Doing the Ultimate Hike in FiveFingers - Help Alejandra Out!

Doing the Ultimate Hike in FiveFingers - Help Alejandra Out!

The following is a guest post by Alejandra Aldana

On May 4, 2013, I will be participating in Ultimate Hike, a 28.3 mile hike benefiting CureSearch for Children's Cancer. My goal is to not only complete this very long hike in one day, but also help raise awareness and $2500 in funds for CureSearch.

CureSearch for Children's Cancer, a National Childhood Cancer Foundation, funds and supports targeted and innovative children's cancer research with measurable results, and is the authoritative source of information and resources for all those affected by children's cancer. CureSearch funds both local and national research, ensuring that a cure will be found as quickly as possible.

I have decided to take this challenge for a number of reasons. I want the opportunity to help give back to those affected by cancer as well as improve my life and fitness. Part of what I hope to accomplish other than raising funds for children in need is becoming part of a community and pushing my boundaries.

I plan on completing the 28.3 miles completely in my Vibram Five Fingers and while many people are advising me against it, I just don't see myself doing it without them. It is going to take a lot of building my feet up, but I am more than confident I will be able to do so. If you are able to donate to my fundraising that would be great. If not that will be fine, too. What I would love to get out of this, is the opportunity to share my journey with others. There is nothing more powerful and exhilarating than a sense of community for a great cause. If you are interested in joining me on my minimalist journey please let me know as soon as possible (we have already started our first training session). If you would like to help follow and share me and my cause you can do so at 10littlepiggies.tumblr.com.

You can also donate directly by following this link.

Thanks again for your support and encouragement!

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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Spring 2013 Vibram FiveFingers

Spring 2013 Vibram FiveFingers

With water-resistant Vibram FiveFingers and the SeeYa LS on tap for Fall 2012, Vibram is already thinking ahead to Spring and Summer of 2013!

What might we expect at the bleeding edge of toe shoes technology early next year, you ask? How about some watersports-focused Vibrams? Or how about updated versions of the Classic and Sprint models? Want a FiveFingers sandal? Want to see the Europe-only FiveFingers Sorrento make it's way across the pond? If you can respond "yes" to any or all of these questions, you're in luck because all these options are on tap for early 2013 — that is, if you want them — and that's where you actually get to help drive the future of FiveFingers. How? Read on!

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Meet Tune Footwear: Barefoot-Friendly Dress Shoes

Meet Tune Footwear: Barefoot-Friendly Dress Shoes

Foot health is so hugely dependent on wearing shoes that allow feet to function naturally (more on this here), yet most of us spend at least eight hours a day working in office environments where shoes that look like feet just don't fit the office culture. And really, of the minimalist shoes available even as the category has grown, there haven't been a ton of options for dress shoes that cater to bare feet.

That's changing. While you may be aware of Primal Professionals (Dressy oxfords set to be released soon, hopefully), I doubt you've heard of Tune Footwear — until now.

A few months back BirthdayShoes became aware of Tune Footwear. They are a nascent minimalist shoe manufacturer focused solely on bringing to market men's footwear that could fit in in the office environment — in the form of the age-old men's style, the loafer.

Intrigued? Want to learn more about Tune's mission? Read on for more photos and a survey that will directly impact the future of Tune Footwear!

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