VivoBarefoot Gobi 2 Hopewell Boot Review

The Vivo Barefoot Gobi II Hopewell.
The Vivo Barefoot Gobi II Hopewell.
Almost exactly two years ago I reviewed the Vivo Barefoot Gobi on this site. The Gobi is a desert boot that took the ever-popular Vivo Barefoot Ra clean-cut style and made it a boot. (Note: You can find some heavily discounted Vivo Gobis and Ras — the… more »

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Soft Star RunAmoc with Bullhide Soles Review

Soft Star RunAmoc with Bullhide Soles Review
The SoftStar RunAmoc Dash with Bullhide leather soles!
This shoe is a game changer. That was a bold statement—especially since we are talking about the minimalist market, which is known for innovations and “game-changers”—but this is no ordinary shoe. The Soft Star RunAmoc Dash with the bullhide sole is… more »

Vibram FiveFingers CVT Hemp Review

Vibram FiveFingers CVT Hemp Review
Vibram FiveFingers CVT Hemp Review
Earlier this year Vibram released the CVT Hemp—a FiveFingers model that was an alternative to the 2013-introduced CVT LS. The whole CVT thing stands for "convertible" due to the original CVT LS allowing you to flip the heel of the CVT LS flat and make… more »

Review VI-B Vibram FiveFingers

Review VI-B Vibram FiveFingers
Review VI-B Vibram FiveFingers
I stumbled across the VI-B this spring while looking for a new pair of trail paws – and instantly fell in love. Having said that, the VI-B is everything but a trail shoe! It is light and thin and delicate and sylphlike… more »

Shamma Sandals Mountain Goats Review

Shamma Sandals Mountain Goats Review
Shamma Sandals Mountain Goats Review
For the past three weeks, I have been enjoying the latest offering from Shamma Sandals: The Mountain Goat. This model provides the most protection of any other Shamma Sandal and is aimed at rough-terrain hiking and running. If you are new to Shamma, I… more »

Exodus XO Heroes Sandals Review

Exodus XO Heroes Sandals Review
Exodus XO Heroes Sandals Review
About a year ago I reviewed the Exodus XO minimalist sandal from Exodus Sandals. In that review, I noted that, "One thing I'd like to experience with the Exodus is a foamier Vibram sole—perhaps something like the Luna Leadville. Why? Well, mostly for a… more »

Unshoes Pah Tempe (Summer 2014 Update) Review

Unshoes Pah Tempe (Summer 2014 Update) Review
Unshoes Pah Tempe (Summer 2014 Update) Review
Over the last three weeks, I have been lucky enough to put the latest version of Pah Tempe from Unshoes through their paces through a variety of activities and environments. This is an exclusive first review for BirthdayShoes.com! Read on! more »

Luna Premium Mono Huaraches Sandals Review

Luna Premium Mono Huaraches Sandals Review
Luna Premium Mono Huaraches Sandals Review
Back in May of this year Luna Sandals, the huaraches-making company founded by "Barefoot" Ted McDonald launched a "premium" huaraches sandal offering in two American Bison leather-laced and soled colorways—dark and milk chocolate, respectively. As… more »

Lems Boulder Boot — Now in Black!

Lems Boulder Boot — Now in Black!
Lems Boulder Boot — Now in Black!
About a year ago Lems Footwear debuted their Boulder boot, which we reviewed in detail here. Well, it's over a year later now and I've been meaning to get up a few photos of the more recently released, all-black, 100% Nylon (and 100% Vegan if that's… more »

Vibram FiveFingers Golf Shoe V-Classic LR

Vibram FiveFingers Golf Shoe V-Classic LR
Vibram FiveFingers Golf Shoe V-Classic LR
Last fall we found out about a new Vibram FiveFinger style designed specifically for golfing. The V-Classic and V-Classic LR finally arrived for Spring 2014, and Vibram was kind enough to send me a pair of the LR to test out. I have to say I… more »

Lems Nine2Fives in Black (and Updated Leather)

Lems Nine2Fives in Black (and Updated Leather)
Lems Nine2Fives in Black (and Updated Leather)
In November 2013 I reviewed the Lems Nine2Five in "Coffee and Cream" brown leather but noted that the black Nine2Fives wouldn't be available until 2014. Six months later, here we are, and not only do we have more Lem Nine2Fives in black, but both the b… more »

Shamma Sandals Jerusalem Cruisers and Warriors Review

Shamma Sandals Jerusalem Cruisers and Warriors Review
Shamma Sandals Jerusalem Cruisers and Warriors Review
For the past three weeks, I have been lucky enough to enjoy two of the latest models from Shamma Sandals: Jerusalem Cruisers and Warriors. Shamma Sandals are a huarache company based in Santa Cruz, California. All of their products are hand-crafted and… more »

