Vivo Barefoot Drake Review

Vivo Barefoot Drake Review

Once upon a time Vivo Barefoot made a shoe called the Oak. The Oak had a Wallaby-esque look to it and to this day is still in my regular shoe rotation (no small feat!).

But the Oak was discontinued awhile ago, which left (to my thinking) a bit of a whole in VB's design line-up. The Oak's design made for a nice aesthetic despite the wide last of Vivo shoes. The "rim" of a Wallaby just makes the shoe look more narrow.

Well that changed when a few months back Vivo Barefoot released the Drake, and that's the shoe I'll be reviewing today thanks to Vivo sending a pair my way!

And while the Drake is not an update to the Oak per se (the official line), it's similar enough that comparisons are inevitable, so I'll be making a few. Let's dive in!

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Shamma Sandals Old Goat Huaraches Review

Shamma Sandals Old Goat Huaraches Review

Shamma Sandals makes a quality huarache-styled sandal that is built on Vibram sole materials and is styled in various lacing/upper configurations. It's in the same league as other minimalist sandals manufacturers like Luna Sandals.

BirthdayShoes readers know Jarvis has been a big fan of Shamma Sandals for awhile now (Reviews | Shamma Classic All Browns Shamma Mountain Goats Shamma Jerusalem Cruisers and Warriors) but up until early May when Josh (Shamma Founder) reached out to have me try out one of Shamma's newest designs, did I get a chance to see what all the fuss was about.

So it went that I got a pair of Shamma Sandals Old Goats — just in time for summer — to test and review, which is what I"ll be doing today!

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10 Years of Vibram FiveFingers

10 Years of Vibram FiveFingers
A few of the earliest-sold Vibram FiveFingers - the Classic - from my collection.

Thoughts on the 2016 Anniversary Re-Release of the Classic: Rebirth of a legend, or missed opportunity?



How it all began — Roberto Fliri, in association with Vibram, had been working for years to develop a shoe that would maximally respect the natural anatomy of the foot while staying as close to the ground as possible. The result being the now legendary Fivefingers 'Classic." (You can read more on Fliri via this interview here).

The precise timeline has been muddied by the years—when the first Fivefingers exactly hit the market is uncertain: probably around 2003 or 2004. What seems clear is that 2006 was a pivotal year: the Fivefingers concept made its first appearance in the U.S.; and with the Vibram FiveFingers Classic model the basis was laid for a new and exciting niche market in the rising category of barefoot shoes: toe-shoes.

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