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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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Vibram FiveFingers Sale - 45% off V-Run, Spyridon Elite, Trek Ascent

Vibram FiveFingers Sale - 45% off V-Run, Spyridon Elite, Trek Ascent

Outdoor gear site LeftLane Sports just launched a sale on Vibram FiveFingers.

If you're not a member of LeftLane use my invite to sign up so you can get $10 credit off your first purchase over $50. Orders over $75 also get free shipping.

Here's a link to the sale.

Becoming a "member" of LeftLane is as simple as providing basic info (name/email). There are no strings attached (no fees to join) other than the fact you'll get emails about future upcoming sales—but you can quit the email list at any time.

Good luck!

The Great BirthdayShoes Garage Clean-up

I often tell people: careful what you decide to blog about; it might become your life.

It's tongue-in-cheek but truthfully, I never thought creating BirthdayShoes (8 years ago but who's counting?) that I'd become the Al Bundy of barefoot shoes, but well, that sorta happened. And it's been (and is!) great!

But I've got a problem. I have more shoes than I could ever possibly wear: the de facto place these reviewed-shoes go (as well as a few pairs that didn't never made the cut) is in plastic storage tubs. What a waste! I could donate them to Goodwill but in addition to being strange, I feel like there are Bdayshoes readers who might want a chance to snag a pair or two on the cheap first.

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