What are your thoughts about guys who don't wear sneakers (tennis shoes, if you are nasty) in the gym?

  • bijockmuscle

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    Sep 26, 2008 5:29 PM GMT
    I see guys sometimes working out in workout boots, sandals or even flip-flops. Isn't that a little inappropriate? Makes me think that they think they are too cool for school..."Oh look at me, i won't conform..."

    I have this one guy at my gym who works out in jeans, a button down and work boots...WTF!
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    Sep 26, 2008 5:31 PM GMT
    bijockmuscle saidI see guys sometimes working out in workout boots, sandals or even flip-flops. Isn't that a little inappropriate? Makes me think that they think they are too cool for school..."Oh look at me, i won't conform..."

    I have this one guy at my gym who works out in jeans, a button down and work boots...WTF!


    whose garage are you working out in?
    most places don't allow any of that, well (I assume) atleast your gum has toliets to puke in - these guys would make me, just lil in my mouth. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Sep 26, 2008 5:38 PM GMT
    i frown on people who don't have nice sneakers.
    STOMPIN' IN MY AIR FORCE ONES
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    Sep 26, 2008 5:49 PM GMT
    Ordinary street sandals don't offer the cushioning of an athletic shoe, would be no more appropriate than wearing street shoes. But I thought I've seen athletic sandals in stores; wouldn't they be OK, especially for weight lifting and circuit training?

    I know there are sandals for biking now, with the clipless pedal attachments. But I don't think I'll buy any, despite their promise of coolness down here in Florida. I'd be concerned about injury in case of a spill.


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    Sep 26, 2008 6:20 PM GMT
    bijockmuscle saidI see guys sometimes working out in workout boots, sandals or even flip-flops. Isn't that a little inappropriate? Makes me think that they think they are too cool for school..."Oh look at me, i won't conform..."

    I have this one guy at my gym who works out in jeans, a button down and work boots...WTF!

    I dont think I have ever once noticed the feet/footwear of the others in the gym. .... icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Sep 26, 2008 6:25 PM GMT
    Unfortunately I see it all the time. Guys will be in workout shorts and a plain t with some type of construction boots. Sometimes they track dirt or mud all over the place. Im surprised no one has said anything. Flip flops are a safety hazzard and yet guys still wear em. Im all for them in the locker room but not out in the gym floor.
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    Sep 26, 2008 6:25 PM GMT
    I agree - wearing flip flops in the gym seems like a sort of disrespect, or at least a sort of sloppy attitude. I know flip flops are totally in fashion, but jeez, the gym is a dangerous place. Personally I would not want to expose my bare toes to any weight that might get dropped. As it is, I've hurt my feet on a couple of occassions by accidentally setting a dumbell down or dropping a plate.

    But then, do I need to care? I suppose the best bet is to mind my own business and do my own workout ;-)
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    Sep 26, 2008 6:26 PM GMT
    i saw some guy walk into the weight room with flip flops on 2 nights ago....i was like WTF...idiot.
  • gumbosolo

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    Sep 26, 2008 6:30 PM GMT
    In my gym they do not let you in with open-toed shoes.

    Then again, in my gym, shoe wears you.
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    Sep 26, 2008 7:02 PM GMT
    danielryan saidi saw some guy walk into the weight room with flip flops on 2 nights ago....i was like WTF...idiot.


    My sentiments exactly!
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    Sep 26, 2008 7:12 PM GMT
    I wear tennis shoes (sneakers, whatever) to the gym, for three reasons:

    1) Keep my sweaty feet to myself.
    2) Provide at LEAST minimum protection for my toes against dropped weights.
    3) Because it would be really hard to job in sandals.


    .. and working out in jeans, button up, and boots? .. strange..
  • vince_the_cyc...

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    Sep 26, 2008 7:12 PM GMT
    There's a guy at my gym who wears loafers with no socks, and rip off pants unbuttoned up to the knee. I understand arriving from the office and forgetting your shoes once in a while, but this is how he dresses every day. Strange.
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    Sep 26, 2008 7:24 PM GMT
    OK, I know I'll get slammed for this, but here goes:

    One of my favorite places is a private gay club here in Fort Lauderdale, that's really an upscale bathhouse, but does have a very decent and extensive equipment room. And guys do some serious workouts there, like in any gym.

    Except, clothing is optional. Some wear the same gym outfits you'd see in any Y, while others wear much less. Maybe just a jock, maybe nude. Naturally, a towel is always required at all points of bare body contact with the equipment.

    Seeing a naked guy jogging on a treadmill is one of life's ultimate pleasures. While he's wearing, needless to say, a proper pair of running shoes... LOL!
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    Sep 26, 2008 9:09 PM GMT
    Red_Vespa saidOK, I know I'll get slammed for this, but here goes:

    One of my favorite places is a private gay club here in Fort Lauderdale, that's really an upscale bathhouse, but does have a very decent and extensive equipment room. And guys do some serious workouts there, like in any gym.

