1065: "Shoes"

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Re: 1065: "Shoes"

Postby funnyav » Wed Jun 06, 2012 9:13 am UTC

Cmon, these aren't shoes! They're gloves for your feet!

edit: look, even the art of manliness says that!

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7. Should I get a pair of those feet-gloves?

Minimalist, or “barefoot” shoes are getting more and more popular every day it seems. Like regular shoes, they now come in a huge range of colors, shapes, and styles, and choosing the right pair can be daunting.

The best way to select a pair is to first try running without shoes at all. Give it a go, and see how you like it. You may decide not to buy a pair, in which case, you can spend the $100+ on something else. If you still want shoes at that point, then at least you have a basic understanding of how your feet should move and feel.


Well, at least now I have a new way to weird out my friends :D

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Re: 1065: "Shoes"

Postby Invertin » Wed Jun 06, 2012 9:16 am UTC

man i've never heard of these shoes but i would hate these things

i can't even stand it when the material from my socks gets between my toes let alone shoe material

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Re: 1065: "Shoes"

Postby ryzvonusef (1151717) » Wed Jun 06, 2012 9:42 am UTC

funnyav wrote:Cmon, these aren't shoes! They're gloves for your feet!

I believe they have versions with soles, which would make them shoes.

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Re: 1065: "Shoes"

Postby Eshru » Wed Jun 06, 2012 10:16 am UTC

Having broken my foot recently, I was reading about foot injuries, and they have been on the rise along with the popularity of these shoes.

(no, I didn't break my foot because of shoes such as these)

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Re: 1065: "Shoes"

Postby caerphoto » Wed Jun 06, 2012 10:56 am UTC

Does anyone have any good "barefoot" shoes for casual use? Some work-places have dress codes etc, and other times you just can't walk around with no socks in your shoes. Also other reasons! Do casual or slightly formal versions exist yet? Because 99% of what I've found so far are sneakers, ballet shoes, sock-thingies, sandals or toed stuff.
I have a pair of Merrell Tough Gloves (the brown ones) and they're pretty normal-looking shoes imo. Also very comfortable and, er, 'glove-like'.

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What's with all the "Oh me yarm freaky" stuff? Ok, FFs are unusual, but really, "freaky", "creepy" etc.? Are you weirded out by human feet or something?

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Re: 1065: "Shoes"

Postby radtea » Wed Jun 06, 2012 12:15 pm UTC

caerphoto wrote:What's with all the "Gee Willikers freaky" stuff? Ok, FFs are unusual, but really, "freaky", "creepy" etc.? Are you weirded out by human feet or something?


Most humans are intensely conservative, in the sense that they want tomorrow to be very much like today and the next person they meet to be very much like the previous one. And most humans want to differentiate themselves from everyone else while still being exactly like everyone else.

As such, some humans differentiate themselves by the most trivial variations on their appearance imaginable--longer or shorter hair, slightly different clothing, a little ink in their derma, or the kind of shoes they wear--and yet the vast majority of people still take umbrage that anyone would dare violate their strong but unconscious expectation that everyone and every day should be pretty much the same as any other.

So there's nothing special about feet... humans just tend to be weirded out by anything the least bit out of the norm, and the best we can do is be aware of it and catch ourselves when it makes us look silly, like when we are all creeped out over a relatively minor fad in footwear (anyone remember "Earth Shoes"?)
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Re: 1065: "Shoes"

Postby iamspen » Wed Jun 06, 2012 12:18 pm UTC

cjmcjmcjmcjm wrote:Smart car.


Unless it's the late smart Roadster, that thing was bitchin'.

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Re: 1065: "Shoes"

Postby SerMufasa » Wed Jun 06, 2012 12:30 pm UTC

radtea wrote:*snip*


True, but even among the running community these shoes are a bit of a debate (I know I wouldn't wear them, but then again, I overpronate due to genetics* so I need the support that comes from having running shoes designed to provide it - not that I'm that big of a runner right now).

But the honest reality is: toes are creepy. We all know this. Deep down inside, we wish our aunts had really eaten our toes when we were babies.

Toes. *shudder*


*As opposed to being fixable with a stride change. I'm bowlegged.

EDIT: I think I know why toes are creepy: uncanny valley. But instead of robots to humans, it's toes to fingers. Forget furries, toe fetishists are the real freaks.

