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"

Baptised by Mud in FiveFingers KomodoSport

Baptised by Mud in FiveFingers KomodoSport
Baptised by Mud in FiveFingers KomodoSport
I recently got a note from Shuhong, a BirthdayShoes reader and runner from Malaysia. Shuhong's story is one of slow and steady transition to minimalist shoes, ultimately switching over to KomodoSport Vibram FiveFingers. Here's Shuhong's story: Gr… more »

Running the Marine Corps Marathon in Luna Sandals [Race Report]

James (bottom left — nevermind the smiling runner photo-bombing him!) before and after running 26.2 miles in his Luna Sandals huaraches in the Marine Corps Marathon.
James (bottom left — nevermind the smiling runner photo-bombing him!) before and after running 26.2 miles in his Luna Sandals huaraches in the Marine Corps Marathon.
When people see me running in my huaraches, I'm often told I'll never be able to run a marathon in them. Finally, I can say I can because I have. On October 28, my 42nd birthday coincidentally, I completed my first marathon, the 37th Marine Corps Marat… more »

Hiking Zion in Spyridon LS FiveFingers

Hiking Zion in Spyridon LS FiveFingers
Hiking Zion in Spyridon LS FiveFingers
Recently I took a trip out West in U.S. to see some great sites, one of them including the Zion National Park. One particular trail that tests someone's will is called the Narrows. It consists of a flowing, cold river and rocky, usually slippery terrai… more »

Run Free Barefoot Tattoo

Run Free Barefoot Tattoo
Run Free Barefoot Tattoo
I got a little over weight in the last 10 years in fact i never played any sports except a little baseball when i was young. In fall of 2010 i decided that i needed to change. Surrounded by fast food and eating unhealthy i decided it was time to chan… more »