SeeYa, Speed FiveFingers Back in Black!

SeeYa, Speed FiveFingers Back in Black!

Did you know that Vibram has snuck out two new colorways of the men's SeeYa and Speed FiveFingers? If you didn't, read up!

The Speeds are now available in a flat black (see above) and the SeeYas in a black/grey mash-up (also above), which is infinitely less eye-catching than the day-glow SeeYa colorway that came out last year.

In a "but wait there's more" moment, one retailer has both the SeeYas and the Speeds on sale at 20% off through 3/31/2012—and the sale includes these new colorways.

You can find both FiveFingers models at these links:

One catch: free shipping threshold is over $99.

If you'll recall, the black KSO FiveFingers were quite possibly the most popular colorway of all time (see here if you don't believe me!), so I'm sure these new color combinations are likely to please.

What do you think?

P.S. If you're looking for some minimalist-if-lightly-modified "troop" boots (and other sytlish shoes by OTZ), there's a huge sale/deal on them, too. Details here.

Labor Day Minimalist/Barefoot Sales

Labor Day Minimalist/Barefoot Sales

Updated 9/1/2012: See below!

Labor Day is coming up this Monday, September 3, 2012, for those of us in the U.S. Labor Day weekend means a few things:

  • The end of Summer and the advent of Fall
  • The start of the American football season! (Go dawgs!)
  • Perhaps most importantly, a day off of work.
  • And last but not least, big sales — well that's the idea, anyway.

What follows are some of the deals you can get right now on Vibram FiveFingers (some up to 50% off) and Inov-8s. As the week progresses, expect to see this post grow in size. For sake of ease regarding where the deals are going down, I'll be organizing the sales by retailer and then product, so expect to surf/shop around!


Everyone's favorite huge outdoor retailer has a few big sales going on. Check it out:

Vibram FiveFingers — it's clearance time for select FiveFingers! Check out their VFF sale here. REI is offering select Vibram models/colorways for as low as $40 (Men's Sprints at 50% off).

The deal that's really worth noticing is on the soon-to-be-history leather KSO Treks — they're $86.93 in the classic brown kangaroo leather. That's 30% off (MSRP is $125). Even with the release of the Spyridons, which have a great sole for trails, I'm still a bigger fan of the KSO Treks — note that Vibram is still making Trek Sports, but they have a fabric upper that just doesn't hold up as well as leather.

REI also has the Teva Zilch sandals for $30 (62% off the MSRP of $80 - find the men's here and the women's here). If you've wanted a more minimalist sandal like a Teva or Chaco, outside of huaraches, there haven't been a ton of options. The Zilch is one of the few.

U.S. Elite Gear

U.S. Elite Gear is offering 50% off their entire stock of Vibram FiveFingers with free shipping! It's pretty simple: you just use our exclusive coupon — BIRTHDAYSHOES — at checkout and the discount will be applied. Check out what they've got here — KomodoSports, KSOs, Bikila LS, TrekSports all $42.50 to $50 shipped free after the discount.

LeftLane Sports

LeftLane Sports presently has various Inov-8 minimalist shoes at up to 55% off. We've not covered Inov-8 nearly enough on this site (hoping to change that), but they've been making minimalist-minded footwear for a long while now and have been a favorite shoe of bdayshoes ultrarunner Rob's for years. They're also mighty popular in the CrossFit crowd.

The way to get the Left Lane hook-up — if you're not already a member — is to use my invite to sign-up. This will give you $10 of credit to put towards your first order over $50. The Inov-8s you're likely to be most interested in can be found here. They include the Bare-X Lite 150s for $$67.45 or the Inov-8 F-Lite 195s for $69.95. Not bad, eh?

LeftLane is also hosting an Altra Running sale — it's here. You can get Altra Instincts for close to $50 and Adams and Eves for $43! That's close to a 50% discount!

Travel Country

Travel Country

Travel Country continues to have a slew of Vibram FiveFingers on closeout, with some seriously awesome deals.