Toes. *shudder*
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Re: 1065: "Shoes"

Postby Istaro » Wed Jun 06, 2012 12:36 pm UTC

radtea wrote:As such, some humans differentiate themselves by the most trivial variations on their appearance imaginable--longer or shorter hair, slightly different clothing, a little ink in their derma, or the kind of shoes they wear


Or by calling skin "derma" ;)

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Re: 1065: "Shoes"

Postby hicerro » Wed Jun 06, 2012 1:00 pm UTC

I wore five-finger shoes for a couple of years. I miss them (normal shoes feel "crowded" in the toe now), but I kept stubbing my toes in them, and I just don't need that. I still wear them for running, because I don't tend to stub my toes while running.

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Re: 1065: "Shoes"

Postby BrianB » Wed Jun 06, 2012 1:03 pm UTC

Clayh wrote:Alt Text: "I *do* hear that they're the most comfortable thing to wear on your feet since sliced bread."


Actually, it's Title Text: ....
The Alt Text is "Shoes"

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<div id="comic">
<img src="http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/shoes.png" title="I *do* hear that they&#39;re the most comfortable thing to wear on your feet since sliced bread." alt="Shoes" />
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Re: 1065: "Shoes"

Postby JoSch » Wed Jun 06, 2012 1:38 pm UTC

I for one request a photo of Randall with sliced bread on his feet now!

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Re: 1065: "Shoes"

Postby sinEXE » Wed Jun 06, 2012 1:38 pm UTC

Eshru wrote:Having broken my foot recently, I was reading about foot injuries, and they have been on the rise along with the popularity of these shoes.

(no, I didn't break my foot because of shoes such as these)


Yes, the five-fingers have broken a few feet, but not because of a failure in the shoe itself. Bones are reinforced through a series of micro-fractures, and their subsequent repair. If you smack your forearms into a wall they'll crack, but just a tiny bit. Enough of this over time will allow your to smack your forearms into walls without any sort of damage. This is a basic tenant of martial arts conditioning.

Similarly, the bones in our feet are exposed to more pressure when we walk around barefoot. Each step you take will produce these same micro-fractures. If we had spent our entire lives barefoot then this process would occur organically. As we gained more weight, the bones would break, then heal, then be fine. However, a lot of people go straight from regular shoes into these "barefoot" shoes and aren't allowing those micro-fractures enough time to heal. So bones that are used to support are now holding 120+ pounds without assistance. Thus, broken feet.

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Re: 1065: "Shoes"

Postby jpers36 » Wed Jun 06, 2012 2:40 pm UTC

sinEXE wrote:Yes, the five-fingers have broken a few feet, but not because of a failure in the shoe itself. Bones are reinforced through a series of micro-fractures, and their subsequent repair. If you smack your forearms into a wall they'll crack, but just a tiny bit. Enough of this over time will allow your to smack your forearms into walls without any sort of damage. This is a basic tenant of martial arts conditioning.

Similarly, the bones in our feet are exposed to more pressure when we walk around barefoot. Each step you take will produce these same micro-fractures. If we had spent our entire lives barefoot then this process would occur organically. As we gained more weight, the bones would break, then heal, then be fine. However, a lot of people go straight from regular shoes into these "barefoot" shoes and aren't allowing those micro-fractures enough time to heal. So bones that are used to support are now holding 120+ pounds without assistance. Thus, broken feet.


[citation needed]

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Re: 1065: "Shoes"

Postby evac156 » Wed Jun 06, 2012 2:43 pm UTC

Considering the number of people in my running club who have taken to wearing these (and oh yes, breaking their toes), I may need to share this comic with them.

Crossing the streams to a degree with which I am somewhat uncomfortable. :)

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Re: 1065: "Shoes"

Postby BAReFOOt » Wed Jun 06, 2012 3:53 pm UTC

It’s strange, how people think, running barefoot would be weird… I mean don’t they realize that their feet must have evolved over hundreds of millennia, to do exactly this job, and do is much better than anything shoes could offer?
Shoes are useful… if you plan on running over broken glass, pools of the T virus, through Antarctica in the winter or hot asphalt in the summer…

But if you’re living in a nice climate, and your city can afford to be cleaner than a 3rd world country… then there really is no point to wear shoes in the first place.
Except maybe if one loves bacteria and likes to breed them. Or wishes to have back pain in a few decades.

