Soft Star Shoes Hawthorne Chukka Review

Soft Star Shoes Hawthorne Chukka Review

The Hawthorne from Soft Star Shoes is their latest flagship chukka for casual wear. It was just released about a week ago and is now available on Soft Star's site!

The Hawthorne has beautiful leather throughout, excellent workmanship, and a durable Vibram Geo sole (that can be re-soled) that is great for casual minimalist shoe enthusiasts.

Soft Star sent me a pair of the Hawthorne Chukkas to test and review, and now that I've put some miles in them, I'm ready to share what I think!

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TheClymb VivoBarefoot Sale!

TheClymb VivoBarefoot Sale!

Flash Sale site The Clymb has VivoBarefoots on sale today. Their stock includes everything from the original Gobi to the Gobi II, the Freud II, The One, Stealth, and one or two others. The discounts vary but I see the Gobi at about 35% off.

If you're not familiar with The Clymb, you'll first want to sign-up, which is free and gets you on their list to:

a) receive emails about their latest sales (you can quit this at any time), and
b) invite other people and get Clymb credit when friends join and buy something ($10 of credit for you and for them per referral).

Go check out the sale if you're a member or join if you aren't!

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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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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