A Question For Those Who Shower At The Gym

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    May 27, 2013 9:52 PM GMT
    Do you wear shower shoes/shower sandals?
  • madsexy

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    May 27, 2013 11:24 PM GMT
    Yeah, I do. AND I make sure to use Purell on my feet after my shower right as I am about to put my socks on, just in case I've touched the floor. Overkill? Maybe. But I've been doing it ever since Purell became easily available, and I've not had foot fungus since.
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    May 27, 2013 11:35 PM GMT
    Sashaman saidDo you wear shower shoes/shower sandals?

    Yes, flip-flops. Everywhere in the locker room, including the steam room & sauna.
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    May 28, 2013 1:03 AM GMT
    It amazes me how almost no one wears shower shoes in the locker room / wet areas. Even those cheap $5 flip flops are better than nothing. Cellulitis ain't no joke.
  • Fritter

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    May 28, 2013 1:04 AM GMT
    Always, no barefeet anywhere in the gym.
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    May 28, 2013 1:05 AM GMT
    Flip-flops, but I don't shower at the gym anymore. No bare feet.
  • Fable

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    May 28, 2013 1:07 AM GMT
    if you dont wear flip flops sandals whatever you wanna call them ur nasty.











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  • neon4u

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    May 28, 2013 1:13 AM GMT
    gross dude...put something on your feet.....
    i shiver adn shake when i see someone not wearing flip-flops to the shower.
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    May 28, 2013 1:52 AM GMT
    Everyone that responded apparently does. I wonder if the guys that don't, just haven't responded.


    I've not paid much attention, but it i had to guess, I'd say less than half the guys at my gym wear them.


    What percentage would you estimate wear them at your gym?
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    May 28, 2013 1:58 AM GMT
    Sashaman saidDo you wear shower shoes/shower sandals?


    Like yeah! ewww, if you don't!!

    http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/safe-workout-tips
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    May 28, 2013 1:59 AM GMT
    Sashaman saidEveryone that responded apparently does. I wonder if the guys that don't, just haven't responded.

    I've not paid much attention, but it i had to guess, I'd say less than half the guys at my gym wear them.

    What percentage would you estimate wear them at your gym?
    Zero. Wish they would put signs up or something.
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    May 28, 2013 2:06 AM GMT
    Wearing flip flops in the shower is about as effective as wearing a magic charm around your neck. It makes no difference whatsoever to the microbes. Just wishful thinking.
  • Lanter

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    May 28, 2013 2:48 AM GMT
    I don't usually shower at the gym or pool, but I'm not very big on bare feet at all. I don't wear sandals in the shower at home, but I wear them while walking to and from the bathroom. I also wear them the moment I get out of bed. So really the only times I am bare foot are in bed, in the shower at home, or actively swimming.

    When I was younger a relative was infected by a worm while walking barefoot in the garden. (I was 5 and that's how it was explained to me. I'm sure there is a better way of explaining it.) Ever since then I really don't like being barefoot at all.
  • geojock

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    May 28, 2013 2:49 AM GMT
    Nope. And 95% of guys at my gym don't either.

    We do have a spray thing you can stand on that puts anti-fungal spray for your feet, for what thats worth.
  • Joeyphx444

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    May 28, 2013 2:56 AM GMT
    People walk in the gym locker room like it's their freaking bathroom, leave that shit for your home
  • starboard5

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    May 28, 2013 2:56 AM GMT
    mindgarden saidWearing flip flops in the shower is about as effective as wearing a magic charm around your neck. It makes no difference whatsoever to the microbes. Just wishful thinking.


    +1, sadly. With all the water splashing around, how are flip flops going to make any difference? You'd have to tape baggies around your feet to protect them from microbes in the showers and on the floors. The key is just to dry your feet well and use an anti fungal spray or powder before you put your socks on.
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    May 28, 2013 3:18 AM GMT
    mindgarden saidWearing flip flops in the shower is about as effective as wearing a magic charm around your neck. It makes no difference whatsoever to the microbes. Just wishful thinking.


