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  • #16
    Originally posted by GROYOFRO View Post
    You know, I recently ran a half marathon and saw somebody running a full marathon - barefoot!! I have absolutely no idea why people like doing it, doesn't it hurt? Don't you step on sharp objects?? How do you train for something like that??
    Same as you train for anything you haven't done before. Start slowly with sorry distances, maybe on softer surfaces to begin with (though I actually prefer running barefoot on firmer ground) and work your way up from there.

    If you are training barefoot, rather than in minimalist footwear, the soles of your feet soon toughen up.
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    Originally posted by tfarny
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    • #17
      It's true. In spring, I walk around barefoot on warm days. Within about 3-4 days, the bottoms of my feet are smooth (like, polished), but tough. The rest of the year, they are soft (but not polished looking). When it's a warmer summer, I spend most of the days barefoot (rain or no). I teach yoga, so I can easily work barefoot, too.

      I mostly wear shoes for the look. apparently it's frowned upon to walk barefoot in the downtown -- there are some pretty severe class issues still at play in NZ. I thought their going barefoot was a matter of just being cool, liberal, natural or whatever. Turns out that it's a rural poverty/shoe-shortage issue, and therefore a class issue. not wearing shoes downtown, therefore, screams poverty to people.

      I'm probably going to go for a pair of vivo boots and some shoes when the five-fingers wear out (prbably in another 12 months. They don't last long on my feet.).

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      • #18
        Is m having trouble finding flip flops without a heel that don't feel like hell. Seriously. At suggestions?
        "I came to live out loud!" -Emile Zola

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        • #19
          Originally posted by Tandy View Post
          I have ordered a pair of vivos. I sent one pair back bc they were too small. The next shipment should arrive this week. Are there certain kinds of socks that one should wear in the barefoot shoes in the winter?
          Yes, toe socks! I can't wear any other kind now (except as a 2nd layer on top). Feels so weird to have my toes squeezed together in a mono-sock!

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          • #20
            If you are looking for nice casual shoes with zero-drop you might find these interesting:
            Lems™ Shoes - Barefoot & Ultra-Minimalist Lifestyle Shoes
            Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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            • #21
              I tried Lems but didn't like the fit. I tried 2 different pairs to be sure. Too bad because I really like the way they look.
              "I came to live out loud!" -Emile Zola

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              • #22
                I wear my VFF in the hospital. No one much notices or cares there....problem is the days I am in my office I have to wear my shirt and tie mess.

                Does anyone know of a company that sells minimalist dress shoes?
                "The soul that does not attempt flight; does not notice its chains."

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                • #23
                  I am totally barefoot at home - never wear shoes in the house. and I will even barefoot when walking down the street.

                  But I can't be barefoot at work as it is not professional (lets face it, when you are lying on a massage table, face in the face cradle, you don't want to see your therapists feet! and for the same reason the five fingers would not work either). I wear a pair of Merrel pace gloves at work - minimal support, probably the most comfortable footwear I have ever found.

                  I too would be interested in winter barefoot (or at least minimalist) footwear - I live in Calgary, it gets cold and snowy here and I commute on transit so really need to find a solution.

                  The best compromise I have found so far is to wear a pair of uggs- they are not barefoot, but they provide virtually no foot support and the uppers are more natural than most snow boots. Of course I have to resort to other things (rubber boots usually) during spring thaw and when a chinook rolls over and everything gets wet and slushy...
                  Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.

                  Dr. Seuss

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by Tandy View Post
                    Is m having trouble finding flip flops without a heel that don't feel like hell. Seriously. At suggestions?
                    These are great flip flops.. took a while to wear in the strap but they are sooooo soft. Planet Flop Planet Flops - eco-friendly, natural rubber flip flops

                    For the winter - Lem has a new boot that looks good. Lems™ Shoes - Barefoot & Ultra-Minimalist Lifestyle Shoes
                    For the office Barefoot Dress Shoes - Minimalist Shoes for Men | TUNEfootwear

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by slowcooker View Post

                      For the winter - Lem has a new boot that looks good.
                      The problem I am having is finding decent snow boots that will cope with deep snow, -40+ temperatures and slush and wet conditions when we get a chinook and it suddenly changes from minus 30 Celsius to plus 10 in the space of 12 hours (and yes that does happen in Calgary!).... The prob is that it can literally go from freezing to the touch to everything melting in the space of a few hours

                      I looked at the Lems site and the Womens boots that they do would not cope... I need something that you can plough through knee deep snow in the morning on the way to work and wade through ankle deep puddles and slush in the evening on the way home from work.
                      Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.

                      Dr. Seuss

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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by TheyCallMeLazarus View Post
                        I wear my VFF in the hospital. No one much notices or cares there....problem is the days I am in my office I have to wear my shirt and tie mess.

                        Does anyone know of a company that sells minimalist dress shoes?
                        Indeed. Barefoot Dress Shoes - Minimalist Shoes for Men | TUNEfootwear
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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by Salixisme View Post
                          But I can't be barefoot at work as it is not professional (lets face it, when you are lying on a massage table, face in the face cradle, you don't want to see your therapists feet! and for the same reason the five fingers would not work either). I wear a pair of Merrel pace gloves at work - minimal support, probably the most comfortable footwear I have ever found.
                          That's an interesting perspective. In our offices, the massage therapists tend to wear VFFs or toe socks while working. No one seems to mind. I know I don't mind. Becuase when my face is in the cradle, I'm falling asleep.

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                          • #28
                            Originally posted by Tandy View Post
                            Is m having trouble finding flip flops without a heel that don't feel like hell. Seriously. At suggestions?
                            Try Xero Shoes or Luna sandals!
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                            • #29
                              I have VVF's I hardly wear at the moment. I'm mostly going barefoot or with Xero shoes. In winter I wear BearPaws (like UGG's) with no socks! My feet have been jice and watm the whole (long, Belgian) winter . At the office I wear Merrel's ballerinas.
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                              Goal for 2012: keep weight steady (+/- 74 kg): check
                              Goal for 2013: lose 10 kg and keep new weight (+/- 65 kg)

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                              • #30
                                I'm lucky enough to be able to wear flipflops to work, and go barefoot at work. My only problem is too-dry feet.

                                The Lems and Tunes look great, thanks for the links!

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