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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New Balance MT100 and MT101 Zeroed Out and Reviewed

Side view, 101 on top
Side view, 101 on top

What follows is best described as a minimalist running enthusiast's quest for foot-friendly "barefoot running shoes" — alternatives to Vibram Five Fingers. Anyone whose had VFFs long enough will tell you that, unfortunately, they don't always cut the mustard — such as in particularly cold weather or when you have a broken toe. Tuck, who you might remember from his custom Russell Moccasins based off the Munson Last, is now blogging regularly over at Yelling Stop. Recently, Tuck shared his attempts to improve upon the New Balance MT100 by zeroing them out back in November 2009. He talks about how they worked post-mod, how he used them, and how he ultimately switched to his custom Russell Mocs in December 2009. Fast forward to now and Tuck has taken another stab at zeroing out New Balance shoes — this time, the new New Balance MT101s.

More after the jump

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Jocelyn BQs in her First Marathon in Five Fingers Bikilas

Jocelyn BQs in her First Marathon in Five Fingers Bikilas
Jocelyn before the start of the Detroit Marathon

A little over a year ago, Jocelyn made the switch to Vibram Five Fingers after knee pain kept her from running long distances. Back then, she shared with us her story about setting a personal record in the 5K in her Vibram Five Fingers KSOs. When I mentioned that post to her, Jocelyn said, "That was a great day. I didn't think I'd be doing a marathon anytime soon when I ran that 5K. And to think someone once told me I shouldn't run anymore. Pshaw!"

That's right folks, Jocelyn ran her first marathon in Bikilas this last weekend! Just finishing a marathon is a major feat. Not only did she finish the Detroit Marathon, she ran a BQ! If you are not familiar with the acronym BQ, it stands for Boston Qualifier, which means she has qualified for the Boston Marathon. To do it in Vibrams and to do it the first time out is truly extraordinary.

Jocelyn finished in a time of 3:35:33! That is a pace of 8:13 per mile for 26.2 miles and may be the fastest marathon run by a woman in Vibram Five Fingers. Jocelyn was kind enough to answer a few questions for us about her amazing experience that you can read after the jump.

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New Balance Releases High Res Photos of Minimus

NB Minimus
NB Minimus

This past Friday, New Balance released high resolution photos of the NB Minimus Trail, NB Minimus Road, and NB Minimus Wellness — three minimalist-minded shoes to be released in Spring 2011. This is the latest in New Balance's "controlled leak" trickle of marketing information designed to build up interest in the line. Apple Computer has used this technique with much success and it seems to be working for New Balance. We've got the high-res photos as well as all the information about the upcoming 2011 New Balance NB Minimus line here. Check it out!

And just as a recap for those just now checking in on this emerging line of minimalist footwear, here's what's happened so far. Back in August, we caught an initial glimpse of an orange version of the Minimus Trail. Later in August, two videos mysteriously appeared on youtube. One featured Anton Krupicka and the Minimus Trail. Another featured Grant Robison (2004 olympics medalist 1500m) with the running version of Minimus. The last bit of information New Balance shared was an interview with Anton Krupicka. He discussed his involvement in the design of the Minimus and New Balance gave us glimpses of the Minimus Trail in various stages of the design process.

So go and see the latest photos and all of our coverage of the New Balance Minimus here! ... and then come back here and let us know what you think in the comments below.

Allison's Big Toes are in Vibram Five Fingers KSOs

Allison's Big Toes are in Vibram Five Fingers KSOs
Reminders for the race!

Recently, Allison ran her first half marathon in Vibram Five Fingers KSOs, her second-ever half marathon. She created the blog, AllisonsBigToe.com for the express purpose of documenting her 16 week training for this event and transition to running in Vibram FiveFinger shoes. She will be posting a detailed breakdown of her experiences in the race with video footage on her blog, but she gave us a preview of the story.

Read Allison's race report preview, see race photos and watch her video after the jump!

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Rocker Hikes Grand Canyon in Five Fingers Flows

Rocker Hikes Grand Canyon in Five Fingers Flows

We recently received a story from James Grundler about his hike through the Grand Canyon in his patched up Vibram Five Fingers Flows. It is the type of story enthusiastic Five Fingers fans share with us every day and we love passing on to our readers. But this story has a twist. Though James didn't mention it in his email, we stumbled onto the fact that James is an accomplished songwriter and the lead singer for the band Golden State(facebook page). His resume includes a long list of songs featured in television and film.

So after the jump, read about James' Grand Canyon adventure, and listen to the Golden State song "All Roads Lead Home" that was featured in the Luke Wilson movie, "Henry Poole Is Here" and on an Emmy nominated episode of "Deadliest Catch".

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1st Annual New York City Barefoot Run [Report from a Highly Qualified Participant]

New York City Barefoot Run
1st Annual New York City Barefoot Run Collage courtesy of Ryan

The barefoot running movement is not only about finding something lost in our heavily shod world, it is also about inclusion. No books have to be bought, although there are some good ones. There are no dues to pay to join the club. As the shirt says, all one needs to do is "lose your shoes" to be included. Bare feet can truly free your soul and get you in touch with who you are and who we were.

So, after the jump we present to you Brian's story. Even though he questioned his qualifications to report on the 1st Annual New York City Barefoot Run, we think his qualifications are perfect.

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