Maybe if the pavement was made for actual humans to walk on… Like nice thick grass… or firm sand… (Okay, I guess with all the rain, that wouldn’t fly in the UK. Although people don’t realize how much fun it is, to run through mud with bare feet. ^^)

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Re: 1065: "Shoes"

Postby DieJay » Wed Jun 06, 2012 3:55 pm UTC

To me it's pretty obvious that the maker of these toed-shoes is a feet fetishist. There's no other way to explain this level of creepiness :V

I'm not against minimalistic shoes with no heels though; I've heard it's less tiresome to run with flat shoes, or with no shoes at all, which makes sense since that's how our feet are built to begin with. Just don't push the design too far, know what I'm saying?
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Re: 1065: "Shoes"

Postby BAReFOOt » Wed Jun 06, 2012 3:59 pm UTC

jpers36 wrote:[citation needed]


Here it is then:

sinEXE wrote:“Yes, the five-fingers have broken a few feet, but not because of a failure in the shoe itself. Bones are reinforced through a series of micro-fractures, and their subsequent repair. If you smack your forearms into a wall they'll crack, but just a tiny bit. Enough of this over time will allow your to smack your forearms into walls without any sort of damage. This is a basic tenant of martial arts conditioning.
Similarly, the bones in our feet are exposed to more pressure when we walk around barefoot. Each step you take will produce these same micro-fractures. If we had spent our entire lives barefoot then this process would occur organically. As we gained more weight, the bones would break, then heal, then be fine. However, a lot of people go straight from regular shoes into these "barefoot" shoes and aren't allowing those micro-fractures enough time to heal. So bones that are used to support are now holding 120+ pounds without assistance. Thus, broken feet.”

Institute of sinEXE, 2012, in a publication titled “Re: 1065: Shoes”


That’s a citation. Shall I add a website with a university logo and some people in white coats in the header?
Or will this amount of ad populum fallacy suffice your needs to suddenly become completely gullible for no reason? ^^

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Re: 1065: "Shoes"

Postby RandomMarius » Wed Jun 06, 2012 4:00 pm UTC

I have a pair of those shoes, and what makes the shoes comfortable are the soles. Those Vibram soles are great.

However I do not like the toe thing... my pinkie toe always slips out - They made some assumptions about toes which may not suit us all... and then you need special socks. Argh.

Do yourself a favor, skip those Vibram "Five Finger" shoes and get the Merell "Barefoot" shoes that use the same Vibram soles anyway. They look like normal shoes so as an added bonus I can wear them to work, but they are as comfortable (or more) than those freaky "Five Fingers".

My work shoes: http://www.merrell.com/US/en-US/Product ... mensions=0

(I have a different running pair as well)

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Re: 1065: "Shoes"

Postby RandomMarius » Wed Jun 06, 2012 4:03 pm UTC

Eshru wrote:Having broken my foot recently, I was reading about foot injuries, and they have been on the rise along with the popularity of these shoes.

(no, I didn't break my foot because of shoes such as these)


There are actually studies that do point out the correlation to the price of shoes being directly related to the amount of feet injuries. Basically the more fancy the shoe the more likely you are to break something.

Not that these Vibram's are cheap.

I personally have a pair and I don't like the toes either... I prefer the Merell (shoe) brand that use the same Vibram soles.

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Re: 1065: "Shoes"

Postby RandomMarius » Wed Jun 06, 2012 4:06 pm UTC

BAReFOOt wrote:It’s strange, how people think, running barefoot would be weird… I mean don’t they realize that their feet must have evolved over hundreds of millennia, to do exactly this job, and do is much better than anything shoes could offer?
Shoes are useful… if you plan on running over broken glass, pools of the T virus, through Antarctica in the winter or hot asphalt in the summer…

But if you’re living in a nice climate, and your city can afford to be cleaner than a 3rd world country… then there really is no point to wear shoes in the first place.
Except maybe if one loves bacteria and likes to breed them. Or wishes to have back pain in a few decades.

Maybe if the pavement was made for actual humans to walk on… Like nice thick grass… or firm sand… (Okay, I guess with all the rain, that wouldn’t fly in the UK. Although people don’t realize how much fun it is, to run through mud with bare feet. ^^)


I had a lot of freedom at one place I worked, and did just that... wen't barefoot for a few months and it was wonderful.

I don't like the toes, I do have a pair, but I prefer and use other barefoot brands.

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Re: 1065: "Shoes"

Postby BAReFOOt » Wed Jun 06, 2012 4:12 pm UTC

DieJay wrote:To me it's pretty obvious that the maker of these toed-shoes is a feet fetishist. There's no other way to explain this level of creepiness


Nope. I like feet, and I find them probably even more wrong and creepy than you. It’s like something for people who don’t have the brains nor balls to walk barefoot, yet believe in its advantages (without understanding it, of course).