    Except, clothing is optional. Some wear the same gym outfits you'd see in any Y, while others wear much less. Maybe just a jock, maybe nude. Naturally, a towel is always required at all points of bare body contact with the equipment.

    Seeing a naked guy jogging on a treadmill is one of life's ultimate pleasures. While he's wearing, needless to say, a proper pair of running shoes... LOL!

    icon_eek.gifWHAT GYM DO YOU GO TO?!! working out in the nude??? thats so...im speechless....
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    Sep 26, 2008 10:12 PM GMT
    Athletic shoes really are your best choice for performance, but if you must wear boots, just make sure they're not caked with mud or dog crap.

    I do think if I were a gym owner though, I would make closed-toe shoes a requirement as a simple matter of safety and hygene.

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    Sep 26, 2008 10:22 PM GMT
    A few weeks ago I had a guy thrown out of the gym for wearing flip flops. There's no room for that sort of stupidity in a room full of heavy free weights. What goes through these people's minds?
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    Sep 26, 2008 10:24 PM GMT
    workingman said
    WHAT GYM DO YOU GO TO?!! working out in the nude??? thats so...im speechless....


    Not so unusual. There's also at least one gay resort in Key West that has a fully equipped clothes-optional exercise room, though not large enough to be a full gym.

    The one in Fort Lauderdale (part of a chain) also has a nude outdoor pool (so do a number of the gay KW resorts), and a wonderful, vast nude steam room called the "Grotto" with many twists & turns like a cave, and private spaces for less visible encounters.

    This link should take you to the photo gallery of the Ft Lauderdale location. The bar at the top of the window will take you to chain locations in other parts of the US.

    http://www.the-clubs.com/photos.cfm?location=ftlauderdale
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    Sep 26, 2008 10:26 PM GMT
    you should see the guys at my gym..sheesh:

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    Sep 26, 2008 10:42 PM GMT
    redheadguy saidA few weeks ago I had a guy thrown out of the gym for wearing flip flops.


    At the same time, I've complained and gotten signs installed in saunas, to stop guys from entering wearing their dirty athletic shoes.

    Most saunas have benches where you step on the seats other guys have to use, like stadium bleachers. Filthy shoes that have been outside jogging are not welcome.

    Of course, if taken properly, one is nude in the mens sauna anyway, with just a towel, and some places do enforce that. And the only footgear is flip-flops at most.

    But in the absence of rules to the contrary, some guys enter wearing their jogging or gym clothes, along with their shoes that may have just been outside in the rain & mud. Believe me, I've seen it.

    So I guess this footgear issue can cut both ways.
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    Sep 27, 2008 12:59 AM GMT

    I'm guilty of working out in full on flannel plaid, denim, and cowboy boots. I do it because one time I had just gotten in from work and didn't feel like changing. A man told me no one but me could pull that off so I do it every once in a while because I agree with him.

    Question: what does it have to do with you? Offer to buy this gentleman some proper workout gear. I'm sure he'd have no problem spendin your money on some.
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    Sep 27, 2008 12:59 AM GMT
    If I want to go lift during my lunch hour, but don't have alot of time, I'll just workout in my uniform. Hell for a year in Iraq, that all I had to workout in. So yeah, I've been guilty of wearing my combat boots in the gym, here in the states, on many, many occasions. But I don't leave dirt or mud anywhere.
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    Sep 27, 2008 2:41 AM GMT
    I've seen guys wearing jeans and work boots, I've seen guys trying to look "cool" (and probably their first time ever at a gym) wearing a polo shirt with the collar up, walking shorts and vans style sneakers and an LV bag..no they were not gay, they were asian.
    Also seen guys in flip flops, crocs and loafers.
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    Sep 27, 2008 3:08 AM GMT
    I thought it was "they're not gay, they're european".

    somebody without proper shoes doesnt bother me in the least, somebody without a hand towel does. but maybe i'll save that for another thread.
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    Sep 27, 2008 7:01 AM GMT
    On ab day, I usually come in sandals, and keep them off for the entire workout...But I also swim before that, so my feet are caked in chlorine, not much a hazard and such, been doing it for 2 years now.
  • SanEsteban

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    Sep 27, 2008 7:23 AM GMT
    I admit, I have been known to wear flip flops to the gym... but only to go to yoga and that's it. It is completely foolish to wear any type of open toe shoe into the weight room area! I can't imagine a 45 lb plate landing on my toe. Tennis shoes at least offer some protection...

    Living in warm country, flip flops and sandals are the big thing to wear around town, thus, I tend to see a lot of people wearing them to the gym too. I don't get upset about it though. I figure if they want to wear those to the gym and if they injure themself, then it is completely their fault! It's not my toe that is having a weight dropped on it now is it?