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KSO Kids FiveFingers Review

Alex is sporting the boy's Vibram KSO Kids FiveFingers (in blue).  Alex likes the "toe massage" he gets when wearing his Vibrams.
Alex is sporting the boy's Vibram KSO Kids FiveFingers (in blue). Alex likes the "toe massage" he gets when wearing his Vibrams.

"They feel like I have a toe massage ... well not when I first got them, they stung a little when I first got them."

What follows is a guest review by a new blogger for BirthdayShoes — Alex! Alex has been testing out Vibram's KSO Kids FiveFingers for the past month or two and despite some adjustment (the "stinging") now would recommend them to his friends. Photos, video review by Alex (best review in months!), more after the jump!

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Teva Zilch on Sale (50% off)!

Teva Zilch on Sale (50% off)!

If you happen to have been after a pair of minimalist sandals and either live in a reasonably warm climate or don't mind cool feet (or getting some use out of these now and a lot more use in about 6 months), then here's a sweet deal: you can get a pair of the above pictured men's Teva Zilch in grey/black (which I have to say is the best color combo I've seen) for only $40! That's 50% off MSRP of $80!

Here's how you can hook this up. First off, to get the deal, you have to be a member of TheClymb, which is as simple as being invited. You can use my invite link to be invited. Being a member of TheClymb means that you'll get the occasional deal email (They've previously had VIVO BAREFOOTS at heavy discount, which is a great way to pick up a pair of VIVOs). You can quit any time. Once you're a member, go get your Zilches!

Shipping on them will run about $8.

At present (and they might go fast), they've got sizes 9 - 12 (including all half sizes), 13, and 14. I'm a size 10.5 in most shoes and also a size 10.5 in the Zilch, so these run "true to size" in my experience. If you recall, James reviewed the Zilch on BirthdayShoes a few weeks ago.

Link round-up: Clymb invite | Teva Zilches @ TheClymb | Zilch Review

Psst ...

By the way ... Did you know that you can use coupon code BIRTHDAYSHOES07 to get 7% off FiveFingers at Massey's Outfitters? Head over to Massey's and see what they've got in stock and hook up a little BdayShoes discount action! Thanks Massey's!

NYC Barefoot Run 2011 Recap

Various photos from the 2011 NYC Barefoot Run on September 25, 2011, on Governor's Island.
Various photos from the 2011 NYC Barefoot Run on September 25, 2011, on Governor's Island.

Had the fantastic opportunity to get up to New York City for the 2011 NYC Barefoot Run this past weekend. Special thanks to Merrell Barefoot for getting me up there — you want to talk about a company that cares about an authentic supporter of the minimalist footwear and actually barefoot running/walking/whatever movement! They flew a slew of us bloggers, runners, and otherwise up to NYC and put us up in a hotel for the weekend simply to bend our ear for a few hours about where all this is going. Thank you, Merrell, and major props to Emily and Craig (And everyone else who made it happen).

Who was there? What happened? Who ran a sub-5 minute mile on Saturday for fun? Want to hear about what's coming down the pipe from Chris McDougall regarding the upcoming Born to Run movie or his next book? Read on!

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New Balance Minimus Zero Has Got No Sole

A couple close-ups of the outsole on the 2012 New Balance NB Minimus Zero Trail (left) and Road (right).
A couple close-ups of the outsole on the 2012 New Balance NB Minimus Zero Trail (left) and Road (right). Both feature Vibram rubber "pods" that are separated from each other to improve sole flexibility while adding some rubber protection at high points of impact.

Or at least, it only has rubber sole where it counts. Or it's got a holy sole.

That's the messaging coming from New Balance regarding their upcoming NB Minimus Zero barefoot/minimalist running shoe slated for release in 2012. The latest official news (You can spy some images of the NB Minimus Zero Trail and Road in this previous post) the NB Minimus Zero line is being released today from New Balance, and the subject is sole patterns from wear tested pairs of their Minimus line — and how those wear patterns were the basis behind the podded placement of the Vibram rubber on the Minimus Zero outsole.

Video and more after the jump!

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Hiking the Smoky Mountains in Toe Shoes

Nathan sports his KSO FiveFingers (and takes along his Merrell Barefoot Trail Gloves) on a hike to the top of Mt. Leconte in Tennessee.  Note his wife sporting the Merrell Barefoot Pace Gloves!
Nathan sports his KSO FiveFingers (and takes along his Merrell Barefoot Trail Gloves) on a hike to the top of Mt. Leconte in Tennessee. Note his wife sporting the Merrell Barefoot Pace Gloves!

In the reader mailbag (a few weeks back!) I got the following note from FiveFingers fan Nathan on his KSOs:

This past week I hiked with my wife and some of my family to the top of Mt. Leconte in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. I wore my VFF KSO's for the whole 12 mile round trip with my Merrell Trail Gloves strapped to my backpack as my backup shoes. =) Other than some hotspots which BodyGlide took care of I had no problems climbing the 2700+ vertical feet to the 6593 ft peak and back. I love my VFF's and I certainly enjoy hiking in them. I have been wearing them for about one year now and enjoy using them for cutting grass, errands, etc. I also enjoy the blog and check it frequently!

PS. My wife wore her Merrell Pace Gloves and enjoyed the hike as well. She won't use VFF's because of how they look. =)

Thanks,
Nathan

I'm a big fan of hiking in FiveFingers, too. The added dimension of feeling the varied terrain through your feet amplifies the experience with nature.

Thanks for sharing, Nathan!