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Author Topic: Invisible Shoes
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Post Invisible Shoes
on: 2012 Apr 2 Mon, 01:56
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There isn't really a subject forum on this forum with this type of topic, so I decided to post it here.

Ken Bob, what do you think about the invisible shoes? I'm considering getting a pair so that I may go barefoot more at work (since I'm not allowed to go completely barefoot). I would still be going barefoot for my play runs (5 minutes right now, I might increase to 10 next week or later this week).

I would just like to just avoid wearing shoes as much as possible so that my feet will adapt and change back naturally to what they're supposed to be.

I've seen on howtorunbarefoot.com that some of the adaptations that you'll see are that the toes spread out more, and that the cartilage breaks apart in the foot (which is originally formed from a life time of wearing shoes) and the foot generally becomes more flexible as a whole and stronger. Are those claims true?

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Post Re: Invisible Shoes
on: 2012 Apr 2 Mon, 14:22
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Yeah, we did not have a section for shoes here, because this is a Barefoot Running/Walking forum, and there are millions of places on the internet (most paid for by shoe companies) where you can read about footwear...

That said, now there is a section.

However, I have little experience with the Invisible Shoes, I just can't see them.. ha, ha,... nor do I frequently use any other minimalist footwear for that matter. I do have some ninja shoes/socks which I can carry in a fanny pack, and I keep flip-flops in my car(s) for when I want to avoid being harassed or stepping in muck on restroom floors, especially when I'm traveling which is already stressful enough in itself.

But seriously, my requirements for footwear are that they either help me move faster and/or more efficiently (ie: roller blades, skis, rocket boots, etc.), and/or (because I certainly don't want to wear footwear all the time) that they are at least easy to remove.

Anything that is time-consuming to remove or put-on is going to discourage you from going barefoot whenever practical (short breaks from work or school, walking from your workplace to your car, etc.). In other words, if it's easier to just leave the shoes on your feet, rather than remove them (kick them off) when you have an opportunity to go barefoot for a few minutes, then that would be the wrong shoes for me...

As far as claims made, and whether their "true" or not, you'll find little research has been done (and it will need to be long-term research when it is done).

However, we have seen on our Yahoo! forum http://sports.groups.yahoo.com/group/RunningBarefoot/ many people claim that their toes spread out more, they developed arches, and of course the foot becomes stronger (after all, it is being exercised more, once you lose the supportive shoes), when they go barefoot more often.

There is little data, as these are things reported in real-life, not in research labs, though there have been some studies of people in societies where they never wear shoes, and they simply don't have most of the foot problems that are common in our society where people where shoes most of the day. See http://www.stevenrobbinsmd.com/ for more info.

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Post Re: Invisible Shoes
on: 2013 Dec 30 Mon, 00:30
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I am struggling with the footwear subject having moved to a place with weather from the perfect climes of California.
Ken Bob, what do you wear in places that get cold and nasty?, and what do you wear when you go out socially? For example places that require footwear?
Thanks and I hope my questions arent too personal!
Chris

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Post Re: Invisible Shoes
on: 2014 Apr 11 Fri, 18:14
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I live in Southern California at the beach. When I travel to places with cold climates, it's generally in the summer, and it's hotter (and more humid) there than it is here. It's always great to come home where it's comfortably cool in the summer.

Some have called me "socialist" (because I believe in being kind to and respectful of others, even if they don't have jobs and homes). But, I don't go out for many "social" events, other than running, walking the dog, etc. I work barefoot, and I rarely go out to stores and restaurants that require footwear. I do keep a pair of flip-flops in the car, for when I go to Home Depot (though I've also been there barefoot and not always harassed). And when I'm traveling, I don't care to add the stress of possibly being harassed for wanting to use a bathroom, or buy food, gas, etc., so I often use the flip-flops on those occasions.

I also have some slip-on sandals that I can carry in my fanny pack (for when I'm not near my car), in case. They've probably got less than a few miles after 5-10 years.

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-Ken Bob Saxton

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