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What a title.
I was in the Navy for Eleven years.
I have gotten use to various types of footwear.
Dress, low and top boots, tenny and running, sandels, flip flops etc.
I have never truely had any problems with my feet until I played seriously in Tourneys for Disc Golf.
I am use to steel toed boots. This is what I use to play in.
They provided me with support (ankles), protected my feet from hazards of the woods, and helps me concentrate on my footwork for drives. The other footwear I use (I use about 30% of the time while Disc Golfing) is the straped sandels with and with out socks.
Last year I developed "Plantar Fasciitis" on my right foot.
I stretch prior to competing, and sleep with a special brace. I even bought a shoe insert for my boots. When really bad, I roll on a tennis ball.
After playing Sarasota, I now have problems with my right Achilles Tendon.
Also, The pressure points (heels, ball of feet) have really harden or calyst up and are even painfull. I have used sanding stones to wear away the dry, dead calysts but now that makes them tender to the touch.
This is where you input your experiences and solutions.............
The concept of the Vibram shoes makes sense.
But I have a question.
How durable are they?
Besides the protection, and support of my steel toe boots, they are very durable and take a beating.
I play mostly on concrete tee pads. The approach, stop, twist etc of teeing off can put a lot of wear and tear on shoes.
Those Vibrams do not look like they will last long with concrete etc of Disc Golf.
My shoes are pretty much just tennis shoes, but the insoles I have are awesome. They're called super feet, and they're pretty much just hard plastic that's shaped like the bottom of your foot. I wear them everyday at work and every time I go disc golfing and my feet never get sore. mine are half soles, so they were a bit cheaper, but they have full soles as well.
I, also, play concrete tee pads as well as hike forest gravel roads and walk the beach (with no sand inside...a rare quality). I can't vouch for how many years or miles they'll last because I've only had them 4 months. No damage yet. I like mine, the KSO Trek (kangaroo leather) because of the way they feel/balance/grip.
They aren't for everyone; some have said they could never wear them because they look strange. Others claim they must have extra padding and arch support and could never enjoy hiking outdoors felling like they were barefoot.