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Title: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Gearsighted on November 17, 2005, 08:31:18 PM
K-SWISS Ariake, next question...  8)

Post questions and suggestions about shoes here. Everybody has a different opinion, but some important points:
1.) The shoe should be hella' durable. We obviously abuse our shoes a lot, so they have to be designed to take a bit of punishment.
2.) The shoe should be pretty light. There is a balance between this and durability that depends on personal preference.
3.) The shoe should be relatively inexpensive. No matter how durable we think our shoes are, we're going to tear them up pretty quick, so it's nice if they don't cost 150$ a pair ;)
4.) They should have good grip on many different surfaces. It helps if they don't have much plastic on the sole that could cause you to slip when doing precisions or other techniques.
5.) They should have decent shock absorption, and good insoles can make a difference here. This is no replacement for good landing technique, though.

That's all I have right off the top of my head. Some of the good shoes I've owned:
1.) Nike Air Max Pegasus- I've had 3 pairs of these, they are light, and have good grip and shock absorption. They are actually relatively durable, but their light weight negates this a bit.
2.) Merrell Chameleon Slams- Very durable and good grip. They had better grip before they changed from the Octagrip sole in the new Chameleon II's. They're pretty damn heavy, though, and without insoles the shock absorption is sub-par.
3.) Brooks Adrenenaline trail runners- These shoes fit great and the shock absorption system is AWESOME. The soles fell apart relatively quick, though, mainly due to the fact that they aren't one solid piece but a lot of cut and glued pieces together.
4.) Saucony Grid Aura TR5- These shoes fit great and are relatively durable, but the shock absorption isn't quite there.
5.) Solamon XA pro 2- These trail runners are durable, breathable, protective and have great grip. The one-pull adjustment system is hella' sexy too. The arch doesn't fit my foot right, though, so I have to drool over them while they're on the shelf..  :'(
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Skipper on November 17, 2005, 10:43:24 PM
Well, i live my life by the merrell chameleon slam II's. they may be a bit heavier than most, but MY feet cant tell too much of a difference between them and any other shoes. I have punished these shoes and they still look brand new. As gear said, they changed the grip on them so now they only have 5 times as much grip as the runner up, rather than 10 ;)
All in all, i think the only downside is the weight.  :)
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Altimot on November 19, 2005, 11:10:01 AM
i got my merrel stormriders, a little on the heavy side but are quite nice, i think. Also, insoles help a lot too. those are pretty cheap too.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Deft on January 05, 2006, 12:38:13 PM
Well after reading Skippers and Altimot's praise of Merrells I will just add that I am VERY happy with my Merrell Chamelion Ventelator ll.
The only complaint is in the weight but all the other benefits (grip, shock absorbtion, & feel,) outweigh that one drawback.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: ERI104 on January 27, 2006, 03:46:59 PM
the Merrell ´Chameleon II Stretch Gore-Tex® :)
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: klaymen on January 28, 2006, 02:46:54 PM
 so far i have used two pairs of asics gels, a pair of nike air run dual-d's (http://store.sidelineapparel.com/shoxturbo.html), some wal-mart brand, and skate shoes.

the asics have been pretty much perfect. good support, good grip, durable, light, everything you look for in a shoe.

the pair of nike's that i had started falling apart within the first month or two. everything just about was as good as the asics that i had, except the durability was crap. i have heard from others that nike crosstrainers don't really hold up well in the parkour world.

the wal-mart shoes were all around crap.

the skate shoes offered good cushioning, as well as good grip on flat surfaces. however, there is no ankle support at all as your feet need to rotate when doing flip tricks on a skateboard. also, on uneven surfaces, the skate shoes are pretty much worthless. durability is pretty good, on them (they are built to be raked across essentially sand paper)

so all around, i'd have to say get a pair of asics gels. but wait until you have been training for at least a few months, otherwise you won't know what to look for.

here is a link to the shoes that i am currently using. they are holding up beautifully (i got them cheaper at dick's sporting goods):

(http://www.martyshoes.com/store/media/asi-s05geltiogabone.jpg) (http://www.martyshoes.com/store/asi-s05geltiogabone.html)
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Rafe on January 28, 2006, 11:40:21 PM
I loved the Salomon XA shoes would highly recomend them.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Niroshine on January 28, 2006, 11:41:40 PM
Asics GT-2100 for me. The salesman from a running shoe shop told me to walk, and he figured out what gait I had. He said I had a high arch, so he recommended the Asics for me. I tried on the Asics and the Nike Pegasus, and decided that the Asics was a tighter fit. You don't want your ankles to be loose during jumps :p. Sure, it doesn't offer LOTS of shock absorbency, but that could be fixed with correct landing technique and insoles. The Asics are great because they're pretty durable ( withstanding wall runs since 2005. lol), comfortable, and breatheable. They're not too bad looking either :)

When choosing a shoe, it's good to know
-what kind of feet you have (narrow, wide, high arch, etc...) since different feet have different types of needs
-whether you want it to be breatheable (mesh) or waterproof (gore-tex). Both have their advantages. With mesh shoes, I find myself complaining less of heat build-up, but water gets in. With gore-tex shoes, it's the opposite.
-what's more important to you: grip, shock absorbency, everyday comfort, price, or style. Not every shoe will give you all five.
-whether it'll hurt if you kick someone else in the family jewels with them
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Steez on January 29, 2006, 12:04:36 PM
another vote for the merrell chameleon slams here!
i'm planning on getting some new insoles really soon though, these ones were decent at first, but now have become quite 'sub-par"
they are pretty heavy, which is not too fun if you're running distance track :'( , however, the resistance training is a good thing sometimes.

my father, although he does not do parkour, has used nike air pegasus for years to run in, and he loves 'em.  they are a great running shoe, but i have no first hand experiance on how they hold up through parkour. 
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: CabPettit on February 21, 2006, 04:08:33 PM
Brooks Dyad 3----excellent shock absorption but it lacks in necessary traction for a lot moves requiring you to plant your feet into a wall. If you are just running and jumping they work fine, but if you ever need to latch onto the surface of the ground for anything the traction isn't the best.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: LockDown on April 16, 2006, 08:10:42 PM
klaymen what model are those they look nice and how much?

I have had converse all stars, new balance 574, new balance of some other model,asics gels and and nike attempt II

all stars: light, durable, no grip, no shock absorption, and cheap
new balance 574: light, grippy but horrible on wall runs however, ok durability, hardly any shock absorption, $30
new balance: heavy, grippy but wore out quick, $40, good shock absorption
asics gels: light, grippy, regular shock, $35, durable except
   --the grip came off from the sole rather quick because of the way it had a space in the sole pattern and gate I was doing some work on tore it up. other models I don't think wold have this problem tho. I would definitely use asics again but a different model

using the nikes for about a month so far they are as good as the asics I used but more expensive but had a better grip pattern to me.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Matthew Menze on May 22, 2006, 07:17:10 PM
Well, I am really new to parkour...I mean, I have always been into the whole...jump off stuff to piss mom off thing...but yeah. So i don't have much experience with shoes.

But...what i wear...i only own one pair of shoes. is a pair of etnies...no clue on the modle number...don't matter anyways, cuase they are all the same, I don't know why i like them so much, I am not a skater (i think needing a piece of wood to do your sport is BS) maybe its how they are flat on the bottem and let you feel the ground really well...maybe they have magic fairy dust in them...who knows.

But they work great, my last pair lasted me a year (granted i wasn't doing parkour, but i wasn't nice the them in any case) they are light enough...the lack that rubber on the toe...but thats fine, i mean...i go up the rock wall just fine with them. plus since they are pretty touch, you don't need to buy new ones ever couple months...i said my old pair lasted a year because i was being conservitive, they probly lasted 1 year and a half. they seem to take the shock fine...and they are only 60 bucks.

They suck for the first few weeks though..until you break them in and soften the leather up.

Matt
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Steez on May 31, 2006, 08:53:07 PM
i've heard good things about asics from runners....how are they for parkour? (ie, grip, etc)
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Brian Belida on June 01, 2006, 02:52:52 AM
I recently had a pair of Asic Gels [i think that's what they were called?]. I really liked them, grip was good, flexibility was good, etc. My only qualm was that the rubber on the bottom started "flapping" off in what seemed like a short time.

Could have been a fluke though :]
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Cliff Boz on June 01, 2006, 04:40:23 AM
Akh: I have Asic Gels, too. That's what I started out w/ and I've recently bought a new replacement pair. The rubber on the bottoms have not come off on mine at all, so maybe what you experienced was a fluke. *shrug* The main thing that happened to my last pair was that the rubber on the ball of the foot wore straight through due to tacs and wall-runs, etc. But that took over a year. ;)
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Brian Belida on June 01, 2006, 06:46:52 AM
HEY YOU'RE THAT GUY! :]
Yeah, other than my fluke-specific shoes, I love the Asic Gels. Previously I had some Merell Chameleon Ventilators which were pretty good all around other than their weight [a bit heavy] and the color totally clashed with me.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Jim B on June 06, 2006, 12:01:44 PM
I'll definitely second (or third) the Asic Gels. Started wearing Asics way back in the day for high school track. They feel good, are lightweight, and surprisingly tough.

I've had no problem using them for parkour. They're comfy, give good support, and grip well.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Reese LeBlanc on June 07, 2006, 09:15:41 AM
Chameleon Ventilators +1.  I just picked up a pair in DC before I left for about $70.  I like them about the same as the Chameleon Slam IIs I still have.  In general, I've had great success with Merrell shoes.

I used to have a set of New Balance (not sure which ones) that absolutely sucked for grip.  The soles were WAY too hard. :shrug:  I'm sure some people would have liked them.

Reese
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Altimot on June 08, 2006, 01:09:45 PM
well, i just got some merrel chameleon stretches and they rock. Pretty much every springs guy has a pair. So when we go out to do pk, we all have our COPK shirt and jeans and our exact same pair of shoes, lol.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Ol No Knees on June 08, 2006, 10:01:15 PM
Ok, first post here, I'd like to make it a good one.

I have an interesting condition going on with my body, specifically, my feet. My left foot is about two sizes (US) larger than my right foot. That's about a 9 and a 7. Now, I have three options:

1. Buy two pairs of the same shoe (Mix n' Match)
2. Buy one pair, but swap them out in the boxes (Stealing? Kind of....)
3. Wear hi-tops (so the right foot doesn't slip out of the larger shoe, but the extra room is.... difficult)

As of recent, I've been praciticing with your standard Converse All-Stars, but they lack in.... just about every field with the exception of weight.

I also had an operation on the right foot a few years ago, and it now lacks a full 360 degree rotation. Up and down? Yes. Left and right? Not so much.

I need a shoe that can help me out with my situation. Any suggestions?
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Polecat on June 09, 2006, 09:21:10 AM
Ok, first post here, I'd like to make it a good one.

I have an interesting condition going on with my body, specifically, my feet. My left foot is about two sizes (US) larger than my right foot. That's about a 9 and a 7. Now, I have three options:

1. Buy two pairs of the same shoe (Mix n' Match)
2. Buy one pair, but swap them out in the boxes (Stealing? Kind of....)
3. Wear hi-tops (so the right foot doesn't slip out of the larger shoe, but the extra room is.... difficult)

As of recent, I've been praciticing with your standard Converse All-Stars, but they lack in.... just about every field with the exception of weight.

I also had an operation on the right foot a few years ago, and it now lacks a full 360 degree rotation. Up and down? Yes. Left and right? Not so much.

I need a shoe that can help me out with my situation. Any suggestions?

As I'm new to the sport myself so I wouldn't know, I think the biggest concern might be the price. It might be possible that the store will help you out with the size different.

My question is concerning price. Is there anything out there that is decent for under $40-50?
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: BlackShadow on June 15, 2006, 02:59:48 PM
I use AND1 Stinger, they've last me for about a year of on and off roughness, mainly from basketball, and they're now only pealing the outside skin and the cloth underneath is in great shape and the soles are slowly pulling off, it is fixable. I bought them for 30 bucks they're worth between 50-60 though.

Brand new
Scale 1-10
General:
Durablity: 8-9
Weight= .5 LBS each

Grip: 9
Comfort: 8
Ankle Support: 7
Shock Absorbtion: 5
Breathablity: 5.6
Appearance: 7

Between 6-12 Months old

Scale 1-10

Grip: 8.90
Comfort: 7
Ankle Support: 5.5
Shock Absorbtion: 4.5
Breathabilty: 5
Appearance: 4.7
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Hybernianous on June 26, 2006, 07:46:20 AM
Been looking at shoes and recommendations on various sites and here is what Ive come up with, the criteria being; 1) light, 2) cheap, 3) Style, 4) Cushion?, I initially thought I wanted a pair with lots of padding for landings however...

