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"

Eric's first trail run in KSO 5 Fingers in Houston

Eric takes his brand new black and orange KSO FiveFingers for an introductory spin in a local Houston trail.  Nothing like a good mud coating to break them in!
Eric takes his brand new black and orange KSO FiveFingers for an introductory spin in a local Houston trail. Nothing like a good mud coating to break them in!
Justin - Love the site. Got my V5s for christmas after my wife wouldn't let me open them for weeks. I'd been running barefoot in the gym on the indoor track for a few weeks getting ready. Took them out for a 5K on Christmas day, came back with the… more »

Seret runs a Marathon in VFF Sprints and Surfs Mud while trail running in her KSOs!

Seret sent in the above photos (montage-ified) showing off her marathon finish in VFF Sprints and her muddy trail running in her blue camo KSOs.
Seret sent in the above photos (montage-ified) showing off her marathon finish in VFF Sprints and her muddy trail running in her blue camo KSOs.
Hi Justin I can't believe it's almost eight months since I first bought my KSOs. In that time I've completed two marathons. One in June (which I ran in my old trainers) and one in December in my new Sprints! My finish time improved by 30 minutes.… more »

Channing Tatum runs in KSO Treks (via TMZ.com)

Channing Tatum was caught heading to workout in his KSO Treks.  This might be the first celebrity sighting of VFFs — will FiveFingers go mainstream soon?
Channing Tatum was caught heading to workout in his KSO Treks. This might be the first celebrity sighting of VFFs — will FiveFingers go mainstream soon?
Recent G.I. Joe, She's the Man, and Stop-Loss star Channing Tatum has been spotted wearing KSO Trek Five Fingers while on his way to workout. TMZ had a video segment titled "If the shoe fits" on the VFF-sighting that aired on television on January 1… more »

Cody and Daryl Wall-Climb in FiveFingers

Daryl works around a door in his Sprint FiveFingers and injinji socks.
Daryl works around a door in his Sprint FiveFingers and injinji socks.
Cody checks in from Washington with his latest "vff adventure." This time, he brought along a fellow VFFer, Daryl:hey its cody, i have some more pictures for you of my friend and i going free climbing in everett at vertical world! so check it out! w… more »

Jason has Fun with Flows in the Snow!

Looks like Jason is about to do some barefoot snow angels in his Flow Vibram Five Fingers!
Looks like Jason is about to do some barefoot snow angels in his Flow Vibram Five Fingers!
Running in V5F since July and have been using Flow’s lately as the temperature dropped. Went out for a few 3-mile runs during and after the blizzard that hit the east coast before Christmas. My Flow’s did a much better job than I expected. Without any… more »

Ryan Travels the World in Flows, KSOs, and Mocs!

David meditates in his KSO Five Fingers amongst the crowds at the Taj Mahal in Agra, India!
David meditates in his KSO Five Fingers amongst the crowds at the Taj Mahal in Agra, India!
The above photos came in from Ryan, who has been taking his VFF collection on the road (or in the air) as he's traveled to India, Hawaii, and gone on an ocean cruise! Here's a bit more:Greetings, Justin!I've had the pleasure of taking my VFFs to… more »

VFFs for Christmas!

Looks like a lot of people got their Christmas wish granted — a new pair of FiveFingers!
Looks like a lot of people got their Christmas wish granted — a new pair of FiveFingers!
It seems a number of "nice" boys and girls got the Christmas gift of free feet from Santa this year! Above at the top of the collage is Sandra sporting her new Sprint Five Fingers:Here's a photo of my Christmas present VFF's! At first I was morti… more »

Nick Jones podcast on BirthdayShoes

Nick Jones over at Prestige Broadcasting asked me to participate in a podcast covering Vibram FiveFingers and BirthdayShoes.com and I was happy to oblige.You can listen to the podcast here:Thanks for having me on the show, Nick! Enjoyed it g… more »

Chad's Thunder Road Marathon in KSO Treks

Chad Randloph is seen running in the Thunder Road marathon in Charlotte.  He's wearing his KSO Treks plus a couple pairs of Injinji socks for added warmth.  Chad had his best marathon time in three years and eight marathons in this race!  Congrats, Chad!
Chad Randloph is seen running in the Thunder Road marathon in Charlotte. He's wearing his KSO Treks plus a couple pairs of Injinji socks for added warmth. Chad had his best marathon time in three years and eight marathons in this race! Congrats, Chad!
Got an update from Chad Randolph (twitter) who just ran the Thunder Road marathon in Charlotte in his KSO Treks (plus two layers of Injinji socks!).You might recall Chad shared his initial thoughts, which were mixed, on the KSO Treks here.Here's… more »

Matt's KSO Vibram Five Fingers Birthday Cake

Above is photoed Matt's 40th birthday cake, made by Sweet Lisa's out of Connecticut, depicting a pair of Matt's running shoes—KSO Vibram Five Fingers!
Above is photoed Matt's 40th birthday cake, made by Sweet Lisa's out of Connecticut, depicting a pair of Matt's running shoes—KSO Vibram Five Fingers!
Matt is a VFF runner and blogger at Run Luau Run. As he is about to turn 40 on the 22nd of December, Matt's wife recently threw him a surprise birthday party, complete with the awesome cake pictured above depicting a pair of gray/palm KSO Vibram Five Fingers, made by Sweet Lisas. more »

Bien and Ben Run Nittany Valley Half Marathon in Vibram KSOs

Bien (left) met fellow VFF-runner Ben (right) at the starting line of the Nittany Valley Half Marathon.  Both ended up finishing the race at the same time, spreading the good word about Vibram Five Fingers.
Bien (left) met fellow VFF-runner Ben (right) at the starting line of the Nittany Valley Half Marathon. Both ended up finishing the race at the same time, spreading the good word about Vibram Five Fingers.
Above are photos of Bien and Ben taken at the Nittany Valley Half Marathon at Penn State on Here's B more »