Topo Athletic ST and MT Ditch Tabi, Go Traditional

Topo Athletic ST and MT Ditch Tabi, Go Traditional

Have you heard? Topo Athletic, the company Tony Post ("Topo") founded after leaving Vibram USA, is launching two new models in the coming months ? the Topo Athletic ST (hitting imminently and just now available for pre-order) and the Topo Athletic MT.

Notably, neither of these new models has the "split-toe" Tabi design of the original three Topo Athletic shoes (See the RR review here and an overview of the original Topo models here).

The split-toe, being so distinctive, really set the originals apart from other running shoes. So where did it go? What does it mean? To find out, I talked to Tony about the launch. You can read more (and see the split-toe-less ... er ... traditional-toe-boxed shoes) after the jump!

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Lems Nine2Five Minimalist/Barefoot Dress Shoe Review

Lems Nine2Five Minimalist/Barefoot Dress Shoe Review

Lems Shoes rounded out their 2013 line-up (Previously from Lems on BirthdayShoes: the Primal 2, my personal favorite, The Mariner, and the Boulder Boot) with a solution to the age-old barefoot/minimalist shoe wearer's quintessential conundrum: what "barefoot shoes" can I get away with wearing to work? I'm talking about their aptly named "Nine2Five."

UPDATE 6/10/2014 — In mid-2014 Lems released the black Nine2Fiveis and upgraded versions of the Coffee & Cream Nine2Fives. Basically, they're shinier and a bit more premium-looking than the photos below may lead you to believe. You should be sure to check out the new photos here. Teaser:

Lems Nine2Five Minimalist/Barefoot Dress Shoe Review

Back to the original review: Lems sent me a pair of the brown or "coffee & cream" Nine2Fives to try out and review for BirthdayShoes, so I've been wearing my pair fairly regularly now for the past 2-3 months and below are my thoughts (and photos!).

Read on!

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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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