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Bikila EVO, KSO Evo, Spyridon MR FiveFingers!

Bikila EVO, KSO Evo, Spyridon MR FiveFingers!
Bikila EVO, KSO Evo, Spyridon MR FiveFingers!
It's that time again?time for the latest and great Vibram FiveFingers to hit the market. The Spring 2014 Vibram FiveFingers introduce the "EVO" line by way of the Bikila EVO and the KSO EVO. The Bikila EVO has a brand new sole structure that is built… more »

What a Natural Human Foot Looks Like If You Never Wear Shoes

What a Natural Human Foot Looks Like If You Never Wear Shoes
What a Natural Human Foot Looks Like If You Never Wear Shoes
The above photo (source) was taken by Brazil's Indian Affairs Department of a tribe of Indians who live in Brazil near the Peruvian border (Map of Brazil). The people standing around above are from a tribe of humans endangered by encroaching illegal l… more »

Save Up to 50% on Vibram FiveFingers

Save Up to 50% on Vibram FiveFingers
Save Up to 50% on Vibram FiveFingers
Flash sale outdoor gear site LeftLane Sports has just announced a new flash sale of Vibram FiveFingers, offering select Vibrams at 50% off MSRP! Here is my invite to sign up and get $10 credit. Here is the sale. NOTE: If you're not a member of LeftL… more »

Golf Review - Speed XC Lite from Vibram

Golf Review - Speed XC Lite from Vibram
Golf Review - Speed XC Lite from Vibram
Justin recently reviewed the Speed XC Lite from a casual perspective with lots of information and photos (link).  Given that the XC-lite is actually listed in Vibram?s golf category, this review focuses on the functionality of the shoes primarily from a… more »

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!
Hugh Jackman is a fan of toe shoes — in particular, Vibram FiveFingers Speeds! Most recently, Jackman a.k.a. Marvel's The Wolverine incarnate, tweeted a photo taken of him deadlifting 350+ pounds, the olympic bar flexing under the weight, wit… more »

Topo Athletic "Two-Toed" Shoes Launched!

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… more »

24-Hour Exclusive, Extra 20% Off Entire LeftLaneSports.com Site!

24-Hour Exclusive, Extra 20% Off Entire LeftLaneSports.com Site!
24-Hour Exclusive, Extra 20% Off Entire LeftLaneSports.com Site!
20% OFF EVERYTHING AT LEFTLANESPORTS.COM Regular readers and savvy shoppers have certainly taken advantage of sales offered by flash-sale site LeftLaneSports in the past. What's better than picking up minimalist shoes (or outdoor apparel or gear) at… more »

Xero Shoes the Shark Tank Sandal?

Xero Shoes the Shark Tank Sandal?
Xero Shoes the Shark Tank Sandal?
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 »

Topo Athletic M-RR: First Look

Topo Athletic M-RR: First Look
Topo Athletic M-RR: First Look
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 »

Kickstart Earthbaked Plus/Minus 90 Minimalist Shoes

Kickstart Earthbaked Plus/Minus 90 Minimalist Shoes
Kickstart Earthbaked Plus/Minus 90 Minimalist Shoes
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 »

Happy 4th Birthday, BirthdayShoes!

Happy 4th Birthday, BirthdayShoes!
Happy 4th Birthday, BirthdayShoes!
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 »

Hugh Jackman a.k.a. Wolverine Runs in FiveFingers Speeds Toe Shoes

Hugh Jackman a.k.a. Wolverine Runs in FiveFingers Speeds Toe Shoes
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 »

ANI Brand Barefoot Shoes - Review

ANI Brand Barefoot Shoes - Review
ANI Brand Barefoot Shoes - Review
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 »

First American to Summit Everest at Vibram Boston Store

First American to Summit Everest at Vibram Boston Store
First American to Summit Everest at Vibram Boston Store
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 »

Luongo Footwear Review

Luongo Footwear Review
Luongo Footwear Review
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 »

Luna Split-toe Tabi Socks - Pre-Sale!

Luna Split-toe Tabi Socks - Pre-Sale!
Luna Split-toe Tabi Socks - Pre-Sale!
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 »

ChiRunning, the Book. A Minimalist Perspective.

ChiRunning, the Book. A Minimalist Perspective.
ChiRunning, the Book. A Minimalist Perspective.
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 »

Inov-8 Bare-Grip 200 Review

Inov-8 Bare-Grip 200 Review
Inov-8 Bare-Grip 200 Review
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 »

Topo Athletic's Two-Toed Tabi Sneaker

Topo Athletic's Two-Toed Tabi Sneaker
Topo Athletic's Two-Toed Tabi Sneaker
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 »

Concept FiveFingers Break from Barefoot

Concept FiveFingers Break from Barefoot
Concept FiveFingers Break from Barefoot
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 »

Interview with Greg Woods

Interview with Greg Woods
Interview with Greg Woods
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 »

FiveFingers are terrible?

FiveFingers are terrible?
FiveFingers are terrible?
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 »