Discussion in 'Barefoot & Minimalist Hiking' started by Spinningwoman, Jul 18, 2013.
I have 2 pairs of Arrows! 3 lace and bush boots. Very good mocs! Will last longer than I will!
Glad someone else posted on this topic, because walking gait has been quite a problem for me. I don't wear my Xero shoes anymore, but I have owned two pairs of them.
I definitely experienced a painful jarring when walking in Xero shoes. My attempt at a solution to this was to cut the heel off of them. That way the only part covered was the ball/mid of my foot. This STILL made walking feel uncomfortable for various reasons...(forefoot raised)...The Xero's with the cut off heels worked out decently for running, though when I took them off to run, I realized that they were allowing me to take much long strides than I am able to take when barefoot.
We have thread after thread after thread trying to answer these questions about perfecting our gait while in footwear. Slight adjustments, super thin soles, "brilliantly" engineered designs for minimal footwear to encourage natural gait-it's a never ending search. There is simply no mimicking a bare foot. We need to stop trying to force it. WE NEED TO WEAR NOTHING ON OUR FEET, END OF DISCUSSION. Our brains interact incredibly fast through our feet with the ground, making constant adjustments. We lose ALL of this (though, admittedly, there is probably a difference between a sock and a snow boot) when we place any kind of covering on the soles of our feet. We are blinding our brains' ability to work with it's surroundings.
I know there are a lot of reasons that shoes are still necessary in our lives...and I wish it wasn't that way. But the only answer I can give you with confidence, is that barefoot is the best way. After that, you're on your own.
Whenever I heelstrike, I get this awful sharp pain right between the shoulders and my right shoulder blade goes all tingly. The medical folks say it is a disk bulging into my spinal cord. I have a real incentive to stride correctly.
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