Shoes Ain’t All They’re Cracked Up to Be

Apr 23rd, 2008

Shoes Ain’t All They’re Cracked Up to Be


(Thanks to CFOer Alec B for passing along this article)

We have a few shoe-philes at CFO that I’ve seen. Turns out the best thing we can do for our feet might be to walk around unshod.

Check this article out.

According to the article, shoes not only ruin our natural gait, but it can even affect how we act.

Read the article and post any thoughts you have to comments.

DISCUSSION 19 Comments

  1. cave connie April 23, 2008 at 4:42 am

    I know what you mean. Ever since I got my fancy lifting my ego has grown exponentially!

  2. casey April 23, 2008 at 4:48 am

    hey.. i failed on 65; only got 60

  3. Lau April 23, 2008 at 5:45 am

    Sorry Casey that is my fault. passed on some bogus info.

    Hey, big congrats to Melissa and Kirsten for their first dead hang pull ups tonight. Not only that but they went on and did some weighted ones as well. You guys rock, congratulations!

  4. Allen April 23, 2008 at 4:49 pm

    Good article – it makes me want to try the Vibram 5 fingers, and jives very well with everything I’ve learned about the biomechanics of the foot and gait.

    If any of you have them (5 Fingers) or know where you can try them on locally please post up or email me directly. Thanks!

  5. Scott April 23, 2008 at 5:03 pm

    Re: V5Fs. TranSports on College, in Oakland just south of Claremont.

  6. Nabil April 23, 2008 at 5:10 pm

    CFO Throwdown Entry fee – $20
    One Month Unlimited Membership fee – $189
    Gas for the 40 mile roundtrip to CFO for the 24 workouts in March – $220

    Running a 5k in the dark in Emeryville at 6am the day after the time change so it really feels like 3am.

    Hearing the Punjabi, Tupac, Beastie Boy, Rage mix CD for the 38th time.

    Knowing that I tripled the size of my carbon footprint with my commute to CFO when the 2 gyms I work at and Diablo Crossfit are all within a 2 mile radius of my home.

    Doing handstand pushups knowing that only 10 inches and 2 pieces of sheet rock separate me from a guy who is getting a an over priced handjob

    Constantly neglecting responsibilities at work in order to go to the internet and add to the copious amounts of shit talk on the CFO Comments and Throwdown Blog.

    Having a gym where I can apply liberal amounts of chalk and thus mark my pullup bar or workout area much like a dog does with his/her urine.

    Always wondering, before it was CFO, what exactly used to go on in the strange bathroom to the right of the stairs; how many bodies had been dismembered in that sink, should I brush up on my SPEAR technique before going into the bathroom, and what are the eternal ramifications on my soul for entering that room….. PRICELESS!

    I probably won’t see you guys as often b/c I’m slipping back into the world of endurance sports, where Lulu Lemon is replaced with spandex, 3 minute WOD’s are replaced with 4 hour Bricks, muscle atrophy is more common than torn hands, rope burns, and sun salutations combined, chalk is replaced with Butt Butter, Body Glide and/or Vaseline. 3 Block meals are replaced by 5,500 daily calories (mostly from carbs) Bare bones basic fitness is replaced by $150 running shoes, $300 wetsuits, and $5,000 bikes. No nonsense hard working athletes are replaced by overpaid, obsessive-compulsive, agro Type A douche bags that spend an extra $2,500 in upgrades to their $5,000 bike just to make it 1.25 pounds lighter instead of training harder to increase their fitness or just losing 1.25 pounds of body fat off of their semi-fit body. Depleted, dry heaving, premature shirt removal, bodies of those already finished with the WOD yet still encouraging those still participating CrossFitters, will be replaced with overweight wives, ugly unathletic kids holding completely uncreative motivational signs such as “Go Dad!”, or “We love you Mom despite the fact that you’ve completely neglected us for the past 7 months via your 2 hour evening runs where we end up eating dinner (PB&J, alone) and going to bed without seeing you, or your 4 hour long bike ride on the weekend that hasn’t allowed you to come to a single one of our arduously difficult to watch soccer games or swim or track meet that consists of several hours of sitting along side parents who are consumed with their Crackberry, laptops or other electronic device, only to lift their head just in time to watch their child’s mediocre 12 second performance”… that is, only if they are actually watching from the sidelines as opposed to sitting in the comfort of their SUV, after all they paid $50,000 for a vehicle that is equipped to go off-road but they will clearly never use it for this… the least they can do is use it as a $50,000 portable living room to “watch” their child’s sports game from a mere 600 meters.

