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1  General Category / Feet and FiveFingers Accessories and Alternatives / TJ Maxx has Merrell Lithe on: June 16, 2012, 04:23:04 PM
So I was at TJ Maxx with my sister, and I remembered an earlier post where someone mentioned VBs at Marshalls, so I headed to the shoe sectuon at my local TJM.... lo and behold, they had Merrell Barefoot Lithe Glove in Cosmo Pink (Pink/Orange) & Castle Rock (Tealy Blue) on sale for $59.99! They also had Pace Gloves, but I didn't get a pair - I was pissed that they had Blue and Red clearance for $25.00 and they either had a 7.5 (a hair too small for me to be comfy) or 9s...and I am an 8.

So, ladies... keep your eyes out at the discount places for last-season colors for awesome prices!!

When it rains, it pours... I got OTZ Mocs yesterday, and today I unexpectedly I find Merrell Lithes... I may now be broke, but well-shoed!
2  General Category / Vibram Five Fingers Mods and Repairs / Re: Flows were a bit boring... on: June 16, 2012, 12:08:55 PM
Wicked!  Now...try to get a night shot so we can see them glow!
3  General Category / Feet and FiveFingers Accessories and Alternatives / Re: Oetzi3300 insole on: June 16, 2012, 11:29:33 AM
BearFooted - you got me totally hooked on OTZ ever since you first mentioned them here. If they are in the process of producing a more minimal footbed, i would be all for it! I have noticed that they make their shoes WITH the corkbed in mind, since when I removed it to see what they were like without it, the shoe was WAY too roomy (I am not sure if ordering a size down would even "fix" that). But the corkbed really is QUITE comfy, since it does mould to your feet and they get more comfortable with each use.

I own two - the Madlib Canvas in green and the Shaggy Sand Moc (which I expect in a few weeks from TheClymb). If finances are in my favor, I plan on getting the Troop Shearling boot this winter. Like you, I wouldn't mind one of each pair one day (I also say that about VFFs lol).

BTW, those Super Slicks are... well... slick!! I like them a lot!
4  General Category / Feet and FiveFingers Accessories and Alternatives / Re: OTZShoes on the Clymb! on: June 16, 2012, 11:20:27 AM
They look like big baby shoes.

LOL yeah, I can sorta see that - the velcro strap across some of them are unusual... but I don't think most VFF wearers shy away from "different".

They are very much worth it. Stefanie, you gonna try a pair??
5  General Category / Feet and FiveFingers Accessories and Alternatives / OTZShoes on the Clymb! on: June 15, 2012, 03:08:30 PM
This I never expected - OTZ shoes (formerly Oetzi3300) on The Clymb! If you aren't a member, Justin always posts his referral link, and here's mine too: http://www.theclymb.com/invite-from/AlissaDaniels

I have to say, it has been a while since I got a paid of VFFs or minimalist shoes, save for a pair of OTZ Madlib Canvas for my birthday back in February (my $ has been going to my ongoing half-sleeve tattoo on my left arm, but I digress..). The Madlib has become my favorite go-to shoe, even outside of work! (I usually exclusively wear VFFs when not at work, and the minimalist sneaks at work).

I admit, even though the cork insole (SUPER comfy!) has an arch for support, it's minimal and after a day of wearing it, I take not notice, even after going from, say, my Stems one day and the Madlibs the next. It's thanks to BearFooted that I know about these shoes.. and I should prolly hunt him down for making fall in love with shoes even more expensive than VFFs!  But, honestly? TOTALLY worth it!! Another benefit of the cork insoles? These are my only minimalist shoes that don't stink! (I don't wear socks). Great quality in the shoe, and a great company IMO.

I am gonna get me the Shaggy Sand Mocs  Grin
6  General Category / Birthdayshoes.com General Discussion / Re: Classic Olympics first pics on: June 15, 2012, 02:51:52 PM
These are pretty badass!  I wouldn't mind the American Flag version as well.

Anyone know what the cost (US$) was to ship a pair in?

And do they come in womens?
7  General Category / Birthdayshoes.com General Discussion / Re: Vivobarefoots for $29.99! on: June 15, 2012, 02:48:21 PM
I have been waiting for the day when Marshalls/TJMaxx/Ross would have minimalist shoes!

Now I gotta start looking at the shoe sections again!
8  General Category / Feet and FiveFingers Accessories and Alternatives / Re: Gizmodo: The Ugliest Sandals in the World Are Actually Based on Foot Science on: March 17, 2012, 08:44:08 AM
I have never been much of a flip-flop person, but these really appeal to me. I may consider the flip-flop version of these when they are released...
9  General Category / Birthdayshoes.com General Discussion / Re: Stem Footware now Leming Footwear on: March 01, 2012, 12:31:17 PM
I think it's a ridiculous name.  First of all, it's spelled wrong...it's lemming.  When I first saw the new name I thought it was perhaps a French take on something - you know, le ming.  I'm sure that's complete gibberish (I don't speak French), but it's the first thing that popped into my head.

Also, my experience with calling someone a lemming is in reference to a person who can't think for themselves and just goes along with the crowd even when the behavior doesn't make sense.  Not exactly the impression they're going for.  Oh well, as long as they keep making a quality product I'll keep buying it, even it the name is stupid.