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Re: 1065: "Shoes"

Postby aquabat » Wed Jun 06, 2012 5:07 pm UTC

tjunction wrote:Fivefingers *are* really comfortable. I don't run in mine (they're presently used mainly in the gym for weights etc) but walking in them normally (heel strike) is no problem. I've walked a good few miles on city streets in them in the past with no problems. (Isn't heel strike how you walk barefoot or are you telling me you always wear shoes just around the house?)


I never heel strike when I walk. Instead of reaching forward with my leg for the next step, I just relax, and let myself sort of "fall" forward. My foot then automatically moves forward to break my fall and prevent me from tipping over. It's a subtle thing once you find the balance point. The ball of my foot contacts the ground first, then my body weight kind of stretches my arch, allowing my heel to contact the ground. The degree of heel impact can be controlled by bending your knee a bit, which controls the tension on the Achilles' tendon. A straighter knee will let your heel "hit" the ground, while a knee which is over-bent will cause your heel to "float". There's a sweet spot somewhere in between, where your heel just "kisses" the ground (kind of like a critically damped screen door closer). Once your heel is on the ground, you can transfer your weight to it, and repeat for the next step.

For running, it's pretty much the same thing, except I push off from the heel for a bigger stride (using my quads and glutes, more than my calves. I tend to only use my calves on landing, to control the heel damping), since I find the bigger leg muscles more efficient for adding push to my stride.

When trying to explain the motion to people, I tend to compare it to climbing stairs. Always ball first, and then plant your heel, then push off from the heel. Another good analogy is skipping rope, but keep it loose and easy. You want minimal energy usage with no impact.

A coupe of points, in case you want to try this:

1) Train by walking before trying to run, especially if you're wearing these shoes instead of going barefoot. This is because you're removing a biofeedback mechanism when your skin isn't touching the ground. When you're barefoot, your soles will start to hurt before your muscles do, which will limit how fast you ramp up. This is a really good thing. Listen to your body, because it knows what's going on. You'll get a blister well before you get a torn Achilles' tendon, and you'll feel your skin tingling and tenderizing before you get that blister. With the shoes on, you'll just have to consciously stop yourself from overrunning. I ran barefoot for five years before I tried these shoes, and I totally overdid it on the first run of the season this year, when I wore the shoes. I felt like I could fly in them, and my calves were knotted up for two weeks after that first 5k run. To re-iterate, you need to ramp up slowly. Start with a 1k walk or less on smooth asphalt. (Asphalt bike paths are awesome, concrete sidewalks are a close second, Watch out for pointy stuff, but you'll get used to pebbles after a couple of weeks. Don't be in a hurry, and choose where you put your feet). When you can do this for a week and it feels good after the walk, add some distance. When you can walk for at least an hour in bare feet, try running a couple of hundred meters somewhere in the middle of your walk, nice and easy. Use the same 1 week rule as for walking. Nothing wrong with skipping a day if you're still tender/sore the next day. Take your time. Stretch. Massage your calluses afterwards.

2) Pull your toes back before landing, and lower them after. I always ended up stubbing my big toe at least twice a year for the first couple of years. Nothing sucks more than tearing open the end of your big toe on asphalt in the middle of a long run. It bleeds like crazy, hurts like hell, looks like shit, and takes a couple of weeks to heal. Especially easy to drop form and do this when you're exhausted, near the end of a long run. I've never broken a toe doing this, which I guess I should be thankful for. I now automatically pull my toes back whether I'm walking or running. Moral: pay attention to your form and don't drag your feet.

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Re: 1065: "Shoes"

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Re: 1065: "Shoes"

Postby iamspen » Wed Jun 06, 2012 5:34 pm UTC

aquabat wrote:
tjunction wrote:I never heel strike when I walk...


That's actually how our feet evolved to work. Walking on our heels only came about after the invention of adequate footwear. Anyone who's skeptical of this need only pay attention to how they walk next time they're barefoot, and compare it to how they walk when wearing shoes.

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Re: 1065: "Shoes"

Postby Kaijyuu » Wed Jun 06, 2012 5:38 pm UTC

I'm going to have to steal that sliced bread twist.
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Re: 1065: "Shoes"

Postby tesseraktik » Wed Jun 06, 2012 5:53 pm UTC

glasnt wrote:Toe socks were awesome, back in 2005.

