May 15, 2013 | 2 comments »
I'm a big fan of FiveFingers and minimalist shoes generally. I love that there are so many new shoe companies out there catering to this crowd, along with many better-known companies producing minimalist options. That said, I think I've about had my fil… more »
May 9, 2013 | 5 comments »
Wanted to give readers a heads up on a new minimalist shoe concept that might pique your interest.
Steve Boynton, a designer based out of Provo, Utah, has designed a wool-based, biodegradable shoe design he's calling the PlusMinus (or the Earthbaked… more »
May 2, 2013 | 3 comments »
Well, it's a belated "Happy Birthday" at this point—BirthdayShoes.com was registered on April 16, 2009, and had it's first post the next day on April 17.
What's happened since then? Well, a lot. By the numbers:
125+ reviews written
Over… more »
Apr 16, 2013 | 3 comments »
Photos — Leftmost: Splash News / Daily Telegraph Right two: Doug Meszler / Splash News
Did you know that Hugh Jackman, the venerable actor who plays X-man Wolverine, wears Vibram FiveFingers (Speeds!)?
Well he does.
Seems Jackman has been spotted recently running around NYC in them! Here are a couple screenshots of articles (Se… more »
Apr 15, 2013 | 6 comments »
I've been told I can get away with all the bizarre styles that minimalist shoe makers keep producing because I'm rather odd myself. Apparently I look like the kind of guy who would have shoes with individual toe pockets or run a race in sandals with soc… more »
Apr 9, 2013 | 3 comments »
April 15, 2013, may be most commonly associated with taxes but this year it's also the day of the 2013 Boston Marathon. Vibram is celebrating the marathon this year by hosting famous mountaineer Jim Whittaker at their flagship retail store on Saturday,… more »
Mar 27, 2013 | 11 comments »
I'm rather partial to slip-on shoes. Especially slip-ons that are thin but tough and exceedingly functional. A big part of this is that I like to get moving as soon as possible. I own several pairs of huaraches and the ones I wear most are rarely the be… more »
Feb 5, 2013 | 5 comments »
A short while back I posted a review of Luna's new Split-Toe Tabi Socks. It was possibly my most unabashedly enthusiastic review to date. And for good reason -- these socks are amazing! I've since worn them on two additional trail races (10 mile and 8 m… more »
Jan 31, 2013 | 10 comments »
Xero Shoes—the huaraches sandals company founded by Steven Sashen and Lena Phoenix—is going to be on ABC's Shark Tank at 9:00PM tomorrow night, February 1, 2013!
If you're not familiar with Shark Tank, it's a show where entrepreneurs pi… more »
Jan 29, 2013 | 4 comments »
Just finished reading ChiRunning, the book about the popular technique. When I say "popular" in this context I'm referring mostly to the passion ChiRunning practitioners exude for it. I'm slightly terrified about commenting at all, because in my experie… more »
Jan 17, 2013 | 5 comments »
So I wanted something with good grip, but also something that wasn't as stiff and restrictive as the cleats I'd been wearing all my life. I started a journey to find a pair of minimal shoes that could replace football cleats. I searched high and low for user opinions on "minimal cleats" or "minimalist football shoes". Needless to say, there wasn't much out there to help me in this search. So after looking at endless websites and fighting with my indecisive self, I finally settled on a pair that looked to be up to the challenge. What I ended up with was a pair of Inov-8 Bare-Grip 200's. more »
Jan 16, 2013 | 25 comments »
Today, we get a more tangible glimpse of just what Post is bringing to market come Summer 2013. And namely, what you can expect are advanced versions of some of the original toe-minded shoes a.k.a. the Jika-tabi (often referred to as just "Tabi" or "tabi boots"). The split-toe Tabi design is probably why FiveFingers got the moniker of being "ninja shoes." Meanwhile, they've been reviewed by at least one barefoot runner — RunBare's Michael Sandler — as far back as November 2009 (video). Believe it or not, the 1951 Boston Marathon winner (shigeki Tanaka) crossed the finish line in Tabi shoes. more »
Jan 14, 2013 | 32 comments »
Word has made it my way that Vibram Italy recently showcased some concept Vibram FiveFingers — pre-production models — that feature a new sole. And if you're a fan of "barefoot shoes," loosely defined as shoes that let your feet function as they would… more »
Jan 4, 2013 | 1 comment »
Greg Woods is a writer, CrossFitter, and runner based out of Durham, North Carolina.
Below is an interview with Greg that talks about running off weight, his foray into "barefoot" running shoes, his ideal minimalist shoe, and a desire to move to a pl… more »
Dec 17, 2012 | 13 comments »
I came across this yesterday. FiveFingers are apparently terrible and need to go away in 2013. Now, I think the author was joking to a large degree. Cord Jefferson's mention of owning a pair of skinny jeans himself and still wearing them is a smirk at h… more »
Dec 12, 2012 | 10 comments »
What is Topo Athletic, the new company founded by Tony Post - ex-CEO of Vibram (who presided over the U.S. launch of the FiveFingers/toe shoes minimalist/barefoot running explosion)? more »
Dec 11, 2012 | 7 comments »
There's a new deal out—one that ends after December 19th—that lets you spend $50 to get $100 worth of anything on VibramFiveFingers.com.
Taking advantage simply requires creating an account and forking over the $50 to purchase the deal. This gets yo… more »
Dec 3, 2012 | 22 comments »
After one of my early, more successful barefoot runs.
Like many runners and other athletes, I hold several concurrent goals in mind — most of which are ever-moving targets. First is the simplest and most familiar: the shifting distance goal. At first I just wanted to work up to a 10k. Then it was maybe 15… more »
Nov 29, 2012 | 4 comments »
Photo by DBduo Photography. Some rights reserved. www.flickr.com/photos/drb62/
I've been attend a Crossfit style gym for about a year. I really enjoy the challenge and I've seen a lot of great results (less fat, more muscles, confidence, strength, etc.). A typical day at my gym starts with the a short warm up with things like ru… more »
Nov 28, 2012 | 2 comments »
The Born2Run brand presents itself as more than just another minimalist shoe. In addition to the footwear, there're also strength training packages, run training plans, and nutritional supplementation. I've talked to the coach, reviewed the shoes, and n… more »
Nov 26, 2012 | 1 comment »
It's that time of the year (again) when retailers lose their minds and start offering crazy deals on just about everything. The madness is only amplified by the emerging consumer mentality where folks do price comparisons from the aisles of retail stor… more »
Nov 21, 2012 | 14 comments »
Vibram just launched a huge sale on (older) FiveFingers, offering up to 60% off some models with free shipping plus orders will get a bonus coupon code to take 50% off any remaining stock from this initial sale, usable once the sale ends on November 26… more »
Nov 15, 2012 | 10 comments »
The B2R Split-toe running shoe from Born2Run.
I want to tell you that the reason I ultimately got a pair of these shoes was because I read Born To Run and was properly inspired by Eric Orton that I sought his business out and bought a pair of shoes right away. But I'd be lying. Yes, the book Born T… more »
Nov 14, 2012 | 6 comments »
It's a pleasure to write another review of Soft Star shoes for Birthday Shoes. This time I’ll be talking about my family’s favorite pairs of children’s shoes, the Rambler and Hotcakes. I've weighed shoes. I've squeezed shoes. I've photographed my 2 1/2… more »
Nov 13, 2012 | 4 comments »
Flash sale outdoor gear site LeftLane Sports has just launched a flash sale of New Balance shoes, including Minimus Zeros and MT10s (the leather ones reviewed here). The sale has the shoes at 40% off (so about $65 for Zero Trails or Roads or $70 or $60… more »