House shoes at the gym

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    Oct 15, 2010 4:49 PM GMT
    I've seen a number of guys wearing house shoes in the gym. It looks ridiculous to me. I think one needs a bit of support for the feet when lifting weights. I've also seen trainers wearing flip flops. One of them dropped a weight on his foot, limped around for a few weeks, and continues to wear them. Does anyone think this looks cool?
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    Oct 15, 2010 4:53 PM GMT
    What is LOOKS like is not so important... yeah, the support might be an issue.
    But, hell, I've seen lots of guys in competition shape at The Pit in Venice Beach, working out barefoot!!!
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    Oct 15, 2010 4:55 PM GMT
    OMG there was a guy in my gym in Chile who used to work out in flip flops and talk on the the phone for hours. I´m sure he was gay.
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    Oct 15, 2010 4:56 PM GMT
    fitone saidI've seen a number of guys wearing house shoes in the gym. It looks ridiculous to me. I think one needs a bit of support for the feet when lifting weights. I've also seen trainers wearing flip flops. One of them dropped a weight on his foot, limped around for a few weeks, and continues to wear them. Does anyone think this looks cool?

    what are house shoes? ...slippers? ...surely, guys aren't working out in their slippers!

    I have seen guys in those things with individual toes. They don't look safe for a gym, IMHO.
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    Oct 15, 2010 5:29 PM GMT
    Useless gym complaint thread.
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    Oct 15, 2010 5:36 PM GMT
    Perhaps useless but a comment anyway: I saw a guy yesterday with white leather dress shoes with his workout clothes. It looked really strange. I figured he forgot to pack his 'tennies' and was all he had (not that I'd be wearing white dress shoes but to each his own).
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    Oct 15, 2010 6:56 PM GMT
    proper gym etiquette should clearly state that all fit men should train naked but with "all training" shoes.
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    Oct 16, 2010 12:06 AM GMT
    fitone saidI've seen a number of guys wearing house shoes in the gym. It looks ridiculous to me. I think one needs a bit of support for the feet when lifting weights. I've also seen trainers wearing flip flops. One of them dropped a weight on his foot, limped around for a few weeks, and continues to wear them. Does anyone think this looks cool?
    I workout barefoot at home.
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    Oct 16, 2010 3:28 AM GMT
    fitone saidI've seen a number of guys wearing house shoes in the gym. It looks ridiculous to me. I think one needs a bit of support for the feet when lifting weights. I've also seen trainers wearing flip flops. One of them dropped a weight on his foot, limped around for a few weeks, and continues to wear them. Does anyone think this looks cool?


    When we do olympic lifts at my crossfit gym, our trainers make us remove our shoes unless we're wearing really flat-soled shoes (eg. Chucks). I'm not exactly sure why, but I do feel that my stance is noticeably more stable when just wearing my socks or I'm wearing my vibram five fingers. My trainers sometimes workout in flip flops too.

    (It should be noted that I'm a barefoot/minimalist shoe runner as well, which might explain why I'm more comfortable working out without my shoes.)

    Honestly, I could not care less if it looks cool or not. When I'm working out, I'm there to impress myself, and myself only. To hell with what anyone else thinks. If wearing a pink tootoo somehow magically lets me deadlift a few more kilograms of weight, I sure as hell will wear it. icon_cool.gif
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    Oct 16, 2010 3:40 AM GMT
    There is a body builder that trains at my gym and his attire is the usual (80's cliche) (spaghetti strapped t-shirt, tight booty shorts, tube socks...) with one caveat -- steal toe combat boots!!! I asked why the steel toe boots and his response: "because i like to drop the weights and the steel toes insure that i do not crush my toes."

    ehh... as long as i get my hardcore work out in, I try not to pay attention to the styling of others' workout methods.
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    Oct 16, 2010 4:00 AM GMT
    I've forgotten to pack my shoes a few times so I've worn dress shoes and casual shoes to the gym to workout. It is not ideal but whatever.
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    Oct 16, 2010 4:09 AM GMT
    on the home page i keep reading the title of this thread as HORSE shoes, then realize its the same thread i've clicked about 5 times already thinking it said horse .... its been a long day
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    Oct 16, 2010 4:11 AM GMT
    I rarely notice shoes in the gym. Glutes? Those I notice!
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    Oct 16, 2010 5:57 AM GMT
    Jeffy makes a good point. When doing heavy lifting, you don't want to wear soft/mushy athletic shoes. You want something that has a flat and firm sole, and something that doesn't overcompensate arch support. Essentially, you want your feet to be firmly planted to the ground.

    Converse Chucks are popular. I've also seen guys go barefooted. They show up to the gym in flip-flops, and take them off when it's time to lift. Vibram shoes are getting popular too. And once in a while you'll see a guy rockin the Otomix.
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    Oct 16, 2010 6:10 AM GMT
    fitone saidI've seen a number of guys wearing house shoes in the gym. It looks ridiculous to me. I think one needs a bit of support for the feet when lifting weights. I've also seen trainers wearing flip flops. One of them dropped a weight on his foot, limped around for a few weeks, and continues to wear them. Does anyone think this looks cool?


    Stupid people are stupid. For beginners, they can't read the gym rules.....