View Full Version : Tenderfoot, shoes?

March 1st, 2011, 01:24 PM
I have an open water swim coming up and after the swim it appears as though there is a .25-mile run to the transition area over mostly asphalt. I can't imagine wet feet doing all that well and so are there any kind of shoes or socks to swim in that won't impact my swim time but will protect my feet when I have to do that run?

Thank you in advance!

March 2nd, 2011, 05:21 AM

In Japan, I've seen these for sale.
They are called "Aqua Run" by Oka.
Click on the link for images.
They have a grip sole, toe compartments, but the heel is exposed.
They are not exactly transition shoes from swimming.
These kind of shoes are actually grip shoes for people that walk laps in the pool and provide grip for aquarobics classes in the pool, but they could serve your purpose as well. I imagine they would be comfortable to swim in. It's like a foot glove.
They are around 20-25USD.
Your only problem might be sizing though. Japanese feet are smaller.
The large size caters for 27cm foot-length.

Actually, I found the site in English for you.
They should be able to ship internationally maybe.

Amy T
March 4th, 2011, 03:39 PM
Vibram fivefingers flow are designed for water sports. They probably aren't the fastest, but barefoot would be. They're a little expensive, but I would highly recommend them. they're incredibly comfortable.

http://www.vibramfivefingers.com/products/Five-Fingers-Flow-Womens.htm (http://www.vibramfivefingers.com/products/Five-Fingers-Flow-Womens.htm)

March 13th, 2011, 07:44 PM
I second that. The KSO model is very handy in such circumstances.

March 23rd, 2011, 11:58 PM
Don't be a wuss.

March 27th, 2011, 12:15 AM
I don't think you will swim in them, so put an old pair of running shoes at the swim end to wear!

March 27th, 2011, 10:01 PM
Thanks for the suggestions but I ended up running barefoot and did just fine.

March 27th, 2011, 11:06 PM
I usually just wrap around the balls of my feet with duct tape to keep my feet from getting to beat up.