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2013-01-28 11:32:21 AM  
5 votes:
Pussies! I have been training in Jimmy Choo 6" heels forever.
2013-01-28 11:29:22 AM  
4 votes:
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The last best running shoes you will ever need.
2013-01-28 11:11:35 AM  
3 votes:
This entire thread sounds fat.
2013-01-28 11:02:58 AM  
3 votes:
I didn't know that people gave a shiat about barefoot runners. Like they actually sit in their car at a stoplight and upon seeing a guy with no shoes on think to themselves "Look at that guy with no shoes! He thinks he's so great."

These people need a hobby... or maybe a blow job.
2013-01-28 10:59:06 AM  
3 votes:
Always thought they just couldn't afford the shoes. Wondered why poor people were out jogging because the rest of their outfit looked so nice. Also was curious where there shopping cart was because as I understand it that is the homeless "must have" accessory.

Now I find out they are only trendy hipsters.
2013-01-28 12:40:42 PM  
2 votes:
What about that study that finds that while Homo sapiens is capable of running long distances, there is no evolutionary benefit to it and it's not something that would ever have been done on purpose prior to the late 19th century.

Sprinting, even jogging for some moderate distance while hunting herd animals makes sense. Certainly not more than a mile or so, for the herds don't stampede that far and besides, once you've spooked them into stampeding, you've bungled the hunt and you're back to the clan's village to weave baskets or do women's work. But again, look at the vast majority of human existence: it's been 6,500 years since God created man and gave him dominion over the Earth and most of that has been without shoes and on unpaved trails and fields. It's not just the African Negro who's gone barefoot, but all people, White and Slavs and even the Punjabi Indians have spent most of human history barefoot, except for the foot-binding, which is practiced by the Chinaman.

No, running shoes accommodate a modern hobby, the running, and to do so barefoot is a foolishness, unless it is done on a natural surface like grass or dirt or asphalt or sand. And then it should not be for more than the distance one can shoot an arrow.
2013-01-28 12:06:47 PM  
2 votes:

lohphat: sigdiamond2000:

Drinking a cold bottle of water from my fridge and chucking the bottle in the recycling bin rather than grabbing a glass and filling it with not-cold water (and then washing it out when I'm done) is worth $3.99 to me.

I'm paying (minimally) for the convenience. I'm not paying for the water.

Your tap water has quality standards, bottled water has none.

I can see using a filter for hard water but the economics of using fossils fuels to produce the plastic container and burned for the transport of a product that comes out of your tap for fractions of pennies a gallon is institutional stupidity.

Use a filtered carafe for the fridge and reuse the water glass. You don't have to rinse it between glasses the same day.

Yeah, but that doesn't look nearly as cool popping a plastic bottle into the trash in the same motion a basketball player uses on the free throw line. Gotta be at the gym in 26 minutes.
2013-01-28 11:33:55 AM  
2 votes:
All this study suggests is there are, at a minimum, 38 dumb farks somewhere in Africa. Didn't exactly blow apart my world view.
2013-01-28 11:28:11 AM  
2 votes:
I hate feet. I hate running. Therefore, I hate barefoot running.

/i sound fat
2013-01-28 10:56:11 AM  
2 votes:
So, what they're saying, is that exercise is bad? Finally, justification!!!
2013-01-28 04:55:37 PM  
1 vote:
I'm a minimalist runner. Once a year or so is good enough
2013-01-28 02:50:04 PM  
1 vote:
I run several half and full marathons a year, along with the occasional ~39 mile weekend. I'm 30 and in pretty good shape. After four years of running, I started developing acute pain in my right knee after ~16 miles into a race. At about mile 20, it became so bad I had to finish the rest of the race at a walk (which didn't hurt at all). Soon the pain started happening earlier and earlier in my runs, getting to the point where anything after 5 miles wasn't doable.

After going to a Orthopedist doc he suggested that my problem came from the collapsing of my arch, which in turn lightly jars my knee sideways during a run. After a couple hours, the cartilage gets inflamed - causing my pain. I was given a wrapping technique to better support the arch/ankle. It worked pretty well, but the wraps started getting all jacked up when I sweat and after a dozen miles, starting to cause more problems than they're worth (unraveling, twisting, etc).

