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"

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 »