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.

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Category: "User Stories"

Hiking through the Andes of Peru in Vibram Five Fingers Sprints

Scott in his Sprints
Scott hiking through the Andes in his Vibram Five Fingers Sprints.
Professional photographer and Vibram Five Fingers fan, Scott Gold, recently visited Peru with his girlfriend. Read what Scott had to say about their trip and see some amazing photos after the jump!My girlfriend and I wore our Sprints in Peru and lo… more »

Doctor Volunteers to Help Others See

Dr. Srun in his Camo KSOs
Dr. Thomas Srun treats patients on his recent mission trip to India.
In this season of giving we are excited to share the inspiring story of Optometrist, Dr. Thomas Srun. He volunteers his time to do mission work all over the world. His efforts help the blind see and help others see better. Oh, he is also a Vibram Five Fi… more »

Vibram Five Fingers Help with Plantar Fasciitis

Vibram Five Fingers Help with Plantar Fasciitis
John running in a local Turkey Trot and trail running in the Coronado Mtns, AZ.
John sent us the following story about how Vibram Five Fingers have helped him solve his plantar fasciitis problems:Listen up kiddos. I have major feet problems, plantar fasciitis and the Army gave me inserts, which gave me Stress Fractures. Told m… more »

New York City Marathon in Vibram Five Fingers Speeds

Michal in his Speeds
Michal running the New York City Marathon in his Speeds
Michal recently ran his first marathon in Vibram Five Fingers Speeds finishing the New York City Marathon in a time of 3:47:40. Read his race report and story after the jump!I have been a fan of minimalist shoes for a few years, owning, let me co… more »

A Snowy Gobble Gallop in Vibram Five Fingers

A Snowy Gobble Gallop in Vibram Five Fingers
Dudley and his wife at the Gobble Gallop.
Dudley and his wife braved the frigid Minnesota winter to participate in a Turkey Day 5k in their Vibram Five Fingers. After the jump, read Dudley's report and find out how his Five Fingers performed in the snow!I ran my first official race in… more »