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    Prince Harry is a fan of 'barefoot running' | Mail Online

    Prince Harry is into running in VFFs that he bought in San Diego.

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    i wonder if his military will let him continue to run that way. because in the US, it's considered an 'unfair advantage' over non-barefoot runners, and therefore not allowed (for racing, etc for military training stuff).

    and cool on him.
    Last edited by zoebird; 10-20-2011, 03:17 AM.

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      Awesome, thanks for sharing!
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      • #4
        Originally posted by zoebird View Post
        i wonder if his military will let him continue to run that way. because in the US, it's considered an 'unfair advantage' over non-barefoot runners, and therefore not allowed (for racing, etc for military training stuff).

        and cool on him.
        I'm pretty sure that with his rank he is able to influence policy.

        I have a feeling that the U.S. Army policy is more about aesthetics, as any other minimalist shoe is allowed (NB Minimus, Merrel Glove, etc). Only split-toed shoes are prohibited under this rule. In addition, the policy only applies while in the physical fitness uniform, which is worn for organized fitness training and testing, among other things. What you wear with your civilian clothes is up to you.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by zoebird View Post
          i wonder if his military will let him continue to run that way. because in the US, it's considered an 'unfair advantage' over non-barefoot runners, and therefore not allowed (for racing, etc for military training stuff).

          and cool on him.
          But apparently the Navy is ok with them! Yay!
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          • #6
            Originally posted by jfreaksho View Post
            I'm pretty sure that with his rank he is able to influence policy.
            Policy perhaps. Fashion definitely.

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            • #7
              Props to Harry for a keen sense of emerging fashion, but VFFs do not equal barefoot running. Step in the right direction, though.

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              • #8
                Typical 'Daily Fail' article where they mock anything slightly outside of their very narrow world. "strangest footwear fetishes"..."the wearers’ pretty little toes"..."We couldn’t quite believe it when we saw them"..."decidedly odd piece of sportswear"

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                • #9
                  I love me some Daily Fail. They had an article recently about how to get Hugh Jackman's upper body. The answer? Push ups. That is all.

                  Jackman must be livid now that his secret is out.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by zoebird View Post
                    i wonder if his military will let him continue to run that way. because in the US, it's considered an 'unfair advantage' over non-barefoot runners, and therefore not allowed (for racing, etc for military training stuff).

                    and cool on him.
                    This confuses me, why don't they just teach EVERYONE to run barefoot? No unfair advantages there...
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Timothy View Post
                      Props to Harry for a keen sense of emerging fashion, but VFFs do not equal barefoot running. Step in the right direction, though.
                      Indeed a step in the right direction. I do confess that I get peeved that every time I mention that I run barefoot, virtually everyone immediately asks, "do you wear those toe shoes?". What part of barefoot don't they understand?

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by OneDeltaTenTango View Post
                        Indeed a step in the right direction. I do confess that I get peeved that every time I mention that I run barefoot, virtually everyone immediately asks, "do you wear those toe shoes?". What part of barefoot don't they understand?
                        Hehe, yes. This is really good publicity for the barefoot feel shoes! Hopefully, there will be some attention to his new footwear (well it tends to with VFFs). Opening people’s eyes to the idea of barefooting, and more acceptance.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by fpsjosh01 View Post
                          This confuses me, why don't they just teach EVERYONE to run barefoot? No unfair advantages there...
                          The Army is actually switching up its physical fitness tests- IIRC, there will soon be two different ones each year, and one of them will be in combat boots, carrying a rifle. Train as you fight, and all that jazz.

                          It REALLY isn't the possibility of advantage or disadvantage- flat running shoes, to include cross-country waffles, have always been allowed, as long as they were "running" shoes and not faddish- no bright colors, etc. Any minimalist shoe that provides the same advantages as the VFF is allowed, as long as there is no visible separation of the toes. That's it. It's an appearance issue, because they look strange and somebody doesn't like the way they look. A lack of available ankle-high socks to wear doesn't help (Socks that cover the ankle bone are part of the uniform). If you don't look the same as everyone else, you are not "uniform" in appearance, and that is the issue.

                          The crap about unfair advantages is crap, and everyone knows it. The Army actually approved them officially for a few months this past spring, then changed its policy to prohibit them again.

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