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!

Jesse Sights a Blue Man in Black KSO 5 Fingers

Jesse Sights a Blue Man in Black KSO 5 Fingers

In the mailbox comes this note from Jesse:

First off...a fan blog just for VFF??? sweet

I've been wearing them for somewhere around a year now and swear by them. I've had cartilege damage in a knee and a bulging disk for decades now and these things are the only shoes I walk in...after a suitable break-in period of course!

I'm not the subject of this photo however, I was at the Fremont Solstice Parade last weekend and spotted this well dressed dude. I've already sent this shot to Vibram, didn't know about your site until today!

I've added another shot that is of me, if you can see the VFFs you're welcome to add this one to the site, it's on a hike up along the Snoqualmie River outside of Seattle.

Keep it up!

Jesse

Thanks for sending in the sighting photo, Jesse! It's not often you see someone covered in blue carrying a trident — much less with black KSOs (Too bad he didn't have the blue KSOs! to complete the look).

Here's Jesse on his hike on the Snoqualmie River sporting his black KSO 5 fingers:

If you happen to snap any photos of others in their birthday shoes*, be sure to send them in!

* Make sure they aren't going to get upset about pictures of them in their birthday shoes!

More on the FiveFingers Trek, Glove plus the Cortina, Moc, and Performa

As a follow-up to the last post on the new fivefingers Trek and Glove comes a bit more information pulled from a scanned February 2009 edition of FN (Footwear News) [PDF] that was found by barefootnyc and posted to the forums. This was in their "Buzz" section (Bracketed words are inferred in place of words chopped off in the PDF file):

[Italy-]based Vibram ix expanding its Five Fignerse collection with winter-[sho]es for fall '09. For men, the KSO Trek — a version of the popular KSO [— ha]s 4 millimeters of EVA in the midsole and 3 millimeters of Vibram's TC-1 [performanc]e outsole. A new, lugged tread design adds traction, and a suede or shear[ling lined? $]125 and $140, respectively) supplies warmth. For women, a midcut, fully [lined] winter boot called the Cortina will retail for $290. the Performa and Moc styles, for women and men, use thin kangaroo leather in the upper for tear resistance and feature pods of Vibram rubber for flexibility in the outsole. Both versions, available in multiple colors, will retail for $110, with a shearling women's version for $140. All models are slated to deliver to outdoor, comfort and running shoops on Aug 1.

To sum up, we've got the:

  • Five Fingers Trek — suede or shearling, lugged, slightly thicker sole, and has 4mm of padding (pictured here)
  • Five Fingers Glove — kangaroo leather with rubber "pods" instead of the standard single-piece rubber sole, which should provide for maximal toe freedom Note: this may be what's referred to as the "Moc" or "Performa" in the above FN piece (pictured here)
  • Five Fingers Cortina — some sort of fully-lined boot only for women
  • Five Fingers Performa — maybe the same as the Glove? Maybe something different?
  • Five Fingers Moc — maybe the same as the Glove? Maybe something different?

Still trying to piece this all together until we get something official from Vibram. If you hear anything, please let me know!

Other posts regarding new Vibram FiveFingers models:

Sprint Vibram Five Fingers and Big Foot in Manhattan from Brian

Sprint Vibram Five Fingers and Big Foot in Manhattan from Brian

Brian (barefootnyc in the forums) sent in the above photo of his Sprint Vibram Five Fingers taken in a New York park atop a sculpture of a big bare foot. Here's what Brian had to say about his size 47 Vibram Five Fingers compared to the foot sculpture:

Justin,

Was walking through a park in Manhattan and came across this big foot. Included size 47 VFF sprint for scale.

The foot, by the way, is part of a playful sculptural ensemble by the artist Tom Otterness in Battery Park City, which is downtown along the Hudson River.

barefootnyc

Here's another photo (Pop-up, link is off site) I found of the "big feet" from the Otterness sculpture.

Strike a Pose! Ben in Vibram Five Fingers KSOs with Dr. Nicholas Romanov of Pose Running

Strike a Pose!  Ben in Vibram Five Fingers KSOs with Dr. Nicholas Romanov of Pose Running

From the photo mailbag comes a photo of Vibram Five Fingers fan Ben alongside Pose Running method founder Dr. Nicholas Romanov. Ben is striking the quintessential "pose" in his black KSO Vibram Five Fingers.

Hey Justin, here's a pic of me in my black KSO's with Pose running creator Dr. Nicholas Romanov, taken at a recent running clinic in NYC. Keep up the good work!

Pose running is a technique created by Dr. Nicholas Romanov back in 1977. From the PoseTech website, the method is billed as "Efficient, injury-free movement taught through poses. Use the Pose Method techniques to prevent injuries and to dramatically improve your athletic performance."

Ben is striking a "pose" in his KSO Vibram Five Fingers in the above photo with Dr. Romanov. I asked Ben to share a bit more about Pose and here's what he had to say:

I've been running Pose for about three months and am still learning each time I go out. Yes, that is a not-so-perfect attempt at me in the Pose position. The KSO's are my only running shoes, and I feel that they help me get my technique down better than if I used a regular heeled sneaker. I think the funniest comment I've gotten wearing them was during a run in Central Park, and some small child turns to his mom as I ran past and said "Mommy, why isn't that man wearing any shoes?"

Not surprisingly, Dr. Romanov has reviewed fivefingers here (Also listed on the Birthday Shoes Five Fingers Resources page!).

Thanks for sharing Ben! I'd like to get an in depth overview of both Pose and also Chi Running for the Vibram Five Fingers community (if any of you would like to write up something to post on birthdayshoes.com, please let me know!).

And thanks for sharing Ben!

Vibram Five Fingers Sprint Montage by Aaron

Vibram Five Fingers Sprint Montage by Aaron

Aaron emailed in the above Vibram Five Fingers Sprint "Montage" of photos taken around the UCLA campus. Aaron noted:

I just bought a pair of Vibram five fingers Sprint. I love them! I attached a montage of pics taken during my walkabout campus yesterday.

That photo in the top right of the montage is, indeed, a men's bathroom urinal from a public restroom, illustrating that Vibram Five Fingers can be used to get you anywhere*.

* Has anyone else experienced a bit of minor hesitation prior to entering a public restroom while wearing your VFFs?

Sarah's Starry Toe Socks with Black Vibram Five Fingers Classics

Sarah's Starry Toe Socks with Black Vibram Five Fingers Classics

In the mailbag from Sarah:

Hey when I saw Nathan Owings shoes I had to get some. We are in the same gaming community and he told me about your site. I was at my house lounging on the hammock rocking out in my black classic vibram fivefingers. I think the star toe socks make the picture. ^_^

I think Sarah's combination of starry toe socks and black 5-finger classics works fantastically*, so I asked her where she got them for anyone else who might want to know:

I just got the socks at a store called rue 21. I remember when toe socks were really popular when I was in highschool. Now they seem pretty hard to find, after finding these shoes I hope toe socks come back in style. ^_^ It was nice at first since my feet weren't used to the shoes, but now that they are, they are comfortable without the socks as well.

Thanks for sharing and glad you're enjoying your fivefingers!

* Though I'm pretty sure I couldn't pull off starry socks, maybe I could do plaid ... perhaps while wearing a kilt?