Blisters from Barricade 8

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  1. endorfin

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    Hello! I'm totally new here and I've already searched the forum, but I couldn't find anything related.

    Long story short, I bought the B8s about a month ago. After playing in them for about 4-5 hrs, the left one would keep giving me a blister on the inside of my foot - the front part of my arch basically. I took them back to the local adidas store and they replaced the shoes, since they though they were defective.

    On Monday I received the new pair and yesterday I played in them for the first time. The problem is that now both shoes give me blisters. As far as I came to under stand, the part of the shoe that causes the issue is highlighted in the following picture:

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    My question is: Has anyone had the same blistering issue with the B8s? Is this happening because the shoes are not broken in yet? Any advice on what to do in order to be able to play in the B8s and enjoy the game?

    Apart from these blisters, I really like these shoes. It would be a shame, if I won't be able to enjoy playing in them.
     
  2. TW Staff

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    Welcome endorfin!

    None of our playtesters had the issue you are speaking of, it sounds like your feet may be a bit too wide for this shoe? Do you generally feel your feet are on the wider side?

    It could also be that you are still breaking the shoe in and it will start molding to your foot better with time. However, Andy suggests the Babolat SFX if you are looking for something a bit wider.

    Hope that helps!

    Michelle, TW
     
  3. endorfin

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    I would actually say my feet are to the narrow side... :-?

    The point that I think is hurting my arch is -more or less- the point where the bottom of the adituff meets with the red loop that runs around the heel of the shoe.

    Do the B8s get better with time, as far as comfort is concerned?
     
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    Hmmm...if that is the case, then it sounds like you may have too much room and might be sliding around a bit too much.

    You might want to try wearing two pairs of socks and see if that helps any!

    The B8s should get a bit better with time, but the fit shouldn't change all that much.

    Michelle, TW
     
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    Endorfin-- I have the 8s and never experienced any issues with blistering as a size 12, medium width and medium arch. Do you have flat feet, low arch?

    I'd first suggest wearing athletic tape. Mueller brand stays on very well. Put 2 strips in a cross shape over the area that blisters then carefully put your socks on. If this works, just do this each time you play. I do this around the upper inside of the ankle collar when wearing new Barricades.

    If not, I'd consider an aftermarket insole with less of an arch.

    Lastly, check if your socks taper in the middle of the foot (like Elites), if they do, try a pair that remains thick throughout the lower half.

    Good luck and keep us updated.
     
  6. endorfin

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    Thanks for the replies and the tips!

    Even if I have never had a professional opinion on my feet, I would say I'm a US10.5, medium (towards the narrow side) width and medium arch (I remember once doing the wet-foot-on-paper test). Any tips on how to check what my arch is?

    So, if I'm getting this right, the blisters might be caused by the high arch of the insole, putting extra pressure on my feet. This should get better with time, as the shoes get broken in, shouldn't it?

    I have already been thinking it might be the socks. They only ones I've used do taper in the middle of the foot (the texture is somehow "ribbed"), so I was thinking that this might have been causing additional friction. I'll definitely try using thicker throughout the whole length socks.

    I've already tried different types of bandaids, but nothing would stay in place. Today I bought some Compeed blister plasters and I was thinking of using these. Would you say that tape works better? Also, should the tape be applied straight on the bare skin or should a gauze be used as the first layer?

    I haven't been into this much physical activity for the last 10-12 years, so forgive my ignorance, when it comes to treating or preventing blisters/injuries. (A long time ago I'd know what to do...) :)
     
  7. NJ1

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    No worries, happy to help. Athletic tape can go on directly, but if you have an open blister you may need some gauze until it heels (or taking a week off is best). Normally though, just put it on directly to the skin (Two 2 or 3 inch strips in a cross) and it'll stay on so long as you're careful putting your socks over it. I have very sweaty feet and athletic tape is the only thing that stays on- plasters are useless.

    Re the socks, I don't think the ribbing causes friction per se, I think it's more that it means there's less cushioning there compared to the heel and forefoot. You can find socks which are padded all along the bottom evenly but still have good ventilation (thinner) on top.

    Yes, breaking in the arch though wearing should help too. To check your arch is normal (second pic), step out of the shower and see what mark your foot leaves on the floor.

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  8. fasfsfgs

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    I started using barricades 2 years ago.
    I have never tried B8, but I always have exactly those blisters with new B6s and 7s. With all of my pairs. In my case, all that was needed was some break-in time (usually 3 or 4 days playing). After the break-in time, the problem disappears and I feel really good and comfortable with them. At least that is my experience with barricades and blisters.

    I don't think it has anything to do with the red loop or anything, since the insole tops that anyway.

