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

Vibram Five Fingers Fury! Couple runs the Great Urban race in Phoenix in KSO VFFs!

Jenn and her husband pose on a slide in Phoenix in their Vibram Five Fingers KSOs.  The slide was the location of a clue in the scavenger hunt race to benefit St. Judes called the Great Urban Race.
Jenn and her husband pose on a slide in Phoenix in their Vibram Five Fingers KSOs. The slide was the location of a clue in the scavenger hunt race to benefit St. Judes called the Great Urban Race.
Vibram Five Fingers KSO fan Jenn sent in the following VFF user story:Hello from Arizona,My husband and I competed in the Great Urban Race here in Phoenix this past weekend. We both proudly sported our KSO throughout the race. As a matter of fa… more »

Megan starts a revolution in VFF Classics

Photo inset: Left Classic Vibram Five Fingers at Colorado Springs, Colorado (August 2009); Top right Classic VFFs at Red Rocks Amphitheater waiting on a show to start (August 2009); Bottom right Classics at Angel Fire, New Mexico (May 2009).
Photo inset: Left Classic Vibram Five Fingers at Colorado Springs, Colorado (August 2009); Top right Classic VFFs at Red Rocks Amphitheater waiting on a show to start (August 2009); Bottom right Classics at Angel Fire, New Mexico (May 2009).
Megan has been a fan of her Vibram FiveFingers for some time, grabbing her first pair of VFFs for her birthday way back in August 2007. Since then, Megan has gone on to accumulate three pairs of Classic Five Fingers (photoed above). I asked Megan to sh… more »

Two Five Fingers fans make friends in a bar

Making friends is easy when wearing Five Fingers to social settings - even easier when they're post running events as they make great conversation pieces.
Making friends is easy when wearing Five Fingers to social settings - even easier when they're post running events as they make great conversation pieces.
Logan relays a recent VFF experience he had in his KSO Treks:I ran into another Vibram wearer on Saturday during the Myrtle Beach Marathon after-party. The other fellow and his wife from upstate NY have not seen the Treks up close yet. Upon touchin… more »

Levi and Linz Honeymoon in Cancun. Traveling with Vibram Five Fingers

Photoed above we see Levi and Linz who were recently married and seen honeymooning in Cancun, Mexico.  Levi saw the sights while wearing his KSO Vibram Five Fingers, which brought a decent amount of attention from the locals!  Inset we see the Mayan templ
Photoed above we see Levi and Linz who were recently married and seen honeymooning in Cancun, Mexico. Levi saw the sights while wearing his KSO Vibram Five Fingers, which brought a decent amount of attention from the locals! Inset we see the Mayan temple Chichen Itza.
In the mailbag comes this Vibram Five Fingers KSO user review from Levi (forum member "Leaves") who recently got married — Congratulations! — and went on to vacation in Cancun, Mexico. Here is what Levi had to say about traveling and sight-s… more »

Derik's KSO Treks at Work and Five Fingers Flows at the Gym

Top: Derik wears his Flow Five Fingers to the gym.  Bottom: Derik sports his black KSO Trek Five Fingers to work!
Top: Derik wears his Flow Five Fingers to the gym. Bottom: Derik sports his black KSO Trek Five Fingers to work!
Here's what Derik has to say about his newly acquired Vibram Five Fingers KSO Treks and Flows:My first pair of VFF's! I received them in the mail about 3 weeks ago and was anxious to hit the gym and treadmill with them. I searched everywhere here in… more »

Interview with Christopher McDougall, author of Born to Run

Christopher McDougall, (barefoot) runner and author of the national bestselling book Born to Run, sits atop a pile of chopped wood, ax at the ready, barefoot at his home in Pennsylvania (Photo by Bill Cramer)
Christopher McDougall, (barefoot) runner and author of the national bestselling book Born to Run, sits atop a pile of chopped wood, ax at the ready, barefoot at his home in Pennsylvania (Photo by Bill Cramer)
Exclusive interview with Born to Run author Christopher McDougall who talks about American culture, the barefoot running movement, and what's next for this best selling author! more »

D.C. Snowpocalypse fun runs with Jeff in KSO Vibrams

Jeff runs through snow-laden Washington D.C. in KSO Five Fingers.  Despite the snow, seems his feet stayed relatively warm — barring the occasional wet slush!
Jeff runs through snow-laden Washington D.C. in KSO Five Fingers. Despite the snow, seems his feet stayed relatively warm — barring the occasional wet slush!
Above are photos sent in by Jeff (and his significant other) taken amidst the Washington D.C. "Snowpocalypse." They went for a six mile run which included "ice skating" on the reflecting pool. Check out Jeff's account:Just got back from one of the mo… more »

James' Classic V5Fs and the Aurora Borealis

James' Classic V5Fs and the Aurora Borealis
Hey,Just thought you might like this pic! I got my Classics (my first pair of VFFs) yesterday and fell in love immediately. I was wearing them round my apartment to break them (and my feet) in, when I looked out the window... and there was the best d… more »

Samuel takes his VFF Sprints on a Trail Run

I stumbled on a great VFF trail running video by Samuel Duregger the other day. I asked Sam if he'd mind I share the video with birthdayshoes and he kindly obliged:Cool video — I really dig the accompanying music.Sam has been running… more »

