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"

The Definitive Guide to Vibram Rubber Sole Types

The Definitive Guide to Vibram Rubber Sole Types
The Definitive Guide to Vibram Rubber Sole Types
If you're reading this, there's a good chance you've taken a keen interest in what might be called "homegrown" minimalist shoes. By "homegrown," I mean the types of minimalist shoes or sandals mostly being created by start-up shoe manufacturers like… more »

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 »