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Water-Resistant Vibram FiveFingers for Fall 2012

Take a sneak peak at some of the upcoming releases for Fall 2012 from Vibram FiveFingers!
Take a sneak peak at some of the upcoming releases for Fall 2012 from Vibram FiveFingers!
The Fall 2012 Vibram FiveFingers line-up features water-resistant toe shoes in a big way! The Lontra, Speed LR and XC, Classic Fresca, and Spyridon are all coming to the U.S. and Europe is getting two new versions of the KSO Trek as well as a laced Lontra! FiveFingers Trek Pro FiveFingers Trek Flip FiveFingers FiveFingers FiveFingers FiveFingers Check out this press release from Vibram Italy: Do you like water but only for bathin… more »

Vibram FiveFingers Trunk Show at Born To Run in Seattle

Vibram FiveFingers Trunk Show at Born To Run in Seattle
Vibram FiveFingers Trunk Show at Born To Run in Seattle
I found out last Sunday that Born to Run in Seattle Washington was having a Vibram FiveFingers Trunk Show. I promptly dropped what I was doing grabbed my camera and headed down to check out what they had going on. The Local Vibram representative h… more »

New FiveFingers Speed Colors for 2012

New FiveFingers Speed Colors for 2012
New FiveFingers Speed Colors for 2012
When the speed style first came to market it was available in only two colors Black and White for male sizes and bright blue and whit for the female version. This will change next spring once Vibram releases several new color variations for the Speed s… more »

Walter (W.G.) George and Learning to Run with the 100-Up

Could a drill you could practice virtually anywhere be the key to better, even possibly best, running form? And if W.G. George's 100-Up could make you a better runner — teach you how to run fast and injury free — wouldn't you want to learn it? The possibility of mastering the 100-Up so fascinated me that I dedicated a chunk of my weekend to creating a challenge around the exercise but I need your help. Could a drill you could practice virtually anywhere be the key to better, even possibly best, running form? And if W.G. George's 100-Up could make you a better runner — teach you how to run fast and injury free — wouldn't you want to learn it? The possibility of mastering the 100-Up so fascinated me that I dedicated a chunk of my weekend to creating a challenge around the exercise but I need your help. more »

NYC Barefoot Run 2011 Recap

Various photos from the 2011 NYC Barefoot Run on September 25, 2011, on Governor's Island.
Various photos from the 2011 NYC Barefoot Run on September 25, 2011, on Governor's Island.
Had the fantastic opportunity to get up to New York City for the 2011 NYC Barefoot Run this past weekend. Special thanks to Merrell Barefoot for getting me up there — you want to talk about a company that cares about an authentic supporter of the… more »

Bormio Vibram FiveFingers Out!

Bormio Vibram FiveFingers Out!
Bormio Vibram FiveFingers Out!
The wait is over: zip-up toe boots — a.k.a. Bormio Vibram FiveFingers — are available for purchase at Travel Country! I've reviewed the Bormio FiveFingers at length thanks to having had a pair to play with over the past few months. Here'… more »

Trek LS FiveFingers Out!

Trek LS FiveFingers Out!
Trek LS FiveFingers Out!
City Sports Vibram FiveFingers Trek LS Giveaway Contest Rules The contest winner will be selected at random from the pool of BirthdayShoes.com email subscribers as it stands at the contest's end. The contest's end will coincide with an announcement… more »

Minimalist Shoes from Skechers? Or is the GoRun Yet Another Nike Free or Reebok RealFlex?

Christian Burke, an ultrarunner from California, has been tapped by Skechers to promote their upcoming entry into the (wannabe?) barefoot shoes/minimalist footwear category, the Skechers GoRun.
Christian Burke, an ultrarunner from California, has been tapped by Skechers to promote their upcoming entry into the (wannabe?) barefoot shoes/minimalist footwear category, the Skechers GoRun.
In what will come as no surprise to anyone (Who's paying attention) is a new "minimalistic" shoe from Skechers — the Skechers GoRun. That Skechers would introduce a new shoe that rides the coattails of the barefoot/natural running movement was… more »

NB Minimus Zero, first Zero-Drop Shoe from New Balance

2012 New Balance NB Minimus Zero Trail (my guess) teaser, close-up shots just leaked.  This is the first zero-dropped New Balance for their minimalist footwear/barefoot shoes line and a departure from their original 2010 installation, which featured a 4mm
2012 New Balance NB Minimus Zero Trail (my guess) teaser, close-up shots just leaked. This is the first zero-dropped New Balance for their minimalist footwear/barefoot shoes line and a departure from their original 2010 installation, which featured a 4mm heel-to-toe drop.
The folks over at New Balance have started leaking out information about their next entry into the minimalist footwear/barefoot shoes category — the New Balance NB Minimus Zero,or the NB Minimus Zero for short. The NB Minimus Zero line will, as… more »

