Terra Plana shoes for tennis?

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  1. Ramon

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    What about Pronators?

    This is a very interesting discussion. I know the minimalist design is catching on, but I don't know yet if it's a fad or not.

    It seems to make sense that someone born with good feet (strong arches, straight running motion, etc.) might benefit from using his own feet's natural abilities. However, since I have low arches and pronate, I think that my natural motion would be inefficient, unstable, and stressful on my knees. So it sounds like these minimalist shoes would not be good shoes for someone like me who pronates. Am I correct?
     
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  2. philztheone

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    I think I'm going to see if my feet adjust to the pain a/w stopping.

    Thanks Tim. The Vibram's might allow for an inner sole but will not allow for a sock. Re: the pain associated with stopping, think I'll see if my feet adjust. And maybe look for an insert.

    I'll also slowly jogging in my Vibram FiveFingers and relearn how to run.

    And absolutely, I felt quicker in my Vibram's than wearing a typical tennis shoe.

    Ramon,

    Time will tell if this is a fad or not. It's still too early to tell. Let's wait a year or so.

    Re: if "barefoot" shoes are for you with low arches, etc., I'll let Tim and others address this one as I am not an expert.

    Phil
     
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  3. Povl Carstensen

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    Ofcourse you can use "toe" socks in Vibram Five Fingers. About pronation. My philosofy is that pronation is a natural part of the body's shock absorbing motion. When you are in contact with the ground, you get the proper amount of resistance to the pronation, this is how we were designed to work.
    With shockabsorbtion etc, pronation becomes a problem, because the absorbtion can not handle the natural pronation, allowing it to get exagerated in the short or long run (soles get warped, skewed, or what you call it).
     
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  4. Povl Carstensen

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    I believe that you have been indoctrinated to believe or fear that your body (feet) are wrong and bad (you actually use the term "good" about other feet than your own). Give it a try, my experience is that you will be pleasantly surprised. I have low arches, pronate, the gammut of "diagnoses"...
     
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    I over pronate on my right foot and have practically a fallen arch. I find that the lack of arch has a direct connection to my over pronation. Going barefoot and reducing my wear of raised heeled shoes have strengthen my feet for the better.

    I'm not really occupied with finding a minimalist tennis shoe, but more so finding one of zero drop. Unfortunately I haven't found a zero drop shoe that has the lateral stability I long for. I currently wear GR3's of tennis and I'm thinking about modifying them such as leveling out the inner bed.
     
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  6. Ronaldo

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    Checkout Ten Seconds Flat Foot Low Profile Insole. The heel has a more pronounced drop than the forefoot.
     
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  7. Povl Carstensen

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    Again if you get low to the ground (barefoot or minimalist shoes), lateral stability is not an issue. The ground has plenty lateral stability.
    And Tennistim, yes an honour, and very interesting to have you on these boards/thread. Actually I would like to ask you if you ever tried or considered playing without shoes?
     
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  8. Nuke

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    Just reading that line makes my heel spur throb.
     
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  9. Ronaldo

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    Had that problem 10 yrs ago. Can walk barefoot on marble tile all day long, even jump rope on it now.
     
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  10. Povl Carstensen

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    Yes you should try it.
     
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  11. tennistim

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    There is a research paper that looked at the cause of flat feet. The study was conducted in India if I remember correctly. They looked at a large sample of people who both wore shoes and went barefoot - something that is possible in India.

    Two main factors were found to be
    a) How much the subject had worn shoes before age 18
    b) Body weight

    I don't have the paper in front of me (in storage somewhere), but I think it might be this one:
    Shulman, Samuel B. - Survey in China and India of Feet That Have Never Worn Shoes, The Journal of the National Association of Chiropodists, 49:26-30, 1949.
     
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  12. tennistim

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    I've knocked without shoes when nobody was around, but I think most clubs/tournaments would rule against it in the UK. On hard courts, blisters might be a problem too, but the main reason is that as soon as you take off your shoes, I have found that people tend to kick up a fuss. Its a shame.
     
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  13. Povl Carstensen

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    Great to hear from you here! Well I play without shoes indoor, Rebound Ace, and it works great. Also outdoors on clay, and it is fine. But what kept me from doing it for a year or so was actually also "fear" of comments. Now people at my club have gotten used to it, though they are on my case once in a while still, of course. I don't play tournaments.
    I have found my favourite answer to the question: What is it like to play without shoes on clay? It is like going to the beach, I say, and then they usually dont bother to talk to me more....
    Btw. for squash I use Vivo Barefoot Evo (to keep from sliding to much), also in an occasional indoor soccer match. Works fine.
    Edit: Oh and for everyday use I only use Vivos.
     
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