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Topic: Shoe Outsole Modification for carpet workouts - need slippery but not too slick!  (Read 880 times)
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seewhatcanbe
« 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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Alexus1325
« Reply #1 on: December 13, 2012 07:44:15 PM »

What about one of those plastic pads you buy for putting under a computer chair that is on carpet? It allows the chair to roll smoothly and not dent the carpet. Being plastic, they're somewhat slick, but they're textured, so not overly so. I honestly don't know if they're available in a size large enough to suit the needs of a carpet-owning karate enthusiast, though...
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AlenaSelene
« Reply #2 on: December 14, 2012 07:01:33 AM »

Dance Paws are leather half-soles that cover only the ball of the foot. They are designed to protect the ball of the foot and increase friction for spins when dancing barefoot. There are similar styles that cover the heel, too.

It might be possible to get paws big enough to cover the sole of your shoe, then modify the straps so it fits over the top of your shoe. A cobbler might be able to make a paw big enough to cover your shoe.
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