One PK site recommends the Pose method of running and Dr. Romanov recommends flat running shoes with little to no cushion such as racing flats.  His logic is that cushioning allows for the ankle to roll more and so there is more room for injury.  Seems like the same logic would follow for Jumping/landing. (Anyone?)

It seems in principal that these would work for PK as well, provided you could find some with good traction (I know Merrill came out with sprint shoes a few years back and I still have a pair though the tread is wearing thin.)  Also in this catagory would be trail runners except for the fact that they are not particularly flat.

What I've surmised as the top choices in PK seems to be are;

Asics Gel 2100,2200 series
Merrel Chameleon stretches, Slams?,or Ventilators
Nike Pegasus
Adidas Nova
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Steez on June 26, 2006, 11:02:35 AM
so, i'm looking for a shoe that is nice to run in (nicer than merrel chameleon slams), and yet can grip a whole lot better than nike air pegasus.  would asics work out for this criteria?
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Myrrh on July 02, 2006, 03:04:02 PM
Conditioning vs Training

I'm in the conditioning stage of Parkour.  I'm working on the basics (jumps, rolls, vaults).  I run two miles three times a week among the other stuff-- stretches, flexes, etc.  I run in New Balance shoes, but I want to get some Asics Gels.  Do you guys just use one pair of shoes for everything, or do you have 'Parkour shoes' and a pair of 'running shoes' to wear out on runs? 

It probably doesn't matter, but it would be cheaper not to wear out my shoes when I'm not really doing anything except running.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Alan Burgess on July 08, 2006, 01:36:51 PM
Asic Gels what are the cost again cuz i heard that they are like 130 near where i live.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Sat Santokh on July 08, 2006, 05:59:15 PM
I totally recommend asics gels I have a pair and they are awesome great grip shock absorption haven't had them for that long but they seem like they will lasta  while
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Flippusmn on July 11, 2006, 06:56:23 AM
Ok guys, I have tried many different kinds of shoes from merrals, to I paths (lol), and they all seemed to be just ok, in the past couple years of pk. One day I forgot my shoes at home when I was going to West Virginia for family and parkour (I was wearing sandles). When I got there I was bummed but decided to just go buy a cheep pair of shoes from the small store down the street. I got a pair of Champions and they turned out to be the best shoes for parkour I have ever had. The grip is amazing and they are very comfy. The thing is that all payless stores have them from what was told and if they wear out I could just buy another pair for 15 dollers. It has been 5 months and they are still in good condition, I did have a broken arm for a month and that did ration my parkour. Overall I was very surprised. When I got home I put Adio shock absorbant Impact insoles in them and now they are perfect. If you really want to see what I mean go to payless and look for a shoe with crazy grip on the bottem with the brand name champion, they are running shoes.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: jmanndriver on July 11, 2006, 08:47:30 AM
I haven't actually bought them yet but i will. They are the newbalance975's. They are very light and what is cool is that they have vent's in the bottoms of the shoes. It is worth at least trying them on. They are about $89 from foot locker but they are cheaper online.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Josh Maciel on July 13, 2006, 10:31:57 AM
Merrell Chameleon II Stretch. These complelty rock and the weight doesn't bother me at all because it is just so comfortable with my Polysorb insoles. I'd recommend these to anyone who don't mind a little extra weight.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Casper on July 14, 2006, 12:15:06 PM
I've been practicing PK in my cross country shoes, Asics Gel Kayanos. They're just about the best training shoe money can buy, and they've held up decently in PK. The rubber on the bottom is starting to come loose in one place, probably from tic-tacking, but that's about it. The grip isn't excellent, but they are a good beginner shoe with great support all around. They are somewhat pricey, however, mine were $130.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: jmanndriver on July 14, 2006, 08:53:25 PM
This is mostly personal choice here. If people would post the stats of their shoes in the consumer whores section then poeple would check the shoes out and maybe make an informed decision.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: NC on July 16, 2006, 10:14:44 PM
I just bought a pair of New Balance 643's.  A running shoe.  I'll let everyone know what I think about them.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: BlackShadow on August 01, 2006, 12:04:08 AM
Here is the Ultamite Parkour shoe, it is made by Adidas and is specificly designed FOR Parkour/Freerunning. One catch is it is sold in Europe only, but it is worth looking at. Maybe it might be possable to get it over here to, but that might belong in a diff. thread.

Well here is the link, I'm sure you can find your way around. :) 
 http://www.flyfree-forever.com/content/language_launch.html

There IS a pair of shoes made by Adidas called Gigaride that can be bought online. They are close to the Hyperride but don't have AS great a cool effect compared to the Hyperride.

Here is a link to a store that, I HAVE NOT tried it myself, will give a look at the Gigaride.
http://www.zappos.com/n/bs?q=gigaride

BlackShadow
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Travis Graves on August 01, 2006, 10:16:40 AM
Actually all accounts I've heard say those are garbage for parkour. I just bought the Nike Pegasus shoes and they are absolutly amazing, exaclty what I was looking for, highly recomended.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Klon Re on August 02, 2006, 05:07:39 PM
I need some more advice on which shoe I should buy. I went to a store and the guy told me to walk around so he could see what shoes is best. The results of that combined with what I said I would do with the shoe gave me this: http://www.brooksrunning.com/prod.php?p=BSI41166&k=23645 . I tried it on and I liked the feel. It had very good toe coushioning and staybility. What do you guys think?
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Travis Graves on August 02, 2006, 05:20:26 PM
Looks good to me. The issue I can see is it looks like there could possibly be plastic on the sole, and some people don't like that because they could slip of rail precisions. Personally, I never land on that part of my foot, and you have the most control by landing on the ball of your foot. The other issue is the grip seems to be in many parts, this could lead to premature tearing of the sole.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Klon Re on August 02, 2006, 07:15:29 PM
Looks good to me. The issue I can see is it looks like there could possibly be plastic on the sole, and some people don't like that because they could slip of rail precisions. Personally, I never land on that part of my foot, and you have the most control by landing on the ball of your foot. The other issue is the grip seems to be in many parts, this could lead to premature tearing of the sole.
Yeah I see what you mean...do you think I should try find somthing different (what do you wear?) or do you think I should just go for it?
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Travis Graves on August 03, 2006, 02:26:40 PM
If you scroll up a couple posts you'll see that I recomend the nike pegasus, thats what I wear. They are really great shoes but the tread is such that some of the nubbons might come off. This happened to me recently but a spot of super glue will get you back to perfesct shape in 30 seconds. Worth it I think for the feel of those shoes. However, if those brooks feel good to you, go for 'em, they look just fine!
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Johnny Boy on August 03, 2006, 03:11:18 PM
(http://www.saruy.com/Imagenes/vasque/velocity-7600.jpg)
Vasque Velocity shoes.

Great Support, Great Grip, Excellent Durablity (had them over a year and they haven't gotten worse). They're pretty light also.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Klon Re on August 03, 2006, 07:06:54 PM
Thanks guys. I'll take it all into consideration and dicide tomorrow, cuase the rubber sole on the shoes I have now is hanging on by a thread (litterally, the whole rubber sole is peeling off and the only part that is still connected to the shoes is where it goes over the front of my toes. The rest is dangling there, barealy hanging on. ;D) So I have to get the new ones tomorrow. lol
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Parkourndreams on August 11, 2006, 06:19:12 AM
I wear Aisics Onitsuka Tigers ~~~> very light, very comfy, durable....

(http://xs104.xs.to/xs104/06325/onitsukalimited.jpg.xs.jpg) (http://xs.to/xs.php?h=xs104&d=06325&f=onitsukalimited.jpg)
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: PKintermediate on August 11, 2006, 12:55:13 PM
Ok, I haven't really tried these shoes yet, but they are Nike Trail Running shoes called, "Air Alvortas" from the Alvord series. I'm about to be back in school, and I'll try them there. But all I can say right now is, I can move my carpet with these shoes. They are also comfortable. But you can not move these shoes unless you pick them up, or if they are on a smooth, or slick serfaces. But these shoes are the best I've ever seen. Well other then the "moving the carpet", all of this is in my opinion, so you may want to see if you like them before you buy them.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Flippusmn on August 11, 2006, 08:46:59 PM
(http://www.saruy.com/Imagenes/vasque/velocity-7600.jpg)
Vasque Velocity shoes.

Great Support, Great Grip, Excellent Durablity (had them over a year and they haven't gotten worse). They're pretty light also.

thats what my shoes look like but mine are some off brand and they are the best shoes ever with added gel insoles :).
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Jonathan McCarver on August 12, 2006, 11:41:18 PM
just bought the nike junga today. It is very nice and light also the padding is incredible withought slowing you down.  These add an inch to my vertical over my older and much heavier merrils.  The merrils are exelent too but much heavier.

http://niketown.nike.com/niketown/catalog/pdp.jsp?productId=108300&categoryId=52722&productGroup=108302&catalogId=1 (http://niketown.nike.com/niketown/catalog/pdp.jsp?productId=108300&categoryId=52722&productGroup=108302&catalogId=1) to take a look.  I found them for 90 in store so dont pay more than that.



Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Unique on August 17, 2006, 01:40:49 PM
(http://www.academy.com/images/products/120/0505/0505-02020-1504.jpg)

The one I use.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: nymbis on August 18, 2006, 07:42:06 PM
Right now, Im using two shoes: Merrel Stretchs - Great for grip and the weight really isnt bad and then I also use Saccony cross country shoes. But Klon Re on those Brooks.... I used those two years ago for Hurdles in track and they hold up quite well except I found the toe area to be HUGe which bugged me. But all in alll, they are a decent shoe.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Kurokaze on August 27, 2006, 09:14:29 AM
(http://www.academy.com/images/products/120/0505/0505-02020-1504.jpg)

The one I use.

which model are those?
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: parkourkid on October 22, 2006, 05:25:36 PM
i just got new asic sidewinders and i was wondering are they any good for parkour ???
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: NathanE on November 08, 2006, 10:04:49 AM
heh I use some older new balance shoes or my old work boots with thick wool socks. the socks give me extra cusioning and the boots can stand up to the need to be able to take impact fromt he enviroments.... But if your on like the fake plastic floors and have freash mud you might slip a little XD
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: parkourkid on December 23, 2006, 04:50:35 PM
how expensive are the Solamon XA pro 2
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Aperion89 on April 12, 2007, 09:50:04 PM
um any recomdations for a size 12 wide that isn't teribbly expensive like under the pegasus' $80.00 price tag
any suggestions would be appreciated.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: pete on April 14, 2007, 06:25:45 AM
I think we should try to make beginners (actually everyone really) read these articles on shoes
http://www.quickswood.com/my_weblog/2006/08/athletic_footwe.html#more
 (http://www.quickswood.com/my_weblog/2006/08/athletic_footwe.html#more)
http://tullyrunners.com/Articles/RaucciArticle.htm (http://tullyrunners.com/Articles/RaucciArticle.htm)

then people may get a better idea of what is best for their feet, and actually landing softly, not just relying on shock absorbing shoes when really they are landing more heavily than they should.

note: read these articles when you have some spare time as they are quite lengthly.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: pete on April 14, 2007, 06:45:51 AM
I used extensively worn down skate shoes for PK at first, they felt fine, they had no grip on the shoe, although i could grip better than others who had big grippy shoes somehow.

But I decided to buy some Nike Air Pegasus due to fear of getting knne/ankle problems from not having shock absorbing shoes. Firstly i felt like i was walking differently, everything felt too cushioned and i could walk alot more quieltly in my skate shoes. I tried doing all the things i usually did in my skate shoes.

 I had less grip/found it alot harder to grip properly. Wall-runs were much harder. Balancing was badly effected due the all the grip on the underneath of the shoe.
 Landings felt slighlty heavier, didnt feel right, and also they sounded much heavier.
 When running on a treadmill, i felt that i was running differently, even the gym instructor said i was running wrongly. And ive never had problems with running properly.
 Overall i felt that i was restricted, and that i could not use my feet properly.

When i switched back to my tatty old skate shoes, i could balance no problem, felt like i was walking properly, my landings had to take a teeny while to adjust back to normal, and grip was a million times better. I think that grip is not too important on shoes (unless it is wet or something), and that its the way you use your feet that enables you to grip better.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Rafe on April 18, 2007, 11:41:51 PM
My favorite parkour shoes right now are merrell water pro trail shoes (http://www.amazon.com/Merrell-Mens-Waterpro-Ultra-Sport/dp/B000A7M9N4/ref=pd_sbs_a_2_img/102-3166061-6440151?ie=UTF8&qid=1176966073&sr=1-14l)
The grip is descent though nothing compared to 5.10 or la sportiva, it is good enough in dry conditions. The thing I like about them is the feel flexibility and lightness of them I feel very similar to barefoot with just enough protection from scrapes and bumps. When I first got them it hurt my feet to take impacts in them however since I started training barefoot they are fine and I have begun to really question weather significant shock absorption is a positive thing in parkour shoes, I have found that the chondromalacia in my knee is not irritated training barefoot or in the water pro's while a short sessions in padded shoes leaves my knee's aching. I think if the impact is to much for your feet to handle then without padding then its to much for your knees to take at all.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: jamminb0111 on April 21, 2007, 08:36:16 PM
eig s i am really new young and running on a low budget do you have anything in mid in youth sizes cheap and long lasting i don't mind any other drawbacks
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: pete on April 23, 2007, 06:59:16 AM
jamminb0111 - not the best of things but maybe try some cheap skate shoes or something simlair? skate shoes are ok as they are made to withstand being raked across sandpaper so they work quite well on the durable part,and dont have a ridiculous amount of shock absorption which you would know you dont need if you read the two articles i suggested on one of my previous posts.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: hcarlson on May 12, 2007, 08:08:22 PM
skate shoes are extremely durable, don't get me wrong...but their shock cushion is minimal, sole is too soft, support is next to none, and they come off real easily.

