I've not had a chance to freerun with these shoes yet, only having them for
2 days but I have done some barefoot sessions with my group, so even
less padding! You are certainly much more careful. It makes you think
about how you should take off and land when jumping and you get feedback
very quickly when something is not right! What I find so fun about running
barefeet is how quiet it is, the less sound, the more efficient i find my
Ultimately you shouldn't rely on padding in shoes to protect you from dodgy
landing, it should be all about technique. If you don't have the right techinque
and strength to land from a height then you shouldn't do it. So going barefoot
really forces you concentrate and improve your technique for the better. I'm
sure thats what lots of converted runners could associate with.
I guess the best advice on how to go about it is to build up your strenth in
your legs, feet, back and joints and start with small heights. Landing on the
balls of your feet is a must and you should have the strength in your ankles
not to let your heels hit the ground. The general rule me and other traceurs
(parkour practitioners) use is; if you can't jump onto something, no hands,
then don't jump off it. And you have to remember that parkour is not all
about jumping off buildings anyway.
I can imagine more advanced traceurs may appreciate having some some
padding when they do large distances and heights, but they should know what
they're doing and what shoes to use. I'm sure there's lots more for me to
learn about using VFF in parkour so I'll keep posting.
Are there any more traceurs on this forum?
I suggest Parkour related things could be moved to a thread in Barefoot Activities.