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Kickstart Bison Boots

Kickstart Bison Boots
The handmade Bison Boots. As suggested, they are made from bison leather and feature a Vibram sole. The pay homage to the human foot via the split in the leather at the cap of the boot.

I just got word about a budding minimalist boot company called Bison Boots. Bison is being kickstarted here and Gwyn reached out to tell me about the vision she and her husband have for manufacturing handmade minimalist boots out of Bison leather and Vibram rubber.

Just looking over their campaign, I was immediately intrigued and really warm to the natural look of these boots. I'm excited to share their campaign with Birthday Shoes readers—if you've been wanting minimalist boots, you might consider giving these serious consideration.

To that end, below Gwyn shares the story behind the dream—why Bison is an exciting new project below.


The Bison Boots Kickstarter Campaign

First off, I want to thank birthdayshoes.com for helping us spread the word about Bison Boots and being speedy in doing so! We are currently running a Kickstarter campaign, so time is of the essence!

So who is Bison Boots? Well, at the moment it's my husband, Corey, and me, Gwyn. We are prepared to grow quickly and are patiently—ok not so patiently—waiting for our Kickstarter campaign to finish.

How did we get here? We were tired of being disappointed in the barefoot shoe options available. My husband always dreamed of working with leather, and quickly came to love the idea of handcrafting boots. He taught himself the trade (as we both do in many aspects of our lives). Our initial goal was actually to make steel toe boots (barefoot of course), but after close consideration, we decided to begin with the basics and move to steel toe boots in the future.

We design and make the boots in-house in our shop in Ohio. We see the project through start to finish, which adds much needed control over our product. If you are familiar with minimalist shoes and the criteria against which shoes are reviewed on Birthday Shoes, then you know the important requirements of a barefoot shoe. To put it simply, your shoes should be part of your foot, working with your foot, not against it. And yes, not to brag, but I think we have mastered this concept!

Kickstart Bison Boots

We currently are offering one style of Bison Boots in one color. We have a vision for a simpler life, resulting in fewer items with higher quality. The brown color we have chosen is much darker indoors than out. In the sunlight, the brown lightens and takes on beautiful hues of reds and oranges. In our photos, our boots are not oiled or waxed. You can darken the brown at home by oiling or waxing. The color and design were chosen because of their versatile nature- not only for the occasion but for the person (unisex).

Additional boot specs: 


  • made of the softest leather we have ever felt, bison leather (left to keep it's original features and markings)

  • dense Vibram sole—zero drop of course

  • offered in European sizes 38-46 (we have come to like this sizing system much better than the U.S. system)

Visit our Kickstarter page to learn more and receive $10 off plus free shipping when you pre-order your pair of Bison Boots.

Kickstart Bison Boots

We understand there might be a little bit of sticker shock at first. We ask that you take into consideration the materials being used and craftsmanship being put into our boots. We will also be offering shoe trees in the future (this aids in a method used to reshape your boots after wearing).

Kickstart Bison Boots

Justin here.

If you're interested in reading more about the Bison Boots campaign, head over to their kickstarter page and give these two serious consideration. There aren't many minimalist boot manufacturers out there and these seem like an exciting new entry in the industry.

Unshoes Forager and Gallivant Shoe Review

Unshoes Forager and Gallivant Shoe Review

Hey guys! Today we've got a duo review time from Jarvis and Kim. We're reviewing the Unshoes Forager, a women's closed toe minimalist shoe) and Unshoes Gallivant, a yet-to-be-released men's closed toe shoe (Unshoes was kind enough to send these shoes to us for review). Unshoes is known for their minimalist sandals (the Pah Tempe and the Wokova), so these shoes make for an intriguing extension of the Unshoes line-up.

Will they maintain the same quality and eye for design as their sandals? Check out our review to find out!

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Xero Shoes Prio Running Shoe Review

Xero Shoes Prio Running Shoe Review

After making a name for themselves with their numerous sandal options, Xero Shoes have released their first dedicated running shoe: The Prio. Xero sent me a pair to test and review for BirthdayShoes readers, and in short, the Prios are relatively lightweight, flexible, and quite versatile; a good all-arounder to tackle most our your favorite indoor and outdoor activities.

Read on to hear my thoughts on Xero Shoes’ first shoe!

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Earth Runners Elemental (Yellow Flash) and Circadian Hempies

Earth Runners Elemental (Yellow Flash) and Circadian Hempies

Earth Runners created an updated version of the popular Circadian with a trendy and functional hemp footbed and laces and a new all-around model, The Elemental. I received both to review here for BirthdayShoes.

The previous Circadian was my favorite “storm” huarache for rainy weather and hiking. Let’s see if the new models do the Circadian justice!

Read on to see my thoughts on the Elemental Yellow Flash and Circadian Hempies!

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VivoBarefoot Primus Lux Review

VivoBarefoot Primus Lux Review

VivoBarefoot has been in the business of making minimalist, "barefoot shoes" for a long, long time. Looking back, I first reviewed Vivo Barefoot Aquas on BirthdayShoes seven years ago—this was back when they were Terra Plana Vivo Barefoot. What a mouthful. Many, many Vivo Barefoot reviews later, today I'll be reviewing the VivoBarefoot Primus Lux.

The Primus Lux, which should exist right here on the VivoBareofot website (it is here for women), is one of the growing "Primus" line at VivoBarefoot. The VivoBarefoot Primus line is marketed as being "built around the concept, less is more. Less shoe, less weight – more freedom to move. We had a vision for the lightest movement shoe possible; a shoe that followed the natural shape of the foot and had the least possible interference with human movement."

To date, there are trail shoes, exercise shoes, and the "luxury" shoe shown here. Having had mine for about 3-4 months (Thanks, Vivo!), I've spent enough time in them to give them a proper review. The short of it? I really like these guys. For more, you know what to do ...

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