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 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 »