Hugh Jackman (a.k.a. The Wolverine): Lean, Ripped, and Deadlifting 350+ in Toe Shoes

Hugh Jackman (a.k.a. The Wolverine): Lean, Ripped, and Deadlifting 350+ in Toe Shoes
Jackman has now played as Marvel's Wolverine in three X-Men movies, two Wolverine movies, and is also in an upcoming new X-men movie. Meanwhile, as evidenced by his prowess at the deadlift, he's a beast in the gym, shredded, and wears Speed FiveFingers. Tack on the fact that all accounts of Jackman are that he's an incredibly nice, upstanding person and, well, you got a celebrity hero!

I propose we elect Hugh Jackman as the unofficial mascot of BirthdayShoes.

Why? Because he wears my favorite FiveFingers (Vibram FiveFingers Speeds!), for one. We first saw that Hugh Jackman is a fan of toe shoes a few weeks back via a handful of paparazzi photos that were making the rounds on the 'net.

More recently, Jackman a.k.a. Marvel's The Wolverine, tweeted a photo taken of him deadlifting 350+ pounds, the olympic bar flexing under the weight, with the caption "If the bar ain't bendin, then you're just pretendin #xmen #daysoffuturepast" — hashtagging a reference to the upcoming fifth X-Men movie Days of Future Past and sixth movie in which Jackman plays the adamantium clawed superhero Wolverine. As for the "bar bendin' reference," well that happens when you are pulling a few hundred pounds on the deadlift.

Here's Jackman's photo (slightly edited for impact):

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Review-Speed XC Lite FiveFingers from Vibram

Review-Speed XC Lite FiveFingers from Vibram

The FiveFingers Speed XC Lite is one of the new Vibram toe shoe models released for the end of Summer/Fall 2013. The Speed XC Lite (or "XC Lite") is a riff on the water-resistant Speed XC FiveFingers that released earlier this year. Both these new Speed XC-based models feature a sneaker-esque upper (reminiscent of the original Speed FiveFingers—one of my favorite VFF models of all-time!) and a Vibram Trek sole.

Vibram shot me a pair of both the screamingly loud blue and the more subdued (yet orange-accented) XC Lite's to test and review, which is what follows?as well as a slew of photos.

Take the jump!

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Lems Mariner Boat Barefoot Shoes Review

Lems Mariner is a new "barefoot casual shoe" that favors the "boat shoe" design ported to a minimalist/barefoot style and function—zero drop, huge toe box, low stack height sole, and no arch support.  On the left above you can see a the Mariner in the cam
Lems Mariner is a new "barefoot casual shoe" that favors the "boat shoe" design ported to a minimalist/barefoot style and function—zero drop, huge toe box, low stack height sole, and no arch support. On the left above you can see a the Mariner in the camel colorway; on the right you see the Mariner in sand. Note the colors are a bit saturated/stylized in this photo.

Lems Shoes continues to churn out new styles (or reboots)—the Lems Boulder boot came a few months back as well as the Primal 2. Most recently, Lems released their "boat shoe" (Boat shoes are also known as "deck shoes" or topsiders per wikipedia), which Lems aptly named the Mariner.

The Lems Mariner features the most classic "boat shoe" style—the ridge that runs the upper at the toe box really giving it that topsider look. They are also almost entirely clad in leather and meant to be worn sockless.

Andrew shot me over a couple pairs of the Mariner—one, each, in the darker brown "camel" colorway and the lighter/khaki "sand" colorway—to review. As a huge fan of the Vivo Barefoot Oak (The Oak is fashioned after the similar-to-boat-shoes wallaby shoe style), I was eager to get the Mariners on my feet.

And while I was optimistic the Mariners were going to be a great offering from Lems, it turns out that I'm liking them so much they may end up being one of the rare minimalist shoes that earn a full-time place in my closet.

In other words, I really like them. Why? Read on for my full review!

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Running the Zion 100 Mile Ultramarathon — My First 100 Miler

Running the Zion 100 Mile Ultramarathon — My First 100 Miler

Why would you want to run that?

The first step to any adventure is even knowing that the adventure exists. I first intersected this world of endurance running while I was hiking Handies Peak in July 2007 with my parents and fiancé. There were little flags along the trail that said Hardrock 100. I probably thought it was a bike race, but then we met a grey hair and his son as they came "running" up the other side of the summit. The man explained that he would be running Hardrock, that his son was pacing him, and he would be on the trail for about 48 hours. At the time, even the concept of adults running for enjoyment was foreign to me. That encounter planted a seed, but it wasn't until moving to Huntsville that the idea began to grow.

The runners of Huntsville opened a whole new world of potential adventures. I saw that real people (Ex: Rob Youngren) participate in amazing events, all kinds of people. You don't have to be fast, eat the perfect diet, or live in the mountains. You just have to want it. It doesn't matter why you want it, just that you want it so much that success is the only option.

After unexpectedly gaining entrance from the wait list and having a great run at the Lookout Mountain 50 Mile race in December 2012, I decided it was time to commit to the Zion 100. When I finished Lookout Mountain, my feet were shredded, my quads were dead, and I was on the verge of crying tears of exhaustion. A week after that, I committed to running the Zion 100.

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Daddy & Daughter Project—Xero Shoes FTW!

Daddy & Daughter Project—Xero Shoes FTW!

Want a fun, hour-long activity to do with your daughter (or son) that will leave them with their own custom, super-functional and healthy footwear? All you need is a kid's sized Xero Shoes huaraches kit, some colorful beads, and a little DIY huaraches step-by-step assistance.

A few weeks back on Father's Day, I let my oldest daughter pick out a sole (had a pair each of Xero's blue or pink soles) and her choice of lace colors to start and we got right to making her new pair of huaraches (she's outgrown her last pair).

Holes punched and initial lacing complete, Avi got right to the most fun part of the project. Picking the right beads!

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Topo Athletic "Two-Toed" Shoes Launched!

Topo Athletic "Two-Toed" Shoes Launched!

If you haven't heard, Tony Post's new company—Topo Athletic—has started selling their tabi-inspired footwear "two-toed" shoes at retailers everywhere.

We've already done a first look at the Topo M-RR and a review is forthcoming. But if you just can't wait and want to know first-foot about Topos, CitySports has them for sale and is offering readers Free Ground Shipping with promotion/coupon code BIRTHDAY.

Topo Athletic shoes come in three varietals — the M-RT ($100, thickest soles with a total stack height of 15mm, heaviest), the M-RX ($110, has extra strap over middle for snugger fit, lighter than RT, 13mm stack height), and the M-RR ($130 gets you the fancy BOA lacing system, the lightest Topo, and a 12mm stack height sole). All of them are zero-drop. More on the three (and some sole photos) here.

Anyone out there itching to go full-ninja?