Saturday, October 15, 2011

my gym shoes


One of my must stops each day is to A Bit of Bubbly. Yesterday's post told the tale of a love/hate affair with Vibram running shoes, mayhaps you have tried them yourself. Supposedly the benefit of these sleek Italian numbers is that they mimic running barefoot.

I've never liked running shoes. Nike, Saucony, Adidas aren't for me, nor is barefooting through my daily regime. I prefer my lifelong friends, Converse All-Stars and Jack Purcell's, even for the gym.

I learned from Bubbly that "Barefoot runners land on the forefoot and then put their heel to the ground. A running shoe wearer will land directly on the heel, helped by the elevation and cushioning of the shoe. Apparently there is less impact if you land on the forefoot, which is the basic premise behind the Vibram five-finger shoe." Lack of cushioning may explain why my feet don't feel contorted into an unnatural posture, in my Converse as they do in running shoes.

Which got me to thinking. If landing on your forefoot is better, how well do my cheap $39 gym shoes meet that objective?

Not too shabby. Maybe Santa will bring a new pair.

Toad

8 comments:

Shelley said...

So, were you to take up running, you would be a sprinter, rather than an endurance runner...

Toad said...

I'm a medium speed(4-5 mph)treadmill walker, at high elevation. 5K per day 5 days per week 1200 calories/day, is good enough for me.

T said...

Hate hate hate those Vibrams. I taught climbing technique at a rock gym in Alexandria part-time, and we started seeing people trickle in wearing those damn things...to climb in. Damn things are a broken toe waiting to happen.

That and they're ugly as hell. Let's just throw that out there.

Walter Tully said...

Embarrassingly, my gym shoes are as old as my son, haha. But it's comfortable, and it still looks nice so I can't get rid of it. The smell is a bit unpleasant from constant use, though, LOL.

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