The Definitive Guide to Vibram Rubber Sole Types

The Definitive Guide to Vibram Rubber Sole Types

If you're reading this, there's a good chance you've taken a keen interest in what might be called "homegrown" minimalist shoes. By "homegrown," I mean the types of minimalist shoes or sandals mostly being created by start-up shoe manufacturers like Luna Sandals, Unshoes, Shamma Sandals, etc. Many of these shoes and sandals have been reviewed on this site!

These sandals and shoes frequently are built using Vibram rubber soles. And as it turns out, Vibram has made a number of different types of rubber soling materials, each having its own specific qualities and characteristics.

This can be a bit confusing for newcomers and in an effort to help clarify some of the differences, below is a "definitive guide" to the soles. It's ultimately subjective, but should help you get a good feel for how things work in the Vibram sole world.

Generally speaking, more dense rubber soles are heavier. Each provides its own flavor of ground feel. More on the "barefootedness" question at the end.

Read on!

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Shamma Sandals Classic All Browns Review

Shamma Sandals Classic All Browns Review

The Classic All Brown Shamma Sandals provide a leather-strapped alternative to Shamma’s velcro-strapped options, including the previously reviewed (and praised) Jerusalem Cruisers and Warriors; and Shamma Mountain Goats.

The "All Browns" are very attractive, with great groundfeel, and a ton of customization options for just about all foot shapes, sizes, and fit preferences—a fantastic road and trail running sandal!

Read on for my thoughts on the Classic All Brown from Shamma Sandals!

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Xero Shoes Amuri Z-Trek Review

Xero Shoes Amuri Z-Trek Review

The Amuri Z-Trek from Xeroshoes provides a toepost-less design that is very comfortable, durable, and easy to adjust. In my opinion, the Z-Trek is Xeroshoes best sandal to date and one of the easiest huaraches to simply slip on and get running!

Read on for my full review!

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Bedrock Earthquake 2.0 Sandals

Bedrock Earthquake 2.0 Sandals

The Earthquake 2.0 from Bedrock Sandals makes numerous improvements and updates on their previous 1.0 (and V2) designs, while maintaining the familiar “feather-cap” look that Bedrock Sandals are known for.

Most of the improvements were aimed at improving the durability of what was already a well-made Sandal in the previous generation. With their 2.0 models, Bedrock has ushered in a new era of “polished-looking” running sandals for the minimalist market.

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Merrell Vapor Glove 2 Review

Merrell Vapor Glove 2 Review

Merrell introduced their ultra-minimalist/barefoot Vapor Glove back in early 2013 (You can read Justin's initial review/video here or Greg's Crossfit-centric review here). The Vapor Glove was like a mono-toed KSO with a super-thin, Vibram sole, supreme ground feel, and an extremely breathable upper.

Fast forward to 2015 and Merrell has updated the Vapor Glove to the "Vapor Glove 2." What's new? How's the it hold up two years later? Read on for my review of the all-new Merrell Vapor Glove 2!

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Get the Lems Mariner for $50

Get the Lems Mariner for $50

Remember our Lems Mariner review? Been on the fence about buying a pair? Well you might be in luck. Go to Lems' clearance page here. You'll see various Lems on clearance. Click through to either the "camel" or "sand" mariners which are listed at $80. Add to cart and use code SPRINGFLING at checkout. Voila! $50! Try it out!

I see sizes up to 42 in the Camel (darker brown) and 44 in Sand (light). My personal preference is the Sand, but you can see lots of photos of both in the original review here.