TO ALL: 5.10 SAVANT'S ARE THE WAY TO GO. extremely sticky climbing rubber, lightweight, very breathable, durability unmatched (made for climbing approach and light hiking), cushioning very good, wide and nearly flat sole, support unbelievable. this is the most advanced shoe available for parkour, i think. rumor has it that 5.10 is making a new parkour-specific shoe. i highly highly recommend them. they will last a long time, so the 75 bucks is well worh it.  ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: squar3d on May 21, 2007, 05:37:45 PM
So a couple months back i got a pair of Nike Free's5.0 (v2) and they were wonderful at first. There are some things i've learned tho.
-First, they are extremely light, and flexibly, so easy to move in them like a ninja
-Second, they are very grippy, sticking to walls is no problem at all, because they are so flexible it's so easy to grip and climb.
-Third, (some problems) there is no heel cup just this meshy stuff, so when you move laterally your heel could slip off the shoe. Which is very dangerous cuz you can roll your ankle. I got out of a fountain (long story) and sprained my ankle- in crutches for a week and a half. Then in like the past 2 weeks i rolled my other ankle twice, (but much minor). See what happens is the shoes are very grippy, and so when you plant your foot the shoe stays, but then your ankle can slide off and then your roll.
-Fourth, (a little more problems) there is hardly any cushioning, so when you jump your landings have to be perfect, cuz you sure feel it when they aren't.
-Fifth, These things wear out fast, 1 pair for 5 months
---So i really like these shoes, but the whole rolling of my foot really bothers me. I think im going to try their Nike free 7.0 trainer , because it has a lot more lateral support
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: philosophe on May 30, 2007, 03:23:32 PM
I used extensively worn down skate shoes for PK at first, they felt fine, they had no grip on the shoe, although i could grip better than others who had big grippy shoes somehow.

But I decided to buy some Nike Air Pegasus due to fear of getting knne/ankle problems from not having shock absorbing shoes. Firstly i felt like i was walking differently, everything felt too cushioned and i could walk alot more quieltly in my skate shoes. I tried doing all the things i usually did in my skate shoes.

 I had less grip/found it alot harder to grip properly. Wall-runs were much harder. Balancing was badly effected due the all the grip on the underneath of the shoe.
 Landings felt slighlty heavier, didnt feel right, and also they sounded much heavier.
 When running on a treadmill, i felt that i was running differently, even the gym instructor said i was running wrongly. And ive never had problems with running properly.
 Overall i felt that i was restricted, and that i could not use my feet properly.

When i switched back to my tatty old skate shoes, i could balance no problem, felt like i was walking properly, my landings had to take a teeny while to adjust back to normal, and grip was a million times better. I think that grip is not too important on shoes (unless it is wet or something), and that its the way you use your feet that enables you to grip better.

On concrete, the grip of a shoe is based on the kind of rubber it has and the amount of rubber it can put on the ground. In the dirt, points and lugs in the tread will dig into the dirt and give you better traction but on hard smooth ground they will prevent you from putting rubber on the ground. More surface contact=more friction=more grip. This is why I don't think trail runners would make optimum parkour shoes, because they tend to have more lugs for grip on dirt. That is also why your worn down skate shoes gave you more grip, it's because you were able to put more rubber onto the wall. Keep this in mind when looking at shoes. Flatter tread will give you more friction.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: philosophe on May 30, 2007, 03:24:46 PM
I used extensively worn down skate shoes for PK at first, they felt fine, they had no grip on the shoe, although i could grip better than others who had big grippy shoes somehow.

But I decided to buy some Nike Air Pegasus due to fear of getting knne/ankle problems from not having shock absorbing shoes. Firstly i felt like i was walking differently, everything felt too cushioned and i could walk alot more quieltly in my skate shoes. I tried doing all the things i usually did in my skate shoes.

 I had less grip/found it alot harder to grip properly. Wall-runs were much harder. Balancing was badly effected due the all the grip on the underneath of the shoe.
 Landings felt slighlty heavier, didnt feel right, and also they sounded much heavier.
 When running on a treadmill, i felt that i was running differently, even the gym instructor said i was running wrongly. And ive never had problems with running properly.
 Overall i felt that i was restricted, and that i could not use my feet properly.

When i switched back to my tatty old skate shoes, i could balance no problem, felt like i was walking properly, my landings had to take a teeny while to adjust back to normal, and grip was a million times better. I think that grip is not too important on shoes (unless it is wet or something), and that its the way you use your feet that enables you to grip better.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Cervias on May 30, 2007, 10:29:56 PM
Ok I have a pair of Nike Shocks from playing basketball for school last year and didn't know if these would be any good for PK. Right now I'm using a pair of DC skate shoes but I can't seem to get a good grip on walls
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: PD on May 30, 2007, 11:06:06 PM
If you can find yourself a pair of 5.10 savants I would try those. 5.10's grip is very impressive and worth trying.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: PD on May 30, 2007, 11:15:15 PM
I find that skate shoes don't give enough support and no where near the grip that you want.
Try out the shocks, they should have good cushioning. I had a friend that pked in nike shocks and they fell apart very easily, so watch out for that.

Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Cervias on May 30, 2007, 11:20:28 PM
haha ok thanks! I've been looking around the net at some Asics but they are a bit pricey... and the 5.10's are just a little cheaper... My sister is take me up to Fairview Heights tomorrow so she can get some shoes but I might look at some cross country shoes. do you think they would get mad if I tried them on and started vaulting some benches and try to run up the walls?
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Cervias on May 30, 2007, 11:40:14 PM
ok, so I tried on the Shox and I'll test them out at the church tomorrow. I can't test them out right now cause its 2:30 in the morning and can't see anything outside...Just setting on my feet against the wall they seem really slippery, but its probably from not being worn for a while.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: littleboy PK on June 01, 2007, 11:26:06 AM
You have my vote for the Saloman Xa 3D these shoes are comfortable hve good grip and are "hella sexy". ;)
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: pete on June 01, 2007, 01:23:38 PM
firstly, cheers boulder for the insight, i'd long forgotten that fact about grip.
secondly, what is the purpose of arch support? why would you need support for the arch of your foot?
we'd naturally have zero arch support so how come some shoes have it?

cheers, pete
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: LiveToRun on June 01, 2007, 01:49:55 PM
Im so TORN!!
which to get..

Nike Pegasus
--or--
La sportiva 522 Fireblade
--or--
merrell chameleon slam II
 
Can someone give me info about them.. plz tell me all you know. As in where to get, which is best and all the specs you can think of. Thx so much.,
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Cervias on June 01, 2007, 03:28:11 PM
Well there are many posts about each shoe. Best thing to do to get alot of people's opinion on each shoe would be search for each shoe and read each post about it  ;D Mostly its going to count on which feels best for you. For instance, I wear nothing but skate shoes so if someone handed me a good pair of running shoes that would technically be twice as good in every aspect compared to a skate shoe, I would do better in the skateshoes because thats what I wear day to day and I'm used to doing things in them.  You can read about the shoes all you want but you won't know if they are good for you until you wear them and geta  good feel of them.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: philosophe on June 02, 2007, 05:42:44 PM
Heh. I just bought these: http://www.evolvesports.com/PSYCHE.htm (http://www.evolvesports.com/PSYCHE.htm). You can't beat $19 shoes with climbing rubber, especially since I'm just starting out. Evolv is a really good climbing shoe manufacturer, too, quite reputable.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: LiveToRun on June 02, 2007, 07:18:29 PM
ok guys a quick question. ima go pick up a pair of new shoes, and i need to know what size would be better. Im between a 10.5 and 11 . Should i get the slightly tigher 10.5's or the slightly looser 11.  i would think that 10.5s would be better for parkour, but those 11's would be more relaxing. Idk, any suggestions on what would get me longest and best parkour experiance and enjoyment?
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Blarg on June 05, 2007, 12:10:11 PM
I have recently bought a pair of Nike Air Tri-Vis. Are they any good?
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Blarg on June 05, 2007, 12:10:43 PM
I have recently bought a pair of Nike Air Tri-Vis. Are they any good?
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: philosophe on June 05, 2007, 03:28:04 PM
Heh. I just bought these: http://www.evolvesports.com/PSYCHE.htm (http://www.evolvesports.com/PSYCHE.htm). You can't beat $19 shoes with climbing rubber, especially since I'm just starting out. Evolv is a really good climbing shoe manufacturer, too, quite reputable.

arrrgh they just called me and told me that they're out.  :-[ poopy.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Moa on June 13, 2007, 10:23:02 AM
Im so TORN!!
which to get..

Nike Pegasus
--or--
La sportiva 522 Fireblade
--or--
merrell chameleon slam II
 
Can someone give me info about them.. plz tell me all you know. As in where to get, which is best and all the specs you can think of. Thx so much.,

Go pegasus they are all around the best shoe of the ones you are considering. Or fireblade, if you are new dont get chameleons it will be hard to do alot of movements with them for you.

As for me birkenstock sandals all the way. even though i have worn them down so much from wall runs if you are looking for a challenge
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: naroz on June 13, 2007, 06:36:12 PM
the Pegasus' are nice, but I found them too cushy. currently i don asics gel trail attack 3's. they have great arch support, ample cushioning and grip that gets better with wear(haha)

I recommend Asics and New Balance. New Balance have some amazing products. The M873 and the M1000(Pegasus killer)
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Chris [.5gibbon] Stevenson! on June 14, 2007, 10:05:03 AM
i dont care what you think the best shoes out there are the puma roma.   the sole is about 1mm thick the grip is horrific in a bad way and they get dirty fast  i love um.  my shoes are just about the closest thing to bare foot as you get  its also nice because after you ware them for a moth or so they get nice little holes all over them so your feet can breath well.     
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: PK1292 on June 22, 2007, 08:07:16 PM
Ok i just bought the Nike Free Trainer 7.0v2. Tell me wut u think there on Nike.com i really like them i pimped them out they look pretty nice but i wont get them fr 22 to 30 days cuz of my pimping :'( but i think the wait is worth it well tell me wut you guys think...
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: PK1292 on June 22, 2007, 08:38:21 PM
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^6
UHH scratch that they ran out or something well anyways i got the Nike Hurrache There basketball shoes but the grip is awesome and the shoe in its entirety is very durable
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Blarg on June 23, 2007, 06:28:58 PM
I have an idea for this thread:
Everyone should post pics/specs/reviews of the shoes that they wear to PK/FR.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: ghoshieguy320 on July 16, 2007, 10:00:14 AM
Anybody know anything about the Nike Air Max Assail III?

http://www.davesproshop.com/index.html/page/shop-product/mfrnum/312899-441

i just picked up a pair but i'd like to know if anybody has used them/what you guys think before i keep em, they seem pretty decent, the rubber on the sole seems a bit too hard, but that will change i'm sure as i wear them in. thanks in advance guys for any wise words
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: guillerok on July 16, 2007, 03:00:38 PM
uh, i barely started parkour, and im doing all the basics also
i can do everything in the warmup except the pullups,
well im practicing them with converse all stars shoes
but i dont know if this is an OK shoe, i just bought
them and itll be along time since i get a new pair.
what do you suggest?
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: like_a_child on July 19, 2007, 12:57:32 PM
Post questions and suggestions about shoes here. Everybody has a different opinion, but some important points:
1.) The shoe should be hella' durable. We obviously abuse our shoes a lot, so they have to be designed to take a bit of punishment.

