I use normal sneakers for non-leg days, Chuck's on squats, sometimes barefoot for deadlifts if I don't have my Chuck's, and barefoot for HIIT. I recently read an article about the benefits of barefoot running over expensive running shoes and it sold me on the notion. I actually plan on getting a pair of these soon.
I train with indoor soccer shoes they're really flat. But lately my ankles actually started to hurt. Running on a treadmill was a pain in the ass. So I bought some running shoes. My feet have never felt better!
Tommorow I'm going to find out if it's better to squat with running shoes or flat shoes (I'm 100% certain it's flat shoes).
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I'm not sold on these nor the bare-feet thing.Originally Posted by Cork
I checked out a number of podiatrist forums and webpages. What they did have to say was that it does help with proprioception. But the original reason for shoes was to protect your feet and cushion them against hard surfaces. Anyone who's ever played sport on a synthetic or hard playing field or run a fair distance on a road will attest you need that cushioning.
I remember playing footy, our boots had no cushioning (just grip for the turf) and you knew about 5mins into the game if the ground was too hard. That said you do tend to get used to it a bit (but there are likely to be long term problems from the forces involved).