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Barefoot running shoes

Discussion in 'Health & Body' started by FidelCashflow, May 5, 2012.

  1. JayJay

    JayJay Senior member

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    Not sure, I'll have to check when I return home.

    As for forefoot walking, when I think about it, I try to do it.
     
  2. bluesdance

    bluesdance Well-Known Member

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    Forefoot walking is something you don't see much discussion of on the interwebs or anywhere else. Personally, I do it when barefoot (actually barefoot = no shoes) but in sandals/sneakers/shoes I heel strike.
     
  3. Thomas

    Thomas Senior member

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    Where you land is more or less a function of your stride: the further in front you swing your foot, the more on the heel you land (also: braking effect). Conversely, the shorter your swing, the closer to mid- or fore-foot you become. A mid-foot striker generally lands directly under the body - any further forward and you're hitting heel first unless you plantar-flex (which I consider a bad idea).
     
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  4. CalTex

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    I see what you are saying, from what I have been told/read by "experts" you should always try to avoid heel striking, do you agree with this for every type of runner? . I have been told that it causes hip problems and other joint pain. I am sure there were other benefits they mentioned but I do not remember.

    So when walking in VFF do you heel strike or continue to land on your fore-foot?

    Does anyone have any thoughts on SuperFeet?
     
  5. Thomas

    Thomas Senior member

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    I'm reluctant to say that every runner should do XXX because we're all subject to various biomechanical quirks and old injuries that can flare up. That said, heel striking doesn't have much, if anything, going for it other than some people naturally run that way.

    Incidentally, one of the debates around running comes in teaching form and gait. Some say that form and gait can be changed and improved, and others say 'we run how we run' (notably, Kenyans which makes the argument rather hard to ignore). In any case, lasting form change takes a while if you go that route, and has been known to sideline a competitive runner as he/she adapts and incurs the possible injuries.
     
  6. pascal

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    i like merrell trail gloves for running
     
  7. MetManChris

    MetManChris Well-Known Member

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    Minimalist shoes are great for you. Of course, be careful as you get started. Some people will have a shorter or longer adjustment period depending on what their feet are used to. If you're used to walking around barefoot and jogging barefoot, minimalist shoes will be a breeze to adjust to. If you're used to running in combat boots, take it very slow. The answer is somewhere in the middle.

    Minimalist shoes allow the joints in your feet to articulate and move (the way they're meant to), so they're awesome for your feet. Bear in mind, you're using joints you might not of used much in 10+ years, so be careful.
     
  8. runweighmodel

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    Quote: I have very flat and large feet. Had severe plantar fasciitis, so bad that, for a few years, I had to walk on the outsides of my feet for the first two hours of every day.

    Got expensive custom orthotics. Didn't help.

    Lost the 60 pounds I'd put on since college track and field. Didn't help.

    Went to a different doc, he told me to try SuperFeet Black insoles.
    Within 2 weeks, plantar fasciitis was totally gone, and has never returned since. That was about seven years ago.

    The SuperFeet Blacks are expensive ($30-35 a pair), but I would pay hundreds for them if I had to. And they make them in my size, which makes me happy. (I'd love to give the Vibrams a spin, but they don't make them big enough.)
     
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    retart question -- also good for walking rather than running?
     
  10. JayJay

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    I think so. I walk in mine around the house and when running errands or walking the dog. I love them.
     
  11. MetManChris

    MetManChris Well-Known Member

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    Yes. Good for basically anything that is a "natural" movement. Not ideal for weird contrived motions that humans aren't meant to do.

    Not good bowling shoes. :)
     
  12. chogall

    chogall Senior member

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    your body is not designed to heel strike running, especially bare foot. that's why all those running shoes have heel cushions to minimize the damage.

    and no, running bare foot or in vff, even if you have a long stride, you will land on your toe/metatarsal

    btw, been using vff since 08. gotta phase it in very very slowly as the posture/motion with them will be very very different than regular running shoes. and dont run long distances in them without condition first. i skip working out for half a year and ran 10k in vff. stress fracture. not fun.
     
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  13. whiteslashasian

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    Just pulled the trigger on some New Balance Minimus MT00 (zero drop heel) for more every day use and for things like hiking or where I need more traction than the VFF Sprints provide. VFF will still be my lifting/indoor workout shoe.
     

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