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"

Shooting Clay Pigeons in Five Fingers with the Texas Governor

Robbie and Rick Perry
Robbie, on the left, enjoys some conversation with Texas Governor, Rick Perry.
We can add shooting to the list of things people do in their Vibram Five Fingers! Robbie sent us his story about a recent trip to the shooting range with Texas Governor, Rick Perry. Read about it after the jump.Robbie's Trek Sports give him firm fo… more »

Nautica Malibu Triathlon After Just 6 weeks in Five Fingers

Rafael at the Nautica Malibu Triathlon
Rafael swimming, cycling, running and finishing the Nautica Malibu Triathlon.
Though we suggest all runners transitioning to Vibram Five Fingers take their time and make a very gradual transition, Rafael ran in the Nautica Malibu Triathlon after just six weeks in Vibram Five Fingers.My name is Rafael from Sacramento, CA. I… more »

Vibram Five Fingers Sprints Take On the Sierre-Zinal

Stéphane Running the Sierre-Zinal
Stéphane running the Sierre-Zinal through the Swiss Alps and finishing with his daughter.
Stéphane, a Vibram Five Fingers fan, wore his Sprints to run in the 31K Sierre-Zinal mountain race in Switzerland. Stéphane shares his story below:I like to read other people's stories on the BirthdayShoes website and I thought I could also share… more »

UK Rat Racer Wears Vibram Five Fingers KSOs

Dave at the UK Rat Race
Dave walking the plank and sliding to the finish at the Rat Race.
Extreme races are the rage these days and Vibram Five Fingers fan Dave recently ran in a UK event called the Rat Race Urban Adventure. He donned his KSOs and went for it! Here is what Dave had to say:A couple pics of me from this last weekends River R… more »

Traveling with Toe Shoes to Tulum

Lindsay in her Bikilas
Lindsay explores the ruins at Tulum in her Vibram Five Fingers Bikilas
Much to the chagrin of her husband, Lindsay found her Vibram Five Fingers Bikilas to be great for hiking the ruins of Tulum and cooling off in the sands of the Mexico beaches. Here is what she had to say:My name is Lindsay and I'm from Dallas, TX. M… more »