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Old 08-06-2012, 06:31 PM
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When I was younger I went outside barefoot all the time, but in Florida I learned it's best to never walk in the grass barefoot. Those red ants will eat you alive.
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Old 08-06-2012, 06:33 PM
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I went several years in high school without buying shoes until I got stepped on by a steer. I was on the track team, and it was the healthiest I have ever been (no stress-related injuries, etc).

Now, I'm required to wear shoes for work (darn =P ), but I do still do about half of my workouts barefoot (so probably 20ish miles/week without shoes). I love love love being barefoot, but my conformation doesn't really allow for no shoes at all (one of my legs is stumpy from a long-ago leg fracture).
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Old 08-06-2012, 06:43 PM
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Does anyone on here do bare minimalist running shoes with flat feet? DH has flat feet and has trouble with shin splints.

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Old 08-06-2012, 07:05 PM
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Originally Posted by sillysally View Post
Does anyone on here do bare minimalist running shoes with flat feet? DH has flat feet and has trouble with shin splints.
Me too, me too! Can't wait to see responses - or else I will let you know after I start
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Old 08-06-2012, 08:11 PM
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Running in minimalist shoes has completely cured my shin splint problem.

I ran the 5k last weekend in my regular running shoes (aka work shoes) because it was a mud run and my shins are sore.

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Old 08-06-2012, 08:50 PM
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I play frisbee barefoot. I also wear tennis shoes, basketball shoes, and cleats for my other sports. Running barefoot is by far the best. I've never worn shoes much unless its needed, so my feet are tough enough to handle it. When I do go on runs though, I wear tennis shoes because the roads near us have a bunch of glass and junk on the side, and I'm not gonna run on the concrete.
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Old 08-06-2012, 09:36 PM
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Originally Posted by sillysally View Post
Does anyone on here do bare minimalist running shoes with flat feet? DH has flat feet and has trouble with shin splints.
I have flat feet and had shin splints in one pair of running shoes; bought a different pair and no more shin splints. If he's interested in minimal or barefoot shoes, he should definitely find a good running store and check them out. If he's not interested in it, he should still find a good running store and try to find a different pair that isn't going to hurt him.

Despite what people want you to believe, there are no scientific studies out there proving barefoot running reduces injuries - or that traditional shoes cause them. A Harvard scientist has done a lot of testing on barefoot running but even he notes there is no study yet that proves barefoot running is better for you. I'm not sure if he and his team are going to develop tests and further test his hypotheses, it would be interesting if so.
His study also showed that people who traditionally run shod still rearfoot strike when barefoot... and I do know people in traditional shoes who have retrained themselves to midfoot or forefoot strike. Personally my hypothesis is that it's not about the shoes or lack of them on your feet, it's about where you strike when you land... and while barefoot shoes can help promote a more natural midfoot or forefoot strike, there are definitely people who still have to retrain themselves to strike that way even after making the switch.

Lots of factors involved. A good running store is invaluable no matter which direction you go as long as the employees are truly qualified to help. My local running store is awesome and they'll help you make the best choice for your body no matter which way you want to go, and they've never pressured me to go one way or another. They got me set up with a great minimal-ish shoe with a lower heel to toe drop than the running shoes I've been in, but it's not full on barefoot, because people tend to injure their Achilles if they make the switch too sudden and too severe. We should have some good cool weather this week so I'm hoping to take them on a quick little spin on pavement and see how they feel...

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Old 08-06-2012, 09:42 PM
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Oh god no. I can't even imagine. I have like the lamest most sensitive feet ever.

I have home videos of me as a little kid being like 6 years old and I wouldn't even step my feet onto the mulch to plant some pumpkin seeds without putting on my shoes. LOL. It's quite ridiculous.

I can barely walk barefoot out to my car without being like "ow, ow, stepped on a rock, ow".

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Old 08-06-2012, 11:09 PM
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Omfg. The thought of running barefoot makes me CRINGE!!! You are too badass Linds.

I can just picture myself, running all awkward on my tiptoes, stopping every 3 seconds to check the bottom of my feet... I have the most tender feet ever. I collapse and sob if I step on a lego.

I could see running with minimalist shoes. I love my Nike high tops though.

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Old 08-06-2012, 11:15 PM
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I usually go hiking barefoot and sometimes I'll go fishing barefoot if it's out at a pond. I usually have my backpack and have some flipflops if I absolutely have to have some sort of bottom of my foot protection. Shoes just feel weird to me.
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