Muddy Paintball in FiveFingers

Muddy Paintball in FiveFingers

This is the muddiest photo of FiveFingers I think I've ever seen.

What's the story? Enter Michael, who picked up his pair of TrekSports as an all-purpose pair of toe shoes though he specifically planned to use them for paintball:

I've been trying to paintball regularly for a year or so now, something more active then my usual regime of computer games and TV. I'd scoffed at Vibrams the first time I saw them, but the more and more I spotted people wearing them the more I wanted to at least try them on.

Once I started paintball I figured I'd finally had a real excuse to have wear them passed the novelty so I was on a mission to eventually own my own pair. A few months ago I was able to venture to my local Hikers Haven and try on as many pairs as would fit, finally deciding that a pair of KSO Treksport would be the best for the job (as well as seemed to be the only pair that would fit my APPARENTLY abnormally tall dorsal area of my feet). Unfortunately they were lacking on my perfect size and I was lacking in actual funds.

Skip ahead a few months and a new job gave me the opportunity I needed to snag me a pair. They instantly turned into the comfiest and most expensive pair of slippers I'd ever owned.

Eventually I got the chance to head back out for paintball. I generally try to go on dry days, as I hate getting mucky (a bit of an oxymoron when paintballing), but of course that morning was a downpour, leaving the field a minefield of puddles and mud. Within the first 15 minutes of arriving, we had to walk about 50 meters through a river of inch deep mud. At that point I tossed my inhibitions to the wind and had a great time being a mudder. It was of course still winter and the puddles were cold, but the pair of Injinji socks I was wearing were able to keep me warm enough.

I'm convinced that I was more agile, less tired, and much more happy wearing the Five Fingers than I would have been wearing my usual clunky Merrell sneakers, which would have been impossible to clean.

I'll be bringing my Vibrams with me to every paintball day, and hopefully will start doing more things to wear them more often.

Michael T. - Toronto

Glad you've found some use for them!

All that talk about mud reminds me of Stuart running his 255km jungle marathon in Spyridons.

Thanks for sharing, Michael!

Getting the Family Christmas Tree in KSOs

Getting the Family Christmas Tree in KSOs
Alan's KSO Five Fingers make it easy to get down and dirty and harvest a Christmas tree!
Getting the Family Christmas Tree in KSOs
Alan and family pause for a shot next to their tree!

Alan sent in the above photos taken recently on a trip to get a Christmas tree:

Here is a recent photo of me harvesting a Christmas tree near Highlands, NC while wearing my black Fivefinger KSOs. I have been running in the KSOs for about 2 months and recently completed my first 5k in them ... I am definitely hooked.

Alan
Greenville, SC

Great looking family, Alan, and I'm happy to hear you're enjoying your newfound foot freedom!

Feelin' the Flow: Chris runs the Richmond Marathon in VFF Flows

Note that midfoot strike — Chris runs the Richmond Marathon in his Vibram Five Finger Flows
Note that midfoot strike — Chris runs the Richmond Marathon in his Vibram Five Finger Flows
Thanks to the neoprene in the Flow Five Fingers, Chris is able to keep his feet warm but still minimally shod for his marathon!
Thanks to the neoprene in the Flow Five Fingers, Chris is able to keep his feet warm but still minimally shod for his marathon!
Post-race Chris wraps up to stay warm amidst temperatures in the 40s!
Post-race Chris wraps up to stay warm amidst temperatures in the 40s!

The photos above were sent in by Chris, who recently ran the Richmond Marathon in Flow Five Fingers. Though Flows are probably the least represented VFFs in the community, they're starting to get more attention as the seasons are changing and Five Fingers fans seek out a bit more foot warmth!

Here's Chris on the marathon:

Hey Justin,

I thought I'd send in some pictures from the Richmond Marathon I ran recently in my VFF Flows. It was really an awesome experience, from answering around a million questions about my "shoes" to being back on the road running taking only 2 days rest! I ran my first marathon last year in road shoes and got achilles tendonitis so switching to VFFs was a welcome relief. As for the Flows (a unique present from my girlfriend), I notice that people wear them much less than the other types, but on the 45 degree rainy morning of the race, they were nothing less than perfect. After 3 hours and 43 minutes, everything felt great and I can't wait to run another in them! Thanks for putting together such an amazing site -

Chris

Thanks for sharing, Chris! Nice time and good to hear that VFFs are enabling you to run injury-free. That your girlfriend hooked you up with your Flows — well, I'll just say that she might be worth hanging on to!

VFF Joggling the Philadelphia Marathon with Joe Salter

Essential equipment for having a truly unique marathon experience: KSO Five Fingers and balls for joggling — an intriguing combination of running or jogging and juggling!
Essential equipment for having a truly unique marathon experience: KSO Five Fingers and balls for joggling — an intriguing combination of running or jogging and juggling!
Mid-race we see Joe juggling and running the Philadelphia Marathon!
Mid-race we see Joe juggling and running the Philadelphia Marathon!
Joe hit a new marathon PR of 3:31, joggling the race in his Five Fingers.
Joe hit a new marathon PR of 3:31, joggling the race in his Five Fingers.

I got the above photos from Joe Salter who recently ran the Philadelphia Marathon in his KSO Five Fingers joggling. Joggling is a combination of running and juggling and according to Wikipedia, "Jogglers say that the arm motions of juggling with three objects feels natural with the action and pace of jogging."

Joggling is a fascinating niche for runners and this is the first time I've heard of anyone running a marathon in Five Fingers while joggling.

