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    • Brennan Herr
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      Mike and others in the know….can u do barefoot part time or is it something that needs to be all or nothing. I have to wear boots at work but thought maybe a thing to do while off. thanks for the insight in advance and good hunting to all.

    • sinawalli
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      brennanherr wrote: Mike and others in the know….can u do barefoot part time or is it something that needs to be all or nothing. I have to wear boots at work but thought maybe a thing to do while off. thanks for the insight in advance and good hunting to all.

      Like you, I am a tradesman, and must wear safety boots at work. A necessary evil in order to protect my feet so I can pursue barefoot activities at home. If you have never gone barefoot before, then start slow!! Walk bare feet, gravel is your friend! Running, that’s a whole different ballpark!

      You will want to switch over to minimalist shoes, there are lots out there! Good luck, have fun!!

    • Brennan Herr
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      Thanks for the insight….minimalist shoes will be my next step….thanks

    • James HarveyJames Harvey
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      Check out these links Brenno:

      http://www.vibramfivefingers.com/education/why_barefoot_works.htm

      http://www.vibramfivefingers.com/education/barefoot_running_technique.htm

      http://www.vibramfivefingers.com/education/barefoot_running_schedule.htm

      Don’t take it as an advertisement for Vibram either, same things apply for whatever you get 😉

      And stick to the program on the 3rd link. I’ve seen a few guys push too fast and tear calves or get inflamed cartiledge in their feet. If you’re going to build a house you want to invest some time in a strong foundation.

      Jim

    • Stumpkiller
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      I sail barefoot all the time.

      But when hunting – not a chance. Catclaw and hawthorn, miliflori-rose, locust. I have to patch the tires on my tractor regularly that have hawthorn thorn punctures – at my age I can’t get my foot to where I can see to be plucking out thorns all the time. Frostbite might not be too much fun, either. It was 24° one morning last week. Cold for bow season.

      These bad boys are hardy enough I use them for flintlock vent picks and as pegs to hold the base plugs in powderhorns. They will puncture a tire. Anout twice a year. And they are all over my property. Even the little 12″ high thornapple saplings have 1″ thorns.

    • paleoman
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      Stumpkiller wrote: I sail barefoot all the time.

      But when hunting – not a chance. Catclaw and hawthorn, miliflori-rose, locust. I have to patch the tires on my tractor regularly that have hawthorn thorn punctures – at my age I can’t get my foot to where I can see to be plucking out thorns all the time. Frostbite might not be too much fun, either. It was 24° one morning last week. Cold for bow season.

      These bad boys are hardy enough I use them for flintlock vent picks and as pegs to hold the base plugs in powderhorns. They will puncture a tire. Anout twice a year. And they are all over my property. Even the little 12″ high thornapple saplings have 1″ thorns.

      Not to confound this thread with one on boots, but yeah man, got a HawTHORN right thru a Bean boot sole. Right betwixt my toes! Evil things they are to the human hoof!

    • Dan Sweeney
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      I’ve been still hunting/stalking in Softstar shoes lately. Got a couple that way this year. Very soft and quiet, good ground feel. Kinda hippy looking, but that’s okay as I’m kinda hippy anyway. Discounting the hair, of course.

    • RalphRalph
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      Hey stump, sounds like your problem like mine with mesquite. Not made for human nor vehicle nearness. I’ve skinned deer and found those 1″-2″ thorns under their skin. Gotta be hurtful. I don’t like stiff soled boots but I dang sure ain’t wearing mocs or tennis shoe type footwear in this part of the world. Those that do are tougher than me (or something else) and I don’t really care. SW of here in New Mexico where I used to hang out a lot, there’s Lechuguilla Cactus and that ain’t for messing with either. It ain’t called “horse crippler” for no reason. Years ago (How long? You could buy a non resident archery license in NM for $33)I opted to hunt in the Guadalupe’s in “tenny sneakers” Dumb! Cholla cactus,dead and laying on the ground…..

      Maybe why the ancients enjoyed their tiswin, in order to ease the pain.

    • Barefoot
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      brennanherr wrote: Mike and others in the know….can u do barefoot part time or is it something that needs to be all or nothing. I have to wear boots at work but thought maybe a thing to do while off. thanks for the insight in advance and good hunting to all.

      You can do barefoot part time. The most important thing is to take it slow and remember shoes are like gloves for your feet, so if you don’t need them take em off. A note about barefoot or minimalist shoes, if you wear them without socks they will begin to smell quite quickly and then any animal within 100 yrds would know you were near. I have owned both vibram five fingers and merrell barefoot trail glove. I spent 10 mnths barefoot through winter 2011 in Missouri and worked doing construction/remodeling. During those 10 months I wore minimalist shoes to work. Before and after that time I wore boots to work and nowhere else. If I had to go in a store I would throw on flip-flops or a pair of slip-on Vans. I have chased rabbits, squirrels, and turkey in eastern Missouri barefoot and never regereted a single thorn. Wish you the best and hope you enjoy.

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