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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Self Defense Instructor Teaches and Trains in Vibram Five Fingers

Michael hanging loose
Michael in his Classics with instructors and students at a Detroit self-defense school.

Michael "Sifu" Banaag is quite an accomplished martial artist and self-defense instructor. He was taught by James DeMile, a student of Bruce Lee. He is also a Vibram Five Fingers fan and wears KSOs to train and teach self defense. He recently acquired a pair of Classics and removed the cord by following our Strap Removal [MOD] post. Read the rest to see what Michael says about his new modded Classics:

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New Women's Five Fingers Bikila color out!

A new color of Vibram Five Fingers Bikila for women — blue and grey!
A new color of Vibram Five Fingers Bikila for women — blue and grey!

I've just been notified that a new color of the Bikila Vibram Five Fingers running shoe has been released — for women. The above blue (teal?) and grey Vibram Five Fingers Bikila is now "out" and available for purchase from CitySports!

Though CitySports just got stocked up on this color, given the popularity of the Bikila — and the fact that this color combo looks great (In my humble opinion, of course!), I doubt these will last — at least not until more shipments go out!

The sizes available (as of right now) are 37 - 42 and the Bikila retails at just below $100. As usual, you can get free shipping on these via using the coupon code BIRTHDAY.

Pick up a pair here.

The Today Show: EasyTones, Shape-Ups, and Five Fingers, Oh My!

NBC's Today Show aired a segment this morning about the latest fads in fitness footwear; specifically, the growing number of shoes that promise to tone up your lower body simply by wearing them and walking around.

For once, I'm not talking about Vibram Five Fingers, but rather shoes like the Reebok EasyTones and Skecher Shape-Ups. That said, I'm happy to report that the Today Show does feature barefoot running and Vibram Five Fingers, too. Just watch the segment:

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Outdoors in the Pacific Nothwest with Vibram KSO Treks, Camping and Hiking

Jake at Olympic National Park
I have a little traditon where I always do a Burpee on top a mountain or on the end of the trail. Climbed up on a rock that was into the lake 10 feet or so.... my friend and photographer Jeremy, shot several photos, but this one turned out the best.

Jake, a Vibram Five Fingers fan and Personal Trainer, recently hiked through Olympic National Park in the state of Washington. We noticed a cool picture (above) he posted on the BirthdayShoes Facebook page, and had to find out more. Here are a few more pics and what Jake shared with us about his hike:

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