Here's Joe on both joggling and the marathon:

On November 22nd, 2009 I "joggled" the entire 26.2 miles of the Philadelphia Marathon while wearing my VFF KSO's. Joggling is the fringe sport/activity that combines juggling and running/jogging. This was my 3rd marathon, but my first for joggling in the KSO's. I've been joggling in the VFF KSO's for around 3 months. For more information on joggling, go to: justyouraveragejoggler.com or my YouTube channel.

Race Highlights:

Set a PR finish time of 3:31 (15 minutes faster than my previous marathon in regular shoes with joggling, and 21 minutes faster than my first marathon in shoes without joggling)

I got questions and nice comments about the KSO's before the race; but during the race people only focused on the "joggling." Joggling kinda steals the attention from the VFF's during a race ...

Legs felt great joggling in the VFF KSO's. Met one other runner wearing KSO's during the race.

Three Jogglers (Two juggling three balls, and one juggling five balls) were in the full Marathon, thus setting a record for the most amount of jogglers in a marathon.

Best Regards,

Joe Salter
Pensacola, Florida

Way to be a VFF joggling pioneer, Joe! I wonder if joggling is starting to take off? Thanks for sharing your Five Fingers joggling experience with BirthdayShoes!

You can read more about Joe via this joggling interview he gave.

Finally, "Zataod" has a blogged dedicated to barefoot joggling. Check it out at Zen and the Barefoot Joggler.

Josh and Barrett Hike Ransom Canyon

Josh and Barrett hiked Ransom Canyon in Texas in their KSO Vibram Five Fingers.
Josh and Barrett hiked Ransom Canyon in Texas in their KSO Vibram Five Fingers.
Having conquered the canyon, Josh and Barret raise their VFF-shod feet into the air!
Having conquered the canyon, Josh and Barret raise their VFF-shod feet into the air!

Josh submitted the above photos of a recent hike at Ransom Canyon, which is near Lubbock, Texas. Josh hiked with his friend Barrett — they were sporting their Vibram Five Fingers KSO (Grey and Palm and Black, respectively).

No doubt the VFF-shod feet were loving such a gnarly terrain!

Matt Runs a Thanksgiving 5K in his Flow VFFs

Matt gets ready to race a 5K in his black Flow Five Fingers on Thanksgiving morning.
Matt gets ready to race a 5K in his black Flow Five Fingers on Thanksgiving morning.
Matt Runs a Thanksgiving 5K in his Flow VFFs
Looks like it was a foggy morning in Shelby, North Carolina!
Looks like it was a foggy morning in Shelby, North Carolina!

Matt emailed in the above photos taken this past Thursday morning: he ran a 5K in his Flow Five Fingers. Here's Matt:

Hey!!!

I ran a 5K in my VFF Flows on Thanksgiving morning in Shelby, North Carolina. Out of over 600 participants, I was the only one in VFFs! These pictures were taken by my mom and sister at the race. Finished with a decent time and had a great time running with everyone else in their sneakers!! Love these shoes for cold-weather running and I have a pair of Sprints for warmer running.

Thanks for having such a great site! I look at it all the time and it's great to have a website like this where all of us VFFers can see others with the same awesome shoes!

Sounds like you've got a nice one-two punch for year-round VFF running! It's not often we see Flows, so thanks for sharing!

And glad to be of assistance to the Five Fingers fan community!

Update: Matt sent in a couple few more photos from a hike he took earlier this year in his VFF Sprints:

Matt poses on a hike in the Appalachian Mountains near Boone, North Carolina!

I went on a day of hiking in the Appalachian Mountains up near Boone, NC (where i go to college.... Go App!!) with my family earlier this semester and enjoyed all of the beautiful scenery and great views in my VFF Sprints. I sure got some weird looks by people passing by and lots of questions about what the heck i had on my feet and why i would ever hike in them, including people from my own family!! It was a lot of fun and i can't wait for warmer weather to do it again soon!!
Enjoying the VFF-view!

Two sisters take a Vibram Five Fingers Road Trip

Ellyn and her sister took a "VFF Road Trip" to the Six Flags Great Adventure park in New Jersey!
Ellyn and her sister took a "VFF Road Trip" to the Six Flags Great Adventure park in New Jersey!
I wonder if you can press those Garmin GPS device buttons with your VFF-shod toes!
I wonder if you can press those Garmin GPS device buttons with your VFF-shod toes!
Getting your rubber toes wet in Classic Five Fingers.
Getting your rubber toes wet in Classic Five Fingers.
Look closely and you'll see two different pairs of VFF Classics at the Hersey Park.
Look closely and you'll see two different pairs of VFF Classics at the Hersey Park.
Ellyn and her sister also went to the Cedar Point amusement park in Ohio!
Ellyn and her sister also went to the Cedar Point amusement park in Ohio!

Ellyn (Who has previously been seen mini-golfin' here) sent in the above photos taken on a "VFF Road Trip" with her sister. Ellyn wrote:

This summer my sister and I took a Roller Coaster Road Trip from Wisconsin to Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey, Hershey Park in Pennsylvania, and Cedar Point in Ohio. We also spent an evening in Atlantic City to stroll down by the beach. We wore our VFF Classics at the parks each day and ended up with some pretty awesome VFF tan lines! We got so many comments and questions about our shoes that we created a little business card with information that we could hand out to people in the future. They come in very handy and have helped to make a few VFF converts!

Ellyn sent in an image of the aforementioned card:

Many folks in the Five Fingers fan community have considered making a card to pass on to inquiring minds.  Looks like Ellyn actually put one together!
Many folks in the Five Fingers fan community have considered making a card to pass on to inquiring minds. Looks like Ellyn actually put one together!

Looks like you two had a good time on the road!