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"

Barefoot Inspired Tattoo

Barefoot Inspired Tattoo
Barefoot Inspired Tattoo
Hey BirthdayShoes.com readers check it out! We have another user story for you. This time it is from Dustin. He recently got himself a barefoot inspired tattoo. He was kind enough to send us a short letter and some pictures showing off his new work… more »

From Fila Skeletoes to Vibram FiveFingers

A fan's first pair of toe shoes on the left-the original Fila Skele-toes; subsequent toe shoes purchases were the FiveFingers KSO and TrekSport.
A fan's first pair of toe shoes on the left-the original Fila Skele-toes; subsequent toe shoes purchases were the FiveFingers KSO and TrekSport.
David emailed me recently about adding to his now growing collection of FiveFingers. We got into talking a bit and I found out that he actually got his start into the minimalist shoes/toe shoes market via buying a pair of the original Fila Skeletoes.… more »

The 53 x 400 Meter Nonrelay

The 53 x 400 Meter Nonrelay
The 53 x 400 Meter Nonrelay
Part 2 of My First Half-Marathon (Read Part 1: A Man Can Outrun a Horse in a Race) Okay, so I’ve already gone over how my (probably irrational) contempt of horses is a motivator for me to run distance events with this non-distance running body. We ma… more »

VivoBarefoot Ultras the Ultimate Travel Shoe

VivoBarefoot Ultras the Ultimate Travel Shoe
Nicholas leaps off some ruins in Pompeii in his VivoBarefoot Ultras.
Guest post by Nicholas Hind Birthday Shoes originally opened my eyes to the world of minimalist footwear through a link about reebok's sponsorship of Crossfit and it's upcoming shoe range. As an avid crossfitter this piqued my interest and now I'm ho… more »

Barefoot Farm Half Marathon

Barefoot Farm Half Marathon
Barefoot Farm Half Marathon
Where it all began: My route to Half Marathon-dom began with Christopher McDougall believe it or not. If it wasn't for him, I would not have had my first experience on the trail, and be a part of an awe-inspiring organization. It was all because of… more »

FiveFingers in the Philippines

FiveFingers in the Philippines
FiveFingers in the Philippines
Hey Justin! I love your site so I just really wanted to share my story with my Five Fingers. So here goes: In about a month, I and my friends are going to graduate from college and go on to study in medical school. To celebrate, we decided to take a… more »