Shower shoes

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    Mar 06, 2008 3:21 PM GMT
    Should I wear some plastic flip flops in the shower at the gym? Wearing shoes and nothing else feels absurd to me. Most of the other men at my gym seem to walk around the locker room and showers barefoot. Those of you who don't wear shower shoes, do you all have athlete's foot?
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    Mar 06, 2008 4:16 PM GMT
    I use flip flops. I have caught athlete's foot before at a busy gym and it sucks. Even now that I go to a cleaner gym. It's best just to keep sure to your feet are safe.
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    Mar 06, 2008 4:18 PM GMT
    Yes, wear the shower shoes/flip flops! You don't know what kind of crap you might step on in the shower stall(s).
  • cityguy39

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    Mar 06, 2008 4:51 PM GMT
    YES!!!!! Guys can be pigs in the showers esp if it's one they don't have to clean.

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    Mar 06, 2008 5:06 PM GMT
    I wear sandals and I still got athletes foot. Just getting over it and it's a pain. Definitely wear sandals in the showers and as best you can around the lockers.
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    Mar 06, 2008 6:02 PM GMT
    I've never worn any type of footwear in the shower/locker room and never had any trouble. Maybe I'm at higher risk, but I also wear sandals a lot so my feet stay dry.

    Check out this Mayo Clinic link for ways to prevent athletes foot and more info:
    http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/athletes-foot/DS00317/DSECTION=9
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    Mar 06, 2008 6:15 PM GMT
    I totally always wear rubber flip flops. I have no idea what or who has been in the shower before me.
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    Mar 06, 2008 6:36 PM GMT
    I always do when i'm showering at the gym. Actually the only time i ever wear flip flops
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    Mar 06, 2008 6:53 PM GMT
    While flip-flops look dorky you'd better wear them. I've seen all kinds of freaky things in showers and saunas, including guys who just urinate where they stand and let it wash down the drain a few feet away. icon_mad.gif

    And face it, you're around naked people of all ages, shapes and sizes, so your flip-flops will hardly be the silliest sight in the shower. icon_lol.gif
  • kinetic

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    Mar 06, 2008 7:00 PM GMT
    How about those days when you forget yr flip-flops and you HAVE to shower (maybe you are meeting someone, going back to work etc...).
    What do you do?
    I must admit I have bitten the bullet and gone for it.
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    Although on the few rare occasions I do forget them. If I'm fortunate enuf to go home before anything I just shower there.
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    Mar 06, 2008 7:17 PM GMT
    Actually, wearing flip flops in the shower will do virtually nothing to prevent athlete's foot. Physics gets a little odd at very small scales, but surface tension being what it is, flip flops will almost certain transport enough water from the shower floor to your feet that you've got a good chance of having whatever bacteria or fungi are on the shower floor getting onto your feet anyway. The issue of real importance is getting your feet dry afterwards, as the fungus causing athlete's foot needs moisture in order to grow. That means both drying your feet after the shower, and putting on a fresh pair of socks, not the ones you were wearing for your workout. If you're easily grossed out by what you could be stepping in on the floor, and ignore the fact that you'll be stepping on it anyway unless you wrap your feet completely in something waterproof, wearing flip flops can have a psychology benefit, but almost certainly not a physical one.
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    Mar 06, 2008 7:29 PM GMT

    Dude, you should wear them on principal. I can't count how many times i've pissed in the shower at the gym or seen other men do it (and it gets hotter everytime I see it). NewsFlash! People piss in the shower and if you don't want to step in it, I suggest you wear shower shoes!!
    Especially if it IS A GAY GYM!! God knows what you might be steppin in and I ain't talkin urine. icon_razz.gif
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    Mar 06, 2008 7:50 PM GMT
    GuiltyGear

    I bet you used to piss in the swimming pool when you were a pup!
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    Mar 06, 2008 7:59 PM GMT
    Yes, I were shower shoes. I dont see any absurdity in it.
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    Mar 06, 2008 8:16 PM GMT
    I wear these.
    I am not a fan of taking chances.

