To wear shoes or just barefoot? While most of the gymnasts wear nothing on the feet, you may find some athletes wearing some kind of gear as they perform.
If it is your first time in the gym, protecting the most precious toes of yours or your kid is a really big thing. However, what you wear on your feet could make a difference in your performance.
So before jumping into the conclusion of what to wear, there might be a few considerations to bear in mind.
Pros and Cons of Wearing Shoes
Whether you wear beam, floor, vault or apparatus shoes, one of the best advantages you can get from them is safety. They can prevent slipping and provide some sort of cushioning. Some types are padded to help you feel comfortable when you land.
Gymnast’s feet are also made of flesh and bone. As they do extreme gravity-defying routines, feet can experience myriad injuries. There can also be toe fungus anyone can get when performing barefoot. Wearing socks or shoes will help absorb forceful impact and prevent bacteria from coming in.
The feet support the body and are responsible for holding up all of the body’s weight. Extreme hard dismount landings and high-flying routines can damage the feet. This will damage the whole performance as well. Wearing shoes will not just protect them against health-related issues but will also help you have a better grip for the win.
Lose of Feel
Wearing gymnastics shoes will make you lose the real feel of the floor or beam.
Center of Attraction
Your feet can attract more attention if you wear shoes, something that your body deserves. So, is it good to wear shoes or not? The answer depends on the gym requirements and the needs of a gymnast itself. Sweaty feet have to use socks or shoes. But don’t forget to consult your coach first. If your coach approves then get ready to step onto the floor with confidence!