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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The 2011 Vibram Five Fingers Komodo Sport will arrive soon!

Vibram Five Fingers Komodo Sport
Vibram Five Fingers Komodo Sport

The 2011 Komodo Sport will arrive soon! Click here to pre-order it at REI. This model will soon be available as part of Vibram's 2011 Five Fingers line-up. Click here to read Justin's review of this exciting new model designed for fitness/cross training that could be used for just about any activity.

Komodo Sport Product Description

Designed for cross-training, the FiveFingers KomodoSport multisport shoes take the popular KSO and introduce a friction-reducing footbed to enhance comfort.

  • Stretchy uppers hug feet and offer quick-drying comfort; breathable stretch-mesh panels keep debris and grit out
  • Adjustable instep and heel straps secure with rip-and-stick closures to provide a snug, supportive fit
  • Individual toe slots enhance dexterity, control and stability to help deliver a natural motion
  • AEGIS Microbe Shield® antimicrobial treatment helps control odor development
  • Seamless 2mm polyurethane footbeds reduce friction underfoot; EVA arch shanks help provide light support
  • 4mm Vibram outsoles are made of nonmarking Vibram TC1 rubber and feature traction pods that follow the contours of your feet and toes for enhanced traction
  • Recommended for running and fitness; in order to allow your feet to adapt to using different muscles, gradually increase usage of these shoes
  • The Vibram FiveFingers KomodoSport shoes are machine washable in cold water; air dry only
  • To determine size, stand with heels against a wall and measure from the wall to the tip of the longest toe; use the longest toe length in conjunction with the size chart

Pre-order now at REI!



* This post originally said that the Komodo was available for order at REI, but we later found out that they are just taking pre-orders for delivery next month. We're sorry for the mistake.

Review: Women's KSO Trek

Review: Women's KSO Trek
Justine at Lake Tahoe in her KSO Treks.

Consultant Justine Lam was instrumental in putting together Ron Paul's online fundraising campaign. She is also a big fan of Vibram Five Fingers. You may remember the interview she did about her KSOs here on BirthdayShoes. Now she has put together a review of her Vibram Five Fingers Women's KSO Treks where she compares them to her KSOs and Bikilas. Here is her review:

by Justine Lam — Guest Writer

Women's Vibram FiveFingers KSO Trek Review

When I got my first pair KSOs back in June 2008, I had never seen them in stores or on anyone’s feet. I tried them on at a kayaking store in NYC and started wearing them around the city and while hiking or backpacking.

Two short years later wherever I go, I will likely bump into a fellow Vibram Five Fingers fan. For example, I just sat down at Red Rock Coffee Co. in Mountain View, CA to write up my review and next to me a customer was sporting his black VFF classics. He told me he can’t go back to normal shoes, that he feels more aware of his surroundings and in his body w/ his Vibrams. He smiled widely while talking about his shoes. VFFs creates real brand evangelists.

Recently, thanks to BirthdayShoes.com I got to try the new VFF KSO Treks for women. I was ecstatic. I had been jealously admiring the KSO Treks for men for the past year, wishing they would make them for women. Finally my prayers were answered!

Read the rest of Justine's review after the jump!

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Winter Running with O'Neill Reactor Reef Boots

Minnesota in Winter
Northern Minnesota in Winter.

Photographer, filmmaker and author, Dudley Edmondson, found that barefoot running in the chilly winters of Northern Minnesota can be a real challenge. Then he discovered O'Neill Reactor Reef Boots provide a near barefoot feel while being warm and inexpensive. Here is his review:

by Dudley Edmondson — Guest Writer

Justin here at BirthdayShoes.com asked me to share my thoughts about a minimalist shoe alternative for winter running conditions. If you’re like me and live in a colder climate you’ve discovered the Vibram Five shoe we all love is not exactly the best in cold weather. The Vibram Five Fingers Flow is supposed to be the shoe of choice in cold weather but here in northern Minnesota where the daytime temps can hover in the double digits below zero for a week or more, you really need more protection from the cold than a five toed shoe can offer.

Read the rest of Dudley's review and see his How-to video after the jump!

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A Five Fingers Christmas

Molly's  Christmas Tree
Molly's Christmas Tree
VFF Collection
VFF Collection

Molly sent us the pics above and the following note about their Five Fingers Christmas:

It's Christmas in our house and what better time to celebrate Vibram Five Fingers. This is our collection of VFF, mostly obtained throughout 2010. Between the two of us, we have 15 pairs (Classics not shown, sorry!). We swear by Five Fingers and have spread the joy to family and friends all year. Here's to a Barefoot 2011!

Thanks Molly! Nice collection.

We wish a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all Birthday Shoes readers out there!! Thanks for your support and have a great 2011!

Vibram Five Fingers for Winter: Review of the Cortina

Dirk in his Cortinas.
Dirk in his Cortinas.

Perhaps you have followed Dirk Verelst on the BirthdayShoes forum or read his previous blog post on Denim Classics in the Vibram Five Fingers 2010 European Line-up. Dirk is very knowledgeable about all things Vibram and quite a collector of unique Five Fingers. He recently scored an obscure pair of Vibram Five Fingers Cortinas, a funky boot-like winter shoe that never made it into production. He sent us pictures and the write-up that follows.

Guest Post by Dirk Verelst

As winter is upon us, many people find themselves being forced to return to regular shoes. Save a few exceptional people perhaps, no one's toes/feet can stand prolonged exposure to cold, snow and/or melting-water when wearing Vibram Five Fingers. Faced with this problem, I sought out an obscure, likely never produced (on any scale) pair of boot-like Vibram Five Fingers that might better be described as "bear paws" — the elusive sasquatch of toe shoes, the Vibram Five Fingers Cortina!

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