Mar 18, 2013 | 14 comments »
It's no secret that I love me some Lunas. I've tested their socks for the first time on race day with no prior experience with them, because I trust Luna that much. Then I ran my first marathon in Luna Venados.
But I'll be honest: I wasn't entirely… more »
Jan 23, 2013 | 9 comments »
When I signed up for my first marathon in March, I stupidly did not consider that such timing meant I'd be doing all of my training in the winter. Mercifully, the southeastern United States has had a rather mild winter. I've had no problem running in my… more »
Jan 22, 2013 | 8 comments »
About a year ago, I reviewed the original Bedrock Sandals followed by a review of the Earthquake Sandals.
Nick and Dan, the barefoot running friends who Kickstarted Bedrock Sandals the company in 2011, have released an updated pair of Earthquake Sa… more »
Nov 8, 2012 | 4 comments »
"You know, I was just thinking that you look pretty grungy," one of my friends said, "Even for you."
We were walking with the crowd towards the start of the Color Me Rad 5k in Raleigh. I was wearing a tattered white t-shirt, 4mm Xero Shoes, and the m… more »
Oct 31, 2012 | 11 comments »
James (bottom left — nevermind the smiling runner photo-bombing him!) before and after running 26.2 miles in his Luna Sandals huaraches in the Marine Corps Marathon.
When people see me running in my huaraches, I'm often told I'll never be able to run a marathon in them. Finally, I can say I can because I have. On October 28, my 42nd birthday coincidentally, I completed my first marathon, the 37th Marine Corps Marat… more »
Sep 26, 2012 | 9 comments »
Invisible Shoes recently changed their name to Xero Shoes. The name-change came about to focus the brand (50% less syllables!) and better capture in words the awesome quality and barefoot-proximity you get with a pair of the Invisible Shoes Xero Shoes… more »
Jul 17, 2012 | 11 comments »
A full review of huaraches for your kid - a three year old girl in this case - as well as how to instructions to make your own minimalist sandals using Xero Shoes do-it-yourself huaraches kit! more »
Jun 11, 2012 | 16 comments »
Above pictured are the Xero Shoes Connect 4mm Huaraches with black nylon laces.
Xero Shoes are hardly shoes, at all — they're sandals. But they're not just any sandals, they're ultra-minimalist huaraches sandals—you know, the "sandal tech" worn by the Tarahumara Indians of the Copper Canyons and made famous via Ma… more »
Apr 16, 2012 | 16 comments »
The Luna Catamount Huaraches from Luna Sandals is quite possibly the nicest pair of huaraches you could ever have; photoed here with leather laces and a cordovan leather/Vibram rubber sole.
We've reviewed a number of huaraches here on BirthdayShoes. "Huaraches," is simply Spanish for "sandals." While huaraches may refer to Mexican sandals of all varieties, here we're specifically talking… more »
Jan 18, 2012 | 7 comments »
I reviewed the original Bedrock Sandals back in December and found them to be a solid option for a basic huarache sandal suitable for both casual wear and running. I'm pleased to report that based upon feedback, Nick and Dan have tweaked the design to… more »
Jan 4, 2012 | 16 comments »
Luna Sandals All Terrain Sandal "ATS"
Barefoot Ted and Luna Sandals have released another new model adding to their extensive line of huarache sandals. Lunas are sandals inspired by those worn by the Tarahumara featured in Born to Run. The All Terrain Sandal, or ATS for short, adopts many… more »
Dec 6, 2011 | 4 comments »
The Bedrock Sandals handled even this rocky terrain
As a fan of huarache sandals for running and casual wear, I welcome the chance to try another interpretation of the classic minimalist footwear. Bedrock Sandals began as a Kickstarter project in which the two friends and founders, Nick and Dan, were su… more »
Nov 21, 2011 | 16 comments »
Luna Sandals LeadCat
If you've read Born to Run (if not, please do so!), then you certainly remember one of the more colorful personalities in the book, Barefoot Ted. Barefoot Ted (BFT) has his own huarache sandal company called Luna Sandals drawing… more »
Jul 12, 2011 | 21 comments »
This photo was taken after my first run in my first pair of huaraches made from an Xero Shoes kit.
Vibram FiveFingers opened my eyes to minimalist shoe running and ever since, I've been on a quest to find the best balance of lightweight protection and comfort without sacrificing flexibility and ground feel. After VFFs… more »
Mar 28, 2011 | 4 comments »
James, Al and Spud at the 2011 Pensacola Double Bridge 15K Run.
James and his buddies have been gradually increasing their miles and competing in longer races in preparation for a half marathon. James sent us this story about their last run in the 2011 Pensacola Double Bridge 15K Run:Fellow barefoot runners a… more »
Nov 17, 2010 | 1 comment »
Last Saturday, online retailer of Vibram Five Fingers, TravelCountry.com, sponsored their first annual Barefoot Fun Run in Altamonte Springs, FL. The proceeds from the event went to the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Orlando, Florida.James, a runner wh… more »