TRUE Gent Wingtip "Dress Shoe" Review

TRUE Gent Wingtip "Dress Shoe" Review
TRUE Gent Wingtip "Dress Shoe" Review
Fans of barefoot shoes have probably all faced a similar dilemma. A wedding, job interview, or any other potential situation requiring a more formal attire that isn't necessarily conducive to toe shoes or the abundance of casual and trai… more »

Xero Shoes Amuri Cloud First Look Review

Xero Shoes Amuri Cloud First Look Review
Xero Shoes Amuri Cloud First Look Review
Xero Shoes continues to innovate on the class huaraches design with the release this week of their new "Amuri Cloud" barefoot sandals. What is this "Cloud" that I speak of? It's a design feature of the Amuri Xero Shoes that reduces weight and improves… more »

TRUE Linkswear Tour Golf Shoes - 2013 Update/Review

TRUE Linkswear Tour Golf Shoes - 2013 Update/Review
TRUE Linkswear Tour Golf Shoes - 2013 Update/Review
TRUE linkswear is in the process of releasing new styles for 2014, but I wanted to share some thoughts on last year's update to the TRUE shoe that started it all. The original tour was TRUE's debut entry into the minimal golf shoe world, and while it w… more »

Vibram FiveFingers Bikila EVO Review

Vibram FiveFingers Bikila EVO Review
Vibram FiveFingers Bikila EVO Review
The original Vibram FiveFingers Bikila model was released in the Spring of 2010 in conjunction with the Boston Marathon, and has long been the workhorse of Vibram?s running stable. The Bikila LS was introduced a year later and was among the first mode… more »

Vibram FiveFingers KSO EVO/EL-X LS Review

Vibram FiveFingers KSO EVO/EL-X LS Review
Above is the (available-in-youth-sizes) FiveFingers EL-X LS. What you may not realize is that the upcoming KSO EVO (for adults) is the same pair of toe shoes!
Earlier this week, I received a pair of Vibram KSO EVO/EL-X LS from an online vendor and I wanted to share my thoughts on this highly-anticipated shoe. The upcoming KSO EVO will be replacing Vibram's most popular shoe, the very versatile KSO. It featur… more »

The GW81 Barefoot: "The one true barefoot experience"

The GW81 Barefoot: "The one true barefoot experience"
The GW81 Barefoot: "The one true barefoot experience"
I have redefined procrastination when it comes to internet footwear reviews. This write-up is 32 years in the making. It's not strictly a matter of laziness, though. Part of the issue is that I've only just recently gotten the hang of these and made use… more »

Lems Nine2Five Minimalist/Barefoot Dress Shoe Review

Lems Nine2Five Minimalist/Barefoot Dress Shoe Review
Lems Nine2Five Minimalist/Barefoot Dress Shoe Review
Want a cap-toe Oxford shoe that fits to your minimalist/barefoot shoe needs? Dress shoes making you uncomfortable at work all day due to over-narrow toe boxes, hard inflexible soles, and stiff arch support? You should check out the Lems Nine2Five! They're business-casual "barefoot" dress shoes that let you walk/move/stand naturally and still look good at work. more »

Vivo Barefoot One Review

Vivo Barefoot One Review
Vivo Barefoot One Review
Vivobarefoot released several new models in 2013, and being the owner of several Vivo shoes, I was excited to have the opportunity to test out the new One. I was curious to see how the Ones would stack up against my existing lineup of Vivobarefoot shoe… more »

Sensori Venture Xero Shoes (P)review!

Sensori Venture Xero Shoes (P)review!
Sensori Venture Xero Shoes (P)review!
Xero Shoes has started teasing their impending release of the Xero Shoes Sensori Venture, an out-of-the-box ready, huaraches-inspired design that takes the guesswork out of tying a pair of everyone's-favorite-barefoot-sandals, employing a wholly new lac… more »

VivoBarefoot Rooty Kids Minimalist Shoe Review

VivoBarefoot Rooty Kids Minimalist Shoe Review
VivoBarefoot Rooty Kids Minimalist Shoe Review
A review of the Vivo Barefoot Rooty minimalist shoes for young kids. These are leather-upper, velcro-fastening shoes that seem to hold up well to three-to-four year old abuse (that exacted by my 4-year-old daughter!). If you're after healthy shoe options for your kids, these are worth checking out! more »

Review-Merrell Bare Access Arc

Review-Merrell Bare Access Arc
Review-Merrell Bare Access Arc
The Merrell Bare Access Arc 2 is my first barefoot shoe, and I'm incredibly happy to have this as part of my hiking gear. I always thought I disliked hiking long distances, as my feet would feel heavy even in normal cross-trainers. However, two months a… more »