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    Mar 06, 2008 8:22 PM GMT

    Guilty as charged, COmale.
    Damn, you're fucking HOT!!
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    Mar 06, 2008 9:02 PM GMT
    MSUBioNerd saidActually, wearing flip flops in the shower will do virtually nothing to prevent athlete's foot. Physics gets a little odd at very small scales, but surface tension being what it is, flip flops will almost certain transport enough water from the shower floor to your feet that you've got a good chance of having whatever bacteria or fungi are on the shower floor getting onto your feet anyway. The issue of real importance is getting your feet dry afterwards, as the fungus causing athlete's foot needs moisture in order to grow. That means both drying your feet after the shower, and putting on a fresh pair of socks, not the ones you were wearing for your workout. If you're easily grossed out by what you could be stepping in on the floor, and ignore the fact that you'll be stepping on it anyway unless you wrap your feet completely in something waterproof, wearing flip flops can have a psychology benefit, but almost certainly not a physical one.


    Oh, this is depressing, but I admit it makes sense. There is nothing we can do, short of wearing those very impressive boots. But if this true, why doesn't everyone have athlete's foot? Maybe it is harder to contract from a shower floor than I thought.
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    Mar 06, 2008 9:14 PM GMT
    SockMonkey said[quote][

    There is nothing we can do, short of wearing those very impressive boots.


    The best part is this..
    If there is a fire drill, you can just run out in your towel and the aqua bootz, and your feet will be fine. They go from water to land in no time flat.. I can hook you up with the website if you want more info on them. I wasn't living until I owned a pair.
    They stomp all over athletes foot too.
    they are f*cking awesome.
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    Mar 06, 2008 9:20 PM GMT
    I totally want a pair of aqua boots. Hook me up, my good man.
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    Mar 06, 2008 9:30 PM GMT
    colmdublin saidI totally want a pair of aqua boots. Hook me up, my good man.


    Ever since I posted the pic of them, my email box has been flooded with inquiries!!
    I am not sure they are available in Ireland.. You might have to just look at the pics and imagine how good they would look on you...
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    Mar 06, 2008 9:37 PM GMT
    I'll just paint my feet and pretend. It'll be OK
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    Mar 06, 2008 11:22 PM GMT
    colmdublin saidI'll just paint my feet and pretend. It'll be OK


    Good luck painting on the the velcro strap, that is the best part of my Aquabootz.


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    Mar 07, 2008 12:25 PM GMT
    sockmonkeyOh, this is depressing, but I admit it makes sense. There is nothing we can do, short of wearing those very impressive boots. But if this true, why doesn't everyone have athlete's foot? Maybe it is harder to contract from a shower floor than I thought.


    Just make sure your feet are completely dry when you slip on your shoes.

    Proper hygiene too - washing the feet after wearing shoes all day. And I try to wear open footwear whenever I can.

    I wear flipflops in the bathroom, but then again, I go barefoot around the house sometimes.

    Sandals and flipflops especially with shallow depressions to fit the foot contour are especially prone to collecting moisture. After showering or getting yourself wet, they often retain enough moisture to foster the growth of athlete's foot.

    Just make sure your feet are completely dry, that's it, I guess.

    mnjock2003
    Ever since I posted the pic of them, my email box has been flooded with inquiries!!
    I am not sure they are available in Ireland.. You might have to just look at the pics and imagine how good they would look on you...


    Do they come in pink with inlaid precious metals?
  • vacyclist

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    Mar 07, 2008 12:50 PM GMT
    I think all the fretting about contracting athlete's foot from the gym showers is overblown. I'm not that thrilled about stepping in someone else's pee (or perhaps other bodily fluid), but pee is not going to give you athlete's foot. If anything it will probably kill the little buggers off. I'm barefoot in the locker room & showers at the gym, plus most of the time at home, have operated that way for years, and I have not thus far contracted any dreaded foot disease. Wash 'em, dry 'em, air 'em out & the odds are you'll be fine.

  • allatonce

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    Mar 07, 2008 3:10 PM GMT
    I think we are overlooking the threat of trench foot as well.