Any truth behind the benefits of barefoot shoes? or is it all memes? Posted on March 9, 2023 by Anonymous Any truth behind the benefits of barefoot shoes? or is it all memes?
Works for me. Noticed my calves got stronger, but I never had any arch problems to begin with.
i like mine a lot
The shoe conspiracy theory is true. They're always true.
I think it's an unnecessary gamble it's not like the shoes are cheaper or are makings in's with Olympic level athletes. The only people I see talk about them are 30 something software nerds who want to be ultramarathoners because they read goggins book or some shit. They don't even really have comparable durability. If I wanted to do the barefoot thing I'd just run barefoot and carry a can of that purple quick dry antiseptic spray we used to use on farm animals.
>The only people I see talk about them are 30 something software nerds who want to be ultramarathoners because they read goggins book or some shit.
>Tfw this is my in laws but 50 years old
I used them to fix my heelstriking habit that was fucking up my knees. Much easier to focus on landing with your midfoot when there's no huge heel on your shoe.
Nowadays I run with normal shoes though, barefoot ones do slow you down and tend to develop painful sore spots when you run on hard surfaces.
>tend to develop painful sore spots when you run on hard surfaces.
this is my problem. I switched to midfoot long ago but running only ever on the street started taking a toll after a while. Fucking hate it but I run on treadmill only now, 1 to 1.5% grade.
Worked for me.
I didn't have excessive pronation but I did have some and my knees were weak.
Starting from empty bar squatting with these and working my way up to 225 gave me much better stability.
Never used them for running much. I tried once on a treadmill and just beat the shit out of my feet. They really require training for tissue tolerance.
But as my lift got heavier I started to butt wink so I think I'm going to transition to some wide toe box lifting shoes with a bit of a heel.
>They really require training for tissue tolerance.
They don't. You just have to fix your running form.
The way I see it, barefoot shoes get rid of the typical reliant protection everyone is accustomed to, which in a way makes your feet and balance better. I don’t have them myself (I want to) but I reckon it’s useful really depends on how often you wear shoes to begin with. Personally I don’t go out much whatsoever and I don’t wear shoes/socks in the house, so I’m already always barefoot, so it wouldn’t benefit me tremendously.
I like em, they're pretty comfortable for me. First day beat the shit out of my calves bc achilles tendon lengthening I guess, faded after a week but it definitely does more for calves than regular shoes.
Does require you to learn new walking pattern, may be uncomfortable at first.
I got Merrell vapor gloves 3, if you can get em at discount I'd definitely give em a try
all true, the only thing is that peoples feet are atrophied and there is a 6 month rehab period
naturally people don't adhered to it and injure themselves and then blame the lack of protection, then they put on their casts again
remember to wear your neckbrace anons
I have had a pair of Merrell barefoot shoes that I have worn for almost a decade on and off. I walked 1000 miles in them when I was a mailman, not fucking kidding lads, and they and they are still usable.
Fast forward 8 years, Im about 40 pounds heavier and now work heavy highway road construction and my “boot” of choice is a barefoot combat boot, they look goofy but holy fuck they just work for me. My feet are planted and flat, fit my wide ass feet better than anything I have ever worn, and I get absolutely no pain from being on my feet, even after a 12 hour day. I am sure they arent for everyone but I could write a book about how well they work for me.
You got a link to the boots?
Not the guy that posted, but barefoot has a pair of barefoot boots now. I’m really tempted to get a pair, I have a pair of their Ursus abd love them. https://bearfoot.store/products/bruin
I'm in the woods most days in a swamp so I wear snake boots over half the time I have shoes on. Anyways, I used to wear the chippewa boots and they were high quality but I felt like they were a little uncomfortable. Anyways when it was time to get a new pair I bought the rocky mocc toe snake boots for cheap and bought a half size too small on purpose. Anyways, when I wore them the first time I thought I fucked up because they were making my feet numb but after about a week that leather loosened up and now they fit like a fucking glove. Same general sole profile as the chippewa.
Anyways my point is that alot of a boot depends on the fit. Particularly a pull-on boot. A perfect fit will increase comfort regardless of sole shape, arch height, heel etc etc. Fit of the boot should be prioritized over all the other stuff imho eveb though that stuff might be important too.
I walk barefoot around my house and put shoes on outside
I have trouble finding any shoe that fits me well other than canvas Vans and Old Skools, as well as anything “barefoot”. I have tried Georgia boots, Danner, Timblerland, Red Wing and Chippewa, measure and purchased accordingly every time, all killed my feet. My feet are tall (thick?), shorter in length for my height and wide as hell. I also wear combat “flight” boots the same brand as my barefoot boots in the winter but they still beat up my piggies. The barefoot shit just works for me.
I walk barefoot oustide and put shoes on around my house
Here you go laddy.
>no size 16
Non-minimalist/zero-drop shoes are incredibly uncomfortable and fuck up my gait. Like those fuckers are designed to force you to roll your ankle and heel stomp.