    Well, I wouldn't say that exactly, but you allude to an important point:

    As far as I know, there is no evidence that wearing flip flops reduces the risk of infection. In fact, I'm not completely comfortable with the idea of stuffing a pair of wet flip flops that were sloshing around on a public shower floor into my gym bag (ie - a moist and dark environment).

    And for the record, I shower at the gym in the morning and I go barefoot. No foot infection problems yet in the almost 3 years that I've been doing it - or ever for that matter. I suppose the fact that I work out in the morning helps since the janitors finish cleaning the shower floors shortly before I go in to shower. More often than not, the shower stalls still smell like cleaning products when I shower.

    I went barefoot a lot as a kid, so I suppose I've built up some immunity and/or I have thicker soles than most? icon_idea.gif
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    May 28, 2013 3:20 AM GMT
    ^Exactly. All I do is use my towel to thoroughly dry my feet before putting on my socks. And I have yet to get any kind of foot infection.

    Guys, unless you are assiduously washing your shower shoes and drying them before putting them away, all those nasties from the shower floor are still attached to your flip flops and are just getting a chance to fester and breed in the warm, moist environment of that plastic bag you use to stuff your sweaty gym gear.
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    May 28, 2013 3:27 AM GMT
    Sashaman saidDo you wear shower shoes/shower sandals?


    Yes I wear shower shoes because it's unsanitary not to....LOL
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    May 28, 2013 3:27 AM GMT
    dunno why there are people who are so sensitive and concerned about people wearing/not wearing sandals in the change room & showers. i never wore one in my life, and never got foot fungus or other infection. i've seen a guy wearing it may be once or twice... but most of the regulars I know don't wear 'em either.

    First world problem i guess icon_lol.gif
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    May 28, 2013 3:38 AM GMT
    mindgarden saidWearing flip flops in the shower is about as effective as wearing a magic charm around your neck. It makes no difference whatsoever to the microbes. Just wishful thinking.


    Flip flops give me peace of mind not because of the stuff I can't see - like bacteria and fungi - but rather because of the things I can see: guys spitting or shaving in the sauna, pee on the walls and floors around the urinals and toilets, puddles of hair and body product residue around the sink or dripping down the walls or onto the floors, and the always mysterious wads of wet paper towels that guys leave behind in the showers, the sauna, around the sinks, the restroom floor and around the lockers even though the nearest trash can is never more than a few footsteps away.
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    May 28, 2013 3:38 AM GMT
    mindgarden saidWearing flip flops in the shower is about as effective as wearing a magic charm around your neck. It makes no difference whatsoever to the microbes. Just wishful thinking.


    It depends on the context of what particular infection you are trying to stay away from.

    I wear them because I've had plantar warts and never want them again. I was a swimmer for 10 years competitively and walked around on tons of pool decks and locker rooms barefoot. I had plantar warts a lot when I did this.

    Now, I get none! I think just thoroughly drying your feet off keeps you from athlete's foot.

    --my anecodotal story. Avoid plantar warts by wearing foot protection.
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    May 28, 2013 3:44 AM GMT
    I've been using gym showers since I was in high school. All through college, and up to now - I've never worn anything and never had any problems. None of my teammates ever wore anything - and few guys that I know wear anything. What we do is wash and dry our feet thoroughly (including between each toe) and don't put our shoes & socks on until our feet are completely dry. I've never seen anyone I know contract Athlete's Foot if they just take care. If a guy needs to, he could use a spray product after drying his feet. The last thing - - I never - ever wear the same shoes twice in a row. I use wooden shoe trees without fail all my shoes (except athletic shoes - which I air out thoroughly).
  • LuckyGuyKC

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    May 28, 2013 4:13 AM GMT
    Yes - flip flops.

    I haven't had foot fungus since I was kid.
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    May 28, 2013 4:52 AM GMT
    I wear them with socks, lol!