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1  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / Shoe Outsole Modification for carpet workouts - need slippery but not too slick! on: December 12, 2012 04:14:59 PM
Problem:  to much grip/stick to carpet when working out on low pile loop carpet, this soled athletic shoes required due to plantar facia. (note: using a cheer shoe right now - comfortable and stable)

Solutions:  I made a wide band of fine elastic to put around my forefoot/shoe - that worked well, eliminated the torque on my knees but has a tendancy to move off the forefoot.  I want a more permanent solution.

I've been working on this little project for over 3 months now... 

What DOES NOT work:  any kind of tape (duct, shipping, masking tends to roll up when dragged on the carpet and leaves a sticky residue on the bottom of the shoe), plastic glued to rubber (yes, I tried to glue a carpet moving disc to the bottom of my shoe, it didn't glue well and it was way too slick!).  Glued the elastic fabric to the spin spot on my shoe - I must've used the wrong glue as it did not hold past 4 workouts. 

Modification requirement:  materials used must be able to withstand 230 pounds of twisting, turning and running.  It's got to stay glued in place and last a minimum of 6 months before replacement.

Current modification:  dremel/sanded out the forefoot spin spot on my shoe and going to glue a piece of leather to the spin spot.  The leather has a treatment on it that will make it slippery but not overly slick.

Anyone out there have other ideas/modifications or successes for shoes working out on carpet where lots of spins/turns etc are required???

BTW - I'm doing karate on carpet but I'm sure the same would apply for Zumba or other dance movements where there is twisting and turning - ON CARPET.

Thanks for your thoughts!
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