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.

Hiking the Austrian Alps in Vibram FiveFingers

Hiking the Austrian Alps in Vibram FiveFingers

Guest post by David

Many people will say, "You can't hike in FiveFingers." Don't believe them.

I've been hiking for more than ten years in many places around the world, from the high mountains of Peru to the jungles of Borneo. I've hiked in high-topped leather boots, traditional hiking shoes, and Vibram FiveFingers. And I'll never hike in traditional hiking shoes or boots again. In my experience, FiveFingers are the ultimate shoes for walking over nearly any terrain.

Read on to see how FiveFingers have stacked up for hiking the Austrian Alps!

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Speed LR Vibram FiveFingers Out!

Speed LR Vibram FiveFingers Out!

In what appears to be an exclusive release, the Speed LR — an all leather update to the FiveFingers Trek LS — has just hit the shelves of REI. Don't take my word for it, check out the Speed LR's product listing page at REI.com (and note I just ordered size 43s!).

The Speed LR is only available in an almost entirely black leather upper (with subtle grey accents and Vibram logo'ing). It's selling for $130. More information and photos after the jump!

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Discontinued FiveFingers Get Close-Out Deals: KSOs, Classics, and Sprints Up to 55% Off!

Discontinued FiveFingers Get Close-Out Deals:  KSOs, Classics, and Sprints Up to 55% Off!

If you've been in the market for some old school FiveFingers lately, you may have noticed a few deals around the interwebs. One example: REI Outlet has the original grey/palm men's KSOs for about $50 and a couple of women's KSO colorways for $50, too (find both deals here).

What's the deal with these fantastic deals?

From what I can piece together, I'd speculate that Vibram wants to "clean house" on FiveFingers models and colorways they are discontinuing by allowing retailers to drop prices to "firesale" levels.

What models are affected?

Like I mentioned, there are basically two impacts at play here. One is to sell off old discontinued models. The other is to sell off discontinued colorways of ongoing models that will still be sold (in new or pre-existing colorways) going forward.

The biggest change to the Vibram ecosystem (as I see it) is that the original Classic and Sprint FiveFingers will no longer be in production by 2013. The leather KSO Trek is also, apparently, history (among a few others*). KSOs will still exist (for both men and women) but only in flat black. Yeah, it's a bummer, I know.

If there's a silver lining to these model discontinuations and colorway reductions, it's that it presents a chance to snag up some of these soon-to-be-history Vibrams at absurdly low prices.

Just take a look at these sales.

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).

Here are the sizes available (and links to buy) as of midnight 8/14/2012 — each link takes you to the online retailer offering the steep discounts:

All orders over $49 ship free.

The retailer offering these deals is Travel Country — a long-time VFF supplier based out of Florida (I bought my first pair of Sprints and third pair of VFFs from them back in 2009 on a big sale off their website). I point this out because given the number of counterfeit online retailers of Vibrams offering fake FiveFingers at steep discounts, you might wonder about the legitimacy of this sale — TravelCountry is the real deal and they were one of the first supporters of this site, which is appreciated.

I'll wrap by saying "That's not all." If you are looking for more recently released Vibram FiveFingers models on sale, you can actually get the Spyridon LS or SeeYa on sale at TravelCountry, too, for 20-25% off. Check that and these other sales out — while they last.

Ultimately, while it's hard to pass up a good deal on a pair of VFFs, I think many of us will have mixed feelings about losing the FiveFingers models we "cut our teeth" on. I know it's silly to be sad about losing a style of shoes — toe shoes at that! — but it is what it is.

One last thing: if you want to find out when other minimalist shoes go on sale, be sure to subscribe by email.

* Other models that seem to have been nuked off the VFFsphere include the Jaya LR, Fresca, Bormio, and Trek LS.

Skechers Go Bionic Review

Skechers Go Bionic Review

In my review of the Skechers GO Run Ride (here), I likened the overall feel as being a marriage between the Saucony Kinvara and the Nike Free. This time around there is no marriage of shoes, the Skechers GO Bionic is a breed apart.

If I had to compare it to a shoe I've worn I'd have to say it's most like a Nike Free 3.0 but much different (The Go Bionic is better). Why? For starters the GO Bionic has 0mm heel-to-forefoot drop while the Free 3.0 has about 4mm drop. In addition, the GO Bionic weighs significantly less than the Free 3.0 — 6.0oz compared to 7.2oz. Lastly, the GO Bionic is much roomier in the toe box than any Nike Free I've ever worn — definitely enough room for ample toe spread.

I'm getting ahead of myself. What are these new shoes from Skechers, anyway? Read on!

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Review Vivo Barefoot Hybrid Golf Shoes

Review Vivo Barefoot Hybrid Golf Shoes

Over the past year, we've seen the barefoot shoe market expand to golf. While almost any barefoot shoe can be used for golf (and I've golfed in most of mine), the nature of their minimal design means barefoot shoes are often missing several key attributes needed for comfort and performance on the course. But adding these features understandably moves the shoe further from barefoot feel and function. So just how minimal can a golf shoe actually get? Earlier this year, Vivo Barefoot set out to prove just how "barefoot" a golf shoe can be with the release of their Hybrid golf shoe. Read on for the full review.

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Big VivoBarefoot Sales

Big VivoBarefoot Sales

ATTENTION: This sale has ended!

If you're looking for more recent sales, check the BirthdayShoes Store here for previous sales sent to bdayshoes email subscribers. Consider subscribing by email to get future updates, too (You only get about one email a week that updates on recent posts. This enters you into future giveaway contests, too.).

You can also check out past blog posts on BirthdayShoes tagged as a "sale" here (Note: while virtually all sales are sent to email subscribers while only some of them actually make it to the blog).


The sale

If you've been jonesin' for VivoBarefoots, you're in luck — three huge sales going on right now that will hook you up on the cheap!

EMS offering 20% off Vivo Barefoots to BirthdayShoes readers!

If you've been angling to pick up some of the Vivo Barefoot Aqua Lites I reviewed just last week, well, Good news! You can get them at 20% off over at EMS.com thanks to an exclusive 20% off coupon they are offering to BirthdayShoes.com readers! That means you can get the grey Aqua Lites for $92 shipped free (instead of $115 MSRP). That's a pretty solid deal for these versatile shoes (and if you want the blue/white Aqua Lites for I photoed in my review, well, read on below!).

To take 20% off, simply head over to EMS.com here and use coupon code BIRTHDAYSHOES when you check out. Note that they carry all the Vivo Barefoots you see in the photo above — so the coupon would work on black Breatho Trails ($90 $72 shipped free) or the black/white Ultra Pures ($50 $40, which is well worth it — I have this colorway and it's the best, in my opinion). There are others for sale there, too, though you should read on in this post to make sure you're getting the best deal!

Read on for two flash sales on VivoBarefoots to save you 40-50% off!

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