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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Interview with Vibram USA President Tony Post [Video]

05.06.10 - The Vibram Five Fingers Bikila is out!

Raw Food World TV did an impromptu interview with Vibram USA President Tony Post on Monday, August 10. Check it out:


In the interview (about eight minutes long) Tony Post hits on:

  • the success of Vibram FiveFingers (1:14)
  • the various current models available (1:40)
  • a video glance of various VFF offerings, including what appear to be some new color options as well as the new October models, the KSO Trek, Moc, Performa (2:20)
  • a shot of the Bikila, which is slated for release in February 2010 (2:45)
  • a close up of the KSO Trek as Tony is wearing his VFF KSO Treks in the interview* (3:20).
  • how shoes "cast the foot" and VFFs enable your feet to work more naturally (5:00)

Nice to see an interview with Chief VFFer Tony Post. His office looks jam-packed with fivefingers — it's like a VFF shoe store in there! No doubt it's also fun to have an office environment where "foot gloves" are the norm rather than the exception!

* Tony notes he runs in his VFFs year-round. Back in 1990, Tony worked at Rockport and ran the Boston Marathon in Rockport DresSports.

No, Vibram Five Fingers are not for Teddy Bears!

No, Vibram Five Fingers are not for Teddy Bears!
No, Vibram Five Fingers are not for Teddy Bears!
No, Vibram Five Fingers are not for Teddy Bears!

Got the above photos of Anna, who managed to wrangle her new pair of grey/pink Vibram FiveFinger KSOs away from a certain pink teddy bear. Here's what her boyfriend Alex had to say about what went down:

I have been hooked on my vff sprints for about 3 weeks. For nearly every day of those three weeks, Anna has been talking about how much she wanted a pair for her own. Today she got a pair of VFF KSOs! She had to wrestle them away from the bear, but she likes them so much they may never leave her feet. Good bye high heels.

I don't think the teddy bear stood a chance, personally. I mean, VFFs on bear paws? That's just ridiculous!

Glad you're enjoying your new set of feet, Anna! Goodbye high heels and hello better posture!

Site administration note from Justin: Apologies to all who have submitted stories and photos or otherwise emailed me this week. I just had my first kid on Monday! It's going to take me a few days to get caught back up so please "bear" with me!

Jerry's KSO Vibram Five Fingers at "Foamhenge"

Jerry's KSO Vibram Five Fingers at "Foamhenge"

In the mailbag comes this photo and note from Vibram Five Fingers fan Jerry, who has been enjoying the comfort of KSOs at music festivals and road:

I finally snapped some pics of my VFFs in the wild. My partner and I traveled down to Floyd, VA for an excellent music festival, FloydFest. While we were there we saw about five or so others in VFFs, which was nice to see. On the way home we spent some time in Natural Bridge, VA. Aside from the bridge and all of the awesome wildlife we saw there (spider as big as my hand fishing for minnows....yikes!) we also stopped at Foamhenge, a lifesize replica of Stonehenge. It was pretty impressive...and muddy, as can be seen by my shoes in the picture. But since they are machine washable, they cleaned right up easy as could be.

Who knew? A replica of Stonehenge made out of styrofoam in Virginia.

Good to hear your fivefinger KSOs are doing their job (and keeping stuff out!).

How to put on Classic Vibram Five Fingers without using your hands [How-to]

Awhile ago I asked the following question to forum members: can you put on your fivefinger Classics without using your hands? At least a couple responded they could (Kevin even sent me a short video to prove it).

I, too, can put on my VFFs using naught but feet (As I pat myself on the back). There are two default starting positions from which you can pull off this "fivefingers foot feat:" either with the elastic strap as loose as possible or with it cinched up tight.

How? Let me see if I can explain:


Note: Both methods require enough toe dexterity to find and insert your toes into their respective toe slots. If you try this little trick, make sure you do it in an area where if you fall from losing your balance, you won't hurt yourself!

If you have questions or comments, let me know! And yes, I did say "do do" in the video. And I know, this is probably one of the weirder how-to videos on YouTube.

Regardless, don't be too jealous of my toe dexterity, k?

A lesson on shoes from Sesame Street: "Monsters don't need shoes. We can do everything in our monster feet!"

Why am I watching Sesame Street? Well, my toddler nephew is a big fan of Sesame Street. When a recent episode featured the "fairy shoeperson" played by Neil Patrick Harris and included a bit of commentary on shoes by way of Telly and Abby, my brother told me all about it. Just the other night, I finally got to watch the clip, and I have to admit, it was pretty entertaining.

You can watch the relevant clip via the two YouTube videos below (about nine minutes total).

The first clip is a little introductory song and dance that is hilarious in its own right as we get to see Neil Patrick Harris doing a song and dance in a suit with wings. He parades about giving shoes to unwitting humans who, of course, break out into song and dance. Note the mop shoes:


And the second clip:


If you want to skip to the punchline, in the second clip the "shoe fairy" keeps trying to find the right shoes for Telly, who finds them all seriously wanting. When the shoe fairy has had enough with trying to please Telly, he disappears leaving Telly unshod [Around 5:00 in the video]. Telly doesn't realize he's barefoot and exclaims, "Hey now these shoes make my feel great! I can move in these! These shoes are perfect!" Here's the remaining dialogue:

Abby: But you gotta have shoes, Telly.

Telly: I don't want any shoes.

Abby: Huh?

Telly: No, no, no shoes. I like my toes to roam and roam free!

Abby: No shoes?

Telly: Yeah, see, shoes are great for people and fairies to protect their feet, but I'm a monster and monsters don't need shoes. We can do everything in our monster feet!

Abby: You mean everything?

Telly: Yeah we can run and jump and dance and hop!

[Both laugh]

Abby: I didn't know that!

Of course, Telly's logic for monsters is just as applicable for humans, but well, you knew that already, right? Perhaps the shoe fairy should have tried to outfit Telly in some Vibram threefingers.

Chalk one up for monster logic.

For a full synopsis of this episode of Sesame Street including a few thumbnail snapshots, see the Muppet wiki entry on episode 4162.

"Monkey Shoes" and Dog Paws from Vibram Five Fingers fan Erik

"Monkey Shoes" and Dog Paws from Vibram Five Fingers fan Erik

In the mailbag comes the above photo of canine and human (both male and female) paws photoed together — the human ones in Vibram Five Fingers. Looks to me like the dog paw is on top. Here's what Erik had to say:

Yosemite's Tuolumne Meadows.

My wife hated my "monkey shoes" initially, and now she can't wear anything else. The dog, obviously, doesn't wear the things. Lucky [guy] with his naturally protective pads.

"Monkey shoes" is definitely one of the various names people give to Vibram fivefingers. That said, since human beings are much more closely related to apes than monkeys from a genetic point of view, I submit that VFFs are more appropriately nicknamed "ape shoes."

Then again, "ape shoes" doesn't quite have the same ring to it as "monkey shoes." Oh well.