Review - Xero Shoes Umara Z-Trail Minimalist Sandals

Review - Xero Shoes Umara Z-Trail Minimalist Sandals
Review - Xero Shoes Umara Z-Trail Minimalist Sandals
I've been a fan of Xero Shoes since before they adopted their current monicker. Like many runners, I was greatly affected by reading Born to Run and immediately set out to find myself some of those magical running sandals known as huaraches. My very… more »
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Vibram FiveFingers V-Run (Bikila EVO update) Review!

Vibram FiveFingers V-Run (Bikila EVO update) Review!
Vibram FiveFingers V-Run (Bikila EVO update) Review!
Vibram’s dedicated road shoe received several upgrades this year and a new name, V-Run. With new upper and new sole materials, the already versatile Bikila EVO has been upgraded to handle warmer and cooler runs. Read on for my thoughts on the Vibram… more »

Shamma Sandals – Jerusalem Cruiser 2.0 Review

Shamma Sandals – Jerusalem Cruiser 2.0 Review
Shamma Sandals – Jerusalem Cruiser 2.0 Review
One of my favorite running sandals gets revamped for 2016 with a more premium leather topper, a new leather insole post, updated buckles and highly-requested heel strap. Do these updates keep the Jerusalem Cruiser on top (see my review of the original… more »

Trek Ascent Insulated Vibram FiveFingers Review

Trek Ascent Insulated Vibram FiveFingers Review
Trek Ascent Insulated Vibram FiveFingers Review
Vibram’s Trek Ascent Insulated is a fantastic variant of the Trek Ascent for a variety of winter activities. Featuring a wool sockliner that does a fantastic job keeping you warmer than you would expect from a toed shoe, the Ascent Insulated is great… more »

VIVOBAREFOOT Stealth II Review

VIVOBAREFOOT Stealth II Review
VIVOBAREFOOT Stealth II Review
It's been almost two years since my last post here on BirthdayShoes. Reason being that I've transitioned almost completely to barefoot living. Or, at most, a pair of light running sandals. I mean, I'm no barefoot activist. I'm not going to be that… more »

Topo Athletic Tribute and Fli-Lyte Reviews

Topo Athletic Tribute and Fli-Lyte Reviews
Topo Athletic Tribute and Fli-Lyte Reviews
Topo Athletic recently released two new models of running shoes. They sent both pairs my way for the purpose of putting them through the paces and seeing what I thought! So that's what we'll be doing today — reviewing the Topo Tribute and the Topo… more »

Soft Star Shoes Hawthorne Chukka Review

Soft Star Shoes Hawthorne Chukka Review
Soft Star Shoes Hawthorne Chukka Review
Overview The Hawthorne from Soft Star Shoes is their latest flagship chukka for casual wear. It has beautiful leather throughout, excellent workmanship, and a durable, resolable Vibram Geo sole that is great for casual users. What Soft Star… more »

Vivo Barefoot Drake Review

Vivo Barefoot Drake Review
Vivo Barefoot Drake Review
Once upon a time Vivo Barefoot made a shoe called the Oak. The Oak had a Wallaby-esque look to it and to this day is still in my regular shoe rotation (no small feat!). But the Oak was discontinued awhile ago, which left (to my thinking) a bit of a… more »

Sense of Motion SP-L3 Review

Sense of Motion SP-L3 Review
Sense of Motion SP-L3 Review
When I opened the box it smelled like some kind of chemical adhesive. These shoes were handmade, recently finished, and now they were in a cardboard box in my living room. They are so much uglier in person than I thought they'd be... more »

Gladsoles ECO Huaraches Review

Gladsoles ECO Huaraches Review
Gladsoles ECO Huaraches Review
The ECO is an interesting new model from Gladsoles that is made entirely from upcycled car tires. There is 5.5mm of rubber for tons of groundfeel and flexibility. Huarache lovers and “Born To Run” readers should definitely give this one a look! Read on to hear my thoughts on this eco-friendly, custom-cut huarache! more »

Bole Ball Review — Tarahumara Running Game

Bole Ball Review — Tarahumara Running Game
Bole Ball Review — Tarahumara Running Game
“You bought a wooden ball?” my wife said to me with a perplexed look on her face. I tried to hold back some of my excitement as I explained to her that this was what used by the Tarahumara Indians as they traversed great distances while running through… more »

Vibram FiveFingers Trek Ascent LR Review

Vibram FiveFingers Trek Ascent LR Review
Vibram FiveFingers Trek Ascent LR Review
The Vibram FiveFingers Trek Ascent LR is the latest premium all-terrain shoe from Vibram Five Fingers. It features a MEGAGRIP sole compound, a very aggressive tread design, and good protection from just about anything you can run into, onto, and over on the… more »

Unshoes Pah Tempe and Wokova 2015 Review/Update!

