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!

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Breaking In a Pair of Vibram FiveFingers Classics

Breaking In a Pair of Vibram FiveFingers Classics

New Vibram fan Katie wrote in the following about her recent discovery of FiveFingers Classics:

While still deciding whether or not to buy some VFFs, I browsed the web extensively, finding mostly running and hiking stories. I was looking for an example of Vibrams being great shoes for every day use, since I myself am not a runner, hiker, jogger, etc. I found enough on birthdayshoes.com to convince myself that a pair of Vibrams would be perfectly fine to have for mostly casual use. I bought my Classics (and my husband a pair of KSOs) in late May 2011, and I haven’t worn any other shoes since! I wear them to family cook outs, work, the grocery store, the mall, church—you get the picture. I have tried running in them, and I must say running is a much more enjoyable experience in Vibrams.

However, the first few days of wearing them were discouraging. My big toes were cramped and in pain, and the back of the heel (on the Classics) hurt me with every step I took. I would find myself not even moving in them and having to take them off because of the discomfort (I might have just gotten a size too small). I was so excited about them that I just couldn’t not wear them. I’m glad that I didn’t give up, because, as the clerk at the shoe store told me, they do loosen up with wear. It’s gotten much easier to move my toes around while wearing them, and now I can but them on as quickly as any other slip-on shoes. My heels rarely give me trouble anymore, and my left big toe only occasionally feels strange (remember, I haven’t been wearing these long). I feel very comfortable in them now, and plan on taking them to the beach and maybe walking the cobble stone streets of St. Augustine Florida this summer!

~Katie

P.S.: My husband loves his KSOs. They never gave him a bit of trouble.

Glad you stuck it out! I think Classics do seem to break in a bit after a few days of wear. One trick to speeding up the process is to invert the heel.

I hope you keep enjoying your new toe shoes, Katie! Certainly a good time to have a pair of open-topped Classics with the summer heating up!

Vivo Barefoot Achilles Review (Minimalist Sandals)

The Vivo Barefoot Achilles — a modern interpretation of huaraches minimalist running sandals.
The Vivo Barefoot Achilles — a modern interpretation of huaraches minimalist running sandals.

I have been running in homemade 4mm-thick soled huaraches for eight months now and enjoying them very much, but I'm always on the lookout for something even better (For example, check out my recent review of the Teva Zilch Minimalist Sandals). I was intrigued when I learned Vivo Barefoot would be releasing a modern interpretation of the huarache sandal. Can modern technology improve upon a time-tested classic, or will technology only hurt as it has in millions of other modern running shoes?

Read on to find out!

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FiveFingers for Dancing the Night Away at Senior Prom

Spencer and Jana show off their choice of Senior Prom footwear--toe shoes!
Spencer and Jana show off their choice of Senior Prom footwear--toe shoes!

Spencer writes in about his recent senior prom experience in Vibram FiveFingers!

Me and my Girlfriend's family all love FiveFingers! I have two pairs, Black KSO VFF's and Gray/green Bikila's. We wear them everyday!

This year for my senior prom at Grants Pass High School in Grants Pass Oregon. My Girlfriend and I decided to wear our VFF's (KSO's and Treksports)! We had a blast, answering people questions and dancing the night away in out Vibram's. Most people already know me at school as the "Toe Shoe guy". We are a walking commercial.

Everywhere I go (as you know) I get questions from A-Z about my shoes. Now I know of 5 people that have got them at our school after they saw mine! I have had nothing but good experiences in them! I run in them, hike in them, jet boat in them, and have even played my trumpet for thousands of people in them! Anyway I thought this was a cool unique way of showing our VFF support and wanted to share our story!

Way to both support your love of toe shoes and have comfortable feet in lieu of ramming those toes in patent leather shoes! Looking good you two — thanks for sharing!

Teva Zilch Barefoot/Minimalist Sandals

Teva Zilch Barefoot Minimalist Sandals - The design is cool, futuristic even
Teva Zilch Barefoot Minimalist Sandals - The design is cool, futuristic even

Before switching completely to minimalist footwear nearly a year ago and running daily in homemade 4mm-thick huaraches, I was a fan of Teva sandals. Now just the thought of stomping around in those thickly soled sandals makes my feet ache. Fortunately, Teva is coming around and meeting me somewhere in the middle with their release of the Teva Zilch sandals. While I love my huaraches, I'm still willing to experiment so I purchased a pair of Zilch sandals to see how they perform as running sandals.

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Vibram FiveFingers Speed For Sale in the U.S.!

From left to right, the Vibram FiveFingers Speed in white/blue (women's), teal/white (women's), and black/white (men's).
From left to right, the Vibram FiveFingers Speed in white/blue (women's), teal/white (women's), and black/white (men's).

The FiveFingers Speed is Available Now!

Hallelujah! It's finally here!

The Vibram FiveFingers Speed a.k.a. the retro-styled, laced-up, limited-release Vibram toe shoes are finally available for purchase in the United States!

CitySports has them here for $99.95 (with free shipping)!

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Soft Star RunAmoc Dash Review (Barefoot Running Shoes)

Various photos of the RunAmoc Dash, a minimalist/barefoot running shoe from Soft Star Shoes out of Oregon.
Various photos of the RunAmoc Dash, a minimalist/barefoot running shoe from Soft Star Shoes out of Oregon.
After getting 2nd place in the 35K division of the Santa Barbara Endurance Race. I’m on the left
After getting 2nd place in the 35K division of the Santa Barbara Endurance Race. I’m on the left

Since last December, I have had the privilege of helping to test the Soft Star Shoes RunAmoc Dash. I’ve run 367 miles on Dash prototypes since then. The Dash weighs only 5.6 ounces for the 2mm sole and the perforated LITE upper. With a thin 2mm Vibram sole and zero heel to toe drop, the RunAmoc Dash is far “less” of a shoe than many of the heavier transitional/minimalist shoes coming onto the market this year.

Two weeks ago, I won second place in the 35K division of the Santa Barbara Endurance Race, wearing Soft Star’s new minimalist running moccasin, the RunAmoc Dash.

Below is my review of the RunAmoc Dash from a design, aesthetics, and performance standpoint.

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