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« on: September 01, 2015, 05:23:10 PM »

Hello,

For years I've used Vivobarefoot shoes. I've been very happy with them. Recently I started playing with the Corbag, which included lots of pivoting, shuffling jumps, and sudden changes of direction. All that on rough-ish concrete. Within a few days, my Aqua looked like this:



I switched to the Dharma, and this was the result in less than one hour:



Granted:

1) The Dharma are sold as lifestyle shoes, not exercise shoes.
2) For the past years I wore them more than any other pair of shoes.
3) They'd suffered from my walk under a sudden downpour in Italy.

Still, that makes two pairs destroyed in two days. Cry That makes me a little afraid to invest in another expensive pair of shoes, since I'd like to keep training with the Corbag. Is there a really, really sturdy pair of barefoot shoes (zero-drop flexible soles, wide toe boxes) that would make the investment worthwhile?
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« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2015, 06:28:46 PM »

I think your choice of surface over which to mount the Corbag will destroy any foot covering in a relatively short period of time....  The motions associated with the bags use should be able to be done even barefoot on a surface even like semi smooth concrete or paved surfaces with proper pad conditioning....  I don't have any good suggestions... Sorry......
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« Reply #2 on: September 02, 2015, 03:13:18 AM »

Wooden clogs. With nails in the soles.  Grin
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« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2015, 06:19:15 AM »

Barefootin: My "choice of surface" isn't much of a choice; I've no other place to hang the Corbag. Well, no, yes, I do: I can also hang it from a branch when the weather allows it -- there's a circle of dead grass under one tree that proves I've already done just that -- but if I want to practice daily ...

I did consider "Corbaging" barefoot. I already got three blisters since I started, and they'll start turning into calluses. My training space is also someone else's workshop, however, and is only closed to the elements by a plastic curtain. I took precautions (the concrete floor is now covered with a layer of resin and I bought a heavy-duty vacuum cleaner), but there's still a risk.

nowster: Hm, yeah, if I were in a manga, maybe wearing wooden clogs would make my training harder and turn me into some kind of boxing genius. In our boring reality, though, I'm more likely to end falling on my ***.  Tongue

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« Reply #4 on: September 02, 2015, 09:08:44 PM »

Understood... Just glad you are active unlike so many others...  Keep in mind that blisters aren't necessarily a good thing...  It's about taking your skin to the limit, letting it recover, and repeating that process...  Eventually the skin will thicken and it will be better than localized callouses...   It is gradual and sometimes hard to see the long term benefit from the slower process, but once you are there you will have more uniform protection vs localized.
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« Reply #5 on: Today at 03:32:55 PM »

barefootin:

I still have to decide if I want to try exercising barefoot on a floor where things like nails could have rolled from the nearby workbench and shelves. The surface is uneven enough that I might not see it and that a broom would not easily remove it. I'm not sure the heavy-duty vacuum cleaner would suck it in, either.

Well, there's no perfect solution. But if I decide to go barefoot, I'll probably start with something less sole-wrenching than Corbag training. My recent blisters were clean, and healed well, but if I rip one off on uneven concrete, it's over with barefoot training until it heels -- er, heals.
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