Doing the Ultimate Hike in FiveFingers - Help Alejandra Out!

Doing the Ultimate Hike in FiveFingers - Help Alejandra Out!

The following is a guest post by Alejandra Aldana

On May 4, 2013, I will be participating in Ultimate Hike, a 28.3 mile hike benefiting CureSearch for Children's Cancer. My goal is to not only complete this very long hike in one day, but also help raise awareness and $2500 in funds for CureSearch.

CureSearch for Children's Cancer, a National Childhood Cancer Foundation, funds and supports targeted and innovative children's cancer research with measurable results, and is the authoritative source of information and resources for all those affected by children's cancer. CureSearch funds both local and national research, ensuring that a cure will be found as quickly as possible.

I have decided to take this challenge for a number of reasons. I want the opportunity to help give back to those affected by cancer as well as improve my life and fitness. Part of what I hope to accomplish other than raising funds for children in need is becoming part of a community and pushing my boundaries.

I plan on completing the 28.3 miles completely in my Vibram Five Fingers and while many people are advising me against it, I just don't see myself doing it without them. It is going to take a lot of building my feet up, but I am more than confident I will be able to do so. If you are able to donate to my fundraising that would be great. If not that will be fine, too. What I would love to get out of this, is the opportunity to share my journey with others. There is nothing more powerful and exhilarating than a sense of community for a great cause. If you are interested in joining me on my minimalist journey please let me know as soon as possible (we have already started our first training session). If you would like to help follow and share me and my cause you can do so at

You can also donate directly by following this link.

Thanks again for your support and encouragement!

A day of fun with Sonia at the Harley Party and Sands Casino as seen through black KSO VFFs

A day of fun with Sonia at the Harley Party and Sands Casino as seen through black KSO VFFs
These Black KSO fivefingers have all the fun!

Above is a montage of photos (click for a larger version) sent in from Sonia who continues to enjoy her newfound foot freedom:

Hey Justin,

Just love your web site and had so much fun today that I took pic's of the whole day! From the Harley Party to the Sands casino ... the whole day from beginning to end — oh what fun!! People love these and want to know more!


These black KSOs sure know how to party! Keep having fun with them, Sonia!

Running a 5K with Chad - this time in Classic Vibram Five Fingers

Running a 5K with Chad - this time in Classic Vibram Five Fingers
Chad pictured above with his new-to-running son, James.

Here's an update from Chad, who previously ran a marathon in his black KSO fivefingers, and recently ran the Charlotte, North Carolina's Hit the Brixx 10K and a 5K in his grey and orange fivefinger Classics — pushing his son in a jogger:

Hi Justin,

Just another note to let you know how my running is going. This morning I pushed my son James in our baby jogger (somewhat of a misnomer, as he's now five years old, four feet tall, and weighs sixty pounds) at Charlotte's Hit the Brixx, where I did both the 10k (50:49) and the 5k (23:02). It's a little hard to see, but I wore my orange and gray VFF Classics with black Injinji socks. That's me with the white hat, white singlet, and yellow BOB stroller.

We had a great time at the race, and James ran in his first fun run, albeit with regular running shoes. Maybe this is the beginning of a long love a running for him, I hope.



Nice times, Chad!

I'm just learning to walk properly while pushing a stroller (harder than it looks it seems! Or maybe I'm just clumsy), to say nothing of running.

Great to hear about your son getting into running, too!

Scott Rafer at TechCrunch London in his Classic FiveFingers

Scott Rafer at TechCrunch London in his Classic FiveFingers
Scott Rafer, "serial entrepreneur," photoed above at TechCrunch London, September 24, 2009, by Taylor Davidson.

Internet entrepreneur Scott Rafer passed on a photo taken of him by Taylor Davidson giving a presentation at TechCrunch London. You can see Scott is wearing his black Classic fivefingers (Photo lightened a bit for better visibility). Here's Scott on his VFFs:

I now work in my black Classics (and work out in the orange and grey) ... I now live in the darn things.

I've got an upcoming post on the "everyday greatness" of Classic fivefingers that I should put out soon that gets at Scott's point of "living in" VFFs.

