Joshua recently ran the Arthritis Foundation Jingle Bell Run 5k — barefoot — as in, without his black and orange KSO Five Fingers, which were relegated to the position of pre-race warm-up attire.

Here’s Josh on the event:

Wore my VFFs so they’d let me into the hospital before the race for packet pickup. Ran in my birthday shoes for the actual race despite temps being in the mid 30’s. Don’t even want to think about what the ground temperature was. Random cheers of “GO BAREFOOT GUY!!!” gave me an extra push in my kick to finish strong. Another PR to end the season!

Thanks for such a great site and keep up the great work!


Mid-30s (Fahrenheit) and naked feet must have made for a chilly run! Glad you got some support from the crowd!

And those bells on your ankles could set a new VFF trend for the winter . . . 😛