I guess this is just the same fad thing?
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Re: 1065: "Shoes"

Postby Sylphrena » Wed Jun 06, 2012 6:03 pm UTC

iamspen wrote:That's actually how our feet evolved to work. Walking on our heels only came about after the invention of adequate footwear. Anyone who's skeptical of this need only pay attention to how they walk next time they're barefoot, and compare it to how they walk when wearing shoes.


I found no difference. Both ways my heel hits the ground and instant before the rest of my foot does. I don't understand what you're getting at here.

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Re: 1065: "Shoes"

Postby W3ird_N3rd » Wed Jun 06, 2012 6:21 pm UTC

ChainsawPlankton wrote:I bought a pair of these a few hours ago, I don't really like wearing shoes so I'm hoping they work out.

I'm afraid that even with such expensive shoes, you're still going to have to do that yourself. :P

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Re: 1065: "Shoes"

Postby noregsson » Wed Jun 06, 2012 6:29 pm UTC

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mercutio_stencil wrote:There are plenty of casual barefoot style shoes out there. Merrell has an entire line of barefoot-ish shoes that look like shoes, not mutant gecko feet. Other companies do as well, but they tend to look more sneaker than anything else.

I feel kind of silly now. I was looking up all this stuff at work, so I merely skimmed the pages, and so didn't notice that the Merrell shoes came in different colours. Some of those actually do look OK.

Thanks for pointing it out. I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have gone back for a second look if you hadn't.

I'll have to do some research here. Because this might mean I can get asem shoes without jumping on the whole gecko-feet fad that's gaining popularity over here in Norway.

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Re: 1065: "Shoes"

Postby bmonk » Wed Jun 06, 2012 6:39 pm UTC

Envelope Generator wrote:I looked them up. They're worse than Crocs.

How does the shoe immortality thing work in practice? If I only wear them at home when no one is looking, maybe for ten minutes a day, am I still immortal? What if Death comes when I'm sleeping and unable to outrun things?

So basically you have to wear these around the clock and never sleep again to actually gain immortality. Voices from heaven never mention the small print.


I think Death has to wake you up if you're sleeping in them--but if you are not wearing them when Death shows up, you're out of luck. So it probably has to be 24/7 sort of schedule wearing them.
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Re: 1065: "Shoes"

Postby rcox1 » Wed Jun 06, 2012 6:48 pm UTC

radtea wrote:
caerphoto wrote:What's with all the "Gee Willikers freaky" stuff? Ok, FFs are unusual, but really, "freaky", "creepy" etc.? Are you weirded out by human feet or something?


Most humans are intensely conservative, in the sense that they want tomorrow to be very much like today and the next person they meet to be very much like the previous one. And most humans want to differentiate themselves from everyone else while still being exactly like everyone else.

As such, some humans differentiate themselves by the most trivial variations on their appearance imaginable--longer or shorter hair, slightly different clothing, a little ink in their derma, or the kind of shoes they wear--and yet the vast majority of people still take umbrage that anyone would dare violate their strong but unconscious expectation that everyone and every day should be pretty much the same as any other.


Yes small changes in attire are critically important to identify the tribe, or crowd, you wish or do run with. And it is not just sandals , trainers, or heels. Are you of enough status to wear Prada, or do you heels come from payless. Are you a serious athlete and have the latest jordans, or do you just have what is on sale at footlocker. Do you have every day sandals, or are part of the Croc homogeny.

In the case of toe shoes, they too come from a point of validity. Walking barefoot is what we were meant to do. I am from the south so did not even think that one had to wear shoes outside, and when there is no reason to wear shoes, I don't. However, most of civilization does want to wear shoes, and so these fill the slot of the tribes that can't not wear shoes but don't want to. Particularly those that have read Born to Run and maybe want to feel like ultrarunners, in the same way that wearing a pair of jordans will allow you to average 30 points per game.

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Re: 1065: "Shoes"

Postby nakana » Wed Jun 06, 2012 7:31 pm UTC

Milnoc wrote:
iChef wrote:Could have been worse, it could have been the Segway of Immortality.

Or Crocs. :P

I want to see a graph comparing BMI with likelihood of owning a pair of Crocs.

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Re: 1065: "Shoes"

Postby Korbl » Wed Jun 06, 2012 7:57 pm UTC

I would have to graciously decline. Due to a birth quirk, I can't wear toe socks/shoes. No matter how much I'd like to.