Erik takes his KSO Five Fingers to the Playground

It's a lot easier to do a bit of 'beam' walking in VFFs.
It's a lot easier to do a bit of 'beam' walking in VFFs.
Above is Erik, having an extraordinarily fun time on the playground in his black Five Finger KSOs. Here's what Erik had to say:Justin, I really enjoy your website and forum, as I've used it from the sizing guide (prior to getting my vffs) and ever… more »

Interview with Patri Friedman, Seasteading Institute Founder

Patri Friedman gets ready for a maiden voyage on a DIY Tensegrity Pyramid / motorized Raft at the inaugural Ephemermisle — check the black Classic Five Fingers and Injinjis
Patri Friedman gets ready for a maiden voyage on a DIY Tensegrity Pyramid / motorized Raft at the inaugural Ephemerisle — an annual floating festival of politics, community and art — check the black Classic Five Fingers and Injinjis (photo credit: Chris Rasch).
Interview with Patri Friedman, Vibram Five Fingers fan and founder of the Seasteading Institute, an organization that has set out to revolutionize the means by which nations are formed and thereby increase competition in government! more »

Joe's Five Balls, Five Fingers

Joe's Five Balls, Five Fingers
If you're ever in the mood for juggling 5 mini basketballs, I highly recommend wearing VFF's while doing so. They help keep your balance, and they help your balls stay in the air longer. When gravity is doing everything it can to bring the balls past yo… more »

Jawa's Vibram Vacation

Jawa runs on Negril Beach in Jamaica in his Sprint Vibram Five Fingers.  Looks like a beautiful place for a sandy run!
Jawa runs on Negril Beach in Jamaica in his Sprint Vibram Five Fingers. Looks like a beautiful place for a sandy run!
I am sure Vibram Five Fingers have been subjected to various conditions and your website serves as a single, authentic source where real people share their success with Vibram. As you may know I have been using Vibram since September 2009 and recently r… more »

Edgar Kicks his KSOs at a Radio Station in Barcelona

Edgar wore his KSO Five Fingers "on the air" at a radio station in Barcelona.
Edgar wore his KSO Five Fingers "on the air" at a radio station in Barcelona.
Hi Justin,Today i went to a radio station invited to talk about the segway tours I give around Barcelona, when they saw the Ksos they were so intrigued by them that I had to explain on air what they where and why I am wearing them.I took a few pi… more »

Cross Country Running with Courtney in KSOs

Courtney has been running cross country in her Five Fingers since the fall despite running into the occasional skeptical coach.  Note Courtney's face compared to her fellow competitors as she bounds up the hill.  Speaks volumes!
Courtney has been running cross country in her Five Fingers since the fall despite running into the occasional skeptical coach. Note Courtney's face compared to her fellow competitors as she bounds up the hill. Speaks volumes!
Courtney sent in the above photos from a recent cross country race she ran in her black KSO FiveFingers. Courtney's been running in here KSOs since the fall. I can't help but notice Courtney's resolve in the leftmost picture of the collage as she bound… more »

Ryan in Arizona heads to work in his Classic VFFs

Ryan took a leap and wore his Classic FiveFingers to work.  Ryan is taking bold steps towards a more comfortable professional dress environment!
Ryan took a leap and wore his Classic FiveFingers to work. Ryan is taking bold steps towards a more comfortable professional dress environment!
I got this note yesterday from my buddy Ryan out in Arizona — as you can see from the photos above, Ryan is wearing his Classic Five Fingers to the office with his suit slacks!Hey Justin, Happy New Year. Well, I finally did it ? I work in… more »

Laura goes Snowshoeing and takes along her Sprint VFFs

A demure Laura braved the snow to snowshoe for 5 1/2 hours in her VFF Sprints.
A demure Laura braved the snow to snowshoe for 5 1/2 hours in her VFF Sprints.
On behalf of Laura, photoed above, Chris writes:Here's Laura in her Slate/Palm Sprints after five and a half hours of snowshoeing. For the record her boyfriend earned many brownie points with this birthday gift to her. She was quite pleased that… more »

Ed Takes his FiveFingers Flow Treks out in the Snow

Ed took his FiveFingers Flow Treks (a.k.a. Trek Tex) out in the snow for a run!
Ed took his FiveFingers Flow Treks (a.k.a. Trek Tex) out in the snow for a run!
hi,took a few pics of my flow treks in the snow in the UK, after a run.the flow treks seem pretty good so far, they take some breaking in, but once that's done they work quite well. you can't really bend your toes downwards in them like you can in… more »

Josh hikes in the Brazil countryside in his KSO FiveFingers

Josh went exploring the Brazilian countryside in his Vibram Five Fingers.
Josh went exploring the Brazilian countryside in his Vibram Five Fingers.
Hey Justin, I arrived in Brazil a few weeks ago and took my five fingers on a hike with a friend in the interior of northeast Brazil. I put on my five fingers KSO and got a hold of my best friend Lívia for a hike in the trails of northeast Bra… more »

Jason KSO Trek Trail-Running in Austin

Jason runs at a local trail in Austin in his Vibram KSO Trek Five Fingers.  He's giving his feet a nice impromptu massage on those rocks!
Jason runs at a local trail in Austin in his Vibram KSO Trek Five Fingers. He's giving his feet a nice impromptu massage on those rocks!
Jason (birthdayshoes forum member jcarneytx) recently posted a few photos showing off his Five Fingers KSO Treks in action on Ken's Trail in Austin, Texas. Gotta love the mid-air photos — you're looking might nimble there, Jason! more »