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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Pedal Play 2 with Lou: Biking in KSO fivefingers

Pedal Play 2 with Lou: Biking in KSO fivefingers
Pedal Play 2 with Lou: Biking in KSO fivefingers

I couldn't help but notice the theme: Lou has demonstrated "VFFed" driving and electric guitar playing with effects pedals; now he's pedaling on his bike through Austin bike trails. The above photo (with the bike) was taken before a two hour bike ride through Austin. The fivefingers-standard photo is the "after" shot. Here's what Lou had to say:

I had no problems with them. Actually going uphill I was able to wrap my toes around the front of the pedals for better grip. There were times that I figured the Treks would have been better for Mountain biking but over all it was good. I wasn't really riding in the mountains. Rode through Austin bike trails. Through the city and through creeks and the woods.

Good to hear the KSOs can function on platform bike pedals — I doubt we'll see any clipless fivefingers models anytime soon. However, having a pair of VFF Classics or KSOs on hand to switch into from cleated bike shoes is a major win for cyclists.

One concern I've heard voiced about biking in VFFs is the potential, particularly with mountain biking, of ramming your foot into an errant boulder, stump, or tree. VFFs may need a steel-toed option for that kind of use!

Anyway, it seems that whatever pedals are in play, Lou is making good use of his black fivefinger KSOs!

Latest Vibram Five Fingers Reviews 9/20/09

A quiet week for Vibram Five Fingers reviews, this week I've only got one to report (and it was from a prior week to boot!):

  • Vibram FiveFingers KSO Review at Running and Rambling [KSO]:

    It only takes a few strides to realize that you have to change your running form while wearing the VFFs; without any cushioning, your heels will get sore in a hurry if you insist on using the same heel striking gait that you do while wearing shoes. Coincidentally, heel pain is one of the most common complaints from beginners wearing FiveFingers.

    (For this reason, and several others, many barefoot experts recommend that you don’t try VFFs until you’ve practiced pure barefoot running for a while; having a completely naked foot forces you to use proper form immediately, while VFFs allow you to “cheat” a bit, which could lead to injury.)

Surely in the week's ahead we'll see some new reviews of the fivefingers KSO Trek and fivefingers Moc (and fivefingers Performa)! I look forward to reading them!

A look at the new Black KSO Trek fivefingers (And comparison to black KSOs) [Video]

BirthdayShoes forum member Jake "desaulniers" has taken a first look at the new black Vibram five fingers KSO Trek. In his video, Jake makes a number of keen observations as he compares his Treks to his black KSO fivefingers. Check it out:

Topics covered in the video include:

  • Differences in the Vibram sole between KSO and KSO Trek, specifically the KSO Trek sole using leather to cover the arch in lieu of the rubber coverage of the standard KSO.
  • The kangaroo leather upper of the fivefingers Trek being less "stretchy" as compared with the mesh upper of standard KSOs. As Jake has "wide/tall" feet, this is a point of consideration (Also note the strap length is a bit shorter on the Treks!).
  • And more!

Check the video out. Check out the forum discussion desaulniers started, too! All in all, very helpful information for anyone interested in getting the new VFF KSO Treks!

I gotta say, the black KSO Treks look pretty nice!

Thanks for sharing, Jake!

Hiking Mount Marcy in black KSO Five Fingers

Hiking Mount Marcy in black KSO Five Fingers
Hiking Mount Marcy in black KSO Five Fingers
Hiking Mount Marcy in black KSO Five Fingers
Hiking Mount Marcy in black KSO Five Fingers

Received the above photos taken of Axel (Axel is wearing the backpack) on a hike up Mount Marcy in New York (The top of which is the highest point in the state!).

Mount Marcy (5,343 feet), Essex county, NY

My friend goes literally everywhere barefoot though sometimes he wear shoes (yeah getting kicked out of places for being barefoot is not fun). He had never heard of vibram so I got him hooked into it and at the same time I decided to buy a pair. A week later after getting our shoes we went out to Mount Marcy for a 20 mile hike. I know that everywhere says one should start easy on them to get your feet used to it, the way I see it "life is too short" so up we went and to be honest I have no regrets. At times through the hike I thought I would have to amputate my feet the next day, I figure between the swelling and the pain I would be miserable but to my surprise it was totally the opposite. Yes there was some soreness but that is normal in a 20 mile hike. I have also started running in them, which does require some time to get used to, specially if running on trails where loose or sharp rocks are the main course. Totally recommend the vibram shoes to anyone who is not afraid of getting dirty and feeling the ground beneath you.

@xel

A 20 mile hike two weeks in! Adventurous! Glad to hear that the aftermath was so surprisingly "okay." And Axel is right, life is too short — so everyone close your browser windows and get out and enjoy living!

Thanks for sharing, Axel!

Vibram FiveFingers Moc - Unboxing and First Look [Video and Photos]

Vibram FiveFingers Moc - Unboxing and First Look [Video and Photos]

I finally got my hands on a pair of the new Vibram fivefingers Moc (in blue!). The Moc, a men's style VFF whose sister counterpart is the Performa, is a new, kangaroo-leather-clad, indoor-only, minimalized, and extremely flexible foot glove — in fact, we originally thought the Moc was going to be called the Glove.

Before I jump into my written first impressions of the fivefingers Moc, here's a video unboxing and first look. Check it out:

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Pedal Play: Lou Rocks and Drives in his KSO fivefingers

Pedal Play: Lou Rocks and Drives in his KSO fivefingers
Pedal Play: Lou Rocks and Drives in his KSO fivefingers
Pedal Play: Lou Rocks and Drives in his KSO fivefingers

Lou sent in a few photos (above) in which he's putting his KSOs to good use in two different-yet-similar ways — driving and jamming on his electric guitar.

Many VFFers have discussed on the forums how much they like driving their cars while wearing fivefingers. The lack of padding and sole in fivefingers plus the smooth surface of the sole makes them easy to maneuver around the pedals, providing the driver with a strong sense of force and control.

Less discussed but similarly applied is using your fivefingers to control effects pedals — the kind you see pictured above and used in conjunction with an electric guitar and an amplifier. Very cool!

Bonus points to anyone who can correctly guess what kind of car Lou is driving!