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    Default Footwear for distance skating

    Apologies if already been done, following on from a thread at SkateFurther, I'm interested to know waht other people are wearing? My forthcoming ride is 100 miles, 50 each day. Training ride vary between 8 miles and building up to 40 miles in a day.

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    Default Re: Footwear for distance skating

    I really like Vibram Fivefingers, unless you need to footbrake, in which case, not so much. If it's not too much, you can stomp it out. If it's a lot of braking, your knees will suffer.

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    Default Re: Footwear for distance skating

    If you think you will be walking any kind of a distance than I would recommend running shoes. A neutral shoe with a flat horizontal plane if possible. Sometimes I wear my Nike LunaGlides to push in, but usually it's my nike 6.0 SB because they are so damn tough.

    I have a pair of vibrams but have never pushed in them
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    Default Re: Footwear for distance skating

    I only ever skate now in very good running shoes and size them a whole size smaller for a very snug fit(been doing this for the last 11 months). I also use the stickiest gator or vicious grip that I can get since they are not flat soled like vans. Good running shoes you can still footbreak well with and they go a long way to keeping your feet happier when going the distance.
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    Default Re: Footwear for distance skating

    Recently, I started using my Vibram five finger footwear for my free ride and long distance. Felt like I am skating bare foot

    Agree, it is best for pumping, I can completely feel my board. It is like I am one with my board
    It also changes my style of pushing, usually I strike with my heels, now I strike with the ball of my foot..

    Which is more conventional or efficient way of pushing, heels or ball of feet?

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    Default Re: Footwear for distance skating

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    Default Re: Footwear for distance skating

    Jika tabi.
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    Default Re: Footwear for distance skating

    Quote Originally Posted by Jimpo View Post
    Jika tabi.
    I had this crazy idea today that jika tabi could help for toesiding turning an predrifting. Have you ever tried?

    I'll try myself tomorrow!

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    Default Re: Footwear for distance skating

    Quote Originally Posted by Sidh View Post
    I had this crazy idea today that jika tabi could help for toesiding turning an predrifting. Have you ever tried?

    I'll try myself tomorrow!
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    Default Re: Footwear for distance skating

    I usually wear something comfortable with some nice padding on the inside and a flat sole, i dont use running shoes because i feel like i tear them up too fast so I wear indoor soccer shoes or some old vans that i have that are really comfortable

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    Default Re: Footwear for distance skating

    I usually just use running shoes if I'm going for a lot of distance. Other than that I like basketball shoes laced up tight. I really like the ankle support I get from that, but the running shoes have better arch support.


    Quote Originally Posted by Green Earth surfer View Post
    Recently, I started using my Vibram five finger footwear for my free ride and long distance. Felt like I am skating bare foot

    Agree, it is best for pumping, I can completely feel my board. It is like I am one with my board
    It also changes my style of pushing, usually I strike with my heels, now I strike with the ball of my foot..

    Which is more conventional or efficient way of pushing, heels or ball of feet?

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    I read a great guide to proper pushing technique in a thread around here awhile back. Since I started following its advice my pushing has gotten a lot more efficient. Here it is: http://www.silverfishlongboarding.co...d.php?t=291722
    Last edited by UndeadUnicorn1; 11-13-2013 at 04:24 PM.

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    Default Re: Footwear for distance skating

    I use the shoes I run with, since I'm a competitive runner. Mizuno wave universe 4, newbalance mr00 for longer distances, and some merrell vapors when I need to be more aware of my form. Pretty much all my worn out shoes I can't run in anymore are relegated to complete destruction in ldpushing. I used to run more in vibram fivefingers but they actually hinder toe spread compared to my wider single toebox shoes.

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    Default Re: Footwear for distance skating

    ^nice thread bump......
    i personally have done 20+ miles in converse going from redondo to marina del rey and back.... that being said i bet running shoes would be 100x nicer on the ankle...... i might need to make a stop and pick up some cheap ones before i go to the beach again

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    Default Re: Footwear for distance skating

    I usually push three to five miles from home to go skate then my skating consists of pushing all around the town hitting hills, sidewalk runs, and some banks if I rode the right board that day. After I get good and tired I had over to my favorite hidden hill that none really drives on except the people that live there. Maybe I throw some Coleman's and bomb the hill a few dozen times then i skate home and pass out cold for at least ten hours. Man, I miss summer. So distance skating feels easy and normal to me, no hard work I actually get super relaxed and mellow. I get into a good groove and am happy. I probably cover forty miles in a day (on the high side). Me and a friend did some skate and exploring a few years ago and easily broke fifty. I use my skate shoes and only own skate shoes. Just get a pair of dr something gel inserts and you are good. I have never got blisters except when i used some different inserts(tossed them).