2012 Vibram FiveFingers Spotted! New Toe Shoes for Casual Wear, Running, and Trails!

Photo of some of the 2012 Vibram FiveFingers new models.
Photo of some of the 2012 Vibram FiveFingers upcoming models. Names rumored to be from top to bottom the Sorrento, Rimini LR, and Grado FiveFingers. Taken from the 2011 Friedrichshafen Outdoor Trade show (July 14-17) in Friedrichshafen, Germany. Photo by Linda of nujo.lv. Used with permission.
Who wants more toe shoes? How about a sneak peak at some upcoming 2012 Vibram FiveFingers for casual wear, ultra-light running, running trails? It's time to nerd out on some minimalist footwear that will be hitting the scene next year because as yo… more »

KomodoSport LS Vibram FiveFingers Out!

KomodoSport LS Vibram FiveFingers Out!
KomodoSport LS Vibram FiveFingers Out!
The Vibram FiveFingers KomodoSport LS ("LS" means it's got laces!) is now available for purchase at CitySports! This means that we have a giveaway contest winner (check your email if you were an email subscriber as I will be contacting you directly!).… more »

Vibram (FiveFingers) Sues Fila (Skele-Toes) for Patent Infringement

Vibram (left), the originator of the FiveFingers toe shoes, has filed suit against Fila Skele-toes (right), a maker of a four-toed varietal of toe shoes that hit the market in Spring 2011.
Vibram (left), the originator of the FiveFingers toe shoes, filed suit against Fila Skele-toes (right), a maker of a four-toed varietal of toe shoes that hit the market in Spring 2011.
VIBRAM SUES FILA USA FOR PATENT INFRINGEMENTCONCORD, MA, JULY 18, 2011 - Vibram S.p.A., of Italy, today announced that it and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Vibram USA Inc. have commenced legal action in the United States District Court, District of Ma… more »

Army Says No to Toe Shoes

Army Says No to Toe Shoes
Army Says No to Toe Shoes
The U.S. Army has officially, unequivocally banned the use of toe shoes. Read the relevant part of the ALARACT and weep: "Only those shoes that accomodate all five toes in one compartment are authorized for wear. Those shoes that feature five separate,… more »

Vibram FiveFingers Speed For Sale in the U.S.!

From left to right, the Vibram FiveFingers Speed in white/blue (women's), teal/white (women's), and black/white (men's).
From left to right, the Vibram FiveFingers Speed in white/blue (women's), teal/white (women's), and black/white (men's).
The FiveFingers Speed is Coming to the U.S. any day now!Hallelujah!The Vibram FiveFingers Speed a.k.a. the retro-styled, laced-up, limited-release Vibram toe shoes are finally about to be available at large, here in the United States, for purchas… more »

Reebok RealFlex Natural Running? A "Barefoot" Running Shoe?

A collage of the Reebok Realflex marketing blast.
A collage of the Reebok Realflex marketing blast. Note the runners running on natural surfaces in a shoe that is supposed to protect against man-made surfaces. Makes sense, no?
Reebok has officially joined the bandwagon of barefoot running "or natural running." That may be understating the significance of this event—Reebok has not just created a "natural running" shoe. No, no, they have perfected natural movement. T… more »

Chris McDougall's Naked Book Tour (Born to Run)

Chris McDougall's Naked Book Tour (Born to Run)
Chris McDougall's Naked Book Tour (Born to Run)
Over the next few months, author Christopher McDougall will be hosting the Naked Tour to coincide with the paperback release of his blockbuster book Born to Run. The cross country tour will include barefoot runs, demos and "cabarets". These part seminar/… more »

New Balance Releases High Res Photos of Minimus

NB Minimus
NB Minimus
This past Friday, New Balance released high resolution photos of each shoe in their upcoming Minimus line of shoes. This is the latest in their "controlled leak" trickle of marketing information designed to build up interest in the line. Apple Computer h… more »

New Balance Minimus Running Shoes Marketing Videos [breaking]

Screen captures of the New Balance Minimus Trail "barefoot running shoe" set to be released in 2011 by NB. The video these shots were pulled from features ultramarathoner Anton Krupicka.
Screen captures of the New Balance Minimus Trail "barefoot running shoe" set to be released in 2011 by NB. The video these shots were pulled from features ultramarathoner Anton Krupicka.
Two New Balance Minimus (available Spring 2011) marketing videos have appeared on youtube. We haven't had time to do any analysis of them yet, but here they are:The first features ultra marathoner Anton Krupicka wearing the orange Minimus seen in pre… more »