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Re: 1065: "Shoes"

Postby cream wobbly » Wed Jun 06, 2012 8:40 pm UTC

Eshru wrote:Having broken my foot recently, I was reading about foot injuries, and they have been on the rise along with the popularity of these shoes.

(no, I didn't break my foot because of shoes such as these)


It's a potential risk, and one that is often expressed as fact, but it's complete FUD: there's no record to back up the assertion.

Conversely, everyone who wears them speaks of their calf muscles getting the best workout they ever got; and many people vouch for no longer needing arch support, due to their foot muscles getting toned up to natural strength. Personally I regularly used to twist my ankle (twice a year, or so) wearing Salomon trail running shoes because the sole is so thick (35mm at a guess). Since wearing Fivefingers, with their 4mm soles and no rise (at the heel), my calf muscles have strengthened to the point that I no longer twist my ankle, even wearing thick-soled running shoes.

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Re: 1065: "Shoes"

Postby cream wobbly » Wed Jun 06, 2012 8:48 pm UTC

mercutio_stencil wrote:mutant gecko feet

My feet look like human feet, even wearing Fivefingers.

So... why do you like wearing mitten-boxes on your feet?

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Re: 1065: "Shoes"

Postby Dr. Diaphanous » Wed Jun 06, 2012 9:59 pm UTC

There's a lot of hate here against shoes with toes.

Also, GOOMHR. Today I tried barefoot running for the first time (for nontrivial distances [about a mile]). Probably should have done it on grass not pavement/tarmac, as I have blisters on my feet now. When my feet toughen up, I will be free of the tyranny of shoes! At least, in places where it doesn't matter if people look strangely at me.

For all those whose toes are too odd to wear barefoot shoes: just dip your feet in latex :)

Furthermore, it would seem that not all "barefoot" running shoes have toes http://barefootrunningshoes.org/.

Do these shoes negatively affect your speed once you get used to them? I would guess the lack of cushioning would force you to slow down when sprinting downhill.
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Re: 1065: "Shoes"

Postby deathinlonging » Wed Jun 06, 2012 11:22 pm UTC

Dr. Diaphanous wrote:Do these shoes negatively affect your speed once you get used to them? I would guess the lack of cushioning would force you to slow down when sprinting downhill.

I actually seem to walk down-hill faster than I used to (I credit the Vibram soles for this, and you could probably get most of this benefit with other barefoot shoes that lack toes) . The whole 'lack of cushioning' thing is why you change your walking form. Now, running down a hill... I don't know. I think you might lose a bit of down-hill speed, but you're also going to lose the constant acceleration and loss of control that comes from running down hill without significant caution.

I *like* the gecko-feet thing. The day before this comic came out, I was walking down a hill and thought 'this must be a bit like what having gecko-feet would feel like'. I enjoy being able to actually use my toes, and it certainly improves my balance and grip a bit more. (Yay, riding on metropolitan transport without holding onto anything). I've always had a bit of trouble controlling my toes, but they've gotten stronger and I've gained more control over them since I've started wearing these. Also, I now have no trouble at all taking a short walk totally barefoot if I'm not planning to leave the neighborhood.

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Re: 1065: "Shoes"

Postby Bounty » Wed Jun 06, 2012 11:31 pm UTC

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Re: 1065: "Shoes"

Postby ChainsawPlankton » Thu Jun 07, 2012 12:04 am UTC

hoarous wrote:One time the CIA came recruiting at my university, and the lady who did most of the talking was wearing a crisp, professional-looking suit... and that kind of shoe. When asked about it, she laughed and said she didn't expect anyone to be looking at her feet much. Makes one wonder a bit, about several things.

I tend to not look at feet, the biggest exception is when I hear *clomp clomp clomp* and it is nearly always some ridiculous women shoes (frequently accompanied by some annoying sounding rolling suitcase) bit of a pet peeve

Shantalasha wrote:Chainsaw Plankton did you guys play (or do you still play) EVE-Online under those names as well?

that would be me, although I've been pretty inactive lately o/

W3ird_N3rd wrote:
ChainsawPlankton wrote:I bought a pair of these a few hours ago, I don't really like wearing shoes so I'm hoping they work out.

I'm afraid that even with such expensive shoes, you're still going to have to do that yourself. :P

oh noes, you mean I'm going to have to like go outside and stuff!? guess I better return them and get on some fad diets and supplement pills instead!


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