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 4/25/10

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You might notice some posts to the blog by a gent named Britt. Britt hails from Texas and is actually the guy who came up with the name "Birthday Shoes" back in early 2009 when I was trying to figure out a domain name for this site! I've asked Britt to help me keep up BirthdayShoes and he has graciously agreed. Welcome aboard, Britt!

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Vibram Five Fingers Bikila First Look Photos and Impressions

Vibram Five Fingers Bikila First Look Photos and Impressions

After almost nine months since we first laid eyes on a pre-production model of the Vibram Five Fingers Bikila, I finally got my feet in a pair thanks to a gracious source out of Boston. And as far as first impressions go, I'm happy to report that the Vibram Five Fingers Bikila — the first running specific Vibram Five Fingers model ever to be released — is worth the wait.

What follows is not an unboxing — the pairs that made it "out in the wild" didn't come in boxes—they are that fresh! I can only surmise that Vibram was so rushed to get some Bikilas out (in a sort of mini-release that was confined to only a few select Boston retailers) in conjunction with last weekend's All-Star Barefoot Running Clinic (sponsored by Vibram) and the Boston Marathon Expo, that they just said, "Hey, who needs boxes?" So in the event I ever get a boxed version (maybe in the electric blue/yellow combination!), I'll see about doing a true unboxing.

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Vibram Five Fingers Boston Barefoot Running Clinic and Boston Marathon News Round-up

A photo taken by Bobby Love of MilesBehindMe.com from the All-Star Barefoot Running Clinic on April 18, 2010, in Boston, put on by Vibram Five Fingers and City Sports.
A photo taken by Bobby Love of MilesBehindMe.com from the All-Star Barefoot Running Clinic on April 18, 2010, in Boston, put on by Vibram Five Fingers and City Sports.

For all of us who weren't able to be in Boston this past week, here is a round-up of what went down so you can live vicariously through others.

Last Saturday April 18th Vibram and City Sports Boston hosted an All-Star barefoot running clinic. In attendance at the clinic were reps from Vibram, Christopher McDougall, Daniel Lieberman, and a hundred to two hundred enthusiasts who braved a chilly morning (Rainy and in the 40s) to be there.

As luck would have it, a small supply (what seems to be a "mini-release") of Vibram Five Fingers Bikila landed to show off at both the All-star clinic and many eager fans were able to either try them out or actually get a pair.

For all of us who weren't able to be in Boston this past week, here is a round-up of what went down this past week.

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Terra Plana Vivo Barefoot Oaks Review

The Terra Plana Vivo Barefoot Oak Lace-up Wallaby shoe.  It's minimalist status comes from it's diminuitive sole - only 4.5 mm thick.  It is also foot friendly with a wide toe-box.
The Terra Plana Vivo Barefoot Oak Lace-up Wallaby shoe. It's minimalist status comes from it's diminuitive sole - only 4.5 mm thick. It is also foot friendly with a wide toe-box.

Having worn and reviewed VIVO BAREFOOT Aquas and requiring a slightly dressier pair of "barefoot shoes," I picked up a pair of the VIVO BAREFOOT Oak, which is like a laced loafer that I'd heard good things about and, personally, I'd been digging the style of them in all the photos I'd seen online. So I picked up a pair and what follows is my review of the Vivo Barefoot Oak, including a video unboxing, photos, and more!

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IT Geeks introduce Vibram Five Fingers to Cebu City

Lavin and Lhar in Cebu City
Trendsetters, Lavin and Lhar in their Vibram Five Fingers Flows and KSOs in Cebu City, Philippines.

Where exactly is Cebu City and who wears Vibram Five Fingers there? With a population of almost one million people, Cebu City is located in the Philippines. Lavin and Lhar are technology teachers at a university there. Lavin comments on discovering VFFs:

My friend Lhar and I recently got ourselves a pair of VFFs each. He got the black KSOs, while I got the FLOWs.(I wanted KSOs, but some mix-up got me the Flows instead). We actually got introduced to VFFs and the whole barefoot idea from birthdayshoes.com. We are teachers at a University here. Being in the I.T. field, we are naturally geeks. So, we stumbled upon the Gizmodo article about Sergey Brin wearing his Blue KSOs, which then led us to birthdayshoes.com. This then took me to the nymag.com article "You walk wrong", which made us get a pair of VFF's! As far as I know, we are the only ones in the city to own a pair. I haven't seen anyone else wearing VFF's here.

Lavin said that his first few days in Vibram Five Fingers Flows were a little uncomfortable, but now that they are broken in, they feel great! He also mentioned the neoprene being a bit warm, but since he works in an air conditioned building, it is not a problem.

Marathoner overcomes an IT Band injury and completes the Boston Marathon in his Vibram Five Finger KSOs

After the Marathon
Dan has just run a very fast 26.2 miles in his KSOs. Though far from a personal best, he averaged 7:50 per mile. He looks like he could go another 26.2. Amazing!

After suffering from knee pain and IT Band syndrome in February, Dan switched to Vibram Five Fingers and completed the Boston Marathon this last weekend. Dan describes his experience:

Sometime in early February I began developing some nasty knee pain with a new pair of running shoes. By the end of February, I had developed a nasty case of IT Band in both my legs. Fixated on running Boston, I needed to find a solution (and quick). I had heard much about barefoot running and the VFFs, so I decided to give them a shot. With time ticking on my training, I went cold turkey to the KSOs (yeah yeah...I know this is highly discouraged by all the experts). While there was some foot pain and calf pain involved, the transition went pretty smooth. My IT Band slowly started to heal through March. By the first week of April, I was running 50+ miles/week in the KSOs and had completed a 24 mile trail run. The weekend before Boston, I did a 14 mile run on bare pavement (longest I had gone in VFFs on roads). Everything went OK on the pavement, so I decided to follow in the footsteps of Barefoot Ted and attempt to run Boston with scantly clad feet (despite being a bit concerned about going the whole 26.2 on pavement).

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