About what shoes to "wear for Parkour"; since my regular shoes recently wore out (and I haven't been using different shoes to train), I've been looking for a pair to replace them. It seemed like a good opportunity to make sure they were good for Parkour, too. But it's important to not think about these shoes as "for Parkour" in the sense that we wear one pair regularly (for the long term, to not wear out) and our PK shoes when we know in advance that we're going to train. I can see where certain differences might allow for this separation (if they both had good grip, etcetera, and if whenever you needed to use Parkour in your regular shoes there would be plenty of time to replace them), but mentally we should be ready at all times, not letting our shoes tell us when it is possible to use Parkour and when not.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: like_a_child on July 26, 2007, 08:59:44 PM
Heh. I just bought these: http://www.evolvesports.com/PSYCHE.htm (http://www.evolvesports.com/PSYCHE.htm). You can't beat $19 shoes with climbing rubber, especially since I'm just starting out. Evolv is a really good climbing shoe manufacturer, too, quite reputable.

arrrgh they just called me and told me that they're out.  :-[ poopy.

They called you? I just got an E-mail . . . 9 days after they sent me my receipt . . . with another receipt, this time for my refund :(
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: MoorTheLight on August 11, 2007, 01:39:50 PM
I was wondering if anyone knows of a shoe store or franchise chain that sells La sportiva 522 Fireblade.  Any help would be sweet.  thanks.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Daniel0524 on August 15, 2007, 09:23:24 AM
K-Swiss Just announced a line of shoes specifically for parkour. they are available for 100 dollars and 80 dollars, but the 100 dollar ones have better grip and cushion soles for jumps, and are by far worth the 20 bucks extra.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: PillsDoughboy on August 18, 2007, 12:01:48 PM
What do you guys think about Nike Shox RNG Remix or just regular Shox?
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: PillsDoughboy on August 18, 2007, 12:13:54 PM
Another question, is this one of those things where get whatever is best for you or is there a good shoe that would be good for everyone?
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: fr33runner on August 19, 2007, 11:12:58 PM
A word of advice for anyone who does parkour...STAY AWAY FROM K-SWISS SPORT SHOES!!! No grip whatsoever although they have now developed better shoes I think the best for parkour so far would be asics, Nike, and some of those. I currently have a set of Nike that costed about $60 and I love them. They are great for wallruns and tic-taks and they are very durable while staying light! Deffinently recommended...I will get back to you guys on the exact model but I bought them at Kohls.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Dr_Mike on August 20, 2007, 04:03:39 PM
Have you actually worn the shoes?  Everyone who has a pair raves about their grip. 
If you want to read some feedback on people who have tried the Ariake, go read http://www.americanparkour.com/component/option,com_smf/Itemid,159/topic,5097.0/ (http://www.americanparkour.com/component/option,com_smf/Itemid,159/topic,5097.0/) several of the admins really like them.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Dakota Groves on August 23, 2007, 09:43:38 AM
I Suggest K-SWISS ARIAKE Parkour shoes. I recently bought a pair of the site and love them. They are super light, durrable, grippy, and look so damn cool. I have only had them for a week and I am planning on buying a second pair in a different color for work (So I can PK on lunchbreak).
They are $100 and well worth the money!
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: jacksrequiem on March 29, 2008, 07:37:59 PM
Someone recommended 5.10 shoes to me http://www.fiveten.com/ (http://www.fiveten.com/)
Does anyone else think they're good shoes?
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Anthony >Aladdin< Trnka on April 21, 2008, 12:23:35 AM
I have the free runners and i would say go with the ariake's. The free runner's grip is better but only on anything with enough of a gritty texture. They absolutly suck on any thing slick such as marble, unpainted metal, etc... Were as the ariake has more of overall grip. This combind with the fact that if you use your' 5.10s as much as i do expect about three months worth of use out of them.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: (t)Rainer on April 21, 2008, 03:05:26 AM
Lol. And I almost bought the freerunners >.> Thanks Aladdin!
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Matt Carter on April 21, 2008, 03:22:26 AM
so far i have used two pairs of asics gels, a pair of nike air run dual-d's (http://store.sidelineapparel.com/shoxturbo.html), some wal-mart brand, and skate shoes.

the asics have been pretty much perfect. good support, good grip, durable, light, everything you look for in a shoe.

the pair of nike's that i had started falling apart within the first month or two. everything just about was as good as the asics that i had, except the durability was crap. i have heard from others that nike crosstrainers don't really hold up well in the parkour world.

the wal-mart shoes were all around crap.

the skate shoes offered good cushioning, as well as good grip on flat surfaces. however, there is no ankle support at all as your feet need to rotate when doing flip tricks on a skateboard. also, on uneven surfaces, the skate shoes are pretty much worthless. durability is pretty good, on them (they are built to be raked across essentially sand paper)

so all around, i'd have to say get a pair of asics gels. but wait until you have been training for at least a few months, otherwise you won't know what to look for.

here is a link to the shoes that i am currently using. they are holding up beautifully (i got them cheaper at dick's sporting goods):

(http://www.martyshoes.com/store/media/asi-s05geltiogabone.jpg) (http://www.martyshoes.com/store/asi-s05geltiogabone.html)

At stonebriar mall?
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: (t)Rainer on April 21, 2008, 03:34:31 AM
Those look pretty awesome but I believe I am going with the Ariakes. They definitely seem to be the perfect shoe.lol.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: DJ FroZone on May 10, 2008, 06:50:17 PM
i heard a little about sacouny cohesion, and the ariakes. but are there any shoes that have HIGH ankle support like basketball shoes, i normally wear jordans cause its all i got and they support my ankles (lots of surgery). any reccomended shoes that are a high top fashion???
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: (t)Rainer on May 10, 2008, 07:13:56 PM
Lol, trying to look good while doing parkour. I don't think it is about the fashion or cost of your shoe. Just that it is the shoe that gets the job done. Don't worry about price and if everyone has or knows of that pair of shoe... Find what works for you.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Jaycee123 on May 11, 2008, 03:03:34 PM
If I had to suggest some really durable parkour shoes I would recommend the f-lite 320pk by inov8!
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: DJ FroZone on May 11, 2008, 06:15:45 PM
If I had to suggest some really durable parkour shoes I would recommend the f-lite 320pk by inov8!
whats the difference u would say between the ariake, and the 305pk-GTX by inov8? i like the look of those. btw anybody know any Hightop pk shoes that are for high ankle support?
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Jaycee123 on May 11, 2008, 07:20:19 PM
I would have to say the f-lite inov-8 sho is overall more lightweight, flexible and gives the foot more room to breathe! Having high top parkour shoes would limit posability so i cant say there arent any sorta defeats the purpose of free-running...
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: (t)Rainer on May 12, 2008, 02:58:29 AM
They are probably out there, but they really would limit your ability to function to the max. It would be rather difficult.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: DJ FroZone on May 12, 2008, 03:04:11 AM
I would have to say the f-lite inov-8 sho is overall more lightweight, flexible and gives the foot more room to breathe! Having high top parkour shoes would limit posability so i cant say there arent any sorta defeats the purpose of free-running...
now that i think about it would limit it, cause u can't roll your feet as much. im just so used to it. anways now i think im having a battle between the ariake, the sacouny cohesion, and inov-8s though i would get the GTX model just cause it looks a bit stronger. i will try to find some more reviews and go from there. the reason i include the cohesion is cause i can buy those at dicks or another store for around 50. idk how good they are i just read it somewhere on this site.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: (t)Rainer on May 12, 2008, 03:07:29 AM
Awesome, but like you said, just look up some reviews and then make your judgement from there. You will pick the right choice, I know it. ;D Good luck :)
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: DJ FroZone on May 12, 2008, 04:28:03 AM
Awesome, but like you said, just look up some reviews and then make your judgement from there. You will pick the right choice, I know it. ;D Good luck :)
thank u :)
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: (t)Rainer on May 14, 2008, 12:45:16 PM
Welcome home skillet!! 8)
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Joe "jspan1013" Spano on May 27, 2008, 09:39:59 AM
Hey, i'm new to parkour and was looking for some great shoes for parkour in the $80.00 and below range if there are any.Also, i've read practically all the comments on the K-SWISS Ariakie's (If that's how you spell it.) and i'd love to get them but it'll take me a bit to save up for them since they are $100. I'm not sure if it's worth saving up that money for them though. If someone could help me out that'd be cool, thanks.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Gray Windbigler on May 28, 2008, 10:05:33 AM
Has anyone tried Pumas?

I have a pair of Puma Drift Cats

They are really light and your foot does not move around inside the shoe at all, quite form fitting.

(http://www.zappos.com/images/728/7289288/6901-353587-d.jpg)
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Steve Zavitz on May 28, 2008, 07:50:19 PM
gray, those shoes have an interesting sole design.  It looks like they'd have immaculate grip, but how would you rate them?
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Alex Melusky on May 29, 2008, 02:17:28 AM
If you want to get the Ariakes, try to wait untill your foot wont grow anymore. Might save you a couple $100. That's what I'm doin at least...
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Gray Windbigler on May 29, 2008, 09:06:16 AM
well, seeing as how I only just got into Parkour and have only tried two different pairs of shoes, this rating may not be accurate but here goes:

Price: (on sale) $50

Grip: I thought they gripped quite nicely so I would give them an 9/10 but take that with a grain of salt as I am somewhat inexperienced at this point.

Fit: nothing will conform to your foot better except maybe your socks, and even then I'm not so sure so 10/10

Weight:  like wearing no shoes at all. (maybe a slight exaggeration but you get the point) 10/10

Padding/cushion/shock absorbency: at the ball of the foot there is no padding that i noticed so good landings are a must, at the heal there is considerably more but its still hard.   5/10

Durability: seems like it would be good but I haven't had them for more than a week or two yet. ??/10

if I have left anything out, and I probably have, let me know and I will fix it.

PS I have ordered a pair of Ariake's and will gladly post a new review after wearing those.

Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: dnny13o on May 29, 2008, 03:41:22 PM
can someone tell me if these shoes have good grip or not? they're Nike Air Man TL 2.5's and they just look sexy but i still wanna have a decent grip

heres tha link (sorry its soo long lol)
http://www.auctiva.com/hostedimages/showimage.aspx?gid=557567&image=108614690&images=108614681,108614683,108614685,108614687,108614688,108614690,108614693&formats=0,0,0,0,0,0,0&format=0
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Gray Windbigler on May 29, 2008, 07:03:32 PM
I don't know about grip but from my experience, almost anything with the "air" shock absorbers stands a good chance of having the air part puncture and or pop with just normal use.  with what you plan to use it for would most likely cause this to happen.


PS don't let that stop you, that is just my experience with this.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Steve Zavitz on May 29, 2008, 08:33:10 PM
That's not necessarily true.  I know several runners who love Nike's air shock system and haven't had problems with the bags bursting.  However, I would avoid these types of shoes for parkour or free running because you're doing a lot of high-impact landing.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: dnny13o on May 31, 2008, 05:00:56 AM
ya you guys are right. Besides i found a pair of Nike Free trainers 7.0 for $60 =] i already ordered a pair
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Gray Windbigler on June 04, 2008, 06:22:06 AM
footlocker.com has Ariakes for $69 right now, I dont know if it's a permanent change but that's much better than the $99 they used to be for those of you who wanted them but didn't want to spend the money.  ;)
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Jaycee123 on June 07, 2008, 09:51:53 PM
In the essense of risking popularity lol (as if it matters) I will go on the record saying forget K-swiss ariakes and five ten gimmick shoes. They're far to expensive to be getting after they wear out after serious training. A normal pair of running shoes such as pumas,nike,adidas,or even Reebox. Specified "parkour shoes" out of experience make you too reliant on superb grip and take away from certain foot poseability.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Grant (LOTRFreak993) on June 14, 2008, 05:48:06 AM
The 5.10 Free runners are awesome.

Grip: amazing grip on brick rocks and cement. Only problem it doesn't stick to most metals well but I did find some railings that worked fine.

Fit: It worked out fine with my shoe size

Comfort: Feels amazing, most comfortable shoes I have ever worn.

Durability: I have gone through woods many times and they are holding together nicely.

Cushion: Just right

Overall: I have had these shoes for about 3 months now and there are no complaints except on the metal grip but other wise I highly recommend them. 
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: james2610 on June 14, 2008, 08:00:16 AM
go buy the araikes if you want a PK shoe's grip to last a month, coz thats what happens with them. After 2 months with them mine had a hole in the toe from cat grabs and the grip had gone, so i suggest noone buy these and go but some addidas running trainers or some asics
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Bmac11ean on June 19, 2008, 07:20:24 PM
what do you guys think of these, i have read through about 3 pages on this forum and found these asics.
http://www.zappos.com/n/p/dp/18085921/c/4081/g/men/s/13.html
they are pretty cheap, i like gum tread on shoes and have shock absorbers.  So far im not doing anything big, still getting the technique down.  What do you think of them for a beginner.
The description makes it sound like a tennis shoe or something.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Steve Zavitz on June 19, 2008, 09:34:45 PM
Those look decent to me.  I don't know how the grip will be; I've never used a tread like that before.  The intricate pattern might hinder it; however, if you're really only working on the basics, it shouldn't be a problem.  I've heard very good things about Asics; they're pretty durable and they're comfortable.  The only downfall of most Asics (their Gel series especially) is that they're kind of pricey.  These don't look too bad, though; $60 is a pretty decent price.  They'll probably be fine.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Bmac11ean on June 20, 2008, 07:11:31 AM
yeah i also found the k-swiss ariake and the kirov for 70 off of finishline or footlocker, and i've heard great thinks about the k-swiss.  The tread on those asics kind of looks like its for an indoor tennis court or maybe even turf, i may try them, just to see how they hold up.  you never know unless you try.  I can alway get the ariakes as my skills improve and i progress further.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Bmac11ean on June 20, 2008, 10:08:00 AM
sorry double post
I haven't heard much about the kirov as seen here
http://www.footlocker.com/catalog/productdetail/model--94575~21151099/supercat--mens/cm--Mens%3A%20Brands%3A%20K-Swiss/mvpid--prod_tp~60321/
it looks like a pretty tough shoe and the price isn't too high.
anyone know if its good/bad?
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Mike Sechler on June 22, 2008, 04:29:07 AM
Has anyone tried Pumas?