From their website, called their CORE PRINCIPLES:
LEVEL
EXTRA WIDE TOEBOX
MINIMAL SOLE

Also, I am with BearFooted - having years of Graphic Design experience, I noted immediately how much their colors are off on the shoes - MUCH warmer than it should be.  If I were them, I would depict how they should look, even if you have to mess with the color adjustments - will make it easier for people on the web to see, instead of thinking "they all look like varying shades of brown"
10  General Category / Feet and FiveFingers Accessories and Alternatives / Re: More vivobarefoots half off and more today...men's and women on: February 08, 2012, 08:51:42 AM
I find most of the sizing reviews of the VB to be inaccurate.  LeftLane Sports had a VB sale a few weeks ago, and I picked up a pair of the new Neo Trails in Purple/Black for an amazing price (something like $55 shipped).  The site said the Trails ran a size smaller than it's sister Neos (in which I wear a 39) so I ordered a 40.  BIG mistake.  They were too big. I even told the rep on the phone that this was inaccurate, and she seemed a little shocked that it was that off. I shipped them back for a return/exchange, and I am due for my 39s any day now (btw, the customer service at LLS is AMAZING - VERY friendly and helpful, I recommend them hands down). Other than the Brooklyn's mis-sizing (I have it in a 40), from what I can so far tell, VBs basically run true to size, at least on the Neo family of shoes.

This makes 3 pairs of VB I own.  I only wear them for work and casual shoes - not for running.  But I only wear minimalist shoes - at work, casually, running or otherwise (I can't even wear my good ol' Nike Air Rifts more than a few casual hours before my feet start to hurt, and I used to LIVE in nothing but them! They aren't minimalist per-say, but they aren't fully cushioned either).  I think I am good on VBs now - unless there is a good sale on the Lucy, I am set for quite a while on VBs!
11  General Category / Birthdayshoes.com General Discussion / Re: ZemGear 360 Shoes on: February 05, 2012, 05:46:55 PM
From minimalistrunningshoes.org's 2012 Running Shoes PDF:

12  General Category / Birthdayshoes.com General Discussion / Re: ZemGear 360 Shoes on: February 04, 2012, 09:44:22 PM
I have the Originals ninja, but don't wear them often. I HATE the feeling of walking on the back seam where the shoe meets the sole. I think all the Zems are currently like that. From what I saw, they have a new 2012 model where the back has the sole coming up the heel of the foot. I'm holding out for that. Other then the heel/seam issue, these would IDEAL minimalist shoes.
13  General Category / New Members Say Hello! / Re: New to the forums - looking for advice on: January 27, 2012, 02:19:52 PM
Oddly enough, I find my NB Minimus Trails and Merrell Pace Gloves quite comfy with plenty of space (I seem to be one of the few to feel this way, tho).  I just got my running partner fitted, and he has strangely wide feet (they don't look it, tho), and of all the shoes he has tried on so far, the Merrell Trail Glove was the roomiest for him (he just bought the NB Minimus Trail Multisport and found them quite comfy as well). I think the issue is, while the toebox is nice, the mid-section narrows a little too much.  Even I noticed this, but with a few wearings, I do not feel it at all, as the shoes will stretch and comform to your feet.

As was stated before, I highly recommend the reviews that Justin, Tim, Robert & Co write - you get a great idea of how the shoe fits, how it performs, etc.  The shoes I bought were because of these wonderful reviews. Vivobarefoot just came out with the Neo Trail, so that might be something to look into if the NB Trails or Merrells are too narrow for you.

But if possible, try on as many minimalist shoes as you can so see what ones fit the best - you will be surprised. If that is difficult to do (it may be hard to find stores that carry some of the more "rare" minimalist shoes, ie, non-Nike Frees and the like), then find some online - most online retailers have good return/exchange procedures.

Good luck, and welcome!
14  General Category / New Members Say Hello! / Re: Hi from Broward County, FL on: January 27, 2012, 02:08:29 PM
Welcome, fellow Floridian!  If you want a great [local] store to try on VFFs and other minimalist shoes, check out Primo Comfort Footwear on Las Olas in Ft. Lauderdale (https://www.facebook.com/PrimoComfortFootwear)
15  General Category / Birthdayshoes.com General Discussion / Re: When are minimalist shoes so minimal that they serve no purpose? on: January 27, 2012, 01:47:30 PM
I never have liked my feet exposed - at home I wear slippers (mostly to keep my feet clean from the floor), I used to wear socks with my sport sandals as well.  So having minimalist footwear - no matter HOW minimal - has been wonderful.  Especially for work! Can't exactly wear slippers or go barefoot at Home Depot.

Also, I am VERY wary of going barefoot in public - sidewalks have shards of glass, pebbles, cigarette butts, etc - things I do not want to step on barefoot. Nothing is worse than walking/jogging along and steeping on something with your full body weight - makes me trip up trying to recover and I am scared I would injure myself further!

Hence why KSO and my other covered VFFs are preferred to run in.  Even my Classics or Sprints work, tho depending on how "pebbley" the road, sometimes little bits of rock and dirt get into the shoe and I have to stop and get it out. Then again, I live in Florida - there is ALWAYS construction on roads and sidewalks, and the dirt is very sandy with some bits of seashells thrown in for good measure.

So I like minimal minimalist footwear, personally! I love the bold colors, but I will admit, even I do like the more muted, understated colors on a lot of the models.
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