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!

Rocker Hikes Grand Canyon in Five Fingers Flows

Rocker Hikes Grand Canyon in Five Fingers Flows

We recently received a story from James Grundler about his hike through the Grand Canyon in his patched up Vibram Five Fingers Flows. It is the type of story enthusiastic Five Fingers fans share with us every day and we love passing on to our readers. But this story has a twist. Though James didn't mention it in his email, we stumbled onto the fact that James is an accomplished songwriter and the lead singer for the band Golden State(facebook page). His resume includes a long list of songs featured in television and film.

So after the jump, read about James' Grand Canyon adventure, and listen to the Golden State song "All Roads Lead Home" that was featured in the Luke Wilson movie, "Henry Poole Is Here" and on an Emmy nominated episode of "Deadliest Catch".

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1st Annual New York City Barefoot Run [Report from a Highly Qualified Participant]

New York City Barefoot Run
1st Annual New York City Barefoot Run Collage courtesy of Ryan

The barefoot running movement is not only about finding something lost in our heavily shod world, it is also about inclusion. No books have to be bought, although there are some good ones. There are no dues to pay to join the club. As the shirt says, all one needs to do is "lose your shoes" to be included. Bare feet can truly free your soul and get you in touch with who you are and who we were.

So, after the jump we present to you Brian's story. Even though he questioned his qualifications to report on the 1st Annual New York City Barefoot Run, we think his qualifications are perfect.

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Toe Shoes in the Military

Toe Shoes in the Military

"Toe shoes" have become popular not only amongst runners generally, but also among some of the most active folks around — our friends in the military. Though we've gotten a number of user stories from Vibram Five Fingers fans in the armed forces in the past (See below for a couple examples), the topic of toe shoes in the military got some interesting if not a bit controversial press recently thanks to an article in the ArmyTimes titled On your toes (link) by Jon Anderson (Also see Anderson's prior piece on barefoot running titled Barefoot running gains traction here).

Read our analysis of the article after the jump.

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