I have a pair of Puma Drift Cats

They are really light and your foot does not move around inside the shoe at all, quite form fitting.


Yes, i've used Pume F-1 BMW Sabers. They are great, light weight shoes. There fault is shock absorbtion. They don't do you justice from a high jump. Also, they have average hieght.

Im currently using an old pair of Nike Shox. Great Height and Shock absorbtion. Medium - heavy weight.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: s1pacrat on June 22, 2008, 09:56:05 AM
I've tried the K-Swiss Kirovs and they are great with everything but grip - they don't really stick to anythings, and especially if you have been walking on dust.

This is in contrast with the Inov F-lite 320 PKs I have - the best shoes I have ever used or seen.  They are even decent on railings and still work when dusty.  All of my friends are jealous :D and are going to get some.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Dustin Smith on July 05, 2008, 08:07:50 PM
i say try the Five.Ten Freerunner ya the tread may get worn down fast but hey they are resole-able, and they have the new Stealth Phantom non-marking rubber, so you get amazing grip, the quality you can expect from 5.10, no leaving marks{good for saying that you are not vandalizing where you train}, and they are cheaper than the Ariake{footlocker had them recalled along with the whole "freerunning" shoes from K-Swiss because sales didn't do good at all} i actually just went out and ordered my Freerunners, i will get back with details on them
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Monkey_Girl on July 22, 2008, 12:06:42 PM
Ya, but what about us girls? The K-Swiss Ariakes are only for men and K-Swiss only makes a mens 6.5 as the smallest size anyway. So are there any good girls shoes for free-running out there?
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: VelveetaBoy on July 25, 2008, 02:40:41 AM
How are the KSwiss shoes for those of us with pronation issues?  I know that I overpronate somewhat and need a stabilizing system in the shoe to help keep my feet in line.  I've also been wondering about trail kicks, are they too grippy?  When I was trail running they'd stick to just about any natural surface so I'd think they should make a perfect transition to the urban environment.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: bryan on July 26, 2008, 08:35:15 AM
not really sure if these are good shoes or not for parkour or anything because i havnt tried any other type yet, but i use nike 6.0's they have pretty good grip on the bottom,

somoene also told me to try puma's beccause there light, flimsy, some have grips going up the toe area to the top of the shoe, i guess that could help scaling a wall maybe?

Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: AirGear on July 26, 2008, 10:00:47 AM
Ya, but what about us girls? The K-Swiss Ariakes are only for men and K-Swiss only makes a mens 6.5 as the smallest size anyway. So are there any good girls shoes for free-running out there?
actually K-swiss makes the kirov for women im not sure if its anygood but i think some people in the PK women thread might know
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Vinny Pellegrini on August 03, 2008, 06:46:03 PM
have you guys heard of the asics tigers? there comming out soon and are geared especially towards freerunners. i got to try them on at an audition. they were fantasticly light, and extremely grippy. ugly as sin. but extremley functional.

i didnt get the part ><! i donno how, there wasnt even anybod there that good, but a host of people extremley goodlooking.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Kiernan on August 03, 2008, 07:41:40 PM
I'm planning on buying either the "ariakes" or the "kirov's" (womens) but I dunno which to pick ;D I've never heard of the "5. w/e freerunners" (pretty sure I got the name wrong lol) what brand are they? I'm curious now!
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Steve Zavitz on August 04, 2008, 02:35:44 PM
have you guys heard of the asics tigers? there comming out soon and are geared especially towards freerunners.
Could you give us a link or at least a picture?  Despite splurging on a pair of Ariakes, I still consider myself an Asics man.  In fact, I still use my Asics GT-2120s on a regular basis.  I'd love to try out their attempt at a freerunning shoe; I have a feeling that they might be one of the few running shoe companies to get it right.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Codee on August 05, 2008, 09:49:30 AM
Personally, I use New Balance, but I bought those before I got into parkour, so I intend to buy some better shoes for parkour purposes, maybe Ariakes.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Vinny Pellegrini on August 05, 2008, 01:04:56 PM
the only reason i knew about them was because of the audition for the freerunning commercial there going to be in, i'm not sure of there release date, but beleive me they are sweeeeet, i was able to 2 step higher then i ever have before in them, and i was jumping around rails like my feet were glued to the earth, as soon as i find out more about when there actually going on sale il link you guys
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: RockerOlive on August 22, 2008, 07:09:46 PM
Any sort of reebok basketball shoes are really good for everything that I do.

Or my current shoes Adidas Goodyear. Those are pretty good. .

Oh and Chucks, old school, and good for the ankle. Light weight, but it's really not good for shock absorbance..

One of my best friends wears steel toe boots, Dont do that.
Thats not productive,.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Jaknife on September 10, 2008, 08:25:24 PM
So, this isnt about the shoes themselves.

how tight do you tie your laces? i seem to tie mine so tight that my feet hurt, there is so much pressure on them, and at the ankle. i want to make sure they are snug, but i dont want them too tight. of course, maybe its just my shoe that is crap, but i not really sure.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: AirGear on September 17, 2008, 12:02:29 PM
hat to bring this back up but........are the k-swiss airake's any good? or the cheaper type? whatever their called.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Eli Kurtz on September 17, 2008, 01:03:34 PM
The only negative thing I've ever heard about the Ariake shoe is that it's expensive.

The only negative thing I've ever heard about the Lite Mesh is that they aren't as durable.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Jump3rJ0e on September 22, 2008, 08:03:26 AM
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Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Jump3rJ0e on September 22, 2008, 08:05:16 AM
I was wondering which shoes have the most traction, for wall and other climbing type runs? My eyes are on the ariake and the five-ten freerunning, Has anyone tried the five tens, if so how do they compare to other shoes. And also what are your reviews on the ariake (grip, durability, weight, etc.)
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Jump3rJ0e on September 22, 2008, 04:14:15 PM
Let me rephrase my last post. So im set on eaither an Ariake or Ariake Lite mesh. What is the differences in traction (most important to me), weight, and durability. And for durability, how long with about an hour a day practice do you think before it wears down?
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: vrai on September 23, 2008, 07:52:08 AM
the traction is exactly the same.  8)

i think the life span for these shoes on average is about 6 months, maybe a little more.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Kiernan on September 23, 2008, 02:39:20 PM
I'm curious y'know how the men have the men's "ariakes" well the women have the Kluj's but they look like they literally have NO tread on the bottom, if anyone see's a pair let me know....I just think it's weird that the men's have good traction and the women's have like no traction (in photo's at least)
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Wenxin Yang on September 23, 2008, 04:05:13 PM
I've used a pair of Riddle shoes. Don't know what they're called, but really cheap ($20), great grip(soles have lots of rubber circles), downside is it's regular weight shoes and no shock absorption. But I remedied the non-shock aborption by buy a pair of shoe pads to put inside the shoes ($10). In the end, good deal.

I also have a chinese brand shoe by li-ning. Awesome looks, breatheable, hella light, and durable(still looks the same after 3 months even thought the top is holey and it's from china). Downside is it's lacking grip on some surfaces.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Brandan Mendenhall on September 24, 2008, 02:12:42 PM
Does anybody have any experience with Asics Onitsuka Tigers for parkour? I've been wearing the shoes just for everyday stuff for like two years now, because I love them. Comfortable as hell, so light I can barely feel them, and they seem to have really decent grip.

I haven't had the chance to use them for any real parkour yet, though. Just wondering if anybody else has. Or if anybody even knows the shoes I'm talking about... o.o

The chick in Kill Bill wears them when she's wearing that yellow jumpsuit.. whichever volume that was.



http://www.shopasics.com/onitsukatiger/products/shoes/mens_shoes.asp (http://www.shopasics.com/onitsukatiger/products/shoes/mens_shoes.asp) Here's some of the shoes, from the website. Click on the shoe to see different color schemes.

http://www.shopasics.com/onitsukatiger/products/shoes/shoes_detail.asp?gender=mens&productid=240011213 (http://www.shopasics.com/onitsukatiger/products/shoes/shoes_detail.asp?gender=mens&productid=240011213) Here's what I have on my feet, in "Black/Anodized Blue".
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: 3runPkPogo on November 12, 2008, 04:42:39 AM
I usualy wear Addidas or Puma, or just Nike, i think they are good  :D
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Tron1o7 on November 12, 2008, 11:54:44 AM
I've been using my New Balance MT608BK Trailer Runners that I used when I ran cross country for my school.  They are running shoes so they are really light.  They are also pretty breathable and they have a good bit of padding.  the only problem is that after probably 3-4 months of parkour the threads in the front are starting to wear away  :(.  Other than that they've been pretty durable for me.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Vinny Pellegrini on November 18, 2008, 11:57:34 AM
i know that everybody is going to disagree with me on this one, but i'm adament. skateshoes provide the most surface area, and have the softest rubber, so to me, they have the best grip.

this is what i use, and i have never lost my footing, or  had any problems with grip. :)
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Hikikomori on November 30, 2008, 09:53:51 PM
Hey guys. I'm Fresh into the PK scene and lookin for a good shoe to use. So far I've been practicing barefoot and such, And feel confident to step it up a notch.

Anyways; I've been doing a little research but so far to no avail. I'm looking for a good training/beginner shoe. But I do NOT want the "Designed for Parkour" type of shoe. That's nothing but a gimmick to me. I was thinking of something along the lines of a Dunlop Volley... Which I was originally going to get, but I can't find an Internet retailer that ships them outside of Australia...

Oh, and it might be an impossible request, But I don't want it to look ultra-flashy or anything. It was cool in middle school to have a sketchers-looking design on your shoe. Personally, I could care less~ :P

Also, On a side note: Has anyone ever tried a Merell Waterpro Maipo or Waterpro Ultra-sport? Those seem to be a little pricey, but seem Pretty durable and all-around okay. I know, Contradicting my Anti-Flashiness but, So far, I seem to be leaning towards what the Aussies have to say about Parkour shoes...

EDIT:// Any word on Kalenji's? Read those are good too, but no specifics on what brand etc.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Shane Brown on December 03, 2008, 03:18:30 PM
Has anybody had any experience with the Nike Free series shoes for PK/freerunning?

EDIT: Sorry the Nike Training Frees, not the running ones.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: That_Tall_Guy on December 04, 2008, 11:44:48 PM
Is there any kind of cheap shoes that you can just pick up at DSW or something, some kind of cross training shoe that proves effective for novice training, because i don't want to invest too much for something that i don't really need until i can do the more demanding tricks.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: RAVENOUS31492 on December 12, 2008, 04:46:29 PM
I wear skate shoes. everyday, cuz i skate.
Seems like i need some new shoes.
But i want them to still....go with my style  :-[ :-X
are converse good? pumas? i wanna get those Ariakes, but those are kinda pricy! :o
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: james34 on December 15, 2008, 03:53:24 PM
can someone tell me what stores i can get these shoes from, especially the chameleons.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: james34 on December 15, 2008, 03:56:46 PM
can someone tell me where i can get chameleons from or the other shoes..
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: That_Tall_Guy on December 16, 2008, 07:04:51 PM
i heard that the merrell chamelion II slam XCR was pretty good, but im new to the sport just like you :-P
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Shane Warren on December 22, 2008, 07:47:26 PM
Hey does anyone know anything about how the Kirovs from K-Swiss perform?
Thanks much appreciated  ;)
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Justin L. on January 19, 2009, 02:18:49 PM

1.) The shoe should be hella' durable. We obviously abuse our shoes a lot, so they have to be designed to take a bit of punishment


*Laughing*
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Sanguine on January 23, 2009, 04:03:04 PM
What about the thinner shoes, like Puma stuff? I'm thinking of picking up a pair of Nike Air Rifts (http://www.j600.com/). I like the separate toe style.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Nou on February 11, 2009, 01:34:50 PM
What about the thinner shoes, like Puma stuff? I'm thinking of picking up a pair of Nike Air Rifts (http://www.j600.com/). I like the separate toe style.

i was actually JUST about to mention the nike air rifts.i have two pairs,and they are by far the most comfortable shoe ive run in to date.i started PK seriously about a month ago,and i use mine all the time.but from a neutral standpoint,i must say that it might depend on the person with those.some people feel with a shoe sticking between their toes,but its actually helping the dexterity of my feet when it comes to climb ups and (attempting) wall runs.the ONLY successful tic-tac ive done was with these shoes.its comparable to wearing mittens and wearing fingered gloves.just seems like you get more articulation.BUT.good luck finding these things.and if youre lucky enough to find them new,chances are you WONT be lucky enough to find them new AND affordable,since its a discontinued shoe.shock absorption is also a slight problem,since they were made for running (sprinters) and not jumping from things,depending on your personal freerunning habits,they might not be worth it.its not COMPLETELY horrible,but i can just tell after a couple months of wear,there will be no cushion at all as far as shock absorption is concerned.neutrally,i give em a 7 outta 8.plus those things are HARD to find,especially if you want a new pair.AND you gotta wear special socks. :(might be too much hassle...i know sometimes I dont feel like doin all that just to practice some stuff.and thats where my all around favorite comes in.

