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    Default Barefoot and minimal shoe running

    Has anyone tried it? What are your experiences and thoughts?

    I did it for a few weeks years ago, but got so enthusiastic about it that I overdid it. I had to take a week off because of blisters, and never got back into it. The reason I overdid it is that the lack of weighty shoes and the biomechanical efficiency were astounding and hard not to take advantage of!

    I'm starting back at it again, this time more carefully and slowly to give my feet time to adapt. I was allowing too much friction on foot strike, and concrete can be like sandpaper after a few miles of that. For my first barefoot run in years, I ran for 15 minutes on concrete last night, and my feet are just slightly sore. My leg muscles are very sore, almost to the point where I want some ibuprofen.

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    I see those shoes pretty often. I'd like to try some of the low-profile shoes, but maybe not the ones with toes...

    Edit: running barefoot in NYC strikes me as really, really foolish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nebbykoo View Post
    I see those shoes pretty often. I'd like to try some of the low-profile shoes, but maybe not the ones with toes...

    Edit: running barefoot in NYC strikes me as really, really foolish.
    I wear these for hiking/backpacking, although they'd make good minimalist street running shoes.

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    What happens when it's really hot outside? Wouldn't the pavement be too hot on bare feet?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tallulah View Post
    What happens when it's really hot outside? Wouldn't the pavement be too hot on bare feet?
    Yes. Concrete is cooler than asphalt, but even it gets hot enough that I wouldn't want to run barefoot on it. I usually run in the evening near or after sunset though.

    I think most barefoot runners have a minimalist pair of shoes like Five Fingers, Inov8, or huarache sandals (which I think look uncomfortable) to wear when their feet or the surface aren't going to work well barefoot.

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    Someone around here just got a pair of Five Fingers. I can't remember though.

    Works had some over at INTPc too.

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    Udog and Jock I think both have those. Udog seems to be a fan. Haven't heard anything from Jock for awhile about how he felt about them after a few months.

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    I walk barefoot extremely often but I would not run barefoot or without running shoes, it seems incredibly stupid not only in terms of blisters but also the jarring it would put on the bones in your feet and your knee and hip joints.

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    And you ran barefoot on concrete? Even worse. Are you crazy? If you're going to try something like barefoot running at least do it on natural land. Concrete is bad enough for your bones and joints even wearing running shoes.

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