    So after the second pair giving me the same issue, I started taping the arch just for the first week with thick athletic tape like NJ1 said. I also have sweaty feet and they stay on with no problem. And I always use 2 pair of socks.

    So since you already bought them, I suggest you give that I try. If the problem persists, maybe you should just move on to other shoes. As I learnt here in the forums and in life, shoes should feel really comfortable to you and never hurt you and make it a painful experience.

    PS: I just bought a new pair of B7s and I'll start using them on monday. If you wanna see how I tape my feet, just let me know.
     
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    Once again, thanks for the tips guys! I really appreciate it!

    Reading this helps me feel more relaxed about this whole "adventure" the B8s are putting me through. Good to know it gets better.

    Taping and using double socks for the first week, during the break-in period? Yeah, that sounds like a clever thing to do. I should have known better, after having the experience with the first pair of B8s.

    It would be nice to have an example. So, if you feel like it, please, share the how-to.
     
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    endorfin. I had exactly the same problem you describe at exactly the same location. I was wondering if you kept using the shoe and if it got better or should I just return the shoe and try a different one. can you comment?
     
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    Yes, I did keep using the shoes. Right after I got the tips here, I started taping my feet. In the beginning I used to use tape over a bandaid, since the skin was kind of messed up from the blisters I had. Once the skin healed, I started using just tape, in an X-shaped pattern, as one of the guys had suggested.

    My feet are great now and I do feel like I could use the shoes with no tape at all, but, for some reason, every time I'm about to put the shoes on I just go on and tape my feet first. I guess once you've had a bad experience and you know how annoying it can be you prefer to keep taping just in case.

    Hope this helps.
     
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    You may be wearing them too tight or too lose. Try playing with tightening the different laces different tightness. I was wearing some nikes that felt like they were stabbing my arch. I tightened them normal except in the area where the issue was, left that a bit lose an it went away. I was ready to get rid of them too.
     
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    endorfin- I had to reply to this as I have just gotten the B8s myself (in the same exact size, with virtually identical feet characteristics) and was getting the same 'one foot blister' issue; fyi: the only other tennis shoe I used before the B8s were the adidas response CC rally in the same size 10.5; had no blister issues whatsoever but for obvious reasons stability and durability were severely lacking

    i attempted 1. 1+ layers of socks and 2. the adjustment of the segmented shoe lacing system- with little to no avail (the lacing system is quite interesting in that it allows a good amount of customization in regards to tightening very specific areas of the foot)

    however the Tape sounds like a very viable idea; I just happen to have KT Tape on hand for my back and shoulders however I will definitely place them on the spot of the blister- hopefully KT Tape is a reasonable substitute for the Mueller brand? I have never used Mueller before and I tend to conserve the KT Tape as much as possible due to its costly expense over time

    the glaring Positive from the B8's however is that Ino longer need to use an ankle brace for upper support because the B8's uppers are so rigid and stable by itself- a very convenient feature to have...although I have noticed the pros (notably Nikishori and def Murray) still using those ankle braces

    in case anyone is interested, the ankle brace that I was using with the CC rally was amazing and the best i had so far in all aspects except for the aesthetics since the knobs on the back are very visible and a bit awkward looking when playing a match; url to Pic of the brace: http://bit.ly/16Hs9wT
     
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    I don't think there is any reason for you to use the KT tape. It's expensive and it's meant for a totally different use. I have been using some regular athletic tape. Any brand should do, as long as the adhesive is strong enough to stay in place.
     
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    IMO, the Barricade 7 and 8 are bricks...I play about 10 hours per week, mostly playing singles. While I rotate between 6 or 8 pairs of shoes, I can't seem to get my 8's to loosen up. After 10 or 15 sets of singles, the 8's are still brutally stiff.

    On the plus side, I think the 8s are the most durable shoes I've ever owned. They can be used to hammer nails, or tied together and used as nunchucks for self-defense.

    They will outlast my feet...Maybe I'll I hand them down to my grandchildren someday. Surely, the shoes will be a little looser for the second generation.:wink:
     
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    ^^^
    Lol I have the same feeling about my Barricades V, they still look like new (never played much in them though, over the last few years and don't feel like risking money on B 7 or 8 just yet).

    But I love the honest advise one gets from TW: the former college player on call indicating that Barricades are for very fast athletes (if not even for him, than surely not for me) and approved my other choices (I was just ordering my first Asics GR5s and own about 3-4 Nike CBs 4.3 atm).
     
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    I'm still happy with my Barricade 7s. Based on what you said, should I even bother trying the 8s if they are so hard to break in?
     
  18. NJ1

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    Nah, the 8s aren't bad at all to break in- way way better than the 6. I'd rate the 8 just behind the 7 overall, but they are closely matched and my two go-to hc shoes.
     

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