Vivo Barefoot One Review

Vivo Barefoot One Review

Vivo Barefoot released several new models in 2013 and being the owner of many Vivo shoes, I was excited to have the opportunity to test out the new "One," and thanks to Vivo Barefoot sending me a pair to test, that's what I'll be doing today.

I was curious to see how the Ones would stack up against my existing lineup of Vivo Barefoot shoes, and having worn them everyday for a few weeks now, I can safely say these might be my new favorite style from Vivo Barefoot.

Read on for more details, photos, and my thoughts on the One.

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Save Up to 50% on Vibram FiveFingers

Save Up to 50% on Vibram FiveFingers

Flash sale outdoor gear site LeftLane Sports has just announced a new flash sale of Vibram FiveFingers, offering select Vibrams at up to 50% (or more) off MSRP!

New to LeftLane? You can save even more if you use my invite to become a "member" of LeftLane. This gets you $10 in store credit towards your first purchase over $50.

Ready? Here is the sale.

With the credit you can easily get two pairs of Vibram FiveFingers for the price of one, shipped free (orders over $75).

Again, here is my invite to get $10 credit and here is the sale.

What does "membership" mean? Becoming a member of LeftLane is basically just signing up to receive emailed deals. It is as simple as providing basic info (name/email) and there are no strings attached (no fees to join). You can quit the email list at any time.

What styles of FiveFingers can you pick up with this sale, you ask? For men they've got KMD Sports, SeeYa, SeeYa LS, Bikilas, and KSOs. For women, they've got KMD Sport, Jaya LR, Bikila, and Classics.

Good luck!

Sensori Venture Xero Shoes (P)review!

Sensori Venture Xero Shoes (P)review!

Xero Shoes has started teasing their impending release of the Xero Shoes Sensori Venture, an out-of-the-box ready, huaraches-inspired design that takes the guesswork out of tying a pair of everyone's-favorite-barefoot-sandals, employing a wholly new lace configuration.

Well, I'm happy to throw fuel to the fire as I've snapped a slew of photos of the Sensori Ventures to share with you via a "preview" today thanks to Steven shooting me an early pair to check out. Soon, we'll have a full review from James, our veritable huaraches (and Xero Shoes) expert!

Read on!

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VivoBarefoot Rooty Kids Minimalist Shoe Review

VivoBarefoot Rooty Kids Minimalist Shoe Review

As my oldest daughter's feet grow, her options for kids minimalist/barefoot?healthy?shoes increase. Unfortunately, the number of not-so-healthy, heavy, and clunky shoes also increase (Avi's four-year-old friends all have light up shoes, which generally are anything but light?and mommy and daddy recently cavedgranted her birthday wish and got her a pair).

Today I'll be reviewing my 4 year-old's Vivo Barefoot Rootys. VivoBarefoot sent the BirthdayShoes household a pair of size 25 (US size 9) Rootys a few months back for Avi to try out and "review" (via me!). The short of it is that they are a great choice and have held up well to kid-sized wear and tear.

Read on for photos and details!

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Golf-Specific Barefoot/Toe Shoes to Come From Vibram FiveFingers?

Golf-Specific Barefoot/Toe Shoes to Come From Vibram FiveFingers?

Philip recently reviewed the Vibram FiveFingers Speed XC Lite from a golf perspective and there's been a lot of talk about Vibram bringing the toe shoe concept to the golf shoe market—something that wouldn't be surprising given there are other "barefoot" golf shoes out there (See these reviews: Vivo Barefoot Hybrid, True Linkswear, and Barefoot B.E.R.B.S).

Well, looks like Vibram (at least out of Italy) is dabbling in releasing a "true" five-toed barefoot shoe with a new Vibram FiveFingers sole that is unquestionably meant for golfing. See: the photo above.

Will this shoe actually shoe up sometime in 2014? Your guess is as good as mine. For now, I'll share what we know about these Golf-Specific FiveFingers as well as a few more candid photos of them after the jump!

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Review-Merrell Bare Access Arc

Review-Merrell Bare Access Arc

Guest review by Nicole

The Merrell Bare Access Arc 2 is my first barefoot shoe, and I'm incredibly happy to have this as part of my hiking gear.

I always thought I disliked hiking long distances, as my feet would feel heavy even in normal cross-trainers. However, two months after switching to the Bare Access, I can easily do 10-12 miles, and am now working my way up to longer hikes.

I used the Merrells in Glacier National Park last week and took them on 46 miles of a wide variety of trails. Trail conditions included well-groomed packed-dirt, areas of large and small rock, and even crossing narrow areas of waterfall. I was very happy with the grip and stability on all surfaces.

Review-Merrell Bare Access Arc
Crossing Grinnell Glacier Trail waterfall

After hiking Grinnell Glacier trail, which had the most areas of small and medium sharp rock, my feet were pretty tender. On all other days my feet felt like they had a workout, but were not sore. I wore them with wicking sport liner socks as well as lightweight merino socks, and my feet always felt dry, comfortable, and light. The shoes got a bit of internal and external wear on the trip but the sole tread still looks very good and I expect them to last another hundred or so miles.

Prior to this trip, I wore these shoes 2-3 miles a day in and around NYC without socks, and took them on about 40 miles of primarily well-groomed, packed-dirt local trails with a wicking liner sock. They performed really well in both situations. On one of the hikes, we were caught in a rain storm on the way back to the car. During the light rain, my feet felt comfortable even though damp, so much so that I praised them to my hiking partners. However, probably like just about any shoe, once it was raining hard and I was walking through puddles, they got a little heavier and squishy. They took about 5 hours in the sun to completely dry out, and lost their "no-smell" properties.

After my experience in Glacier, I am ordering the Vivobarefoot Neo Trail Running shoe for extra protection when I know that trails will have areas of sharp rock, but plan to continue to wear these as my primary city footwear and for soft or short trails.

Thanks for the guest review, Nicole!

Note: If you're looking to pick up the Merrell Bare Access Arc 2, it can be found online at REI?on sale, incidentally.