Unshoes Pah Tempe and Wokova 2015 Review/Update!
Unshoes Pah Tempe and Wokova 2015 Review/Update!
For 2015, Unshoes gave us a full model range refresh of all their running sandals with a more streamlined, polished and overall more running-oriented designs. The biggest design change comes in the form of…nothing! No screws, no rivets, no exposed… more »

Review Anthony Alan Footwear Loafer & Cap Toe Oxford

Review Anthony Alan Footwear Loafer & Cap Toe Oxford
Review Anthony Alan Footwear Loafer & Cap Toe Oxford
The Loafer and Cap Toe Oxford from Anthony Alan Footwear are excellent examples of barefoot shoes for mass appeal. They are decidedly the most classically handsome minimalist dress shoes in my collection, but at almost the most “shoe-like” for the… more »

New Balance MT10V3 Review (Minimus Trail)

New Balance MT10V3 Review (Minimus Trail)
New Balance MT10V3 Review (Minimus Trail)
When I have a pair of running shoes die I feel a mix of emotions. On one hand I’m excited to find something new but I also know that this minimalist/zero drop lifestyle comes with some challenges in finding footwear. My New Balance MT10V2 (Minimus… more »

Unshoes Wokova and Wokova Feather Review

Unshoes Wokova and Wokova Feather Review
Unshoes Wokova and Wokova Feather Review
You may be familiar with the ever-popular Unshoes Pah Tempe (review), but have you checked out the Unshoes Wokova? With two sole and three footbed options, these sandals are very durable, lightweight, the Wokova and Wokova Feather are excellent… more »

Soft Star Shoes Ballerine Flat Review

Soft Star Shoes Ballerine Flat Review
Soft Star Shoes Ballerine Flat Review
The Soft Star Shoe Ballerine Flat is flexible, attractive, and comfortable flat for daily wear. It features a 4mm Vibram Cherry sole for durability, a zero drop construction, wide toebox, and beautiful leather. Read ahead to hear my thoughts on the… more »

Shamma Sandals Classic All Browns Review

Shamma Sandals Classic All Browns Review
Shamma Sandals Classic All Browns Review
The Classic All Brown Shamma Sandals provide a leather-strapped alternative to Shamma’s velcro-strapped options, including the previously reviewed (and praised) Jerusalem Cruisers and Warriors; and Shamma Mountain Goats. The "All Browns" are very… more »

Xero Shoes Amuri Z-Trek Review

Xero Shoes Amuri Z-Trek Review
Xero Shoes Amuri Z-Trek Review
The Amuri Z-Trek from Xeroshoes provides a toepost-less design that is very comfortable, durable, and easy to adjust. In my opinion, the Z-Trek is Xeroshoes best sandal to date and one of the easiest huaraches to simply slip on and get running! About… more »

Bedrock Earthquake 2.0 Sandals

Bedrock Earthquake 2.0 Sandals
Bedrock Earthquake 2.0 Sandals
The Earthquake 2.0 from Bedrock Sandals makes numerous improvements and updates on their previous 1.0 (and V2) designs, while maintaining the familiar “feather-cap” look that Bedrock Sandals are known for. Most of the improvements were aimed at… more »

Merrell Vapor Glove 2 Review

Merrell Vapor Glove 2 Review
Merrell Vapor Glove 2 Review
Overview of the Vapor Glove 2 Merrell’s latest iteration on the original Vapor Glove What Merrell Says Feather light and breathable, this barefoot run shoe liberates your trail run via foot contact with the ground thanks to zero drop. The washable,… more »

Vibram FiveFingers KMD EVO Review

Vibram FiveFingers KMD EVO Review
Vibram FiveFingers KMD EVO Review
Vibram has expanded their "EVO-fication" of the FiveFingers line with the release of the FiveFingers KMD EVO, which is what we'll be reviewing today. Other "EVO" VFFs to date include the KSO EVO, the Bikila EVO, and the Bikila EVO WP (the waterproof… more »

TUNE Footwear Penny V2

TUNE Footwear Penny V2
TUNE Footwear Penny V2
The TUNEfootwear Penny V2 is the latest shoe in TUNE’s line of lifestyle minimalist shoes. It features a wide toebox, flexible lightweight sole, and preppy looks. If you are looking for the benefits of minimalist shoes for wear at the office then check… more »

ToPo Runduro Review

ToPo Runduro Review
ToPo Runduro Review
The ToPo Runduro is a distance running shoe from ToPo Athletics. It has one of the thicker soles of any “minimalist” running shoe and is geared towards transitioning and long-distance runners. The Runduro features the same super breathable and… more »