Vibram’s ‘Wrap On’ Minimalist Furoshiki Footwear

The company that brought the world ‘shoes with toes’ in its FiveFingers line has introduced footwear modeled after traditional Japanese wrapping cloth. That lead sentence above makes almost zero sense, I know. At first glance, neither do these shoes. Advertised as “outsoles that wrap around your foot,” the Vibram Furoshiki shoes are essentially rubber soles […]

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First Look: Vibram Wrap-On ‘Winter Furoshiki’ Footwear

No laces, no tongue, a shearling wool interior, and an innovative wrap-on design… the Winter Furoshiki footwear from Vibram stands out as perhaps the most innovative “boots” of the year. As the cold-weather cousin of the Furoshiki shoes (see “Wrap On Minimalist Furoshiki Footwear”) these leg-hugging kicks appear to be the lovechild of cozy house […]

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Carson Footwear: Minimal Shoes Made In Oregon

As a runner, Everett Carson wasn’t happy with the minimalist shoes on the market. He invested half-a-million dollars to start manufacturing his own line here in the United States. What does it take to start a shoe company in the United States? For Everett Carson, before he could begin operations, he had to import specialized […]

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