Meet Lems Boulder, the "Barefoot Shoe" Boot

Meet Lems Boulder, the "Barefoot Shoe" Boot

I got good news from Andrew Rademacher, founder of upstart minimalist/barefoot shoe manufacturer Lems Shoes* ("Light. Easy. Minimal.") — the first batch of the much-anticipated Lems Shoes Boulder Boot are now available for order! I say "first batch" because it's only the first few hundred pairs of production (more to come, of course, within a few weeks).

The release of the Boulder boot marks the first of a new line of Lems hitting the market in 2013! What's so exciting about the Boulder? Aside from it being a "barefoot shoe boot" that is super lightweight, zero drop, minimally and flexibly soled, and a boot, well, what else is there to say? If you've had a pair of Andrew's barefoot shoes, you're expectations are likely through the roof for these boots. We've reviewed the first offering from Lems that hit back in 2011 — the Primal (see reviews here and here) and had nothing but good things to say.

Andrew has a pair of Boulders coming my way, so I hope to share more about it soon, but if you're eager to snatch up a pair without further adieu and want to know the scoop, read on!

UPDATE: I got the boots! If you want to jump straight to my full review of the Lems Boulder boot, go here!


The official Boulder Boot specs from Lems!

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Minimalist Military Combat Boot Mini-Mil from Belleville First Look

Minimalist Military Combat Boot Mini-Mil from Belleville First Look

Minimalist shoes (like Vibram FiveFingers) have become incredibly popular in the military. Everyone will remember the iconic Special Forces photo of a soldier jumping out of a Chinook helicopter in FiveFingers. But you'll also recall that the popularity of toe shoes has resulted in the U.S. Army banning them (Meanwhile, The Navy seems to think they are okay. Even more on the Army's take here.). So it is that at least one military/police boot manufacturer—a company called Belleville—has partnered up with Vibram to produce a "minimalist boot." It's called the Mini-Mil and comes in TR101 (brown), TR102 (black), and TR103 (sage).

Check out the official specs and see more photos and video after the jump!

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Hurricane Sandy vs. Lontra Vibram FiveFingers
a.k.a. Let’s Go For A Rainy Day Bike Ride!

Hurricane Sandy vs. Lontra Vibram FiveFingers <br /><small>a.k.a. Let’s Go For A Rainy Day Bike Ride!</small>

With Hurricane Sandy bearing down on the Mid-Atlantic (The streets of Arlington, Virginia) earlier this week, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to splash around in some puddles and generally enjoy acting like a little kid on Monday afternoon. So I did what any self-respecting triathlete would do in high winds, pouring rain, and 40 degree temperatures—I suited up in my race wetsuit, swim goggles, aerohelmet and went for a bike ride in my Vibram FiveFinger Lontras. I convinced my friend Mark to join me and document some of the craziness (Did I mention I rode a tricycle at one point?).

Check out the photo journey after the jump!!

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Vivo Barefoot Gobi Boot Review

Vivo Barefoot Gobi Boot Review

With the success of Vivo Barefoot's ultra-popular "Ra" comes the release of a Ra-like ankle high leather boot called the Gobi. Vivo shot me a pair of these Gobis to test out, and I'm happy to oblige ? these boots are comfortable, make my feet happy, and provide plenty of proprioceptive feedback. And they do it with a style that is simple yet fashionable and by extension, classic.

What follows is a full review of the Gobi! Read on!

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Vapor Glove Merrell Barefoot Initial Review

Vapor Glove Merrell Barefoot Initial Review

Merrell Barefoot is bringing to market an incredible minimalist/barefoot shoe in 2013. It’s called the Vapor Glove and when I first pulled the sample pair out of the box Merrell sent me, I thought “Whoa” followed immediately by “Finally!”

Quite simply, the Vapor Glove is the most minimalist, closest to barefoot shoe that Merrell has made. Like other Merrell Barefoots before it, it features a Vibram rubber sole and a distinctly “Merrell” look. But looks might not tell just how simple a shoe the Vapor Glove is. If you’re a fan of the KSO FiveFingers but could do without the toes, you are in luck.

And you should read on for photos and video of what could be the most compelling-yet-simple barefoot shoes in 2013.

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Save Up to 50% Off FiveFingers

Save Up to 50% Off FiveFingers

Flash sale outdoor gear site LeftLane Sports has just announced a new flash sale of Vibram FiveFingers, offering select Vibrams at 50% off MSRP! Here is my invite to sign up and get $10 credit. Here is the sale.

NOTE: If you're not a member of LeftLane Sports, USE MY INVITE TO JOIN and you'll get $10 in store credit towards your first purchase of $50 or more! This means you can get two pairs of VFFs for the price of one when it's all said and done, shipped free (orders over $75). That's a good deal.

Becoming a member is as simple as providing basic info (name/email). There are no strings attached (no fees to join) — membership simply means you will get emailed future flash sales announcements. You can quit the email list at any time.

Here is my invite to get $10 credit. Here is the sale.

What styles of FiveFingers can you pick up with this sale, you ask? For men they've got Sprints, TrekSports, Bikilas, and KSOs. For women, they've got Jaya LR, Bikila, Sprints, and Classics. Here are the shoes/prices (screenshots of the sales):

For those of you who already have a pair or two (or ten!) of FiveFingers but haven't tried some of the original, less-soled models that "started it all," well, here is your chance at a great price. The increased ground feel and foot friendliness you get with a pair of Classic or Sprint-soled, razor-siped FiveFingers as compared to the thicker Trek- or Bikila- soled varietals will blow your nerve-laden foot's proverbial/proprioceptive mind! If you didn't know already, the Vibrams with the original soles-Classics and Sprints-are going away for good, so get them while they last.

Again, here is my invite (Use to get $10 credit). Here is the sale.

Good luck!