Here is just a sample. For the men, you have a chance to get the devil-red "KSO Remix" for a mere $40 (53% off). Or if you're up for a Fall-friendly, Halloween ready colorway, you can pick up black and orange KSOs for $50 (41% off). Meanwhile, women can grab the "Hawaiian Ocean" (blue) and grey Sprints for $36 (55% off). Oh and if you were wanting some men's black Classic FiveFingers, you can get them for $40 (47% off). All orders over $49 ship free. Get'em while they last.

Vibram USA is offering select FiveFingers off of their website at 40% off with Free Shipping up until 9/4! You can see what's included in the image above but what most piques my interest are the men's Trek LS in brown for $84. These puppies are being discontinued and most online retailers no longer have any in stock (seems to me anyway — and those that do want $140 for them).

But women can hook up Jaya LRs ($60), Sprints ($48), and Classics ($45) at very reasonable prices, too — particularly considering you get free shipping on the deal. Not bad! Hook it up while it lasts!


There may be more sales coming down the pipeline. I'll be sure to update this post and if you want to keep up with big sales, consider subscribing to BirthdayShoes by email (it's free, private, and only get notified once a week about new posts on the blog here with the occasional extra email on new products or big sales like this!).

  • Updated 9/1 with sale

Stay tuned!

Ironman NYC (Vibram SeeYa) Race Report

Sign at the Welcome Banquet—don’t ask me what the extra digit is for!
Sign at the Welcome Banquet—don’t ask me what the extra digit is for!

I recently had the opportunity to race the inaugural Ironman New York City triathlon. I ran the marathon portion in Vibram SeeYas, which have easily become my go-to FiveFinger model for running. Overall the race went very well and I hit all of my goals:

  • Simply finish the 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, and 26.2 run
  • Come in with a time of 12:XX hours
  • Beat a few friend’s previous times
  • Hit my “reach goal” of finishing in a time of 11:XX hours

Read on to see how I fared!

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Impromptu Luna ATS Sandals Repair

Impromptu Luna ATS Sandals Repair

Some of you may be familiar with "Barefoot Jake." He's a minimalist hiker based out of Washington who routinely goes off the grid.

Recently, Jake was out hiking in Luna Sandals (with the ATS lace) when disaster struck and one of the laces snapped. Luna ATS-style sandals (and many other Lunas) have evolved the classic huaraches design in various clever ways making for a more refined sandal.

That said, one of the benefits of a simpler huaraches design is that when the under-toe knot breaks, you just pull through more string, re-tie the knot and you're done. It's not so simple with Lunas, so when Jake saw his predicament at foot, he had to get clever with some paracord.

Here's his account:

The last two years I've been backpacking in my Luna Sandals more often. My hikes take me across a lot of mud and I often hike in the rain so my footwear is subjected to a lot of abuse. So far this year I've put about 600 hiking miles on my feet and of that maybe 100-200 were while wearing my Lunas (The rest with SeeYa FiveFingers).

Meanwhile, I wore the Lunas as my "Urban Footwear" all winter to train my feet for the cold — probably racking up another 100-200 miles in them.

Unfortunately, during my last trip to the Olympic National Park, the left huarache lace on my Lunas broke right where lace goes in between my two biggest toes. Not wanting to stop hiking in them and due to the fact I was a long way from home, I decided to do a little impromptu repair job using some at-hand materials — namely, parachord.

I thought of how I had seen a facebook friend use paracord to attach the laces to the soles. With a brief look at the buckle I figured out a way to tie the cord to the laces, reusing the Luna's recessed 'button' and was able to keep my Lunas functional for the rest of my hike.

After a day with the repair; liked it so much. I cut the other one off to match.

And here's Jake's handiwork:

Way to think on your feet, Jake! I'm sure the Luna monkeys appreciate seeing some on-the-spot huaraches ingenuity at play!

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Speed LR Vibram FiveFingers First Look

Speed LR Vibram FiveFingers First Look
The Vibram FiveFingers Speed LR is in a nutshell a reboot of the Trek LS from Fall 2011. What's changed? A few details and styling elements, namely.

We announced a week ago that the Speed LR Vibram FiveFingers had hit the market via REI (see here) in what seems to be an exclusive, limited U.S. release.

