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 Smoky Mountains in Toe Shoes

Nathan sports his KSO FiveFingers (and takes along his Merrell Barefoot Trail Gloves) on a hike to the top of Mt. Leconte in Tennessee.  Note his wife sporting the Merrell Barefoot Pace Gloves!
Nathan sports his KSO FiveFingers (and takes along his Merrell Barefoot Trail Gloves) on a hike to the top of Mt. Leconte in Tennessee. Note his wife sporting the Merrell Barefoot Pace Gloves!
In the reader mailbag (a few weeks back!) I got the following note from FiveFingers fan Nathan on his KSOs: This past week I hiked with my wife and some of my family to the top of Mt. Leconte in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. I wore my VF… more »

KSO Kids FiveFingers for Running a Kids Marathon

Skye, a 7-year-old girl in Germany, running her first Kids Marathon in her KSO Kids FiveFingers.  Looks like she's having a great time!
Skye, a 7-year-old girl in Germany, running her first Kids Marathon in her KSO Kids FiveFingers. Looks like she's having a great time!
How cool is this girl? She recently ran a race in Germany sporting KSO Kids Vibram Five Fingers! Check it out:This is Skye she is 7 years old. She recently got her first pair of kid KSO vibrams. The picture of her is running her very first America… more »

Putting the New Balance NB Minimus Trail to the Test

Putting the New Balance NB Minimus Trail to the Test
Gerald running in his New Balance NB Minimus Trails.
Gerald is a dedicated trail runner from New Zealand who recently put the New Balance NB Minimus Trail through its paces in the Tarawera Ultra Marathon. See what Gerald had to say about how they performed after the jump!Guest Post by Gerald Water… more »

A Vibram FiveFingers and Barefoot Wedding

Gidds and her husband
Gidds and her husband at their wedding.
Gidds sent us the following story about going barefoot at her wedding with the groom wearing Vibram Five Fingers black KSOs, of course.I started wearing VFFs last year around Memorial Day because I have a lot of foot problems but I strive to have a… more »

Natural Running in Huaraches and Vibram Five Fingers

James, Al and Spud
James, Al and Spud at the 2011 Pensacola Double Bridge 15K Run.
James and his buddies have been gradually increasing their miles and competing in longer races in preparation for a half marathon. James sent us this story about their last run in the 2011 Pensacola Double Bridge 15K Run:Fellow barefoot runners a… more »

Vibram Five Fingers to Lose Weight and Get in Shape

July 12, 2009
Chris says, "Here's a photo of me in the VFFs July 12, 2009 at Carolina Beach. It's a little frightening to look at even for me."
The BirthdayShoes.com forum is chock full of great information from the most passionate minimalist shoe fans around. Sometimes the stories are so compelling that they need to be published here on the main blog. Chris's story is one of those. He has been… more »

Pregnant Runner Loves Her Vibram Five Fingers KSOs

Josephine in her KSOs
Josephine out for a spin in her Vibram Five Fingers KSOs.
As you can see from the picture above, there aren't many things that keep Josephine from going out on her daily run in Vibram Five Fingers KSOs. Pregnancy and snow didn't stop her. Here is Josephine's amazing story:I'm almost 5 months pregnant … more »

Surviving a 7 hour Fitness Camp in Vibram Five Fingers KSOs

7 Hour
Coach Jake, Lindsay (second closest) and others enjoy "7 hours of non stop fun".
Jake Morrison, of PA Fitcamp, introduced his client Lindsay to Vibram Five Fingers as a way to help her get fit. Lindsay shared her fitness journey with us in the following testimonial:My VFF StoryLindsayI had chronic knee problems since I wa… more »

Couch to Half Marathon in 8 Months wearing Vibram Five Fingers

Jeremy in his Bikilas
Jeremy in his Vibram Five Fingers Bikilas at the Dubai Marathon.
We love getting stories and photos from BirthdayShoes readers. The following post came in from Jeremy who is a Vibram Five Fingers Fan in Dubai. If you would like to send us your photos and a brief story that goes along with them, here is a guide on just… more »

A Five Fingers Christmas

Molly's  Christmas Tree
Molly's Christmas Tree
Molly sent us the pics above and the following note about their Five Fingers Christmas:It's Christmas in our house and what better time to celebrate Vibram Five Fingers. This is our collection of VFF, mostly obtained throughout 2010. Between the two… more »

Hiking through the Andes of Peru in Vibram Five Fingers Sprints

Scott in his Sprints
Scott hiking through the Andes in his Vibram Five Fingers Sprints.
Professional photographer and Vibram Five Fingers fan, Scott Gold, recently visited Peru with his girlfriend. Read what Scott had to say about their trip and see some amazing photos after the jump!My girlfriend and I wore our Sprints in Peru and lo… more »

Doctor Volunteers to Help Others See

Dr. Srun in his Camo KSOs
Dr. Thomas Srun treats patients on his recent mission trip to India.
In this season of giving we are excited to share the inspiring story of Optometrist, Dr. Thomas Srun. He volunteers his time to do mission work all over the world. His efforts help the blind see and help others see better. Oh, he is also a Vibram Five Fi… more »

Vibram Five Fingers Help with Plantar Fasciitis

Vibram Five Fingers Help with Plantar Fasciitis
John running in a local Turkey Trot and trail running in the Coronado Mtns, AZ.
John sent us the following story about how Vibram Five Fingers have helped him solve his plantar fasciitis problems:Listen up kiddos. I have major feet problems, plantar fasciitis and the Army gave me inserts, which gave me Stress Fractures. Told m… more »

New York City Marathon in Vibram Five Fingers Speeds

Michal in his Speeds
Michal running the New York City Marathon in his Speeds
Michal recently ran his first marathon in Vibram Five Fingers Speeds finishing the New York City Marathon in a time of 3:47:40. Read his race report and story after the jump!I have been a fan of minimalist shoes for a few years, owning, let me co… more »

A Snowy Gobble Gallop in Vibram Five Fingers

A Snowy Gobble Gallop in Vibram Five Fingers
Dudley and his wife at the Gobble Gallop.
Dudley and his wife braved the frigid Minnesota winter to participate in a Turkey Day 5k in their Vibram Five Fingers. After the jump, read Dudley's report and find out how his Five Fingers performed in the snow!I ran my first official race in… more »

First Marathon in Vibram Five Fingers KSOs

Chris in his KSOs
Chris at the 22.5 mile mark and after he finished.
After doing no marathon training, Chris recently ran his first marathon in Vibram Five Fingers KSOs and finished with a darn good time. You may remember Chris from when he ran the Baltimore Half Marathon with Bien. Here's what he sent us about running th… more »

New 5K PR in Five Fingers Bikilas

Matt in his Bikilas
Matt running in his Bikilas at the Houston, TX Great Pumpkin Fun Run (5K)
Matt has a nice collection of Vibram Five Fingers that he has been wearing for quite a while. He sent us this note on how they have been working for him:Just wanted to share a quick story since I finally have a good picture with my VFFs. I wear my… more »