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  • Do Barefoot-esque Skid-Free Shoes Exist?

    I usually run around the house barefoot and wear sandals around town, but at my job (restaurant) I am required to wear skid-free shoes. I've looked around, but it doesn't seem like a skid-free shoe can co-exist with a shoe that emulates being barefoot due to the harder sole that may be required to have a skid-free bottom.

    The shoes have to look professional, but I still want them to be better than my skid-free shoes that I wear with orthotics. I really want to move away from orthotics, especially because they cause my feet to hurt after work and aren't in line with the PB.

    Has anyone else had this issue?

  • #2
    Would a trail shoe work? I'm thinking of the Merrell Barefoot Trail Glove.

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    • #3
      The tough glove looks way more professional, since it's leather. Still not a dress shoe. I find mine slippery on wet tiles floors, but then what isn't?

      Gordo

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      • #4
        Swim shoes are great, and could even accomodate your arch supports while you transition from them. I have a plain black pair with rubber-type soles.
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        • #5
          It's possible that a trail shoe might work. I looked at those when I was looking around, but wasn't sure if they would have enough grab for the tile floors.

          @Digby: What type of swim shoes?

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          • #6
            The Speedo water shoes that Target sells have a very sticky silicone (?) sole. Academy has water shoes for $5 (may vary by region) and I think they're available in solid black.

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            • #7
              The new RunAmocs look pretty nice, though I'm not exactly sure that the sole is non-skid.

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              • #8
                defintely buying a pair of the RunAmok Dash's next week.

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                • #9
                  Thanks for the suggestions! I'm looking into all of them. All of them seem like possibilities. I'll have to look up skid-free some more to see which ones qualify.

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                  • #10
                    I work in a restaurant too. I would say don't be a pussy and get some red wings or something. paleo man didn't have to worry about stepping on a grease patch or whatever while running around during the dinner rush.

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                    • #11
                      So, are you saying to just wear the work boots? Your statement of don't be a pussy and get some red wings shoes seems to be contradictory.

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                      • #12
                        Look at some of the SoftStar shoes that have vibram soles...they should be non-slip. I have a couple different pair and love them.
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                        • #13
                          Vibram Five Fingers have a siped sole which will be practically non-slip on smooth surfaces, wet, or not. On rough ground, their Treks or Treksports will hold their own - I walk and run regularly in boggy country in my Treksports and not slipped yet. More so, I can run up inclines criss-crossed with sheeptracks; just run straight up and over them. No slipping.
                          Paul
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by KansanHealthNut View Post
                            So, are you saying to just wear the work boots? Your statement of don't be a pussy and get some red wings shoes seems to be contradictory.
                            Actually, if you read it carefully - "don't be a pussy and get some red wings", he thinks that people who wear Red Wings are pussies.

                            Gordo

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by gordo View Post
                              Actually, if you read it carefully - "don't be a pussy and get some red wings", he thinks that people who wear Red Wings are pussies.

                              Gordo
                              No. What I meant was that the OP should stop worrying that the shoes back of house staff usually wear aren't primal, and get some red wings (or danskos or whatever)
                              Like I said I don't give a shit if my shoes are primal-approved when I'm running around like crazy in a hot, slippery kitchen and up and down stairs. I want shoes with grip that will protect my feet even if I accidentally pour hot oil or boiling water on them. Minimalist shoes won't really cut it in that kind of work environment.

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