What are Vibram FiveFingers and other Minimalist Shoes fans doing "almost barefoot?" Everything.

Vibram FiveFingers and barefoot or minimalist shoes enthusiasts are doing just about everything under the sun while being just a little bit closer to barefoot. From running any race out there (5Ks to 100 mile ultramarathons), to working out, playing, going to work, hang-gliding, sky-diving, or even playing golf.

Part of the mission here at BirthdayShoes has been to document these fan experiences in the words and photos of the wearers of toe shoes, minimalist shoes, or barefoot shoes (or whatever you call these things) — if you've got some great photos of you doing what you do in your Vibram FiveFingers, NB Minimus, huaraches, VIVO BAREFOOTS, or whatever, consider sending them in (learn more) and sharing with the community!

Below you'll find pages and pages of Vibram Five Fingers user photos and stories that display just what you can do when almost-barefoot as with everyone's favorite five-toed shoes. If you want to see the posts below listed out by model, check out the comprehensive list of Vibram Five Fingers fan photo stories here.

Category: "User Stories"

Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail in TrekSport FiveFingers

Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail in TrekSport FiveFingers
Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail in TrekSport FiveFingers
I got the following photos and user story in the mailbag from Jerry, who recently completed section "J" of the Pacific Crest Trail (more on this here ? east of Seattle, Washington) . Jerry did the hike in Vibram FiveFingers TrekSports. I wanted to hi… more »

Running the Zion 100 Mile Ultramarathon — My First 100 Miler

Running the Zion 100 Mile Ultramarathon — My First 100 Miler
Running the Zion 100 Mile Ultramarathon — My First 100 Miler
Why would you want to run that? The first step to any adventure is even knowing that the adventure exists. I first intersected this world of endurance running while I was hiking Handies Peak in July 2007 with my parents and fiancé. There were little fl… more »

Daddy & Daughter Project—Xero Shoes FTW!

Daddy & Daughter Project—Xero Shoes FTW!
Daddy & Daughter Project—Xero Shoes FTW!
Want a fun hour-long activity to do with your daughter (or son) that will leave them with their own custom footwear? Look no further than a kid's sized Xero Shoes huaraches kit, some colorful beads, and a little DIY huaraches step-by-step assistance. more »

Alitza FiveFingers give Toe Shoes Pizazz

Alitza FiveFingers give Toe Shoes Pizazz
Carole shows off her Alitza FiveFingers.
I have been wearing Vibram FiveFingers for nearly three years, and am totally sold on their “wonderfulness.” I started out wearing them at the suggestion of a physical therapist, who was trying to help my foref… more »

Hiking Squaw Mountain in KomodoSports

Hiking Squaw Mountain in KomodoSports
Hiking Squaw Mountain in KomodoSports
A fellow Justin sent in the following photos (above) and message about his recent hike up Squaw Mountain: Here’s a couple of shots I took today hiking up Squaw Mountain in Provo, Utah; despite being quite worn in, the KomodoSports handled the miles… more »

Toe Shoes in Galapagos!

Toe Shoes in Galapagos!
Toe Shoes in Galapagos!
While on an amazing school trip to ecuador and the galapagos islands I sported my Bikilas for many different activities. Hiking, walking on beaches, wading through streams in the cloud forest of ecuador, walking across lava fields, boating, sunbathing,… more »

Trail Running Spain in Spyridon FiveFingers

Trail Running Spain in Spyridon FiveFingers
Lord of the Rings trail on the outskirts of Alhama Spain, Sierra Nevada range in the background.
I just wanted to share some photos from a trail running week in VFF Spyridons, in the surrounding areas of Alhama Spain, on some fairly remote trails. We spent a week exploring the area, and didn't come across any other trail runners. I have been trail… more »

Running the Boston Marathon Under 2:30 (in FiveFingers)

Running the Boston Marathon Under 2:30 (in FiveFingers)
Running the Boston Marathon Under 2:30 (in FiveFingers)
I got the above photo and story below from Josh who recently ran the Boston Marathon—in under 2.5 hours, his personal best. Josh emailed his success story despite some apprehension given the tragedy surrounding the bombing that occurred during the… more »

First Half-Marathon in Toe Shoes (Vibrams)

First Half-Marathon in Toe Shoes (Vibrams)
First Half-Marathon in Toe Shoes (Vibrams)
I had a great time running the 30th Annual Kaiser SF Half Marathon earlier this month in my 5 Fingers KSOs (sans socks)! It was a wonderful event with over 5,000 participants held in beautiful Golden Gate Park. Although I had run in hi… more »

