Indoor sports - shoes or no? February 18 2015, 0 Comments
We had an in inquiry last week from someone who wanted to know if ZEMgear shoes could be used for indoor sports such as martial arts. I had heard that in some states in the USA, new legislation had made shoes compulsory at public sports venues because of the possibility of spreading foot infections. This prompted an internet search, and I could find nothing about it at all, so it seems that it might be another myth. However, the question about use of ZEMgear shoes for indoor sports remains.
In the past, I did martial arts, and we always trained barefoot, and sometimes on different surfaces (grass, concrete, slippery floors) to widen our experience. This can be a trial in the early stages as constantly-shod feet are soft and can develop scratches and blisters until they toughen up. This would be a perfect time for barefoot shoes, as standard trainers do not convey the same feeling of contact with the ground as barefoot training, and plasters covering small injuries would be protected inside the shoes.
So the answer is 'yes', it's possible to train for barefoot sports in ZEMgear shoes. The soles of all models are all non-marking to keep the sports hall management happy, and the tech-bands hold the shoes tightly to the feet, allowing good manoeuvrability. Any of the range could be worn, depending on the degree of protection or warmth required, with the O2 Oxygen as an initial recommendation, as it was specifically designed for indoors or water sports.