    I really just wanted to thank Mike for orchestrating the Throwdown, and all the competitors that pushed me. There’s no way I would have been able to go a solid month at that intensity had it not been for all the great people, their encouragement and the competition they provide.

  7. daniel April 23, 2008 at 6:16 pm

    Thanks a lot Nabil…now I’m back to the shortest guy in the gym.

    What are you training for?

  8. brad gilliatt April 23, 2008 at 6:59 pm

    So I’m sitting in this super boring meeting listening to people go on and on about spirits sales and marketing when I get the briiliant idea of checking the CFO site.

    Nabil – you’ve made my day. I’ve read it twice! Just killing me. Now I’m looking around the room thinking who is fit. 20 guys (no woman) and I’m thinking I wish I was a cardiologist, this group alone would pay for my ski cabin.

    I hope no one asks me a question. Hold on, I think someone is talking to me.

    Any way, Nabil, keep posting.

    Rest of the CFO tribe, I say we find Nabil on one of his training events and workout with him. We could do it like a relay, I think I could stay with him on a trail run for at least 400m.

  9. jp April 23, 2008 at 7:12 pm

    Nabil, are you going to start roller-blading now too? I feel like Maverick after Cougar threw his god damn wings away. Except I’m not now number one. So it’s not quite the same. Not at all, really…

  10. Patrick April 23, 2008 at 7:16 pm

    brad, I agree…I think I’ve got him on the bike ride decent. my chesticles are a tit bit more aerodynamic than his…

  11. brad gilliatt April 23, 2008 at 7:32 pm

    One other thing – those freak shoes are freaking me out.

  12. sierra April 23, 2008 at 8:03 pm

    Nabil, what will this board be without your posts? Well, we still have Brad’s posts, so I guess we’ll be okay. We’ll miss you though.

  13. Nicole Okumu April 23, 2008 at 8:27 pm

    Nabil, say it aint so!!!!

  14. Lau April 24, 2008 at 12:50 am

    Sell out.

    What if we let you wear your spandex in the gym?

  15. Allen April 24, 2008 at 12:56 am


    We’ll all miss you! hopefully you’ll continue to post your witty comments to comments now and then!

    Make sure you do lots of LSD (the training, not the drug!), so when you come back you’re all slow and weak and the rest of us might have a chance to keep up.

    Scott, thanks, I’ll check them out.

  16. Allen April 24, 2008 at 1:35 am

    I really like the way you can see that guy’s foot hair sticking out of the top of his wingtips…very classy. pretty amazing paint job though!

  17. Nabil April 24, 2008 at 1:51 am

    Its not like I’m completely abandoning Crossfit for endurance training. I’m just cycling my types of fitness to diversify my fitness “portfolio” and to keep things fresh for myself. Unfortunately there’s no way I can do any kind of endurance training while on a 3 on 1 off CF schedule. That feels like the equivalant of being married to 280 lb. domonatrix who spends 3 days abusing me with a 2 pood strap on, then I get to spend my “rest day” in the emergency room getting my colon, large, and small intestines stitched back up, only to repeat the vicious cycle the next day… that lifestyle simply doesn’t allow me to do all the other things I enjoy without feeling completely abused. I’m still trying to make it in there as often as possible.

    I thought you’d never ask!

  18. Jonathan April 24, 2008 at 2:23 am

    2 pood strap on, eh? ouch!

    if anyone’s interested in a way-too-long history of the medicine ball, here it is