PUMA DISK BLAZE.
amazing shoe.VERY comfortable and form fitting.they are usually rather affordable (i paid 65$ for a limited edition pair),theyre pretty easy to find,(i usually go to ebay or puma retailers),they have durable soles,AND the shock absorption is first rate,due to an air cushion that travels the whole length of the shoe,as opposed to some shoes that only have air cushions under the heel section.(im talking to YOU,NIKE, :P).they are hella lightweight,without sacrificing too much overall durability.they come in some AMAZING colorschemes,as well as some very clean solids and two tones.they also utilize an AWESOME "drawstring" tightening system.thats where the "DISK" in disk blaze comes from.you turn the dial and it draws up on the wires,thus tightening the shoe,and eliminating the need for shoelaces that come untied and could possibly pose a hazard to the unwary traceur.so basically,fashionability,functionality,durability,and comfort. i give them a 10/10 ;D

hope this helps anyone,i know im no expert at parkour/free running yet,but ive been into shoes for a VERY long time now.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Mathew C on February 11, 2009, 10:56:02 PM
OMGizzle guys
How have none of you mentioned FEIYUESSSSSSSSSSSSS!?

Grip - 8/10 it's good for the first month or so, and after that you can replace them as soon as they get too smooth for your liking. After all, they're only $20.

Support - 20/10 because they force your feet to learn how to support themselves

Cushioning - 20/10 because they force your body to learn how to cushion itself

Durability - doesn't matter because they cost $20!!!

Appearance - 7/10 not flashy, but still pretty darn cool-looking (the black ones, imho), you'll rarely see another person wearing a pair
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Nou on February 12, 2009, 07:26:23 AM
OMGizzle guys
How have none of you mentioned FEIYUESSSSSSSSSSSSS!?

Grip - 8/10 it's good for the first month or so, and after that you can replace them as soon as they get too smooth for your liking. After all, they're only $20.

Support - 20/10 because they force your feet to learn how to support themselves

Cushioning - 20/10 because they force your body to learn how to cushion itself

Durability - doesn't matter because they cost $20!!!

Appearance - 7/10 not flashy, but still pretty darn cool-looking (the black ones, imho), you'll rarely see another person wearing a pair

HAHAA! i thought i was the only one who wore those! i have a pair in black and red.they were specifically made for outdoor martial arts training,but it IS an awesome shoe,i have to agree.they dont last TERRIBLY long,but like you said,for 10-20$,i cant complain.nice choice,i would reccomend these as well. 7/10 ;D
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Mathew C on February 12, 2009, 04:58:27 PM
plus, they work with most foot types. Just add insoles if necessary. For disproportionate feet, they stretch (the material itself, not the laces)
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: parkour7132 on February 15, 2009, 10:42:01 AM
So I heard about the K-Swiss and FiveTen shoes specifically made for Parkour, but what about Adidas? Do they have a Parkour shoe out, or are making one that will be out soon? If not, which Adidas shoe have you found to be the best for Parkour/Free Running?
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Ryu_free on February 16, 2009, 03:12:05 PM
convers are not a good idea , rigth?.........cus I wear them to free run but maybe ther not good for that
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Axiom Parkour on February 16, 2009, 10:17:52 PM
http://www.footlocker.com/catalog/advancedSearch.cfm?search=k&keyword=ultra+natural+run

So far, over the past two years of training, through asics, new balance, ariakes, and brooks, these are by far the best shoes I have ever trained in.  Extremely durable, very lightweight, breathe nicely, and they are so cheap now.  Use this code for another 20 % off: URLFL9F2

I do realize this looks like an ad, but I can't rave enough about these shoes.  They have a wide midsole and no plastic on the bottom.  If there is anyone who is looking for PK shoes, I think $30 for an amazing pair is a fine deal.

Email me if you have specific questions about them. 
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Robbert on February 25, 2009, 08:38:51 AM
I take running shoes because they are good for youre knees! Just ask in shops, when you have weak knees like me you do better take good shoes! ;)
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Dan Frank on February 25, 2009, 04:19:46 PM
I take running shoes because they are good for youre knees! Just ask in shops, when you have weak knees like me you do better take good shoes! ;)

I don't have any studies to cite, but I actually believe that could be the farthest thing from the truth. People have stood behind their claims that running with shoes that have very little cushioning, even running barefoot, is better for your knees, ankles, and feet than running with shoes. Now, I'm not saying that you should go out and start running/training barefoot for miles and miles, but hey, that's what I've been hearing constantly.

The more important thing is that a) you run with proper form, and b) you do exercises to strengthen your legs. There's a tutorial here for the running: http://www.americanparkour.com/smf/index.php?topic=8965.0
For the exercises, squats or weighted squats will suffice. Make sure to do them with good form, and I mean MAKE SURE TO DO THEM WITH GOOD FORM.

That should get you on the right track for your knees, much better than a pair of expensive mattress-cushioned shoes will.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Nou on February 26, 2009, 01:54:21 PM
its simple. vibram fivefingers. theyre THE most amazing shoes ive seen.PERIOD.

get either the "KSO", or the "Sprint"...shock absorption isnt what these are made for at all,but still.

check out www.vibramfivefingers.com

ive already bought two pairs. ;D
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Shawn Meilicke on April 11, 2009, 07:39:55 PM
well, ill tell you what NOT to do. dont get the pair of shoes youre mom will say "but the price is so good!!" on. get the shoes that have good reviews by a lot of people.

i just got into parkour and i started out wearing some DCs. they fail on shock absorption.

im now wearing an old pair of "dr scholls" or whatever theyre called that my mom got for the good price at wal-mart a year ago

after using them THREE times in practice (about an hour each time) the insoles they came with are ripped to hell, and the back part on the achilles tendon ripped to hell, and that random rubber strip near the toes that all running shoes have is peeling off, not to mention theyre heavy, and are really ugly.

can you tell im not happy with these shoes? i tried digging up my old vans (i loved those shoes) but i only found one. my dad agreed to buy me some new shoes in a week or two, and im probably gonna get some Nike Dart VIs. theyre amazing, and have great reviews, and if i remember correctly, this site reviewed the dart IIIs and gave em an excellent score. so i think if theyve improved three times since then and are still getting sold they have to be amazing


50 bucks is what ive seen em for on the internet

hurray for parents!!! lol
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: WoodlandGhillie on June 01, 2009, 12:07:01 PM
Can anyone tell me about the K*Swiss Ghent shoes? The grip? How long they last?

Otherwise, I have these Nikes called Nike Trail "Stoneshield." AMAZING grip. A bit over regular running shoe weight though.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Human_Spider on June 27, 2009, 06:58:23 PM
I went through all 12 pages of this thread, and are torn between the k-swiss airake and the 5.10 free runner shoes. I have read a good handful of posts saying that they go to shit within a couple months and If I am spending that much on shoes, I need them to last. I am only a couple months in practise wise (still have a ton to learn) but I am pretty active. K swiss airake VS. 5.10 free runners, how are they function and quality wise? How do they compare durability wise?
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Mike Patella on June 27, 2009, 07:58:48 PM
I went through all 12 pages of this thread, and are torn between the k-swiss airake and the 5.10 free runner shoes. I have read a good handful of posts saying that they go to shit within a couple months and If I am spending that much on shoes, I need them to last. I am only a couple months in practise wise (still have a ton to learn) but I am pretty active. K swiss airake VS. 5.10 free runners, how are they function and quality wise? How do they compare durability wise?
http://www.americanparkour.com/smf/index.php?topic=17869.0

I chose to buy a pair of vibram fivefingers over ariakes recently, so there's no comparison available from me.  Hopefully that will help you understand more about at least of the shoes though.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: David Johnson on June 30, 2009, 07:19:54 PM
Get some feiyues! $15 at most online stores, and they are the best shoes I have ever worn. Comfy too, grip is great.
No shock absorption at all - but you shouldn't be relying on your shoes for that anyway.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Human_Spider on August 27, 2009, 01:54:19 PM
Get some feiyues! $15 at most online stores, and they are the best shoes I have ever worn. Comfy too, grip is great.
No shock absorption at all - but you shouldn't be relying on your shoes for that anyway.

I ordered some a while back. I am a size 12, and the site said that a 46 is a size 12. They were way to big. Luckily i have a friend with some pretty big feet, despite being a little dude (i am guessing he's a hobbit). I just got my size 45 in through the mail. They fit good length wise, but my foot doesn't fill it out as well as it could though (still fits pretty good all around though). I am going to put insoles in it, for a little more protection, and help my foot fill it out better. I will post more later. Right now i need to go test them out ;)
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Trevor on August 28, 2009, 09:41:10 AM
I am trying to get some Jiyo parkour shoes for my birthday. $95 over the internet. I have read reviews on other sites and I was taken in...
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: 4kark on September 07, 2009, 05:16:15 AM
I just use whatever is on my feet at the time- even if they are old tennis shoes or new ones

I was wondering if I should invest in some ariakes or vibram fivefingers to help with my training
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Shawn Meilicke on September 07, 2009, 08:33:21 AM
I just use whatever is on my feet at the time- even if they are old tennis shoes or new ones

I was wondering if I should invest in some ariakes or vibram fivefingers to help with my training

its like $90 off

http://www.amazon.com/Wushu-Shoes-Feiyue-Brand-BlackFeiyue/dp/B0002TW818/ref=pd_sim_sg_1/176-0326004-7405856
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: zayn on September 16, 2009, 06:11:47 AM
damn. i need knew shoes. but if urs dont have holes in 'em get out there and start runn.lol
no if u think u need them go for it
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Trevor on September 20, 2009, 03:37:17 PM
Vibram FiveFinger classics. I went for them and oh my god they rock.,
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Cody Goodman on October 12, 2009, 02:49:40 PM
another vote for vibram five fingers(I have the black KSO's :) and other closely related barefoot shoes (feyiues are pretty good too). All this talk about shock absorption shouldn't be happening, you should be asking yourself how you can better your landing technique. I vaulted over a rail about lower chest high (4' or so ) and immediately upon landing I noticed my body taking over and landing on my toes, and absorbing the impact perfectly.

Another important note is that my landings are about as quiet as my actual running and these KSO's make me feel like a ninja. I also flow out of landings much better too... even though on the fourth day of having my five fingers my calfs are burning and feet a little sore, I feel stronger and know i'm doing things more smoothly and things are safer as a result.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: NewToParkour/Freerunning on November 12, 2009, 10:10:45 AM
My Dad is a builder/roofer/painter/carpenter and he uses the nike air pegasus and the have awsome grip(wich is needed when putting on shingles 30 to 90 feet in the air)
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Jose "ballzy" Baliño on November 24, 2009, 11:07:30 AM
adidas samba:i just got these shoes and they are doing pretty good, they are pretty light and the rubber sole provides good traction, the toes are reinforced but it has no shocks making you practice your landings better
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: kharvilak on November 25, 2009, 09:41:34 AM
Vibram FiveFinger classics. I went for them and oh my god they rock.,

Getting myself a pair of these for Yule... can't wait.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Hayden Williams on November 27, 2009, 05:54:47 AM
What about...  Five Ten Savants and    Inov-8 F-Lite 301 PK..... has anybody got any experience with those?
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Brandan Mendenhall on November 30, 2009, 07:25:16 AM
What about...  Five Ten Savants

Cloud, of the APK Alliance, did a write-up on the Savants, found here (http://www.americanparkour.com/smf/index.php/topic,5649.0.html).


Quote
Inov-8 F-Lite 301 PK..... has anybody got any experience with those?