After seeing a physical therapist to check on the issue, she suggested I try out a barefoot style shoe and see how I do. After about two weeks of retraining myself on how to run (landing on the ball of my feet vs. heel), it started to feel really natural. When I ran my first "barefoot shoe" half-marathon, I cut my best time by 15% and had no knee pain. I have yet to try a full marathon with them, but after a couple half marathons, I can personally attest to the shoes dramatically helping me and allowing me to run long distances again.

Oblig cheezy finish photo!
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2013-01-28 01:39:48 PM  
1 vote:

MasterPlanz: Also, I am so old I am not entirely certain what 'hipster' means.

FARK definition of hipster = anything I dislike, or have no firsthand knowledge of (which automatically means it's bad).
2013-01-28 01:11:09 PM  
1 vote:

big pig peaches: If there was no evolutionary advantage we wouldn't be able to do it.


Gott in himmell, before I was just bullshiat, but now I am fascinate.
2013-01-28 12:35:13 PM  
1 vote:

stuhayes2010: I like running in these. I can't run as fast because of lack of cushioning, but I do feel that I use more leg muscles and the run feels more "natural" or fluid. I guess I am smug or a hipster or something.

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/jogs with regular shoes too.

you are a smug hipster because you felt the need to play show and tell.
2013-01-28 11:47:05 AM  
1 vote:
I work at a shoe store, and sell a fair amount of minimalist shoes. I can honestly say that 95% of people buying minimalist shoes are insufferable douchebags who don't have a clue what the benefits/disadvantages to them are.

That said, the other 5% are pretty cool and knowledgable on minimalist shoes. I've been running competitively for years and thankfully have always ran with a midfoot strike. I do own several pair of minimalist shoes, though I don't really run with them anymore.

The advantages of these shoes are quite obvious, but many don't understand that you need a lengthy period to get used to the complete lack of cushion and support and then wonder why thy get hurt. Those folks who do take their time to get used to it tend to love the minimalis shoes.
And if anyone is looking to try them out - check out the New Balance minimalist models. They are much more comfortable and the design blows Vibrams out of the water.

/just my two cents.
2013-01-28 11:23:42 AM  
1 vote:

Rapmaster2000: I didn't know that people gave a shiat about barefoot runners. Like they actually sit in their car at a stoplight and upon seeing a guy with no shoes on think to themselves "Look at that guy with no shoes! He thinks he's so great."

These people need a hobby... or maybe a blow job.

Maybe they are having road head in their beemer and say, wow, this guy's life looks crummy
2013-01-28 11:18:38 AM  
1 vote:

Rustico: My experience is simple: ran using traditional padded shoes (fitted at renowned running stores) and developed problems with my legs; ran using minimalist shoes (Vibrams) and mid-strike and leg problems went away.

Pretty much the same experience here. Started running in traditional shoes and thought I was going to have to quit because it hurt my knees and hips so bad, switched to Ecco Bioms and haven't had a problem since.

But I guess I'll have to go back to being in miserable pain lest I be thought of as a hipster by the Cheeze Whiz shotgunners and elastic waistband aficionados of Fark.
2013-01-28 11:17:28 AM  
1 vote:
chain mail shoes

2013-01-28 11:16:29 AM  
1 vote:

AverageAmericanGuy: Good luck with your hookworms, hipsters!

In case there was any mystery that hipster means person I don't like.

Here's the deal, hipsters don't exercise. Hipsters stay thin with Parliament Lights and cocaine.
2013-01-28 11:10:34 AM  
1 vote:
Barefoot runners' smug may not be justified

I mean come on.
2013-01-28 11:08:29 AM  
1 vote:
For "smugging" read "smugly".

And then consider the advantages of making "smug" into a verb.

Used in a sentence:  Where's Joe? He's in the common room smugging over the exam.

Spot my intentional mistake.
2013-01-28 11:00:34 AM  
1 vote:
I like running in these. I can't run as fast because of lack of cushioning, but I do feel that I use more leg muscles and the run feels more "natural" or fluid. I guess I am smug or a hipster or something.

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/jogs with regular shoes too.
2013-01-28 10:59:39 AM  
1 vote:
If people are spending $59M on "minimalist shoes", thn they aren't athletes, they're "tools".
2013-01-28 10:56:57 AM  
1 vote:
Like all things hipster, it's only ironically good for you.
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