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  • #31
    Now, bear in mind that *nothing* has ever cured my back pain. Every day is like Groundhog Day. I wake up, my back really hurts, I take a hot shower and do yoga stretches, feel a little better, and that's about it. I've tried quite a lot of things. These things that are sort of like epidural shots helped reduce my pain by 50%, but it wore off after a few days. Basically, if I am awake, I am in pain. I am mentioning this because I believe it would be unreasonable to expect these shoes to reduce my back pain.


    I wore these when I was walking the hospital halls, every day.
    Expensive, yes...but in five days, first my back pain was gone, then knee pain, then my heel pain disappeared. They look crazy but they really work.
    They are also semi-adjustable and extremely durable.
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    • #32
      Thanks! They do seriously look crazy. And I thought the MBTs and Vibram fivefingers looked kinda different!

      BTW, only two people at my work so far have commented that my MBT shoes are different looking from other shoes or made any sort of comment to that effect. Four people have said, "Hey, nice shoes!"
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      • #33
        Thanks! They do seriously look crazy. And I thought the MBTs and Vibram fivefingers looked kinda different!

        BTW, only two people at my work so far have commented that my MBT shoes are different looking from other shoes or made any sort of comment to that effect. Four people have said, "Hey, nice shoes!"



        There is an authorized Z-Coil store in Torrance if you ever want to go check them out, btw.
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        • #34
          Anyone remember 'Earth Shoes?'
          I was just gonna say... they're like Earth Shoes that don't know which way they're pointed.

          Looking at the Flash ani (maybe the iPad fanboyz are right, as long as there's a way to watch YouTube, most folks will probably be happier without it ... j/k... sorta), the shoes don't seem like they'd generate the same kind of problems that the woeful Earth Shoes fad did (and, yes, I bought into it, too, but unlike so many, didn't seem to end up with back problems). But I do have to say that animation is totally cooked. I mean, they must have been yelling at the 'normal shoe' guy who modeled for the ani, "Slouch more, no more, more!"




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          • #35
            Interesting - I suppose the original shoe design with a heal was based around the stirrup for horse riding. As it's no longer necessary why not alter the shoe design.

            I dunno... through most of the course of history (the fantasy wild west notwithstanding), horses were for the elites.

            I suspect the longevity of the raised sole is, in large part, a vanity feature.

            Although, with, say, running shoes, much of the raised section seems to be involved with providing extra cushioning -- something that wouldn't really be the case with hard-rubber heels (which really do mess with my calves and tendons if I do any serious walking with them).

            In recent years, most of the shoes I've ended up with have had a 'roll' at the back of the heel, like so many contemporary work (and running) shoes -- and I definitely think that works for me -- so, I'm at least part way convinced here.

            Still, any time one makes radical shoe changes, there is often heck to pay. And sometimes hell.


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            • #36
              I have a pair of the Vibram 5 Finger shoes...

              They are really comfy, but people FREAK when I wear them.....like..."OMG, WTH is wrong with your feet?

              I tell them I am reverting to an Ape, feet first...

              Seriously, they are oddly comfy, and a nice break from other things...If nothing else, the change spread the load around your feet. I have a knee chair at work and use it the same way....move between it and a reg. chair a couple hours at a time if my back is bugging me..

              The Vibrams are really good kayak/beach shoes too.


              I've been kinda digging those for some time, too. Can't afford them at the moment, but they're on the radar.
              I imagine they'd be great for us drummers.
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              • #37
                Skechers Shape Ups

                I have a pair of these....they look similar. I thought the claims (about exercising the legs more) were nutty, but the idea of rocking into a toe push-off was helpful, so I bought them. Well, I've worn them a number of times on 2 to 5 mile walks and my legs were NEVER this tired in regular walking shoes (I use New Balance.) One of the physiatrists at work recommends all of the rocker bottom shoes for walking. Good luck, hope they help with the back.


                I bought a pair of these today.
                They look great and feel terrific.

                I'm not sure they may work as they mention, but they are surely comfortable enough and it feels like walking in sand clouds
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                • #38
                  I bought a pair of these today.
                  They look great and feel terrific.

                  I'm not sure they may work as they mention, but they are surely comfortable enough and it feels like walking in sand clouds


                  I agree that they do feel like walking in sand....I really enjoy that. I've been wearing them several weeks now, two walks with and one without, then a day or two off.... my legs don't feel quite as tired.... Good luck with them.

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                  • #39
                    Some of you might be interested in Danny and Katherine Dreyer's books, ChiWalking, and ChiRunning, dealing with how the way we walk and run messes us up.

                    A recent study underlines this: http://www.livescience.com/animals/running-shoes-barefoot-running-100127.html

                    For back pain, you might check out John E. Sarnow. I had an ongoing problem until I ran across one of his books on back pain. It's never bothered me since.
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                    • #40
                      I've been kinda digging those for some time, too. Can't afford them at the moment, but they're on the radar.
                      I imagine they'd be great for us drummers.


                      Never would've thought of that, but I bet you're right!
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                      • #41
                        $265 for a pair sounds like a lot. Maybe after I pay off all my debts (minus mortgage).

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