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    Default Re: Footwear for distance skating

    As an avid barefoot and minimalist footwear user and advocate I have found myself drawn to any shoes that have basically zero footbed in them; just enough to cover up the internal stitching. The downside to this however is that no matter how great the foot is on it's own, it simply was not designed to be vibrated and slammed into a rock hard surface continuously for 5-8 hours at a time (ie distance pushing)

    With that being said, there are a couple of important distinctions to make. The difference between barefoot and minimalist; in the sheerest technical sense minimalist footwear is anything with less than 4mm of heel-toe drop (in some cases 8mm but thats starting to push it) whereas a barefoot shoe has 0mm. Traditionally that means something along the lines of a merrell trail glove or VFF however there is absolutely no reason you couldn't have 1/2 an inch of padding with no heel rise and still reap a good portion of the benefits of the traditional barefoot approach.

    Personally I think that there is a great advantage to skate shoes and I feel much safer when I skate in them for several reasons.
    1. Is that I find footbraking to be considerably more effective with a solid gum rubber outsole (yes some retro running shoes have this type of rubber however Ill get to that next), there is a significant and measurable increase in how fast I can shed speed with an old school gum i.e vulc, vs traditional synthetic rubber outsole which=more safety because good luck doing a coleman with 25 lbs of gear on your back
    2. If I have to bail and end up sliding out on gloves and shoes I sure as heck want as much leather and as little mesh in between the tops of my feet and the road as possible (not to mention you can waterproof leather/suede skate shoes and even ones that are mixed canvas and leather.
    3. I find that there is a noticeable difference in board control (different than board feel in this case) and how easy it is to balance with a lot of extra weight and when I'm exhausted when the outsole and rand are as flat, and cover as much area as my vans. This equates to less likelyhood of veering off into traffic and less having to shift my foot around on the deck to correct my foot position between skogging cycles.

    As far as cushioning goes the dr shoals reffered to by the previous post are great however gel based footbeds while not wearing out and providing lots of cushioning, do destabilize your foot, causing extra work for the teensie weenie stabilizer muscles all the way from your toes up through your legs, hips, lower back and even up into your shoulders and neck.

    As an alternate I would strongly recommend orange superfeet with the plastic (expensive) bit ripped off. This provides extra cushion in place of your normal footbed, allows your foot muscles to strengthen naturally and rest in a natural state. As well as having a foam rubber forefoot pad to compensate for the extra pounding that part of your foot takes.



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    Default Re: Footwear for distance skating

    I find that for pumping, mid tops are better compared to low tops, and together with superfeet black, I don't feel as much pain especially on the arches.

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    Default Re: Footwear for distance skating

    ive tended to wear skate shoes they are proven and true, but different shoes do work better for me than others. I like a shoe that is lightweight and has a moderately wide sole. I prefer a generous sole but do like a shoe that feels "snug" too
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    Default Re: Footwear for distance skating

    Anyone got flat feet like I do ? I tried several shoes but still hurts after some distance.

    What shoes u recommend for flat feets like me

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    Default Re: Footwear for distance skating

    Quote Originally Posted by Green Earth surfer View Post
    Anyone got flat feet like I do ? I tried several shoes but still hurts after some distance.

    What shoes u recommend for flat feets like me

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    Mine is not really flat feet but before, standing/walking for just an hour leaves my feet hurting for a long time. Went to a podiatrist and he just advised me to use superfeet 3/4 black which is a hard insert and after that, I seldom have the pain. The soft insoles I was using before were not helping at all.

    I u can, try to see a podiatrist.




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    Default Re: Footwear for distance skating

    Rigid insoles.
    Ideally made for your feet.
    Some insoles have too much camber and can do more bad than good.
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