TheClymb VivoBarefoot Sale!

TheClymb VivoBarefoot Sale!

Flash Sale site The Clymb has VivoBarefoots on sale today. Their stock includes everything from the original Gobi to the Gobi II, the Freud II, The One, Stealth, and one or two others. The discounts vary but I see the Gobi at about 35% off.

If you're not familiar with The Clymb, you'll first want to sign-up, which is free and gets you on their list to:

a) receive emails about their latest sales (you can quit this at any time), and
b) invite other people and get Clymb credit when friends join and buy something ($10 of credit for you and for them per referral).

Go check out the sale if you're a member or join if you aren't!

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OTZ boots, shoes on Sale!

OTZ boots, shoes on Sale!

Flash Sale site The Clymb has OTZ on sale today. What is OTZ? What is the Clymb?

Well ...

If you're not familiar with The Clymb, you'll first want to sign-up, which is free and gets you on their list to a) receive emails about their latest sales (you can quit this at any time), and b) invite other people and get Clymb credit when friends join.

The sale has OTZ over 60% off!

If you aren't familiar with OTZ, first off, they aren't minimalist shoes—at least, not out of the box (not yet anyway). OTZ shoes have a removable cork insole. Said insole has some arch support and an elevated heel. OTZ notes that it breaks in over time to your foot. That's great, but if you're like me, you probably don't want to deal with the heel-to-toe differential at all and could do without the arch support. The solution? Replace the came-with-the-frame insole with your own. For example, you can buy a cheap foam flat insole from a drug store and cut it to size based on the OTZ insole you get with your shoes so that it fits. Or just sub in an insole from a like-sized pair of Vivo Barefoots or Lems. Some more ideas on how to tackle this by Robert here in the forums.

Once you've done this, you'll have a pair of shoes that have a basically flat sole (no apparent differential or whatever it is is now very minimal as you can tell from the sole profiles in the photos), a large toe box (Robert notes in his OTZ Troop Boot review it's somewhere between a Lem and a Vivo, which seems reasonably right based on my own experience), and a stylish pair of shoes.

In the case of some of the Vibram-soled OTZ boots, you get a more heavy duty boot without the heel. Matter of fact, I've been testing out the OTZ Troop Vibrams and Brogan Vibrams to talk more about on BirthdayShoes.

The short of what I've decided on the OTZ I've tried: they're very solid boots that are made well, sharp-looking and stylish, and great for weather/climate protection, which is something the minimalist/barefoot shoe community needs. If you are up for slight shoe modification, this pricepoint is excellent.

And finally, did I mention that OTZ is prototyping a minimalist corkbed insole (think: about 5mm of leather-topped cork that is totally flat). Hopefully Ludo and gang will make this minimalist corkbed available at large soon as it really takes OTZ to the next, er... lower level (towards minimalist!). Stay tuned!

Go check out the sale if you're a member or join if you aren't!

Inov-8's on Sale

Inov-8's on Sale

Flash Sale site The Clymb has Inov-8s on sale today. If you're not familiar with The Clymb, you'll first want to sign-up, which is free and gets you on their list to a) receive emails about their latest sales (you can quit this at any time) b) invite other people and get Clymb credit when friends join. The sale has Inov-8s up to almost 60% off!

I've acquired a lot of low-cost minimalist shoes like Vivo Barefoots, FiveFingers, or Inov-8s through this flash sale site (a few of these shoes have ultimately been reviewed here). In fact, just picked up the Inov-8 Bare-XF 260 (MSRP of $140 but only $60 via this sale!) for Greg to review—it's a CrossFit barefoot shoe by Inov-8.

Go check out the sale if you're a member or join if you aren't!

VIVO BAREFOOT 50% plus Sale

VIVO BAREFOOT 50% plus Sale

Flash sale outdoor gear site LeftLane Sports is running a new flash sale on Vivo Barefoot shoes.

The sale includes both men's and women's Vivo Barefoots. Probably the hottest items (if I had to guess) will be the various Vivo Barefoot Oaks listed on the sale but sizes are limited. The Legacy is also one that might be popular if you're looking for a passable business casual barefoot shoe.

If you're not a member of LeftLane use my invite to sign up so you can get $10 credit off your first purchase over $50 (which is virtually. Orders over $75 also get free shipping.

Links to the sale:

Becoming a "member" of LeftLane is as simple as providing basic info (name/email). There are no strings attached (no fees to join) other than the fact you'll get emails about all future upcoming sales. Of course, you can quit the email list at any time.

I've personally hooked up not only various minimalist shoes via LLS (research purposes!) but also a good bit of gear over the last couple years—everything from climbing shoes to sunglasses. I'm going to pick up some extra Oaks if I can right now because, well, they continue to be my favorite Vivo Barefoots.

Good luck!