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Old 02-12-2012, 08:13 AM   #1
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crossfit approved shoes for non-crossfit activities

What do you guys wear outside of the gym?

- hoops
- baseball/softball
- football (tore my achilles in November...fun!)
- soccer
- the office/work

Etc.

Looking for ideas from some of you vets. I'm mainly interested in hoops, softball, and work shoes that exhibit similar characteristics as the favs (inov 8s, vibrams, etc.) but are more uh...appropriate. I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of my new reebok nanos, but would they really be a good idea on the court or turf?

I should note that my feet and lower legs have been wrecked by genetics/hockey/poor technique for the majority of my life, so this issue is more important to me as I'm less adaptable to footwear.

Just thinking out loud, hoping for some advice from people who have pondered this or are pondering it currently...
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Old 02-12-2012, 09:05 AM   #2
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Re: crossfit approved shoes for non-crossfit activities

You really do not want to play basketball in a minimalist shoe, unless you just despise your ankles for some reason.
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Old 02-12-2012, 09:21 AM   #3
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Re: crossfit approved shoes for non-crossfit activities

I'm not aware of any true minimalist cleats either, so for baseball/football/soccer you're going to have to suck it up and buy whatever Nike or Adidas is selling. I don't think I'd want a minimalist shoe for those sports anyways...seems like having a little protection for feet that might get stepped on by cleats would be a good thing.
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Old 02-12-2012, 09:54 AM   #4
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Re: crossfit approved shoes for non-crossfit activities

crossfitters don't care about real sports; we just want to be the best at exercise.
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Old 02-12-2012, 10:07 AM   #5
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crossfitters don't care about real sports; we just want to be the best at exercise.
That's not a generalization at all, and I would love to be excluded from it.
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What do you guys wear outside of the gym?

- hoops
- baseball/softball
- football (tore my achilles in November...fun!)
- soccer
- the office/work

Etc.

Looking for ideas from some of you vets. I'm mainly interested in hoops, softball, and work shoes that exhibit similar characteristics as the favs (inov 8s, vibrams, etc.) but are more uh...appropriate. I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of my new reebok nanos, but would they really be a good idea on the court or turf?

I should note that my feet and lower legs have been wrecked by genetics/hockey/poor technique for the majority of my life, so this issue is more important to me as I'm less adaptable to footwear.

Just thinking out loud, hoping for some advice from people who have pondered this or are pondering it currently...
I use to work in an office, and I would just take my shoes off. In contrast, I also worked on a farm and wore heavy duty work boots.

If I can get away with it, I prefer my vibrams. If I was coming out of slow-pitch softball retirement, I would use cleats.

So to return to your question, I guess it depends on your needs in what you are engaging in. After transitioning to wearing minimalist shoes in the gym, I definitely prefer more flat soled shoes (for the shoes used outside of the gym) because arch support bothers me now.
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Old 02-12-2012, 11:26 AM   #7
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Re: crossfit approved shoes for non-crossfit activities

I understand why its not a great idea to try minimalist footwear on the court/field/turf. I guess im just trying to figure out where the proverbial sweet spot on the minimalist ------ ubersupport spectrum is for hoops, football, whatever. Wasnt sure if anyone knew of a certain brand or model that seems to be right there...as far towards the minimalist end of the spectrum as possible without becoming detrimental to performance and risking injury.

Ive learned my lessons the hard way by experimenting with wrestling shoes on the court, soccer cleats on the diamond, etc. Havent really had an experiment that has ended all that well so far, although i do know a guy that swears by golfing in his vibrams.

Appreciate the feedback and any more that comes along.
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Old 02-12-2012, 12:06 PM   #8
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I remember reading something about Nike consulting with top soccer players prior to the 2010 World Cup and one of them saying he wanted boots that were essentially like playing barefoot with cleats. Kinda like these (WFS) which I guess are great if you're good enough to tell the difference between a $400 pair of boots and a $50 pair.
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Old 02-12-2012, 02:51 PM   #9
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Well, for my indoor soccer games, I wear indoor shoes that are minimalist. Like the Adidas Samba's. I actually used to wear my Samba's for my CrossFit workouts but soon realized that wearing them for both soccer and CrossFit wore them out too quickly. I wear my workout Chucks most of the time around town.
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Old 02-12-2012, 07:07 PM   #10
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Re: crossfit approved shoes for non-crossfit activities

These might be the most comfortable basketball shoes I have ever worn.

http://www.eastbay.com/product/model...5114&size=18.0(WFS)
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