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"

A Man Can Outrun a Horse in a Race

A Man Can Outrun a Horse in a Race
A Man Can Outrun a Horse in a Race
I suck at distance running. I won’t say I don’t enjoy it. I do. Running along single tracks through the hilly forests and open fields that surround my Oregon community is pleasurable. (For about a half-hour, especially.) But everything is relative. I… more »

Women and Barefoot/Natural Running - Merrell Reaches Out

Women and Barefoot/Natural Running - Merrell Reaches Out
Emily is prominently featured as one of the runners in Merrell Barefoot's "Pretty Strong" campaign.
Merrell has recently launched an effort to reach and encourage women who are curious about the barefoot/bareform or barefoot-style/natural running movement. You can check out their micro-site here. Back in September of 2011 when Merrell had a bunch… more »

Barefoot and FiveFingers Fan Gets 5-Toed/Barefoot Logo Tattoo!

Barefoot and FiveFingers Fan Gets 5-Toed/Barefoot Logo Tattoo!
Barefoot and FiveFingers Fan Gets 5-Toed/Barefoot Logo Tattoo!
... Well this is pretty much how i got into barefoot running:).. I started running in 8th grade, and I used regular tennis shoes at the time, until I rolled my ankle and tore a ligament. I hated wearing any type of shoe anyway, so this made me hate them… more »

Vibram FiveFingers: Engaged!

James and Ashley take Captain Picard's order to Engage! at the Garden of the Gods in Colorado.  You can see they're sporting FiveFingers KSOs and the Bikila LS!
James and Ashley take Captain Picard's order to Engage! at the Garden of the Gods in Colorado. You can see they're sporting FiveFingers KSOs and the Bikila LS!
Justin (not me) sent in a few photos his fiancee Ashley and he took for their engagement. Congrats, you two! Check'em out: And here's what Justin had to say about the photos: Hello, Our names are Justin and Ashley and we took some of our eng… more »

Running in Stem Natural Origins Shoes and KSOs

Running in Stem Natural Origins Shoes and KSOs
Running in Stem Natural Origins Shoes and KSOs
This is a user submitted story that was sent to me by a forum member of ours. He wanted to share his experience training for and running in his first race. First off, I want to say Special thanks to Elizabeth Chauncey of EastCan (www.eastcan.or… more »

FiveFingers Kids KSO at Machu Picchu

FiveFingers Kids KSO at Machu Picchu
FiveFingers Kids KSO at Machu Picchu
This is a shorter user submitted story. It comes from Shipmon family. They wanted to share a couple of photos of Diego Shipmon age 5 sporting his five fingers at the ruins of Machu Picchu. Diego will be 6 years old this month so Happy Birthday to him… more »