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!

Latest Vibram Five Fingers Reviews 9/20/09

A quiet week for Vibram Five Fingers reviews, this week I've only got one to report (and it was from a prior week to boot!):

  • Vibram FiveFingers KSO Review at Running and Rambling [KSO]:

    It only takes a few strides to realize that you have to change your running form while wearing the VFFs; without any cushioning, your heels will get sore in a hurry if you insist on using the same heel striking gait that you do while wearing shoes. Coincidentally, heel pain is one of the most common complaints from beginners wearing FiveFingers.

    (For this reason, and several others, many barefoot experts recommend that you don’t try VFFs until you’ve practiced pure barefoot running for a while; having a completely naked foot forces you to use proper form immediately, while VFFs allow you to “cheat” a bit, which could lead to injury.)

Surely in the week's ahead we'll see some new reviews of the fivefingers KSO Trek and fivefingers Moc (and fivefingers Performa)! I look forward to reading them!

A look at the new Black KSO Trek fivefingers (And comparison to black KSOs) [Video]

BirthdayShoes forum member Jake "desaulniers" has taken a first look at the new black Vibram five fingers KSO Trek. In his video, Jake makes a number of keen observations as he compares his Treks to his black KSO fivefingers. Check it out:

Topics covered in the video include:

  • Differences in the Vibram sole between KSO and KSO Trek, specifically the KSO Trek sole using leather to cover the arch in lieu of the rubber coverage of the standard KSO.
  • The kangaroo leather upper of the fivefingers Trek being less "stretchy" as compared with the mesh upper of standard KSOs. As Jake has "wide/tall" feet, this is a point of consideration (Also note the strap length is a bit shorter on the Treks!).
  • And more!

Check the video out. Check out the forum discussion desaulniers started, too! All in all, very helpful information for anyone interested in getting the new VFF KSO Treks!

I gotta say, the black KSO Treks look pretty nice!

Thanks for sharing, Jake!

Hiking Mount Marcy in black KSO Five Fingers

Hiking Mount Marcy in black KSO Five Fingers
Hiking Mount Marcy in black KSO Five Fingers
Hiking Mount Marcy in black KSO Five Fingers
Hiking Mount Marcy in black KSO Five Fingers

Received the above photos taken of Axel (Axel is wearing the backpack) on a hike up Mount Marcy in New York (The top of which is the highest point in the state!).

Mount Marcy (5,343 feet), Essex county, NY

My friend goes literally everywhere barefoot though sometimes he wear shoes (yeah getting kicked out of places for being barefoot is not fun). He had never heard of vibram so I got him hooked into it and at the same time I decided to buy a pair. A week later after getting our shoes we went out to Mount Marcy for a 20 mile hike. I know that everywhere says one should start easy on them to get your feet used to it, the way I see it "life is too short" so up we went and to be honest I have no regrets. At times through the hike I thought I would have to amputate my feet the next day, I figure between the swelling and the pain I would be miserable but to my surprise it was totally the opposite. Yes there was some soreness but that is normal in a 20 mile hike. I have also started running in them, which does require some time to get used to, specially if running on trails where loose or sharp rocks are the main course. Totally recommend the vibram shoes to anyone who is not afraid of getting dirty and feeling the ground beneath you.


A 20 mile hike two weeks in! Adventurous! Glad to hear that the aftermath was so surprisingly "okay." And Axel is right, life is too short — so everyone close your browser windows and get out and enjoy living!

Thanks for sharing, Axel!

Vibram FiveFingers Moc - Unboxing and First Look [Video and Photos]

Vibram FiveFingers Moc - Unboxing and First Look [Video and Photos]

I finally got my hands on a pair of the new Vibram fivefingers Moc (in blue!). The Moc, a men's style VFF whose sister counterpart is the Performa, is a new, kangaroo-leather-clad, indoor-only, minimalized, and extremely flexible foot glove — in fact, we originally thought the Moc was going to be called the Glove.

Before I jump into my written first impressions of the fivefingers Moc, here's a video unboxing and first look. Check it out:

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Pedal Play: Lou Rocks and Drives in his KSO fivefingers

Pedal Play: Lou Rocks and Drives in his KSO fivefingers
Pedal Play: Lou Rocks and Drives in his KSO fivefingers
Pedal Play: Lou Rocks and Drives in his KSO fivefingers

Lou sent in a few photos (above) in which he's putting his KSOs to good use in two different-yet-similar ways — driving and jamming on his electric guitar.

Many VFFers have discussed on the forums how much they like driving their cars while wearing fivefingers. The lack of padding and sole in fivefingers plus the smooth surface of the sole makes them easy to maneuver around the pedals, providing the driver with a strong sense of force and control.

Less discussed but similarly applied is using your fivefingers to control effects pedals — the kind you see pictured above and used in conjunction with an electric guitar and an amplifier. Very cool!

Bonus points to anyone who can correctly guess what kind of car Lou is driving!

Stef Dune Bashing and Sand Boarding in Dubai in KSOs

Stef Dune Bashing and Sand Boarding in Dubai in KSOs

Stef in Dubai passed on the above photo and had this to say about her black KSO VFFs:

The best shoes for a day of dune bashing and sand boarding. The locals seem to love them as well. :)


Hopefully, the KSOs are doing their job and keeping sand out!

Note: I have no idea what dune bashing is!