TRUE Gent Wingtip "Dress Shoe" Review

TRUE Gent Wingtip "Dress Shoe" Review

Fans of barefoot shoes have probably all faced a common dilemma. A wedding, work, job interview, or any other potential situation requiring a more formal attire that isn't necessarily conducive to toe shoes or the casual and trainer styled minimal shoes. There have been a few casual styles that might pass in some situations, but an affordable truly formal dress shoe has remained elusive. That's why I was excited to test out TRUE linkswears new gent wingtip golf shoe. Read on to see lots of photos and find out how they look and perform as a dress shoe.

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Xero Shoes Amuri Cloud First Look Review

Xero Shoes Amuri Cloud First Look Review

Xero Shoes continues to innovate on the class huaraches design with the release this week of their new "Amuri Cloud" barefoot sandals. What is this "Cloud" that I speak of? It's a design feature of the Amuri Xero Shoes that reduces weight and improves the "ride" of the shoes via some well-placed EVA that is embedded into the sole. Take heed! Until March 30, 2014, the Amuri Cloud will be on sale for 20% off—$39.99 vs. $49.99—available over at XeroShoes.com!

But if you'd like to see more of this "Cloud," after the jump I've got a few first look thoughts and photos! Read on!

Note: What you might recall as the Xero Shoes Sensori Venture is now becoming the "Amuri Venture" (I did an in-depth preview/explanation of how the Sensori-now-Amuri design differs from the classic Xero Shoes huarache here that might be worth spinning through if you have a minute!).

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TRUE Linkswear Tour Golf Shoes - 2013 Update/Review

TRUE Linkswear Tour Golf Shoes - 2013 Update/Review

TRUE linkswear is releasing new styles for 2014, but I wanted to share some thoughts on last year's update to the TRUE shoe that started it all. In 2011, the original tour was TRUE's debut entry into the minimal golf shoe world, and while it was extremely comfortable it had the quirks of being a first generation shoe design. In 2013, they released an updated version of the TRUE tour, which was a great improvement in the look and quality of the shoe while maintaining the barefoot feel and comfort. New designs continue to come along, but the tour model is still in the core lineup, and now at a lower price, it is definitely worth considering if you spend any time swinging a golf club. You can read the original tour review here and read on for my thoughts on the updated TRUE tour.

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Bikila EVO, KSO Evo, Spyridon MR FiveFingers!

Bikila EVO, KSO Evo, Spyridon MR FiveFingers!

It's that time again—time for the latest and great Vibram FiveFingers to hit the market. You can find them for sale here. Via Travel Country (Read to the "Bonus" below for a code to get a gift card!)

Bikila EVO and KSO EVO

Bikila EVO, KSO Evo, Spyridon MR FiveFingers!
This is the men's Bikila EVO FiveFingers in screaming blue and neon yellow.

The Spring 2014 Vibram FiveFingers introduce the "EVO" line by way of the Bikila EVO and the KSO EVO. The Bikila EVO has a brand new sole structure that is built off a platform of EVA with pods of Vibram rubber. Tim has already done us a favor and reviewed the Bikila EVO FiveFingers here (If you've not yet seen it in detail). And thanks to the fact that the already-released Youth EL-X LS that hit last year, we've also gotten a fantastic review of what we can expect from the KSO EVO (Read that review here).

Bikila EVO, KSO Evo, Spyridon MR FiveFingers!
This is the men's KSO EVO FiveFingers in black, which if you'll recall was the most popular KSO color of all time for men.

Spyridon MR

Vibram has replaced the original Spyridon LS with the Spyridon MR. It's not fundamentally unlike the original Spyridon LS but the Spyridon MR removes some of the excess paint that covered the insoles. It's a nice improvement if you ask me.

Bikila EVO, KSO Evo, Spyridon MR FiveFingers!
This is the men's Spyridon MR FiveFingers in olive green.

Women's Vi-B

Also, you'll find that Vibram has put out a women's-only VFF called the "Vi-B" that has the "maxfeel" sole and a super airy upper—thanks both to the holey fabric and the "Classic" cut.

Bikila EVO, KSO Evo, Spyridon MR FiveFingers!
Above is the women's Vi-B FiveFingers.

Again, you can find all of the above* in men's and women's sizes for sale at the following links:

BONUS: TravelCountry looks like they are offering a $20 gift card for every $100 spent that you can use on a future purchase. The coupon code is "GiftMe" and eligible dollars towards meeting the threshhold come from regular price merchandise. Since all the 2014 FiveFingers are regular price, if you were to get the Bikila EVOs, for example, you'd get that $20 eGift card for some future purchase.

* excepting the women's Bikila EVO, which hasn't shown up anywhere yet.

Vibram FiveFingers Bikila EVO Review

Vibram FiveFingers Bikila EVO Review

The original Vibram FiveFingers Bikila model was released in the Spring of 2010 in conjunction with the Boston Marathon, and has long been the workhorse of Vibram?s running stable. The Bikila LS was introduced a year later and was among the first models to include a speed lacing system that is now popular on many Vibram FiveFinger (VFF) models.

For 2014, Vibram has completely revamped the trusty Bikila and has named it the Bikila EVO, which I assume stands for Evolution. The Bikila EVO now "out" for sale and is running $120 MSRP (See all 2014 Vibrams for sale here).

So how does it perform as a running shoe, and how does it compare to the original Bikila? Read on to find out.

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2 Parents and 3 Kids Going 2,200 Miles in 6 Months ... In Barefoot Shoes.

2 Parents and 3 Kids Going 2,200 Miles in 6 Months ... In Barefoot Shoes.

If you've been around the minimalist shoe/barefoot shoe community for awhile, you're surely familiar with Damien Tougas, a long-standing minimalist shoe enthusiast/reviewer who also founded ToeSalad.com.

Well, Damien is kickstarting hiking the Appalachian Trail--all 2,200 miles of it--with his wife and three kids, all of whom will be wearing minimalist footwear!

This is awesome, bold, and ambitious! I can't imagine hiking more than a few miles with my wife and kids in tow (maybe one day!). Damien and family will be sharing their adventure with the world via a series of web-based episodes--a feel-good "reality show" of sorts. There will typically be about three 10-15 minute episodes per month (produced by the Tougas family) and you can get access to these shows via sponsoring the Kickstarter campaign!

As of today, Damien has 14 more days to reach his Kickstarter goal of $16,000 CAD. He's shy by about $3K CAD.

Want to see this happen? Well, you know what to do ... go and pledge!