What is the Speed LR, you ask? Well, it's basically a reboot of the all-black Trek LS FiveFingers that hit the market last fall (see our review of them here).

I placed an order into REI to grab a pair of the Speed LR last week to photo and share with BirthdayShoes readers — so what follows is a first look at them. Really, I don't feel a full review of the Speed LRs is necessary because they are so similar to the Trek LS. Just how are they similar — and different? Want to see more? Read on after the jump!

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Huge Minimalist/Barefoot Shoes Sale!

Huge Minimalist/Barefoot Shoes Sale!

ALERT! THIS SALE ENDED ON AUGUST 21! — Stay tuned for other big promotions by becoming a bdayshoes email subscriber. Sign up here!

How would you like a pair of SeeYa Vibram FiveFingers for fifty bucks shipped free? They're 50% off MSRP while supplies last (These are the men's daylight/black SeeYas and have sizes 41-47 available as of this morning, August 17, 2012!).

Or maybe you want to go "mono-toed" with some Merrell Barefoot Trail Gloves for $77 plus an additional $15 off, (again) shipped free. That rings up at 44% off MSRP: Check it out. Not too bad, eh?

Perhaps you have wanted to try out the ultra-light, zero-dropped New Balance Minimus Trail Zero? Those are $110 $77 $62 (44% off) shipped free, too.

And if you like Vivo Barefoots and want some all black Breatho Trails — they're $63; Aqua Lites are $80.50 or Lucy Lites for $60! Get them while they last.

What's the deal on these deals?

EMS is throwing their footwear clearance sale. The details are simple. First, the deals will only exist while supplies last (or they turn off the sale). Second, EMS offers free shipping on orders over $48. Third, and this is important if you want to save more, use coupon AUGUST on orders over $75 for an extra $15 off! That's how you go from $77 on things like the Trail Gloves or Minimus Trail Zeros to $62 — you gotta use the coupon.

Note that there are other minimalist/barefoot shoes on sale via this clearance event, too (prices below are before the extra $15 off):

Check out the Vibram FiveFingers sale

  • Men's SeeYas for $50! (MSRP $100)
  • Women's Speed FiveFingers in all the snazzy colorways for $70 (MSRP $100)
  • Women's Spyridon LS for $72 (MSRP $120)
  • Various Kid's VFFs from $36 - $39

Check out the Merrell Barefoot sale

  • Lots of men's Trail Gloves for $77 (MSRP $110)
  • Men's Sonic Glove for $87.50 (MSRP $125)
  • Men's Bare Acess for $63

Check out the New Balance Minimus sale

  • Men's Minimus Trail Zeros for $77 (MSRP $110)
  • Men's Minimus Trails (MT10s) for $73.46 (MSRP $105)
  • Women's MT10s for $73.46 (MSRP $105)

Check out the Vivo Barefoot sale

  • Men's Breatho Trails for $63 (MSRP $90)
  • Women's Breatho Trails for $54 (MSRP $54)
  • Men's Aqua Lites for $80.50 (MSRP $115)
  • Women's Aqua Lites for $60 (MSRP $100)

And that's basically it! Happy Friday and good luck!

ALERT! THIS SALE ENDED ON AUGUST 21! — Stay tuned for other big promotions by becoming a bdayshoes email subscriber. Sign up here!

Vibrams for Humans and Dogs, Alike

Vibrams for Humans and Dogs, Alike

I got the above photo from Patty depicting her husband Moji and their dog — if you look closely you'll notice both are wearing matching Vibrams. Yes, the dog has on Vibram-soled shoes mdash; they are "Bark'n Boots" dog boots that feature Vibram soles.

I'd heard about these Vibram-soled shoes for dogs awhile back. I think many (myself included) wondered on seeing them, "Why would a dog need shoes?" The irony of asking that question is that you could ask the same of us humans wearing FiveFingers! Why not just go barefoot? Well, just like we have our reasons, so might a dog.

To that end, I asked Patty to tell me a little bit more about both Moji and their dog and their Vibram shoes. After all, Moji clearly has quite a physique and his dog looks awfully happy in his booties.

So what's the backstory? Want to see more about those wild dog boots? Read on!

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