Thanks for passing this on, Scott!

Adam takes his fivefinger KSOs to the Cowboys Monday Night Football Game

Adam takes his fivefinger KSOs to the Cowboys Monday Night Football Game
Adam takes his fivefinger KSOs to the Cowboys Monday Night Football Game

In the mailbag this evening comes photos from last night's Dallas Cowboys vs. Carolina Panthers (Cowboys won) game viewed a la black Vibram fivefingers KSOs!

Here's Adam on his trip to the new stadium in his Vibrams:

Pictures of me with my Vibram KSOs at the Cowboys game 9-28-09. The brand new Cowboys stadium in Arlington, TX is awesome! I may have been the first person ever to go inside with Vibrams.

We love to go barefoot/vibram down here in Texas! Go Cowboys!!!!


I think that is the biggest jumbotron screen I've ever seen! Also, it sorta looks like Adam's feet are squishing the little players on the field.

Thanks for sharing, Adam!

An amputee talks about his fivefinger KSOs

I was recently contacted by Adam, an individual who had to have his left leg amputated after suffering injuries in a car wreck. Adam's preferred method of getting around now is on crutches, making his remaining leg the central point of support and balance. It's under these constraints that he's turned to using fivefingers KSOs to aid in feeling the ground. Here's Adam:


I recently stumbled across your website and decided to write you a comment. I'm 20 years old and lost my left leg last year due to a car wreck during my freshman year of college.

I don't always wear a prosthesis because they're painful for me still. As a result, I'm stuck using crutches. My primary footwear of choice while crutching is the KSO.

The FF allows me to have an impeccable connection to the ground, which is essential for a mono-pod like myself, making sure that every step is safe and secure. My balance and agility are improved when wearing FFs as well.

I always get strange looks from people, and I can't help but wonder if it's because I wear FFs or because I only have one leg. Perhaps it's both? :)

Anyways, thanks for making such an awesome tribute site, and if you know of any amputees who still have their left foot, I have a brand new left KSO size 43 that I don't think I'll be using anytime soon!

- Adam

I'm happy to manage a place where people can share how they're improving their lives by doing something so simple as improving their connection to the ground — Adam's case is unusual, but a great application of Vibram fivefingers.

Thanks for sharing your story, Adam, and I'll let you know if anyone else reaches out in need of your left KSO!

Rana drives, walks, runs, and hikes in her Vibram Sprints

Rana drives, walks, runs, and hikes in her  Vibram Sprints

Rana emailed me the other day to let me know she had blogged about her recent experiences with her Vibram Five Finger Sprints. Rana's been busy putting her Sprints to all the usual tests: driving, walking, running, hiking, and, well, just playing in them. Here's a clip from Rana's blog post:

Some observations - grass is nice, as is pine duff (though you do have to watch out for pine cones). Gravel isn't pleasant, though fine-crack packed gravel is a lot better than loosely packed large rocks. Logs are fun. Kicking an Osage orange toe first hurts, but shoving it along with the ball of your foot gives a nice inner-thigh work-out. Jumping is fun, especially since it's amusing seeing your VFF-clad toes pointing in the air. The worst surface? Field stubble. The damn stuff pokes you in the sides of the toes. Ouch! Mud is interesting, though I didn't explore it too much since I didn't want to get the shoes too dirty or to sink in a bog.

The gentle pad-pad-pad sound your feet make when walking in the VFFs is also pleasant - and it's quiet enough that you can sneak up on squirrels, rabbits, turtles and cats without half-trying. (When one does try, one can walk very quietly indeed.)

So, to make a long account short, these shoes are so much fun! And they are helping me remember why I love being outdoors, and why bodies are meant for playing, not just sitting and working. Viva la VFFs!

The stealthiness of Vibrams is one of the reasons they're referred to as "Ninja Shoes."

As for the field stubble, I think in time you might find it's not so bad after all. I was walking through a gravel parking lot the other night and thinking both "Ahh a foot massage" and then "It's nice to have a bit of variation in the ground for once!"

Be sure to check out the rest of Rana's post for a slew of other photos and thoughts! Thanks, Rana!