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

Impromptu Luna ATS Sandals Repair

Impromptu Luna ATS Sandals Repair
Some of you may be familiar with "Barefoot Jake." He's a minimalist hiker based out of Washington who routinely goes off the grid. Recently, Jake was out hiking in Luna Sandals (with the ATS lace) when disaster struck and one of the laces snapped.… more »

Handstands in Toe Shoes Around the World

Here we see Ben doing a handstand in Moraira, Spain.  Note his Speed FiveFingers!
Here we see Ben doing a handstand in Moraira, Spain. Note his Speed FiveFingers!
Hey Justin, My name?s Ben, I just wanted to write in and share some experiences and pictures with you and your readers. I work for Barefoot Inc; the New Zealand supplier of Vibram FiveFingers and in March took five weeks away visiting friends and fami… more »

Interview with Leah Sakellarides

A photo of Leah mid-adventure trekking through the Andes mountains in Peru — wearing her FiveFingers Sprints.
A photo of Leah mid-adventure trekking through the Andes mountains in Peru — wearing her FiveFingers Sprints.
Leah Sakellarides is a runner, blogger (outside of BirthdayShoes), and photographer based out of Southern California. Below is an interview with Leah that talks about Why did you switch to minimalist shoes? I wasn?t sold on minimalist footwear… more »

Interview with Rob Youngren

Rob Youngren mountain unicycling the Slick Rock Trail in Moab, Utah
Rob Youngren mountain unicycling the Slick Rock Trail in Moab, Utah
Why did you switch to minimalist shoes? Strictly speaking I haven't switched over completely to what most people these days consider ?minimalist? shoes. Six or seven years ago a minimalist shoe was any shoe that weighed less than 10oz and was lower pr… more »

10 Marathons. 10 Days. In 10 Toed Shoes.

10 Marathons. 10 Days. In 10 Toed Shoes.
In less than 24 hours, Robert Dallison is to run a marathon — one of ten marathons he'll be doing on ten consecutive days. And he's going to be doing it in Bikila FiveFingers*. The race is the Brathay 10 in 10 — here's a bit more about the… more »

Interview with Tim Kelley

Leftmost, Tim Kelley runs in pajamas and red NB Minimus Road Zeros for the Jingle Bell Run.  Top right Tim finishes the DC Triathlon in Sprint FiveFingers.  Bottom-right is Tim training running stairs with his daughter in tow.
Leftmost, Tim Kelley runs in pajamas and red NB Minimus Road Zeros for the Jingle Bell Run. Top right Tim finishes the DC Triathlon in Sprint FiveFingers. Bottom-right is Tim training running stairs with his daughter in tow.
Tim Kelley is a runner, dad, and blogger here on BirthdayShoes.com. He's based out of Virginia and is somewhat famous for having a photo of Obama and himself photoshopped into a spoof show of support for Ron Paul. Below is a brief interview with Tim t… more »

Interview with Robert Barr

Interview with Robert Barr
My path to minimalist shoes was a long one. For years, I wore the same type of dress loafer. You will see a picture of it below. They were almost always leather, heavy, black, and had a significant heel to toe… more »

Running My First Half-Marathon

Jay crosses the finish line in the Corvallis Half Marathon - on the Oregon State football field in 2:07 sporting some hornet-colored Dash Soft Start RunAmocs.
Jay crosses the finish line in the Corvallis Half Marathon - on the Oregon State football field in 2:07 sporting some hornet-colored Dash Soft Start RunAmocs.
After 13 miles of running, my 6-year old drives a toy car on me. He may be trying to tell me something. We all know Murphy's Law. And it has several corollaries. I learned one during training for the Half. Call it Jay's Corollary: If you are going to… more »

Barefoot Inspired Tattoo

Barefoot Inspired Tattoo
Hey BirthdayShoes.com readers check it out! We have another user story for you. This time it is from Dustin. He recently got himself a barefoot inspired tattoo. He was kind enough to send us a short letter and some pictures showing off his new work… more »

