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 »

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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 »

Lems Primal 2 Black Review

Lems Primal 2 Black Review
Lems Primal 2 Black Review
The Lems Primal 2 is a wonderful shoe for the barefoot casual market. It features a super breathable upper that is worlds above many other casual minimalist shoes, has a flexible 8mm sole with good ground feel, and good looks, especially in the new… more »

ZEM GEAR 360 XT Round Toe Review

ZEM GEAR 360 XT Round Toe Review
ZEM GEAR 360 XT Round Toe Review
The ZEM GEAR 360 XT Round Toe (“360 XT” for the remainder of the review) is an trainer shoe for minimalist enthusiasts and all-around running shoe for experienced minimalist runners. A feather light shoe at a mere 3.6 ounces (.2 ounces less than the… more »

Skora Fit Review

Skora Fit Review
Skora Fit Review
The Skora Fit is a breathable, flexible, and comfortable zero-drop shoe for the transitioning crowd. It actually provides more flexibility than its 16mm stack height would lead you to believe and it features 3D-printed support patterns for enhanced… more »

Topo Athletic ST Review

Topo Athletic ST Review
Topo Athletic ST Review
Topo Athletic (“ToPo” is short for Tony Post, the founder of the company and former Vibram CEO and former Vice President of Product and Marketing at Rockport) first launched their brand about two years ago with a Tabi-informed, split-toe design built on… more »

ZEM U Cross Ninja/Split Toe

ZEM U Cross Ninja/Split Toe
ZEM U Cross Ninja/Split Toe
For the last month, I have been lucky enough to try the latest trainer split toe from ZEM GEAR, the U Cross Ninja/Split Toe. I believe this shoe is fantastic for those getting into minimalist running and want to hone their form, while enjoying the… more »

Feelmax Niesa 3 and Panka 2 Review

Above, photoed, are the Feelmax Panka 2 (left) and Niesa 3 (right)
Above, photoed, are the Feelmax Panka 2 (left) and Niesa 3 (right)
I recently got the chance to test out the Feelmax Niesa 3 and Panka 2 running shoes and today I'll be sharing a full review of both. What makes these shoes special is that they just might be the lightest, thinnest running shoes in the world (at 2.7 oz… more »

Soft Star Portlander Review

Soft Star Portlander Review
Soft Star Portlander Review
The Portlander is a newer design from Soft Star, which is based on their popular Dash RunAmoc style. The Portlander features the same upper style, but the major and most obvious change is the way the upper is attached to the sole. The shoe uses a… more »

Gladsoles Original and Trail Huaraches Review

Gladsoles Original and Trail Huaraches Review
Gladsoles Original and Trail Huaraches Review
The Gladsoles Original and Trail running sandals are lightweight, very comfortable, and versatile huaraches that can pretty much handle anything you throw at them. Custom-made from tracings of your foot and made in the USA, they are what I consider to… more »

Woolby Slipper-Sock Cashmere "Boots" Review

Woolby Slipper-Sock Cashmere "Boots" Review
Woolby Slipper-Sock Cashmere "Boots" Review
The founder of Woolby & Co, an eco-friendly footwear company you'll find over at Etsy, reached out a couple months back to talk to me about her reclaimed cashmere and suede slipper boots. She sent me a pair of the men's slipper sock boots (these… more »

Earth Runners Alpha X and Circadian X Running Sandals Review

Earth Runners Alpha X and Circadian X Running Sandals Review
Earth Runners Alpha X and Circadian X Running Sandals Review
For the last month, I have been testing out two of the latest sandals from Earth Runners: The Alpha X with leather laces and the Circadian X with leather laces and conductive inserts. I believe they are some of the most handsome-looking huaraches on… more »

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 »

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 »