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!

Weekend Link Love 7/11/10

Latest Links

Matthew McConaughey's girlfriend, Brazilian model and designer Camila Alves, was spotted wearing a pair of Vibram Five Fingers Classics while McConaughey decided to carry his Sprints and wear flip flops.

We thought it was very intersting to see open minded Podiatrist, Dr. Randy Beckman, give barefoot running a go after reading Born to Run by Christopher McDougall.

Leah McLaren discovers Vivo Barefoot shoes by Terra Plana as a less "weird-looking" minimalist alternative.

We got a kick out of this "barefoot running" article that mentions Vibram Five Fingers, but is mostly an ad for traditional marshmallow running shoes.

Former track and cross-country coach, Michael Legault, is not a fan of running shoes and says to go barefoot!

Our friends to the north in Saskatoon are getting into the barefoot running movement.

Running blogger, Courtney, is happy about her new Bikilas!

After the jump, see the latest barefoot related videos and an overview of blog posts from this past week.

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U.S. Marine Captain uses his Vibram Five Fingers KSOs for Track, Crossfit and Boating

Patrick relaxing on the Saco
I snapped this picture of the Saco River and my KSO's. They didn't even have any "river stink" on them when the dried out at the hotel later.

Patrick, a U.S. Marine Captain and Vibram Five Fingers fan, sent us the above photo and had this to say about his recent canoeing trip to the Saco River:

Love reading your blog entries. I took a trip back to Braintree, Massachusetts to visit my family. We love going canoeing up in Conway New Hampshire. We've been going to the same Saco Bound company for years now. I live in San Diego so it has been a while since I made it up there. The last time I was up, I told my Mom I was pretty sure I was going to marry the current girl I was dating. Our wedding is now in 6 months after my fiance returns from Afghanistan. My fiancé Ingrid is a Lieutenant in the Navy Nurse Corps. She gets home in about two months and we get married Jan 15, 2011.

The KSO's made awesome boat shoes for my trip. I bought my KSO's mainly for doing some track workouts and crossfit workouts. I've noticed my feet get stronger and my calves thicker as well. Throughout the trip, having dexterity in my toes allowed me to stand in the canoe with some extra balance.

Thanks for the photo Patrick and best wishes to you and Ingrid.

wiki - The Saco River is a river in northeastern New Hampshire and southwestern Maine in the United States.

Review of Zensah Compression Leg Sleeves (For faster Post-Running Calf Recovery)

Review of Zensah Compression Leg Sleeves (For faster Post-Running Calf Recovery)

By Tim KelleyAbout the Author

I got my first pair of VFFs more than a year ago and have been using them for triathlons, hiking and running. I started with Sprints and quickly added a pair of Flows and now I am training for Ironman Florida this November in a pair of Bikilas.

A few weeks ago I got an email from Justin asking if I would be willing to test and review a non-shoe related piece of running gear. Athletic apparel company, Zensah, had recently come across and wanted to do a promotion with their compression leg sleeves.

The idea behind compression clothing is that it lightly squeezes your muscles and forces more blood flow to those areas, which in turn removes toxins that build up from exercise. While some people don’t care much for compression wear, I am a big fan and have tried a number of different company’s compression clothing items ranging from compression socks and calves sleeves, to shorts and full compression tights so I was excited to give Zensah a try.

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Weekend Link Love 7/4/10

BirthdayShoes Week in Review

Happy Birthday America!

This past week we updated our original, early April post on fake Five Fingers with a much-needed update on Vibram's toe shoe counterfeit problem. We encourage those looking to buy Vibram Five Fingers to familiarize yourself with our regularly updated monster list of counterfeit online retailers (Over 175 and counting!) as well as our guide to avoiding counterfeit toe shoes.

On the Vibram fan front, we blogged about Jason surviving the rigors of a DisneyWorld vacation in his Vibram Five Fingers Sprints. Also, check out Emily and her family of Five Fingers wearers.

Meanwhile, we interviewed competitive runner, Edward Edmonds, about his experiences using barefoot running for training to run a professional level marathon. Edward is a thoughtful runner and offered an abundance of advice for runners at any level.

After the jump, see links and videos related to barefoot running and, of course, VFFs!

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Free your Feet on the "Birthday of Independence!"

Free your Feet on the "Birthday of Independence!"

Originally posted on July 6, 2009; bumped to the top of the blog on July 4, 2010, and added a new photo from Aaron in New Jersey (see above)!

Some call the 4th of July the birthday of the United States — others, the birthday of independence. Of course, independence — freedom — has no birthday: it's just an idea that should be pursued. An idea worth remembering and celebrating.

Amidst the fireworks, celebrations, vacations, staycations, and libations, it's all too often that the message behind Independence Day is forgotten. As a refresher, that message is hinted at in the first sentence of the preamble to the Declaration of Independence:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

No need to get into the particulars of meaning behind the above sentence. I'd rather just leave it as this: it is our nature as human beings to be free, and to live in accordance with the responsibilities that such freedom requires.

As a way to celebrate freedom, I suggested that you experience the sensation of freedom through your feet. And a few VFFers and barefoot enthusiasts did just that — and sent in photos and videos to document their experience!

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