Blog post provided by the founder of Xtreme Kinetics, Nick Jiang

“As a gym-goer I used to like doing squats barefooted for better balance and a more stable contact surface on the floor, whereas if I were to squat on a pair of runners or cross training shoes, the presence of a mid-sole would often weaken the balance. One day, a staff of the gym came up to me and advised me against barefoot training for hygiene and safety reasons. True enough, as I thought about it, imagine the gym floor being trodden by other gym users wearing footwear from other places. We don’t know where the shoes have been to and what they bring along to the gym grounds.

Taking the staff’s advice, I began wearing and trying out various shoes that have flatter soles and even minimal shoes on the market. However, none of them were comfortable enough for me. At the same time, I noticed some squatters and dead-lifters wear socks in their training. Having tried that too, I found wearing socks alone equally unsuitable for stability and balance in weight lifting. Firstly, most socks are knitted from cotton and the lack of anti-slip soles causes the feet to slip apart as I carry heavier weights. Without the traction under the soles of the socks, I had to shift my feet every few seconds to get a firm footing on the ground with every lifting or curling of my weights. Secondly, the design and the way they are knitted are not suitable for prolonged use. Frustrated, I searched through the internet and the market to find a pair of shoes that would fit my indoor training purposes.

But finding none that satisfy my concept of an ideal indoor training shoe, I embarked on a journey of designing a training shoe that would give comfort and stability simultaneously to a weight lifter but minus the hardness of a normal sports shoes for flexibility and easy manoeuvrability. This process took me a year to see its fruition. The result of the design is a hybrid of what looks like a sock but wears like a shoe. This indoor training shoe, which I have patented as Xtreme Kinetic minimal shoes, employs the latest fly knit technology and seamlessly woven into a breathable and light shape.

The idea of my design looks like socks, wears like a shoes, and much comfortable than shoes when training, probably the most comfortable minimal shoes in the world, because it is knitted, very breathable and light, others just moulded plastic.

The design looks like socks, wears like a shoes, employs the latest fly knit technology and seamlessly woven into a breathable and light to a much comfortable than shoes when training, probably the most comfortable minimal shoes in the world, because it is knitted, very breathable and light, others just moulded plastic. the training shoe that would give comfort and stability simultaneously to a weight lifter but minus the hardness of a normal sports shoes for flexibility and easy maneuverability.

I need a flat machine that is capable of doing both jobs, with a lot of study and research, using world latest cutting edge knitting technology, that is where my design come from, world first feather light 3D knitted seamless sock-like indoor training shoes. The shoe is knitted as whole seamlessly, no mid-sole, only a 4mm thin out sole attached to give the balance and stable when training, the design is to give the foot a tight and breathable environment during training, and the shoe is washable, and most importantly, the shoe is environmentally friendly, no much industrial wasted during manufacturing as it came out as whole, no morecutting and sewing on the top part.

The good thing of training with barefoot are:

1) Physiology – Simple fact, we were born without shoes. As babies we learnt to walk without shoes. As kids we walked, ran, jumped and climbed bare foot. We didn’t care if we had shoes on or not, why? Because we were great without them!

2) Better Balance and Stability. As I mentioned earlier, there are thousands of nerve endings in your feet and 18 muscles in each of your feet! The Nerve endings provide all the sensory information about the surface underneath us, to the rest of our body. Whilst the muscles are responsible for loading and unloading the weight of your body. Constant use of shoes weaken our feet and desensitises it.

3) With an Improvement in Balance and stability you are better able to develop strength and power and that is great! Particularly if you are actively trying to gain strength and muscle. By also not having a thick sole underneath your heel you have a better range of motion through your ankles and your hips, which could see immediate improvements in lifts such as dead lifts and squats. You never see anyone doing yoga with shoes on, because your feet need that grabbing power from the ground.”

Blog post provided by the founder of Xtreme Kinetics, Nick Jiang

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