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"

Running a Marathon in Japan in Vibram FiveFingers

Running a Marathon in Japan in Vibram FiveFingers
Running a Marathon in Japan in Vibram FiveFingers
Today's user submitted story comes to us from Marcc Occhio Canadian expat living in Japan. He had the opportunity to participate in the Shin-Tomei full marathon recently in his Vibram FiveFingers KSO and wanted to share his experience with us. To… more »

Senior Year: Through the Feet of a FiveFingers Wearer

Senior Year: Through the Feet of a FiveFingers Wearer
Senior Year: Through the Feet of a FiveFingers Wearer
Today's user submitted story was an entire year in the making. It comes to us from Daniel Vu (or DVu for short as his friends call him) out of the Seattle Washington area. Daniel was a senior at Mercer Island High School and is an avid cross country… more »

Hiking the Smoky Mountains in Toe Shoes

Nathan sports his KSO FiveFingers (and takes along his Merrell Barefoot Trail Gloves) on a hike to the top of Mt. Leconte in Tennessee.  Note his wife sporting the Merrell Barefoot Pace Gloves!
Nathan sports his KSO FiveFingers (and takes along his Merrell Barefoot Trail Gloves) on a hike to the top of Mt. Leconte in Tennessee. Note his wife sporting the Merrell Barefoot Pace Gloves!
In the reader mailbag (a few weeks back!) I got the following note from FiveFingers fan Nathan on his KSOs: This past week I hiked with my wife and some of my family to the top of Mt. Leconte in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. I wore my VF… more »

KSO Kids FiveFingers for Running a Kids Marathon

Skye, a 7-year-old girl in Germany, running her first Kids Marathon in her KSO Kids FiveFingers.  Looks like she's having a great time!
Skye, a 7-year-old girl in Germany, running her first Kids Marathon in her KSO Kids FiveFingers. Looks like she's having a great time!
How cool is this girl? She recently ran a race in Germany sporting KSO Kids Vibram Five Fingers! Check it out:This is Skye she is 7 years old. She recently got her first pair of kid KSO vibrams. The picture of her is running her very first America… more »

Breaking In a Pair of Vibram FiveFingers Classics

Breaking In a Pair of Vibram FiveFingers Classics
Breaking In a Pair of Vibram FiveFingers Classics
New Vibram fan Katie wrote in the following about her recent discovery of FiveFingers Classics:While still deciding whether or not to buy some VFFs, I browsed the web extensively, finding mostly running and hiking stories. I was looking for an exampl… more »