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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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Review Feelmax Vasko 2

Review Feelmax Vasko 2

The Vasko 2 from Feelmax is a cold-weather, water-resistant outdoor shoe with an incredibly thin sole and thicker lining that aims to excite minimalist adventurers as the temperatures dip and the terrain gets tough.

They are great for trails and cold weather running and may be a strong contender for favorite winter running shoe!

Read on for the full review!

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Review Lems Mariner 2 (updated!) - Barefoot Boat Shoe

Review Lems Mariner 2 (updated!) - Barefoot Boat Shoe

I love Lems Shoes. My 9to5s continue to be a staple in my closet.

Many months back (now) Andrew sent me a pair of the updated version of the Lems Mariner to test and review. Long-time readers might remember I had highly positive things to say about the Mariners three years back when I first reviewed them (here). Well, as much as I liked the Mariners then, the updated versions are even better.

This review has been long-coming. Read on!

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Combo Review: Vivobarefoot Eclipse and Shamma Sandals Warriors 2.0 with Power Straps

Combo Review: Vivobarefoot Eclipse and Shamma Sandals Warriors 2.0 with Power Straps

Summertime = Sandaltime!

While I am a huge fan of running in huaraches all year long, the summertime provides zero excuses for us to get closer to the ground and to air out our feet during our sunny adventures!

For this review, I picked up two sandals with different interpretations of the classic huarache design. Both feature 5mm soles and are the latest sandals to hit the block.

Click through to read my thoughts on the Eclipse from Vivobarefoot and the Warriors 2.0 with Power Straps from Shamma Sandals!

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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 first pair of huaraches was the most basic pair that I could find anywhere on the interwebs, from the then-newish company called Invisible Shoes, and is still the simplest pair I own. Nothing more than a 4mm thick flap of rubber with a single long black lace with which to keep it steady on the foot.

But like so many first-worlders who reach into the past to try out some vintage or otherwise culturally appropriated products, I encountered some aspects that I found disagreeable. Though the shoes held on well, the tying was more tedious than I'd been hoping for. I was just starting a new career as a personal trainer and coach, and was rushing around all the time. Between the various appointments I had to get to around town, plus the fact that I usually took my shoes off as soon as I got to the gym, it became important to have shoes that I could get on and off pretty fast.

Slowly and sadly, my old classic style Xeros saw less and less sunshine. My primary go-to became a slightly updated version of the huarache with an elastic heel strap that I could get on and off pretty quickly. But I still checked in on Xero pretty regularly, because I appreciated the absolute simplicity of their shoes while still maintaining quality.

So when I heard about the Umara Z-Trail I was pretty excited. But also wasn't too sure about the Teva-like strap system. Thankfully, Xero Shoes hooked me up with a pair to try and review: read on!

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