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Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
« Reply #220 on: April 04, 2010, 02:16:49 PM »
How do you guys feel about doing this sort of thing barefoot, like in KSO's or Vibram Five Fingers?

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Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
« Reply #221 on: April 04, 2010, 04:53:56 PM »
How do you guys feel about doing this sort of thing barefoot, like in KSO's or Vibram Five Fingers?

Perfectly fine. A lot of us train barefoot/VFFs regularly. Just listen to your body and be careful. ;)
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Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
« Reply #222 on: April 05, 2010, 08:07:02 AM »
Where can you buy these shoes especially Ariakes if you live in the US?

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Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
« Reply #223 on: April 12, 2010, 09:46:11 AM »
Where can you buy these shoes especially Ariakes if you live in the US?

Online basically
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Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
« Reply #224 on: April 20, 2010, 04:39:23 PM »
Where can you buy these shoes especially Ariakes if you live in the US?

There are better shoes out there than Ariakes, for much less money too. Ariakes don't last long and in my opinion are way too heavy and padded.

A shoe I like is the Merrell Maipo http://cgi.ebay.com.au/MERRELL-WATERPRO-MAIPO-BLUE-FOR-MEN-SIZE-US-8-5_W0QQitemZ150431696417QQcmdZViewItemQQptZAU_Men_Shoes?hash=item23066d8621

Online it's pretty easy to get them for around $100AU (not sure about American dollar), which is much better than $180AU like they charge in stores. They last a really really long time, are light weight and have just the right amount of grip. The straps on them are shocking and will break all over, meaning you'll have to keep tie them up over and over again which can be a little annoying, but they are still worth the money. Personally I find the heels just a tiny bit too thick, and that caused me to get shin splints when I first trained in them but I cut a few MMs off the heel and the problem went away. They also felt even lighter too which was a bonus. I don't know of anyone else having the same shin splint problem with this shoe though, so wouldn't worry about it.

Have a look into Maipos and let us know what you think.

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Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
« Reply #225 on: May 12, 2010, 11:14:38 AM »
Read through this and decided to go with some Feiyue's to start out. For the price it can't be beat, and as a beginner there is no point in blowing $100 on something right out the gate. Thanks all =D

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Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
« Reply #226 on: June 11, 2010, 03:05:17 PM »
i just ordered some Five-Finger KSO's. im trying to transition to increase my flow. iv heard a lot of good things about them. I already ordered the, but what do you guys thing?

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Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
« Reply #227 on: June 11, 2010, 04:47:18 PM »
I think the same way you do. I have a pair of KSOs :D
Once I start doing things that are more abusive on the footwear I might pick up a pair of 5.10 Daescents and just use the VFFs for everything but parkour. A lot of people say VFFs aren't cost effective for parkour bc of the high price and low durability. I love them though and I plan to use them to pieces and go back for seconds.
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Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
« Reply #228 on: June 12, 2010, 09:42:08 AM »
Low durability?! I've had my VFF KSO's for a year and they've withstood quite a bit of punishment. I've had a couple of rips, but nothing that 15 minutes with a needle and thread didn't fix, and the soles are doing great.
I wear them everywhere - except for those times when I'm barefoot, of course...

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Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
« Reply #229 on: June 12, 2010, 10:27:36 AM »
Really? I've heard people say they only last a few months at best. Maybe they just didn't try to repair them. I've yet to rip my pair but I can't imagine a rip being a big prob.
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Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
« Reply #230 on: June 22, 2010, 09:30:12 PM »
Which shoes you have is overstated.
Just wear shoes, wearing no shoes does no one any justice.
Unless you really like clammy, dirty feet.

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Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
« Reply #231 on: June 24, 2010, 12:42:39 PM »
Well wearing no shoes will help toughen up your feet, but i guess it won't do your ankles any good. I personally recommend shoes.

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Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
« Reply #232 on: June 24, 2010, 08:33:03 PM »
Going barefoot is a way of forced technique correction. When you land, for example, you should land on the balls of your foot, because that's the best way for your joints to handle it. If you land on your heel, that's bad.

So when you go barefoot, next time you land on your heel, it will hurt like hell, forcing you to go back to the correct method. That training extends to everything; precisions, running technique (running with padded shoes are bad for your feet). Lighter feet = better performance.

check this out. For further information, go back to the main page and use the Search Bar. That will give you quicker answers to redundant questions. :)

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Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
« Reply #233 on: July 29, 2010, 04:02:09 PM »
I'm looking at the asics 1150, does anyone here have any experience with this specific pair?

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Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
« Reply #234 on: August 19, 2010, 01:12:18 PM »
I just picked up a pair of Vibram Five Fingers KSOs from Intracoastal Outfitters. I've heard they're good for parkour, but let me just say they're worth the money just to wear them (to me at least). It's like having a new pair of feet.

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Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
« Reply #235 on: September 03, 2010, 09:22:24 AM »
Right now im wearing some sparco racing shoes cuz they are flat and have ok grip and are extremely light. But they have 0 cushion and my balls of my feet are hurting really bad. My kswiss ariake come in wednesday. Will there be a huge difference between these and the ariakes?
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Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
« Reply #236 on: September 22, 2010, 04:37:22 AM »
Could anyone recommend and post a LINK for a pair of shoes I should get? Im tired of using Vans shoes -.-
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Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
« Reply #237 on: September 22, 2010, 06:58:00 PM »
Could anyone recommend and post a LINK for a pair of shoes I should get? Im tired of using Vans shoes -.-
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Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
« Reply #238 on: November 28, 2010, 10:10:18 AM »
Getting myself a pair of these for Yule... can't wait.

Hey how are the sambas doing? I like the design and the grip does look good, how long have you had them and how often do you train on brick?

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Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
« Reply #239 on: December 25, 2010, 08:14:34 PM »
it depends if its hot or cold outside, if its hot you can wear some shorts and a shirt. if its cold wear sweat pants and a hoodie. for shoes wear something flexible and that has a lot of traction. you can get some training gloves to if you would like. if you need to buy stuff, the best place to buy it is the apk store.