Barefoot shoes are a meme. Footwear has existed since at least the vendel period which is plenty of time for humans to evolve into wearing shoes
Most of that was in the form of moccassins and later turn shoes, in other words, zero-drop shoes. Heels came much later and were for the purpose of horse riding, all that arch "support" and other bullshit came much, much later. Also the general pointy shape of fashionable shoes is, just that, fashion.
pic related, ancient shoe made of single piece of leather. Very minimalist, no heel, no arch support. Simply an extra layer of protection from the elements. Plus the leather conforms to your foot shape, rather than constricting and contorting it.
>Also the general pointy shape of fashionable shoes is, just that, fashion
now let's take a look at the types of shoes which are used in and banned from sprinting/distance running competitions to see how well this claim holds up
Barefoot doesn't mean literally barefoot. Early humans had a single layer of protection on their feet, like a piece of leather. The point is they had no cushion or support.
Are they some kind of miracle or medical marvel? No.
I like mine soooo, ya.
I walk barefoot oustide and put shoes on around my house
I walk outside house and barefoot put shoes on around
I am NEET, have a home gym, only leave my house to train mma and I only wear sandals to drive there, so I'm literally always barefoot basically. I feel bad for shoecucks, I hear them saying things like "oooh it feels so good when you take off your shoes at the end of the day", like, cool, man, but that's just the default state of life if you don't wear the foot muzzle like a cuck in the first place.
>b-but I need to impress my boss with my new shoes!
just lol at their life
I bought a pair of vivo shoes like in the thumbnail around a year ago because my vans finally gave out. I only use them to lift in because I think they look pretty stupid, but they make great lifting shoes. I don't know about all the health effects they're supposed to do, but they make squats and deads feel nice being able to get toes all spread out.
you can just take your normal shoes off before squatting or deadlifting if your gym is okay with that
We didn't even wear shoes for the majority of our existence, what the fuck do you think the answer is?
Modern shoes are fucking gay. Wearing pillows on your feet is stupid. I switched to minimalist shoes instead if sneakers and after a 6 month to 1 year break in period (for me, not the shoe) Ilit got very comfortable. I can do 12 hour shifts standing in the hospital wearing basically nothing and my calves are a little sore and thats it. If you can't even stand or walk around without prostheses you're not human anymore. I switched to sandals with 0 drop for the warm weather and hike with them with a full pack ezpz.
>Bought expensive pair of brooks running shoes after reddit recommended them
>Immediately started heel striking after a lifetime of toe striking in cheap walmart shoes
>Tore acl partially a month later falling off bike
>Trying to run/walk now a year later with the brooks shoes
>Every step on the injured leg is with the heel and I feel it in my knee
zero drop, foot shaped shoes are the play. it goes:
altra lone peak
vivobarefoot cork base
to progress with cushion or not. you don't have to go all out toe shoe. you can have a decent amount of cushion for hikin etc with altras, and still benefit from them being 0 drop and being able to use your toes. they're great for improving posture and knee health, from my experience.
I have the Lone Peaks are they are too damn squishy for my liking. I wish they were a tad firmer, but not as firm as Vans.
For the past year I've not worn shoes at my house, avoiding socks if it's not too cold. Summertime I wore thin zero drop sandals, I also got some barefoot style boots for the winter. I'm a homegym guy so I lift barefoot.
My feet have gotten wider and stronger, it's hard to describe the strength part. My toes have strength now and they didn't before. That's pretty much how I would put it, the feet being wider is self explanatory. Not really life changing but there it is.
I love them, literally havent worn a non barefoot pair of shoes since i got my first pair a year and a half ago
got some Xero Prio’s a few years ago and never looked back. now wearing a pair of Lems. yes I look autistic but it’s comfy. I have tennis racket feet so i need a wide toe box.
Been eyeballing lems for casual wear. How do you like them? Also would Xeros be good for a default hiking shoe? I don’t need anything crazy just comfy enough to wear for 10+ miles on trails
i wear xero shoes and sandals exclusively because in traditional shoes i cant resist overstriding and injuring my knees. Also the minimal padding strengthens my soft tissues which is important to me for hiking and mountain climbing. But they fuck my pace and weekly mile count to be sure
Ditto with FiveFingers. I love them to death but they make me slow.
The shoe industry is a massive charade. You should definitely get a pair of good boots for hiking and work, and get yourself some slim shoes for exercise and around the house. These "shoeless shoes" or whatever are entirely reasonable because despite what science(tm) says, we are adapted to walk around and run barefoot - we've just been modified since birth to wear a contraption that alters the way we walk. If you learn to use these other types of shoes - as the tools they are - then yes, they will be functional.
Just get some good military boots and when you're looking for thin shoes avoid silicone and memory foam. Don't pay more than you have to because between the price ranges of 120 and 350 all shoes are the same. Get a 10 dollar pair of basic thin shoes and then get some military boots.
I've been wearing zero drop foot shaped shoes, doing foot strengthening exercises, wearing toe socks, and using toe spacers.
I'm able to work 10hr shifts on unnatural flat surfaces with zero foot or leg pain. My roons feel good.
It'll do you good to footmaxx, anon.
My running game didn’t take off until I got a 0 drop shoe. For me it was a huge game changer.
I have yet to see any fast (say 35min 10k or quicker) athletes wearing barefoot or similar. Spikes aren't far off in terms of midsole thickness, but they normally have a plastic and/or CFRP plate at least in the forefoot. Worn on more forgiving surfaces, too.
I wouldn't wear barefoots on concrete.