Kyle Rudolph does. (http://www.americanparkour.com/smf/index.php/topic,22195.0.html)

Consumer Whores boards ftw, my friend.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Oats on December 03, 2009, 06:00:58 PM
I haven't actually started practicing Parkour yet, but I will be using my trusty Onitsuka Tiger Ultimate 81's. I've used them for DDR for years, and I believe they'll be good for Parkour as well! They're very light, comfortable, snug, not overly expensive(about $65), and they seem to have fairly good grip that extends up the front.

Pic: First pair I got back in 2006 and new pair!


(http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b82/Otsaika/100_1335.jpg)
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Chad Johnson on December 05, 2009, 12:46:03 PM
I'm getting Merrell Waterpros, they have good arches and are very durable. bottoms won't wear because it's basically one piece. they aren't too thick but give enough support.

(http://www.cloggs.co.uk/content/ebiz/cloggs/invt/5623/5623-merrell-waterpro-maipo-black-l.jpg)
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Nick Stone on December 15, 2009, 05:39:45 PM
Am I the only person who just does Parkour in my everyday shoes? I don't even remember what my shoes are called, the grip is worn away in some spots, and it's definitely not made for anything other than walking, but I still haven't had a problem.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Chad Johnson on December 17, 2009, 12:06:55 PM
Nope your not the only one I use regular esics at the moment. Those are just my dream PK shoes for christmas.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: kharvilak on December 21, 2009, 03:58:11 AM
I regularly have been using my everyday New Balance shoes... getting pretty worn with plenty of no-tread-left areas, but they serve the purpose well.  A bit more cushion than I care for, but that's why I recently got a pair of Vibram Five Finger Classics.  Been training indoors with them, and I LOVE them.  Can't wait to get outdoors with them in the Spring.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: cOUCH on January 19, 2010, 09:35:29 AM
My PK shoes ARE my regular shoes... And i dont got very good shoes... Theyre worn down, falling apart, holes, no traction, squeaky, heels are broken so i have no shock absorbtion.... But hey. all you need for it is a pair of shoes. I used to wear shoes where the soles were paperthin, and had holes so you could see my socks and tickle my feetsies!!! I plan on getting new $20 shoes again in another 2-3 months... YAY Walmart. your shoes suck and break after a week, but your all i can afford so i deal with you
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Bella on January 19, 2010, 10:23:21 AM
I bought Vibram Five-Fingers last year on the advice of my climbing partner.  I don't care much for them for climbing, as they don't have enough rigidity to cope with small, sharp footholds, but I love them for trail running and can't wait to try them out for Parkour!
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: cOUCH on January 20, 2010, 07:08:56 AM
Im native, so i have wide feet. Running shoes dont really work for me. I have to use adidas or skate shoes. Skate shoes are my favorite to use though.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: WoodlandGhillie on February 01, 2010, 03:34:38 PM
Maybe this is the wrong place,

KSO's or Classics?
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Shawn Meilicke on February 01, 2010, 04:19:02 PM
I've been told the ksos, and I'll be getting mine within a week, so once that happens I'll be able to gve you a bit more info
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Nathan Reid on February 05, 2010, 08:18:08 AM
I'd definitely say go for the KSOs. That's what I use, and the mesh has proven very useful at keeping debris out.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Jake Beal on February 05, 2010, 12:21:58 PM
i use these... theyre my everyday shoe but theyre adidas skateboarding busenitz pro model... very grippy and flexible  and lots of padding 8)
(http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu33/Jakepbeal/1001-94495.jpg)
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: TraceurMars on February 05, 2010, 04:02:04 PM
One thing about Ariakes are that they get dirty fast (white ones). Also there a bit to big although really cushioning
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Jake Beal on February 05, 2010, 05:26:00 PM
whats with converse chuck taylors? i see a lot of traceurs wearing them
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Andy Keller on February 05, 2010, 06:30:27 PM
whats with converse chuck taylors? i see a lot of traceurs wearing them

You do? Where/who?
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Jake Beal on February 05, 2010, 09:20:26 PM
i was at balboa park and i saw like 3 guys wearing them i think it was from pk cali.....
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Jake Beal on February 05, 2010, 09:27:13 PM
well maybe not SO many traceurs hahaha.... but a few... maybe cuz theyre cheap? ???
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Shawn Meilicke on February 06, 2010, 12:07:58 PM
are you sure they werent feiyues??

(http://cn1.kaboodle.com/hi/img/2/0/0/af/d/AAAAAmExxXAAAAAAAK_Rcg.jpg)
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Andy Keller on February 06, 2010, 03:19:51 PM
Yea, they may look a bit similar, but there's a big difference between converse and feiyues.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Jake Beal on February 06, 2010, 08:44:31 PM
nope they were definitely these
(http://i634.photobucket.com/albums/uu66/JLive1234/chuck-taylors.jpg)
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Shawn Meilicke on February 06, 2010, 09:05:36 PM
the picture died
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Jake Beal on February 06, 2010, 09:06:35 PM
really? it works on my screen
(http://i97.photobucket.com/albums/l233/Rosewater_Scent/chuck_taylors.jpg)
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Jake Beal on February 06, 2010, 09:10:02 PM
are you sure they werent feiyues??

(http://cn1.kaboodle.com/hi/img/2/0/0/af/d/AAAAAmExxXAAAAAAAK_Rcg.jpg)
are these good and grippy for parkour? i found em for like $16.00! so cheap
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Shawn Meilicke on February 06, 2010, 09:35:12 PM
yeah theyre pretty awesome, they have a rounded bottom though (which i believe had something to do with my sprained ankle...though it could have juwst been my lack of concentration that day..)

and will probably only last about three months, but i loved em, and still do, very VERY comfy

reviews for shoes can be found here (including the feiyues)
http://www.americanparkour.com/smf/index.php/topic,18447.0.html
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Jake Beal on February 06, 2010, 10:36:43 PM
awesome! i might have to pick a pair up! do they run small? or big?im like an 11 in most all shoes
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Jake Beal on February 07, 2010, 06:03:27 PM
yeah i ordered a pair on amazon and the total was 21.00 with shipping  8)   
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Charles "Fel" Harageones on February 25, 2010, 09:16:55 AM
I like my new balance.

$40, lasted a fair while. but the tread tends to tear off the bottom with a long period of abuse. breathable, light, good arch support. depending on what you get, they can have pretty decent cushion.

ive not really used anything else, i like new balance
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Impulse1990 on March 04, 2010, 09:33:11 AM
i wear 50$ new balance running/sport shoes and they hold up for 3 months and i get a new pair
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Charles "Fel" Harageones on March 04, 2010, 09:36:39 AM
I was thinking about the vibram five-fingers, but I can't use them. I've got six toes on a foot >.> they look comfortable though, and look like the grip and feel would be amazing
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Jacob Tarrence on March 08, 2010, 08:09:09 AM
yeah i ordered a pair on amazon and the total was 21.00 with shipping  8)   

Sorry man...but you have just f#cked up.
1. they come with this felt stuff on the bottom that you have to wear down before you can do ahything in them
2. They have absolutely no support at all. Its like hard plastic rubber stuff.
3. And just in general a lack of grip, even without the felt stuff.
4. oh and the whole shoe is held together with ONE peice of FABRIC. I did parkour in my one day old shoes and
someone told me to get new shoes. They thought they were around 2 years old. I actually ripped them on the first day.  :(

The feyui things are cheaper and better
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Seth Horner on March 15, 2010, 07:49:13 PM
I wear Converse All star Low Tops.

(http://www.spartoo.com/photos/152/15237/15237_260_A.jpg)

However nothing about them are good for Parkour. Terrible grip, terrible shock absorption, and so on. I'll probably be getting Fivefingers, Ariakes, or Five Tens. So guys, help me out? What should I get of the following?

1. Vibram Fivefingers
2. K-Swiss Ariakes
3. Five Tens
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: GoldenSlumbers on March 15, 2010, 07:58:13 PM
Sorry man...but you have just f#cked up.
1. they come with this felt stuff on the bottom that you have to wear down before you can do ahything in them
2. They have absolutely no support at all. Its like hard plastic rubber stuff.
3. And just in general a lack of grip, even without the felt stuff.
4. oh and the whole shoe is held together with ONE peice of FABRIC. I did parkour in my one day old shoes and
someone told me to get new shoes. They thought they were around 2 years old. I actually ripped them on the first day.  :(

The feyui things are cheaper and better
He ordered the Feiyues, I don't think he f#cked up.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Jacob Tarrence on March 17, 2010, 06:33:04 AM
He ordered the Feiyues, I don't think he f#cked up.

He said he ordered the converse.

In that case there good.
I thought he was talkin about the chucks...i was sad for him lol
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Marine and Parkour 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?
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Andy Keller 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. ;)
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: 4sunn24 on April 05, 2010, 08:07:02 AM
Where can you buy these shoes especially Ariakes if you live in the US?
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Jacob Tarrence on April 12, 2010, 09:46:11 AM
Where can you buy these shoes especially Ariakes if you live in the US?

Online basically
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Smo 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.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: matttrick 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
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: DJ Henry 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?
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Dan Shoupe 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.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Nathan Reid 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...
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Dan Shoupe 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.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Sezon 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.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Ryan Coker 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.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Dan Shoupe 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. (http://www.americanparkour.com/smf/index.php/topic,21289.0.html) For further information, go back to the main page and use the Search Bar. That will give you quicker answers to redundant questions. :)

It works.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: PUREMETAL 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?
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: G. Will. 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.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Nick Briseno 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?
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Shaun Andersen 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 -.-
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: GoldenSlumbers 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 -.-
Feiyues (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0036242OO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=shoes&qid=1264864592&sr=8-1#moreAboutThisProduct)
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: mdude2244 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?
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: alyssa summers 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.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: upperkatt on January 07, 2011, 06:19:27 AM
I think I'm gonna get the fiveten daescent, anyone against my choice?
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: klaymen on January 07, 2011, 11:40:53 AM
I think I'm gonna get the fiveten daescent, anyone against my choice?


I am. For political and religious reasons.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: WoodlandGhillie on January 07, 2011, 12:20:48 PM
I think I'm gonna get the fiveten daescent, anyone against my choice?


They're your shoes bro...

I hear that Stealth rubber is picky, but I do want a pair of 5.10's.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: AaronSamples on February 04, 2011, 08:10:14 PM
I've got a pair of 5.10s but i obviously got the wrong pair. I ordered mine off of the website because it said they were flexible, durable, had good grip, stealth rubber, and had good shock absorption.

They have great grip, shock absorption, and are really durable, but the are as stiff as skating shoes. The stealth rubber marked up my wall the first time I used them and haven't failed to mark up a wall I've done a flip off of yet. So they are horrible in those two aspects but the rest is overall pretty good.

I got the 5.10 Stealth.

I'm thinking about getting a pair of the KO Parkour Shoe that is advertised on the WFPF website.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Nick Briseno on February 05, 2011, 08:32:34 AM
I rock the 5.10 alien glow and i love them. Been using them since september, but im gonna need new soles soon as ive worn them down pretty good
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: nuclearapplepie on February 22, 2011, 11:52:57 AM
i got a pair of Adidas Samba, around $50, but very durable, light, and has really good grip. Didnt try on rails yet, but because of their light sole, hopefully their gonna do fine
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: PARKOURSAGE on April 07, 2011, 10:28:45 AM
WFPF KO'S perfect. Just the right amount of grip, super light, and the impact absorption protects you but lets you know when your landing sucked. Only problem is they aren't the most durable. But if they start coming apart on you just sew em up. Thats what I did. Plus they are only 40 dollars. Can't argue with that Also ayyawear spiral tabi are awesome. Barefoot experience but more protective than VFF'S. I own all three and train all three. The spiral tabi from ayyawear are a little heavy as it is actually a mid calf boot made totally of leather but they are custom fitted to your dimensions and fit like a second glove. the rubber is very grippy but the ones I have tend to mark walls. But from what I hear they have updated the soles so they might have fixed that. They are super durable and have lasted me easily two years of hard training and daily wear.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Keifer on June 23, 2011, 05:09:40 PM
I usually wear Chuck Taylor Converse High-Top All Stars that fit my feet almost perfectly with an insole. It takes a little bit to break them in to move with your foot and to get a really good grip. But they are the best things ever.

With an insole, they have decent cushioning that keep my feet comfortable without having so much sole between my foot and the surface that I can't feel when I'm making contact with a surface.

They are also lightweight enough to let my jumps reach near-full potential. The laces are tight enough that my feet never slip around inside the shoes so my landings are safe and I can sprint without worrying about my feet slipping around.

The High-Top style also keeps foot in the shoe unlike many shoes that have made me experience my heel lifting up inside the shoe when I run, making for unstable jumps and relatively dangerous running.