Hiking Despite Osteoarthritis in Barefoot Shoes

Hiking Despite Osteoarthritis in Barefoot Shoes
Hiking Despite Osteoarthritis in Barefoot Shoes
I recently got the above photo from Ron. Ron is a 60+ guy who was diagnosed with osteoarthritis in one knee—after some 32 years of running. What follows is his story about what the doc's had to say about how he should handle the news, and as y… more »

Muddy Paintball in FiveFingers

Muddy Paintball in FiveFingers
Muddy Paintball in FiveFingers
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… more »

Hiking, Traveling New Zealand with KSO Trek FiveFingers (and Sprints)

Hiking, Traveling New Zealand with KSO Trek FiveFingers (and Sprints)
A photo of Jen K. and her husband in the Christchurch Botanic Gardens on the south island of New Zealand. They are standing in front of a massive Atlas Cedar tree. KSO Treks.
My husband and I had the privilege of taking a vacation to New Zealand this December with another couple for our honeymoon. We got married this past June, and decided to make our trip a memorable one. I had purchased the KSO Treks earlier this year… more »

Getting Married in Primal Professional Shoes

Getting Married in Primal Professional Shoes
Getting Married in Primal Professional Shoes
I got married in mid-October of this year, and suffice to say there were a lot of things that went wrong. It stormed like crazy on our outdoor wedding. Water began to leak in from the sides of our tent. The band cancelled last minute. Our outdoor pictur… more »

SeeYa later, 'shroom!

SeeYa later, 'shroom!
SeeYa later, 'shroom!
A couple of months back I followed Mellow Mushroom on Twitter (@MellowMushroom). A few days after that, I pulled on my FiveFinger SeeYas to go out for a run and something slightly unexpected occurred. Yes it was creepy, but fortunately he had a h… more »

Running a 255km Jungle Marathon in Spyridon FiveFingers

Running a 255km Jungle Marathon in Spyridon FiveFingers
Running a 255km Jungle Marathon in Spyridon FiveFingers
I have just completed the 2012 Jungle marathon in Brazil, and in doing have become the first person ever to take part in and finish this grueling event wearing a pair of Vibram Fivefingers. With the help of a pair of Spyridons I even managed to finish t… more »

Color Me Rad in Xero Shoes

Color Me Rad in Xero Shoes
Color Me Rad in Xero Shoes
"You know, I was just thinking that you look pretty grungy," one of my friends said, "Even for you." We were walking with the crowd towards the start of the Color Me Rad 5k in Raleigh. I was wearing a tattered white t-shirt, 4mm Xero Shoes, and the m… more »

Baptised by Mud in FiveFingers KomodoSport

Baptised by Mud in FiveFingers KomodoSport
Baptised by Mud in FiveFingers KomodoSport
I recently got a note from Shuhong, a BirthdayShoes reader and runner from Malaysia. Shuhong's story is one of slow and steady transition to minimalist shoes, ultimately switching over to KomodoSport Vibram FiveFingers. Here's Shuhong's story: Gr… more »

Running the Marine Corps Marathon in Luna Sandals [Race Report]

James (bottom left — nevermind the smiling runner photo-bombing him!) before and after running 26.2 miles in his Luna Sandals huaraches in the Marine Corps Marathon.
James (bottom left — nevermind the smiling runner photo-bombing him!) before and after running 26.2 miles in his Luna Sandals huaraches in the Marine Corps Marathon.
When people see me running in my huaraches, I'm often told I'll never be able to run a marathon in them. Finally, I can say I can because I have. On October 28, my 42nd birthday coincidentally, I completed my first marathon, the 37th Marine Corps Marat… more »

Hiking Zion in Spyridon LS FiveFingers

Hiking Zion in Spyridon LS FiveFingers
Hiking Zion in Spyridon LS FiveFingers
Recently I took a trip out West in U.S. to see some great sites, one of them including the Zion National Park. One particular trail that tests someone's will is called the Narrows. It consists of a flowing, cold river and rocky, usually slippery terrai… more »

Run Free Barefoot Tattoo

Run Free Barefoot Tattoo
Run Free Barefoot Tattoo
I got a little over weight in the last 10 years in fact i never played any sports except a little baseball when i was young. In fall of 2010 i decided that i needed to change. Surrounded by fast food and eating unhealthy i decided it was time to chan… more »

Ironman NYC (Vibram SeeYa) Race Report

Sign at the Welcome Banquet—don’t ask me what the extra digit is for!
Ironman NYC (Vibram SeeYa) Race Report
I recently had the opportunity to race the inaugural Ironman New York City triathlon. I ran the marathon portion in Vibram SeeYas, which have easily become my go-to FiveFinger model for running. Overall the race went very well and I hit all of my goals… more »