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

Making the Transition to Minimalist Marathon Running in Vibram Five Fingers

Sam running in the Rotterdam Marathon
Sam running relaxed and on his forefoot in his VFFs, while others trudge along on their heels.
Sam, a marathon runner living in London, has made the transition to minimalist running, Vibram Five Fingers KSOs, over the last 8 months. After trying to transition too quickly, he stepped back and made a more gradual transition and recently completed the Rotterdam Marathon wearin… more »

Vibram Five Fingers Fan Blazes a Trail in the Warrior Dash

Jawa leaping the fire pit
Clad in his Vibram Five Fingers KSOs, Jawa takes a flying leap over the fire pit!
Recently, active birthdayshoes.com participant, Jawa, ran in a Warrior Dash. The course was 3.08 miles long with 12 obstacles including leaping over fire, trudging through water and over logs and scrambling under barbed wire. Over 5,300 warriors raced on… more »

IT Geeks introduce Vibram Five Fingers to Cebu City

Lavin and Lhar in Cebu City
Trendsetters, Lavin and Lhar in their Vibram Five Fingers Flows and KSOs in Cebu City, Philippines.
Where exactly is Cebu City and who wears Vibram Five Fingers there? With a population of almost one million people, Cebu City is located in the Philippines. Lavin and Lhar are technology teachers at a university there. Lavin comments on discovering VFFs:… more »

Vibram Five Fingers help Malaysian Runner with Plantar Fasciitis

Nadia after running in her VFF Sprints
Nadia and a friend after running a race in her Vibram Five Finger Sprints.
Nadia, an avid runner and cyclist from Malaysia has suffered pain from runner's knee and plantar fasciitis. After researching Vibram Five Fingers on the web and here at birthdayshoes.com, she decided to purchase a pair of Sprints to see if they would help; more »

Volcanology in Vibram Five Fingers KSO Treks

James in the restricted zone!
Ash fills the air near the Icelandic volcano. VFF fan James was able to make it into the restricted zone.
Ash fills the air near the Icelandic Volcano. VFF fan James was able to make it into the restricted zone. James' VFF Treks provided protection from the Icelandic Volcano ash. The volcano fills the air with clouds of ash on a beautiful day in Iceland. more »

Slacklining in Vibram Five Fingers Sprints

Vibram Five Fingers fan Morgan demonstrates slacklining in his red and black Sprint Vibrams.  Keep that balance!
Vibram Five Fingers fan Morgan demonstrates slacklining in his red and black Sprint Vibrams. Keep that balance!
Vibram Five Fingers Sprint fan Morgan talks about slacklining in his favorite five toed shoes. He's put over 1,000 miles on his pair of red and black Sprints and done everything in them, including gone barefoot skiing! more »

Floating in the Dead Sea in KSO Vibram Five Fingers

Krisjand is snaps a photo while floating in the Dead Sea near Masada, Israel.  The concentration of salt in the Dead Sea is so great that buoyancy is no problem!
Krisjand is snaps a photo while floating in the Dead Sea near Masada, Israel. The concentration of salt in the Dead Sea is so great that buoyancy is no problem!
Vibram Five Fingers KSO fan Krisjand talks traveling to Israel (and floating in the Dead Sea), barefoot running overcoming a knee injury, and spreading the word to friends about his new barefoot running shoes! more »

VFF Noob Buys his First Pair of Vibram Five Fingers (black Classics)

This is me the day I got my all black classics.  I'm VFF noob in the forum.  I thought my canine companion Amy would make a good backdrop.  They take a little getting used to but I am liking them more and more and getting them on is getting a lot easier.
"This is me the day I got my all black classics. I'm VFF noob in the forum. I thought my canine companion Amy would make a good backdrop. They take a little getting used to but I am liking them more and more and getting them on is getting a lot easier."
A newbie's fresh take on picking a Vibram Five Fingers style, finding a pair in stock (buying experience), and how his feet have broken in to his new barefoot shoes. more »

Amazing! KSO Trek Vibrams enable you to levitate off the ground!

Jesse points to his black KSO Trek Vibram Five Fingers after hiking to the summit of North Fortunate Mountain.
Jesse points to his black KSO Trek Vibram Five Fingers after hiking to the summit of North Fortunate Mountain.
Well ... maybe not, but they do make you feel incredibly light on your feet. Above photoed is Jesse atop North Fortuna Mountain in San Diego. Jesse is wearing his Vibram Five Fingers KSO Treks. I asked Jesse to share his VFF story with birthdayshoes a… more »

P90X, Hiking, and Watersports in KSO Vibram Five Fingers

Above photoed is Scott and his KSO Vibram Five Fingers.  Scott is pictured wearing his brown KSO Vibram Five Fingers (a color combination that is no more!) hiking around Grandeur Park in Salt Lake City, Utah, balancing and even encountering some snow!  Th
Above photoed is Scott and his KSO Vibram Five Fingers. Scott is pictured wearing his brown KSO Vibram Five Fingers (a color combination that is no more!) hiking around Grandeur Park in Salt Lake City, Utah, balancing and even encountering some snow! The photo with the blue camo KSO Vibrams is actually shot underwater at Bear Lake, Utah.
Above we see Scott kicking his various pairsof KSO Vibram Five Fingers. Scott is hiking, kayaking, bodyboarding, and performing the P90X workouts in his VFFs — though they aren't pictured, Scott's first pair of VFFs were the now-discontinued Surge… more »