The canvas is also very durable and comes in many colors to fit your style. Plus, they look cool. That's always a pro, right? =)

So as long as you have an insole, get the correct size, and tie the laces firmly, and allow some time for the shoes to break-in and develop grip, they are excellent. I never practice parkour without them.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: mrinehart93 on July 14, 2011, 09:54:57 AM
I usually wear Chuck Taylor Converse High-Top All Stars that fit my feet almost perfectly with an insole. It takes a little bit to break them in to move with your foot and to get a really good grip. But they are the best things ever.

With an insole, they have decent cushioning that keep my feet comfortable without having so much sole between my foot and the surface that I can't feel when I'm making contact with a surface.

They are also lightweight enough to let my jumps reach near-full potential. The laces are tight enough that my feet never slip around inside the shoes so my landings are safe and I can sprint without worrying about my feet slipping around.

The High-Top style also keeps foot in the shoe unlike many shoes that have made me experience my heel lifting up inside the shoe when I run, making for unstable jumps and relatively dangerous running.

The canvas is also very durable and comes in many colors to fit your style. Plus, they look cool. That's always a pro, right? =)

So as long as you have an insole, get the correct size, and tie the laces firmly, and allow some time for the shoes to break-in and develop grip, they are excellent. I never practice parkour without them.

To prevent heel slippage, there are two things I'd recommend:

1. Tie and untie your shoes instead of slipping them on... the shoe retains it's structure longer that way.
2. Use "lock-lacing" when you lace your shoe... it really does work: http://www.fieggen.com/shoelace/locklacing.htm

Anyway, I got a pair of Nike Free Run+ 2's (don't shoot me) yesterday for wearing around everday, NOT doing parkour. Being $90, I don't want to trash them :) For parkour though, I wear K-Swiss Kirov's... they're pretty nice.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Ian Want on September 17, 2011, 05:27:24 PM
WFPF KO'S perfect.

Only issue I have with KOs is that they have really raised heels and it throws me off on precisions like crazy.

I personally rock Asics, Onitsuka Tigers Ultimate 81s and the rest of my team wear Asic's Cordos which are the cheaper version of the Tigers basically. The only issue I see with THOSE shoes is they have no padded sole so you would need to spend 10 extra bucks to get an athletic sole. After that, I have NO issues with Asics...

and it would seem neither does Dylan Baker =P
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Sam Howells on November 12, 2011, 12:20:44 PM
Just wondering where to go next...I've used Ariakes, feiyues, and some puma's Gustafsson uses.
-KO Generation 2's?
 OR
-Kalenji Ekiden 50's

They're both reasonably priced, and I've heard people say they're similar wondering whats good or bad about each.
Might go with some asics though. Lots of people around my area use them.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Keifer on November 25, 2011, 08:53:44 PM
I have weirdly shaped feet so even the "lock-lacing" on skate shoes or even running shoes don't do much for me. Since I have tall but small feet, Hi-tops with the lock-lacing are my best bet.

The Chucks will eventually reach some wear and tear. Like 6 months or so, but I wear mine almost all the time. So take that with a grain of salt. The wear and tear isn't on the sole though, Just on the canvas about where your toes articulate with the metatarsals in your foot. Really not a biggie, unless you want your feet to look pretty as you run on walls.

Shock absorption is decent enough to prevent foot fractures, but still leaves you to feel pain from a bad landing, which promotes good technique. That's what matters, right?

So many people overlook the classics... =/
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Chase on January 06, 2012, 02:55:24 PM
I'll throw yet another hat into the ring of the age old "which shoes should I use" debate.  The problem with the information age... conflicting information.  I find myself more perplexed now than before I began the research.  One person says "X shoe is fantastic for PK", the next... "they're garbage, fall apart easily, ect..."

I saw Volleys recommended, but I think much of it fell around the fact that they're so cheap, while being decent.  Err... used to be cheap.  From what I see they're $60+, not $20.  Enter the Feiyue's:  I hear the one's you get in the US aren't put together as well.  They blister your feet, ect...  I saw lots of 5 year old posts touting the Merrell's, but not so much anymore.  Don't think they have the shock absorption I'm looking for.

Anyhow, I'm willing to pay the $ for a good pair of kicks.  My criteria:  I of course don't want the soles very thick, but do want some padding.  I understand the wisdom that padding can thwart you from learning proper technique from falls, but I think that can be gathered without killing my feet in the process as I inevitably learn the hard way.  Traction & durability... yeah, of course.  I find myself looking at the bottoms of so many shoe designs, wondering to myself if they'd really provide good grip in real world situations (Ariakes, for example).  A simple tire tread design is ideal for regular, straight line running, but not sure about PK & gripping, particularly wall climbs.  Seems like you could slip easily in that application, especially if there's moisture, and that horizontal (not vertical) treads would be more ideal.

I saw some love for Asics Gels, and I echo it.  They've always been my favorite walking/all purpose shoes.  So comfy.  I have a pair lying around, so to hear they're good for PK was encouraging.  Seems they'd have pretty good shock absorption, while still being flexible & not too thick a sole.  But, I prefer mine just a tad thinner, still, and my feet to be closer to/hugging the ground more.

Then I heard these recommended by someone (Adidas Fluid), and after looking myself I like what I see:

http://www.amazon.com/adidas-Fluid-Trainer-Light-Training/dp/B004JXVM24/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1325797679&sr=8-1

May be a tad thick on the back end, but it's about the closest I've come so far to finding THEE shoe to fit my criteria.  At this point I'm leaning toward either going with these, or the good ol' reliable Asics Gels.

I'd love any feedback. 
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: pk1993 on January 07, 2012, 02:26:38 PM
Im wearing imported Feivyues. Been training in them for a year. I have training the Ekiden 50's, KO's, volleys, and now these. These are by far my favourite.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Chase on January 07, 2012, 05:33:41 PM
Well it was gorgeous today, so I went out.  Almost 60, which this time of year where I live... it doesn't get better than that.  It was pretty much just a long walk where I decided to tackle a few obstacles than a real PK session.  It became evident very quickly that my old pair of Asics Gels are not up to the task.  It's not the shoe, it's the fact that I've worn so much of the tread off them.  I think with a good pair of inserts they could work great.  I've been meaning to buy a new pair soon anyway.  I love the shoes for general use, so even if I don't like them for PK, no wasted $.  And I'm going to try the Adidas Fluids as well.  I'll check back in and give the skinny on my experiences with them.  Though, it may be awhile until I get more ideal days to go out and put them to the test.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Chase on January 26, 2012, 04:44:37 PM
I just got my Adidas Fluid Trainer Light II's the other day, and my initial reaction is that they're going to be really good PK shoes.  I posted a preliminary review in the "Consumer Whores" section.  When I get the opportunity to really put them to the test, which may not be till spring, I'll make an official review.  But I have little doubt that they're going to be fantastic, and not just for PK.

These Asics here (Gel-Rhythmic) caught my eye too.  Look like they could be good for PK.  Nice and thin for that "as close as you can get to barefoot with some shock absorption" feel.  Wonder if anyone's tried these out?
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Jake on April 19, 2012, 02:35:52 PM
So im new to pk, just throwin that out there, and well im not goin out to by a pk shoe right away due to no experience. So i just want to know if i can just wear a good pair of nikes. What are the 3 main things im lookin for when buying a shoe that will be used for pk. Mind you again im not buying specifically for pk. Please Be straight foward and help me. I've been doing research and just lazy to read all that i have to. Thank you for future help!!
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Cody on July 20, 2012, 08:28:26 AM
I'm really loving my 5.10 Freerunner. 5.10's stealth rubber provides excellent grip, and the shoe as a whole is durable and supportive, without being too heavy. And they are super affordable. You can get them here for only $65.
http://shopfiveten.com/Item_Detail.aspx?ItemCode=4305070010041
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Austin Morrow on July 30, 2012, 01:09:46 PM
I'm having trouble deciding between the Nike Freerun and the Nike Air Relentless 2+. One is $100 and one is only $60 at Athletes Corner. Anyone have any experience with this?
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Tomas on August 31, 2012, 09:46:41 PM
Brooks Dyad 3----excellent shock absorption but that lacks in necessary traction for any lot movements requiring that you plant feet into the wall. Should you be just operating and getting they work fine, but if you ever need in order to latch onto the surface of the ground pertaining to anything your traction isn't the very best.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Tomas on October 24, 2012, 01:52:09 AM
I was thinking which footwear have the most grip, for walls and other going up the kind runs? My sight are on the ariake and the five-ten freerunning, Has anyone tried the five hundreds, if so how do they evaluate to other footwear. And also what are your opinions on the ariake
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: luke on December 27, 2012, 11:52:16 AM
Hi,
   I got a nike air max pegasus 28 but because of its flexibility when I am doing cat leaps feet especially the small toe is really hurting because it's not protected with leather or something ti has just cotton on the outside of the shoe.What shoes do you recommend preferably something that I can buy from europe.What do you think about the five ten free runners
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Jeremiah Townsend on April 29, 2013, 06:12:14 AM
Saucony men's Grid Spectrum
Cost about 60 bucks each time
Uber durable
nice grip, master a wall run and you'll be fine
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: FlashyFrontFlips on September 20, 2013, 04:32:40 AM
I'm sporting me some Avia's. These things are amazing and they only cost about $30.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Hidd3nNinja on April 01, 2014, 04:29:55 AM
I recently got a pair of adipure toe shoes, they are much like vibrams. But I was wondering before I go out on my own and try them if anyone knows or has experience with toe shoes? Area they good? Or not? Any onsite is greatly appreciated  :D
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Dick Stapleton on April 01, 2014, 04:40:54 AM
I don't know about that specific brand of toe shoes. I have a pair of vibrams that I love because of the extreme minimalism but I've seen several other brands of toe shoes that were fairly padded which defeats the purpose of them being toe shoes haha.

Anyway, the one thing you have to watch out for with toe shoes is getting your toes caught on something. In my experience it's an extremely small concern but I also trained barefoot prior to owning vibrams. You just need to be conscious of what your toes are doing in moves like wall runs and cat leaps. The grip on vibrams is great, but I can't speak for the other brand.

Also if you're unused to training barefoot be careful not to hurt your feet. They might not be strong enough at first to handle a lot of training without support (which is actually a problem caused by wearing padded shoes, go figure) so just take it easy and see how it feels.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Hidd3nNinja on April 01, 2014, 11:25:39 AM
I don't know about that specific brand of toe shoes. I have a pair of vibrams that I love because of the extreme minimalism but I've seen several other brands of toe shoes that were fairly padded which defeats the purpose of them being toe shoes haha.

Anyway, the one thing you have to watch out for with toe shoes is getting your toes caught on something. In my experience it's an extremely small concern but I also trained barefoot prior to owning vibrams. You just need to be conscious of what your toes are doing in moves like wall runs and cat leaps. The grip on vibrams is great, but I can't speak for the other brand.

Also if you're unused to training barefoot be careful not to hurt your feet. They might not be strong enough at first to handle a lot of training without support (which is actually a problem caused by wearing padded shoes, go figure) so just take it easy and see how it feels.

Thanks alot, That actually helps alot. I'm gonna try adn see if i like them this weekend.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Dick Stapleton on April 01, 2014, 06:57:30 PM
No problem! I hope you like them.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Dwemer on July 11, 2014, 01:11:02 PM
I like my feyiue lo shoes they are durable comfortable and only 50$ last about 2-3 months if care is good very nice shoes.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Wolfeye on December 26, 2015, 06:51:58 AM
What about kung fu shoes?  I'm talking about the slip-on kind you see on Amazon, not Feiyues (which I also hear are good, but I hear the Tiger Claw brand aren't as good as Pine Tree- it seems to be a solidity thing & a chemical smell thing).
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Keepgoin on December 29, 2015, 10:26:41 PM
How about nike lunarlon lunar glide 6
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: Wolfeye on January 04, 2016, 11:16:54 PM
Looks good in shape, but the sole looks a bit thick for my taste.  Anyone use indoor soccer shoes?  Or basketball shoes?  Those seem to be the same thing, but with a higher ankle.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: chriss on March 08, 2016, 10:44:57 AM
If you are buying shoes for kids then i would recommend reading this article : http://thebestparkourgear.com/best-parkour-shoes-for-kids/
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: peterparker on March 08, 2016, 01:09:36 PM
are those feiyue shoes any good to use?  i see someone said they only last 2-3 months, should i just consider using a different shoe then?  i use them already in kung fu so i have a few pairs but i don't want to use them if they'll wear down fast  ???
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: SebastianCannon on March 09, 2016, 04:33:49 AM
are those feiyue shoes any good to use?  i see someone said they only last 2-3 months, should i just consider using a different shoe then?  i use them already in kung fu so i have a few pairs but i don't want to use them if they'll wear down fast  ???


No, Feiyues are totally worth it, they are cheap and get the job done good, you honestly won't find anything as cheap and affective besides your own foot.
Title: Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
Post by: S.Chun on March 24, 2016, 06:20:01 PM
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