Meet Lems Boulder, the "Barefoot Shoe" Boot

Meet Lems Boulder, the "Barefoot Shoe" Boot

I got good news from Andrew Rademacher, founder of upstart minimalist/barefoot shoe manufacturer Lems Shoes* ("Light. Easy. Minimal.") — the first batch of the much-anticipated Lems Shoes Boulder Boot are now available for order! I say "first batch" because it's only the first few hundred pairs of production (more to come, of course, within a few weeks).

The release of the Boulder boot marks the first of a new line of Lems hitting the market in 2013! What's so exciting about the Boulder? Aside from it being a "barefoot shoe boot" that is super lightweight, zero drop, minimally and flexibly soled, and a boot, well, what else is there to say? If you've had a pair of Andrew's barefoot shoes, you're expectations are likely through the roof for these boots. We've reviewed the first offering from Lems that hit back in 2011 — the Primal (see reviews here and here) and had nothing but good things to say.

Andrew has a pair of Boulders coming my way, so I hope to share more about it soon, but if you're eager to snatch up a pair without further adieu and want to know the scoop, read on!

UPDATE: I got the boots! If you want to jump straight to my full review of the Lems Boulder boot, go here!


The official Boulder Boot specs from Lems!

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Teva Zilch Barefoot/Minimalist Sandals

Teva Zilch Barefoot Minimalist Sandals - The design is cool, futuristic even
Teva Zilch Barefoot Minimalist Sandals - The design is cool, futuristic even

Before switching completely to minimalist footwear nearly a year ago and running daily in homemade 4mm-thick huaraches, I was a fan of Teva sandals. Now just the thought of stomping around in those thickly soled sandals makes my feet ache. Fortunately, Teva is coming around and meeting me somewhere in the middle with their release of the Teva Zilch sandals. While I love my huaraches, I'm still willing to experiment so I purchased a pair of Zilch sandals to see how they perform as running sandals.

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Vibram FiveFingers Speed For Sale in the U.S.!

From left to right, the Vibram FiveFingers Speed in white/blue (women's), teal/white (women's), and black/white (men's).
From left to right, the Vibram FiveFingers Speed in white/blue (women's), teal/white (women's), and black/white (men's).

The FiveFingers Speed is Available Now!

Hallelujah! It's finally here!

The Vibram FiveFingers Speed a.k.a. the retro-styled, laced-up, limited-release Vibram toe shoes are finally available for purchase in the United States!

CitySports has them here for $99.95 (with free shipping)!

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Soft Star RunAmoc Dash Review (Barefoot Running Shoes)

Various photos of the RunAmoc Dash, a minimalist/barefoot running shoe from Soft Star Shoes out of Oregon.
Various photos of the RunAmoc Dash, a minimalist/barefoot running shoe from Soft Star Shoes out of Oregon.
After getting 2nd place in the 35K division of the Santa Barbara Endurance Race. I’m on the left
After getting 2nd place in the 35K division of the Santa Barbara Endurance Race. I’m on the left

Since last December, I have had the privilege of helping to test the Soft Star Shoes RunAmoc Dash. I’ve run 367 miles on Dash prototypes since then. The Dash weighs only 5.6 ounces for the 2mm sole and the perforated LITE upper. With a thin 2mm Vibram sole and zero heel to toe drop, the RunAmoc Dash is far “less” of a shoe than many of the heavier transitional/minimalist shoes coming onto the market this year.

Two weeks ago, I won second place in the 35K division of the Santa Barbara Endurance Race, wearing Soft Star’s new minimalist running moccasin, the RunAmoc Dash.

Below is my review of the RunAmoc Dash from a design, aesthetics, and performance standpoint.

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Lems Shoes Barefoot Shoes - Initial Review

A new minimalist shoe is coming to town Fall 2011 from a shoe company built for bare feet - Stem Footwear.
A new minimalist shoe is coming to town Fall 2011 from a shoe company built for bare feet - Stem Footwear.

Update: on March 1, 2012, "Stem Footwear" became "Lems Shoes" and then in 2013 they shortened their name to Lems!


What's the change mean for you or for the usefulness of this review? Well, nothing — they're still the same shoes, just branded with a different name and logo!

Have you heard about Stem Lems Shoes? They are a new minimalist footwear company birthed out of a need for more foot friendly shoes — a.k.a. shoes that have a good sized toe-box, are neutral from heel to toe, and aren't so heavily cushioned that all feeling of the ground is lost. These are, at minimal, some of the main, most important criteria. Shoes that let your feet be feet.

The co-founder of Lems Footwear is Andrew Rademacher. Though I've yet to meet Andrew in person, he and I have had a number of exchanges to date and from what I can tell, he's barking up the right tree with Lems Shoes as specifically evidenced by his upcoming Primal Origins shoes. Andrew sent me a pre-production version of Lems Shoes shoes to examine and wear test to the extent that I could — the only size Andrew had was about a size too small. Note: These aren't yet available to purchase — look for Lems Shoes shoes to buy in Fall 2011: more on buying later.

Perhaps because of the super flexible nature of the Lems Shoes shoe design, or the roomy toe box, I was able to wear the one-size-too-small Leming shoes around enough to make some initial conclusions about them. In short, Lems Shoes has designed a pretty compelling "barefot shoe" for casual, everyday wear. More including photos, a video, and an interview with Andrew after the jump!

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Vibram FiveFingers Bikila and Sprint Long-Term Review

Vibram FiveFingers Bikila and Sprint Long-Term Review

1,250 miles later: VFF Sprints & Bikilas

Over the last two racing seasons, I’ve used Vibram Five Fingers Sprints and Bikilas in training and racing a number of events ranging from 5K running races and sprint triathlons to half marathons, marathons, and an Ironman. In total, I’ve put about 500 miles on the Sprints and 750 miles on the Bikilas. Most of my running is done on paved surfaces, but I’ve even done a little hiking and wear them casually quite often.

Today I'd like to review the FiveFingers Sprint and Bikila from a long-term use perspective. Let’s take a look at some pictures after the jump!

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