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Spring 2012 Vibram FiveFingers

Spring 2012 Vibram FiveFingers

Thanks to some sleuthing FiveFingers fans — big hat tip to forum members Dirk, MCvet, and mikez and a few others who tipped me off to this information — I've gotten my hands on some "stock" imagery of the Spring 2012 Vibram FiveFingers line-up as well as details on what the new models are bringing to the FiveFingers line. What follows is a breakdown of all the new models as well as a round-up of other new color combinations on tap (more FiveFingers for kids!).

Important disclaimer! Like anything grounded in the future, plans change and no one has a crystal ball, so while what we've found below may be in the pipeline, it's all subject to change. To that end, if you hear of anything that has changed or if anything below is being reported in error, please let us know!

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Bormio Vibram FiveFingers Review

Clean lines and premium materials make the men's Bormio boot a great fall casual. Built on a traditional FiveFingers Trek platform, the men's Bormio boot features a fully lined kangaroo upper and rugged EVA and performance rubber sole. Side-zip closures c
The FiveFingers Bormio is the first ankle high toe shoe boots from Vibram. The Bormio is dressed in full kangaroo leather for business (?) or casual wear. They feature double zippers on either side of the ankle and are fully lined for a bit of added warmth. They come in either black or brown and have the Vibram Trek rubber sole.

Toe Shoes Boots?

BREAKING FASHION TREND ALERT: Five toed boots for Fall 2011!

UPDATE August 26, 2011: The Bormio FiveFingers are now out for sale!

Possible? Let me ask you this: would you have ever suspected five toed shoes to challenge the prevailing paradigm that footwear must be motion-controlled, heavily padded, and high-heeled in order for us to move around safely outside of our houses or the beach?

Vibram is introducing a new casual model of toe shoes boots this Fall. It's called the Vibram FiveFingers Bormio and it's dressed completely in kangaroo leather — "crazy horse" kangaroo leather, actually; it rises past the ankle in a fashion similar to the wooly mammoth FiveFingers Cortina (Which never made it to mass production); and it will be available in either flat matte black or brown.

That's the Bormio at 1,000 feet. I've been fortunate enough to have two pairs (Both colors of the "crazy horse" brown and black leather) of the Bormio FiveFingers for the past few months to test and review, which is what I'll be doing today. Let's get zipping!

Full review including 40+ photos after the jump.

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Navy Says YES to Toe Shoes (and Barefoot-like Footwear)

The Navy has said "yes" to toe shoes like Vibram FiveFingers, as well as other minimalist or barefoot-like shoes for wear with various physical training!  Thumbs up, Navy!
The Navy has said "yes" to toe shoes like Vibram FiveFingers, as well as other minimalist or barefoot-like shoes for wear with various physical training! Thumbs up, Navy!
BREAKING NEWS!

In what has become an ongoing saga, the Navy has officially given the "thumbs up" (toes up?) to "Minimalist or barefoot-like footwear (current types such as the Vibram Five Fingers, Nike Free Shoes, Vivo Barefoot Shoes, Inov-8 Shoe, and Feelmax)."

More specifically, NAVADMIN has authorized the wearing of these shoes "with the Navy Physical Training Uniform (PTU) during command/unit directed physical training (PT), individual PT, and activities to include the semi-annual physical readiness test (PRT)."

As you'll recall, the Army took a not-so-friendly stance to toe shoes back in late June, much to the chagrin of many FiveFingers fans.

You can read the official unclassified release after the jump — apologies for all caps, that's just how these types of communications ship (apparently).

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VivoBarefoot Neo, Aqua, Miles, Jazz, Venus On Sale!

Pictured above from left to right: the men's VivoBarefoot Miles in brown "pull up" leather; the men's or women's VivoBarefoot Neo (for running) in white/red/grey; the men's VivoBarefoot Aqua in brown suede; the women's VivoBarefoot Venus in beige (top); t
Pictured above from left to right: the men's VivoBarefoot Miles in brown "pull up" leather; the men's or women's VivoBarefoot Neo (for running) in white/red/grey; the men's VivoBarefoot Aqua in brown suede (NOT AVAILABLE VIA SALE); the women's VivoBarefoot Venus in beige (top); the women's VivoBarefoot Jazz in black (bottom).

ATTENTION: This sale has ended!

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The sale

Head over to The Clymb today and you can get select VivoBarefoot shoes at 50%+ off! Given VivoBarefoots are probably the most expensive "barefoot shoes" you can buy (short of dropping hundreds of bucks on custom Russell Moccasins), this kind of deal makes picking up a pair much, much easier on the pocketbook.

NOTE: You will need to use my invite if you're not already a member!

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Inov-8 Road-x 155 Review

Inov-8 Road-x 155 Review

When Gina over at Inov-8 told me she was sending me something totally new, I was very excited, but I’m not going to lie; when I opened the box and saw canary yellow, I was immediately thinking Gina was playing a joke on me. After the initial shock though, I ended up actually loving the color. It’s eye-catching, and all my students and coworkers surprisingly love it. My second impression was this shoe seemed to be everything that the NB Minimus Road SHOULD have been. It seemed like this shoe took everything that was great about the Minimus Trail, and applied it to a road shoe. Time would tell if this impression was true. Follow me after the jump to find out.

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NB Minimus Zero, first Zero-Drop Shoe from New Balance

2012 New Balance NB Minimus Zero Trail (my guess) teaser, close-up shots just leaked.  This is the first zero-dropped New Balance for their minimalist footwear/barefoot shoes line and a departure from their original 2010 installation, which featured a 4mm
2012 New Balance NB Minimus Zero Trail (my guess) teaser, close-up shots just leaked. This is the first zero-dropped New Balance for their minimalist footwear/barefoot shoes line and a departure from their original 2010 installation, which featured a 4mm heel-to-toe drop.

The folks over at New Balance have started leaking out information about their next entry into the minimalist footwear/barefoot shoes category — the New Balance NB Minimus Zero,or the NB Minimus Zero for short. The NB Minimus Zero line will, as the name suggests, bring a zero-drop heel to toe option to the NB Minimus line (We've previously reviewed the NB Minimus Road, NB Minimus Trail [more photos and video | user review], and NB Minimus Life). As you might recall, the previous installations in the NB Minimus line all featured a 4mm heel-to-toe drop, much to the chagrin of the minimalist footwear community. Sure, while 4mm is ... minimal, it was a cognitive disconnect from the characteristics "barefoot running shoes" should have.

Echoing New Balance's approach from 2010, they are only leaking out a tiny bit of information about the NB Minimus Zero, giving us only a glimpse of the product via some super close-up photos and some tantalizingly ambiguous commentary via the New Balance" SBU Manager for Performance Running and Outdoor," Katherine Petrecca. More specifically, New Balance will be releasing "9 Things You Should Know" about the NB Minimus Zero by Katherine Petrecca at 4pm Eastern.

New Balance gave me early access to the Petrecca piece so I could whet your appetite and fulfill my duty to bring the BirthdayShoes community all the barefoot shoes news fit to print.

So read on after the jump!

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