditional shoes -- but, to use horseshoes vernacular, it's not a ringer.

  • Vibram Five Fingers at LifeofJustin [Sprints]:

    It’s amazing how much different the ground feels when you are wearing these. You really notice the terrain more. When I’m walking on grass, it feels like I’m walking on grass. The same goes for dirt, concrete, and so on. It seems to bring you closer to nature, which is an amazing feeling.
    I plan on wearing these as my every day shoes due to how comfortable they are. I’m now used to getting a few weird looks and an occasional question from a stranger so I’m no longer worried about that.

Fivefinger Sprints aplenty and a pair of KSOs

Note: Thanks to the flurry of traffic from Vibram's kind mentioning of BirthdayShoes on facebook yesterday, I got a number of photos and stories from VFFers! So stay tuned as I work through all these updates!

First was this photo snapped by Martin a few weeks back at Kennesaw Mountain (here in Georgia!). The sprints pictured therein are, clockwise from the bottom, of Martin (navy camo VFF Sprints), Martin's girlfriend Melissa sporting the no longer produced orange and white (I think) VFF Sprints, and then Kelley in the "slate/lichen" VFF Sprints!

Next up is "Big Dave" in his (also no longer produced - these are soon to be vintage!) blue/aqua/grey VFF Sprints. As Dave put it, he was making "big foot tracks in the rain!"

Last but not least, we have James who was in attendance at the Flight 93 memorial service yesterday:

Thanks for sending in your shots! And stay tuned for other fivefinger stories that I'll be posting shortly!