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bare foot seems to give me a better feel for the line, but my foot has been cramping up.

anyone have any thoughts about this?

i just set up a line using the primitive 4:1 set up between two trees at my house and it worked great. i haven't been on a line since thanksgiving in j-tree and after a couple of hours i am starting to get comfortable.

if anyone lives in Davis, CA come by and check it out.

thanks for any thoughts about shoes vs. no shoes,

Brian


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i've mostly been on the line barefoot, and i tried it with shoes the other day and i def. did not have as much balance. I'm not that great at it though; besides my line is over a bunch of rocks (yeah, i know, smart move :roll: :P ) so I think i'm going to give this shoe thing a shot again. It sure was more comfortable when i fell.


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I can do it with both, but like barefoot a lot better. Besides, it's phoenix where it is never cold. :D


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I've got some nice oldskooll adidas stan smith's. The've got a nice soft and thin sole and are as comfortable as wearing slippers.


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Shoes help until your feet are strong enough to not get cramps.

Try eating some Tums (antacid) before a workout... it will lower your ph making you less prone to cramping.

I wore shoes for months before an injured foot was strong enough to slackline, my climbing shoes were the hardest for me to be able to walk the line in.

Good luck with it,

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thanks for the thoughts.

i have been walking with shoes for the last few days and i think my feet are starting to get stronger. i'll go back to bare feet soon. i'll also try the tums.

thanks, brian

happy slackin'


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i found that slippers (like the kind you wear before you go to bed) are awesome for slacklining. LL Bean and Land's End both have slippers for cheap.


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Barefoot is much nicer than shoes...slippers would be decent actually, cept mine are like open backed, so...they'd fall off. The only downside about barefoot is continually landing on the grass, you get some dirty feet.

Reminds me of being a kid running around outside in bare feet, oh what climbing can do... :)
Mike...


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the more types you try the better you will be (training). i find my T3 tele boots to be the roughest. LSportiva Makalus are ok but are hard to do tricks in. i have some office type loafers that are great. i'd have to say that barefoot is the easiest and the prefered method of highlines and other moments you do not want to fall or be distracted (pure focus training)...

just my thoughts...


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I just started slacklining a few days ago and I started with shoes on and found that the soles of my shoes stuck to the line to much and I would end up tweaking my ankles and smaller stabalizing muscles. Then I went bare foot and feel that I have much greater control over my foot positioning because I am able to reposition my foot easier if I take a bad step, but I think it really comes down to preference.


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Barefoot no contest... i can't even take a step with shoes on, and i can walk a 50' line barefoot. I think the shoes throw off your balance, make you "less in tune" with the line. Also, if your shoes have rubber on the bottom, it makes it alot harder to do any kind of turning, as you can't rotate on the balls of your feet as easily.


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I think it is possible to get better to slackline in shoes. I wear Five.Ten Cali's and I used to hate slackline in shoes cause my feet wiggles around in the shoe as I slackline. So then after a while though, I got really lazy about taking off my shoe to slackline, so I kept them on. Eventually I got really good with it. Then one day I slack line barefoot, it felt very different, I know that fact, but I didn't know that I got worse slackline barefoot.

So I guess I'm trying to say is that you can slackline barefoot or with shoes and get good at both, but you just gotta work on it. :P


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For learning, I think shoes on is safer. You can do some serious damage to your feet and toes during falls while learning barefoot. It is harder to slackline in shoes, less feel, etc., but after mastering that then you can go barefoot with somewhat less risk.

CABouldering :D


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I perfer bare footed...but then again i haven't tried it with shoes. I started off barefooted and haven't had any complaints yet


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The picture didn't work. What I meant to say was BAREFOOT is the only way to go! Way more control for me. And believe me, I need as much help as I can get on a slackline!


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Barefoot - shoes seem less stable and you can't feel the line.

I'm a newbie to slacklining and it's addicting. First weekend of slacklining was about a month ago at Miguels and then second was this past weekend at Miguels. I only do it barefoot, but now I have some bruises on the bottoms of my feet. Thought it was just dirt until I got home last night and showered. Anyone else have bruises or is it just me?


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