From Fila Skeletoes to Vibram FiveFingers

A fan's first pair of toe shoes on the left-the original Fila Skele-toes; subsequent toe shoes purchases were the FiveFingers KSO and TrekSport.
A fan's first pair of toe shoes on the left-the original Fila Skele-toes; subsequent toe shoes purchases were the FiveFingers KSO and TrekSport.
David emailed me recently about adding to his now growing collection of FiveFingers. We got into talking a bit and I found out that he actually got his start into the minimalist shoes/toe shoes market via buying a pair of the original Fila Skeletoes.… more »

The 53 x 400 Meter Nonrelay

The 53 x 400 Meter Nonrelay
Part 2 of My First Half-Marathon (Read Part 1: A Man Can Outrun a Horse in a Race) Okay, so I?ve already gone over how my (probably irrational) contempt of horses is a motivator for me to run distance events with this non-distance running body. We ma… more »

VivoBarefoot Ultras the Ultimate Travel Shoe

VivoBarefoot Ultras the Ultimate Travel Shoe
Nicholas leaps off some ruins in Pompeii in his VivoBarefoot Ultras.
Guest post by Nicholas Hind Birthday Shoes originally opened my eyes to the world of minimalist footwear through a link about reebok's sponsorship of Crossfit and it's upcoming shoe range. As an avid crossfitter this piqued my interest and now I'm ho… more »

Barefoot Farm Half Marathon

Barefoot Farm Half Marathon
Where it all began: My route to Half Marathon-dom began with Christopher McDougall believe it or not. If it wasn't for him, I would not have had my first experience on the trail, and be a part of an awe-inspiring organization. It was all because of… more »

FiveFingers in the Philippines

FiveFingers in the Philippines
Hey Justin! I love your site so I just really wanted to share my story with my Five Fingers. So here goes: In about a month, I and my friends are going to graduate from college and go on to study in medical school. To celebrate, we decided to take a… more »

A Man Can Outrun a Horse in a Race

A Man Can Outrun a Horse in a Race
I suck at distance running. I won?t say I don?t enjoy it. I do. Running along single tracks through the hilly forests and open fields that surround my Oregon community is pleasurable. (For about a half-hour, especially.) But everything is relative. I… more »

Women and Barefoot/Natural Running - Merrell Reaches Out

Women and Barefoot/Natural Running - Merrell Reaches Out
Emily is prominently featured as one of the runners in Merrell Barefoot's "Pretty Strong" campaign.
Merrell has recently launched an effort to reach and encourage women who are curious about the barefoot/bareform or barefoot-style/natural running movement. You can check out their micro-site here. Back in September of 2011 when Merrell had a bunch… more »

Vibram FiveFingers: Engaged!

James and Ashley take Captain Picard's order to Engage! at the Garden of the Gods in Colorado.  You can see they're sporting FiveFingers KSOs and the Bikila LS!
James and Ashley take Captain Picard's order to Engage! at the Garden of the Gods in Colorado. You can see they're sporting FiveFingers KSOs and the Bikila LS!
Justin (not me) sent in a few photos his fiancee Ashley and he took for their engagement. Congrats, you two! Check'em out: And here's what Justin had to say about the photos: Hello, Our names are Justin and Ashley and we took some of our eng… more »

Running in Stem Natural Origins Shoes and KSOs

Running in Stem Natural Origins Shoes and KSOs
This is a user submitted story that was sent to me by a forum member of ours. He wanted to share his experience training for and running in his first race. First off, I want to say Special thanks to Elizabeth Chauncey of EastCan (www.eastcan.or… more »

FiveFingers Kids KSO at Machu Picchu

FiveFingers Kids KSO at Machu Picchu
This is a shorter user submitted story. It comes from Shipmon family. They wanted to share a couple of photos of Diego Shipmon age 5 sporting his five fingers at the ruins of Machu Picchu. Diego will be 6 years old this month so Happy Birthday to him… more »