Barefoot shoes

  • franklinstein

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    Aug 17, 2012 8:32 PM GMT
    Are they better to run in or should I go with generic running shoes?
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    Aug 18, 2012 12:43 AM GMT
    Isn't that an oxymoron?
  • triguy_uk

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    Aug 23, 2012 9:32 PM GMT
    It is good to get some barefoot style trainng in, but you will need normal running shoes too.

    If you plan to fully adopt natural running, you need to build up slowly as you effectively are learning to run again. Start off with 1 mile and then slowly build up once your calves can handle it.

    To be able to run in barefoot shoes without discomfort it takes 8-12 weeks. The benefits are a much stronger foot (it will change shape), no knee problems and a better running style. It will not generally make you go faster, but will help you run further comfortably and minimise injury.

    Most brands out there are pretty good, the most important thing is to find a barefoot shoe that fits exactly, which means go and try one on insread of order over the web.

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    Aug 24, 2012 5:40 AM GMT
    It's a trend, do some research first.
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    Aug 24, 2012 5:59 AM GMT
    I wear the Brooks PureFlow running show which has the same 4mm rise that the complete minimalist shoes such as the Vibram 5-Finger shoes have, but it keeps a good bit of padding along the entire foot.

    It's become my go-to shoe because it's lighter than my previous running shoes that had a higher heel base, but is still very comfortable for runs that are over 10 miles. And hell, they even fit me better.

    So yeah, I might suggest something in the middle like the PureFlow, especially if you haven't worn a minimalist shoe before. They're a good medium between both, and I, personally at least, have not found anything to really dislike about them so far.
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    Aug 24, 2012 6:02 AM GMT
    I love mine, and my foot pain has gone down. its also has helped with my hammer toe
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    Aug 25, 2012 4:11 AM GMT
    26mileman saidIt's a trend, do some research first.
    I've done research on both ends...people who say they're gimmicks, and people who say they're awesome.

    Seems to be a close tie. I'll eventually get a pair, but may wait a while longer to see if the technology can be improved even more.
  • chgobuzz1

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    Aug 25, 2012 4:23 AM GMT
    I use Vibrams and they are great. I also belong to a barefoot running group. Totally barefoot. You learn to hit the street just with the forefoot, never bounce on the heels as you would in shoes. Heels never touch the ground.
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    Aug 25, 2012 5:11 AM GMT
    paulflexes said
    26mileman saidIt's a trend, do some research first.
    I've done research on both ends...people who say they're gimmicks, and people who say they're awesome.

    Seems to be a close tie. I'll eventually get a pair, but may wait a while longer to see if the technology can be improved even more.


    Alternatively, check with a sports med doctor and get an opinion as well. I beleive it tis best to run the way most natural to you. Just improve upon that form to become efficient. Some of us are heel strikers and others are not. Does it make a difference in time? Not likely, my physiotherapist told me that changing one's natural stride can result in an 8% decrease in efficiency.

    I was a heel striker for 12 years without injury running 3-4 marathons yearly. Returned to heel strike and ran a PB this June, kicking some serious ass. Sure beats the two broken feet( in 2011) resulting from forefoot striking. icon_cool.gif
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    Aug 25, 2012 5:24 AM GMT
    Although I can't run much (knees) I go barefoot a lot. I get a lot of glass cuts and stuff too, unless I let the callouses grow up. One thing I've noticed is that my knees hurt a lot less if I do weight lifting barefoot. (The floor is padded) Just that small difference makes a huge reduction in the force on the knees.

    I don't know about any of those toe shoes. Hammer toe and webbed toes icon_rolleyes.gif

    Hell, come November, I have to learn to wear shoes all over again icon_sad.gif
  • jock_n_ca

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    Aug 25, 2012 5:48 AM GMT
    Gotta know your stride. I made the switch to Brooks PureFlow and they tore up my legs. I use them for speed/interval work but otherwise I'm back to my NB 890V2's for longer runs.
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    Aug 25, 2012 9:15 PM GMT
    26mileman said
    paulflexes said
    26mileman saidIt's a trend, do some research first.
    I've done research on both ends...people who say they're gimmicks, and people who say they're awesome.

    Seems to be a close tie. I'll eventually get a pair, but may wait a while longer to see if the technology can be improved even more.


    Alternatively, check with a sports med doctor and get an opinion as well. I beleive it tis best to run the way most natural to you. Just improve upon that form to become efficient. Some of us are heel strikers and others are not. Does it make a difference in time? Not likely, my physiotherapist told me that changing one's natural stride can result in an 8% decrease in efficiency.

    I was a heel striker for 12 years without injury running 3-4 marathons yearly. Returned to heel strike and ran a PB this June, kicking some serious ass. Sure beats the two broken feet( in 2011) resulting from forefoot striking. icon_cool.gif
    I wouldn't use them for running. I'd only use them for something comfy to walk around town (and the beach) with.
  • TroyAthlete

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    Aug 30, 2012 3:48 PM GMT
    I have three pair of Merrells that I adore. They use the Vibram barefoot sole but look like an average shoe.
  • swimbikerun

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    Aug 30, 2012 8:20 PM GMT
    I wear them often but not for running. If I want to run barefoot I simply do so.
  • swimbikerun

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    Aug 30, 2012 8:30 PM GMT
    EllisAdrian said
    swimbikerun saidI wear them often but not for running. If I want to run barefoot I simply do so.


    I've never run barefoot - seems too risky that you could step on something and injure your foot.


    ?? Not even at the beach? Life is full of risks. I'll gladly take the risk for the enjoyment.