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"

Ironman NYC (Vibram SeeYa) Race Report

Sign at the Welcome Banquet—don’t ask me what the extra digit is for!
Ironman NYC (Vibram SeeYa) Race Report
I recently had the opportunity to race the inaugural Ironman New York City triathlon. I ran the marathon portion in Vibram SeeYas, which have easily become my go-to FiveFinger model for running. Overall the race went very well and I hit all of my goals… more »

Impromptu Luna ATS Sandals Repair

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 »

Hiking the Austrian Alps in Vibram FiveFingers

Hiking the Austrian Alps in Vibram FiveFingers
Hiking the Austrian Alps in Vibram FiveFingers
Despite being told that hiking boots are necessary for more serious walks, I found the opposite to be true. I've tried both, and for me FiveFingers are far superior in all but the most extreme environments. more »

Say Yes in Vibram FiveFingers

Say Yes in Vibram FiveFingers
Say Yes in Vibram FiveFingers
If you're going to propose, why not do it at the top of a beautiful mountain? Why not do it wearing your favorite shoes that look like feet? Vibram FiveFingers! 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 »