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Sports "shoes"?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created January 11, 2011 at 1:37 PM

Hi Guys,

I've recently started playing weekly football (not american) where most players are wearing football boots with studs on the bottom. I only run barefoot or in Vibrams these days and really would rather not have to move to a elevated platform which could open me up to ankle rolls like in the past. Playing the sport in Vibrams is fine (I just did it), however there is a huge risk of a studded player stepping on my foot, which is a very common occurrence. This can cause injuries even when wearing a solid shoe!

Is there a barefoot or minimalist shoe that provides some decent protection on the top whilst still retaining the basic thin soled feel?

Thank you.

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on January 09, 2012
at 05:15 AM

@ aaron curl, definitely a long shot, unfortunately :/ the world is stubborn.

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on February 11, 2011
at 07:41 AM

I'm looking to buy these! I've heard great reviews. Has anyone bought a pair? I've heard they run big... which makes things tricky because it looks like I'll be buying these online.

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on January 11, 2011
at 06:35 PM

I'd guess it's a *very* small niche. I can't imagine many players giving up the traction that cleats provide without a clear advantage to their game (real or imagined).

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on January 11, 2011
at 03:50 PM

That's not the link I was referring to, but it's the same idea. Thanks.

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on January 11, 2011
at 02:52 PM

Ooooo a nice question. Vibram, are you hearing/reading this? :)

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on January 11, 2011
at 02:50 PM

Thanks Stephen, the Nike Frees with heel shave is my leading candidate so far. Was hoping to find a non-hack solution. Seems like this is an untapped niche!

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on January 11, 2011
at 02:38 PM

Beach football, everyone is barefoot!!!

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on January 11, 2011
at 02:36 PM

This may be a long shot but why do the other players "have" to wear cleats? Maybe convince everyone they are not needed.

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on January 11, 2011
at 02:20 PM

http://fellrnr.blogspot.com/2009/11/running-tip-31-modified-nike-free.html

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on January 11, 2011
at 03:39 PM

I wonder if you can take a hefty piece of cowhide and fashion your own uppers that slip over the VFFs. Maybe add some loops that slip over your toes to hold them in place.

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on January 11, 2011
at 02:19 PM

Well I'd be inclined to say Nike Free modified with the heel shaved down, or earth shoes which are basically negative heel Frees

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http://www.earthfootwear.com/ourfootwear/ourfootwearproducts/tabid/65/language/en-us/p-125-lazer-k.aspx?language=en-US&

Sadly, I don't imagine these to help much more against cleats, but anything is better than mesh webbing.

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(25)

on January 11, 2011
at 02:50 PM

Thanks Stephen, the Nike Frees with heel shave is my leading candidate so far. Was hoping to find a non-hack solution. Seems like this is an untapped niche!

5841391284e7af8c495c54bd90d3a795

(2764)

on January 11, 2011
at 06:35 PM

I'd guess it's a *very* small niche. I can't imagine many players giving up the traction that cleats provide without a clear advantage to their game (real or imagined).

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0784c9efb9972988ea28f1ba2c80d6d4

on January 11, 2011
at 02:15 PM

I recently read about a guy who took a pair of standard running shoes and shaved the soles down considerably using a serrated knife. I was thinking this would be a good idea for my softball league, and you could probably take a pair of soccer shoes and do the same thing (though I would use a band saw). I can't remember for the life of me where I read this though.

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on January 11, 2011
at 02:20 PM

http://fellrnr.blogspot.com/2009/11/running-tip-31-modified-nike-free.html

0784c9efb9972988ea28f1ba2c80d6d4

(195)

on January 11, 2011
at 03:50 PM

That's not the link I was referring to, but it's the same idea. Thanks.

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361bc16cfdad25411a6f93e10c45aadc

on January 09, 2012
at 02:12 AM

Try some leather soccer cleats/turf shoes. They have 0 drop from heel to toe. The leather forms to your foot after a few wears and they have basically 0 drop. Cleats are meant to stick into the ground, not rest on top of the ground so you shouldn't be that much higher. I guess you can always file them down if you think they're too tall.

I have Adidas Copa Mundial and even though I wear Vibrams for everything else the Copas feel like a glove when I put them on. The leather has formed to my foot perfectly and will stay nice and soft/strong as long as you wipe mud off of them after each use.

It's the best option I've found so far. Just in case - don't let blisters deter you, they go away and don't come back after the leather forms to your feet.

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on January 12, 2011
at 10:19 AM

@Keath: Did you mean Steve Maxwell?

Here are the two vids he posted about modifying shoes:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ovesOs-QOos

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zO-X8bgB3FA

I had the honor to meet and train with him, one of the coolest guys I've ever met :)

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on January 12, 2011
at 08:07 AM

I'm still looking, but I have found another candidate (for anyone who might be reading this in the future).

http://www.merrell.com/US/en-US/Product.mvc.aspx/22875M/50390/Mens/Mens-Barefoot-Trail-Glove sports-

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on February 11, 2011
at 07:41 AM

I'm looking to buy these! I've heard great reviews. Has anyone bought a pair? I've heard they run big... which makes things tricky because it looks like I'll be buying these online.

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on January 09, 2012
at 02:05 AM

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