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Gymnastics Shoes

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blantonnick

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To be honest I never used gym shoes but was wondering if they actually make any difference? I think barefoot on floor and vault is the most effective but was wondering if anyone knows the real reason gym shoes were invented...
My guess, someone in a gym with no heater wanted shoes on their feet with grip...
 

jasmine196

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My guess is that back in the day the beams were not covered, the floors were harder etc. They just protected the feet. Now a days you hardly see anyone wearing shoes. I know I wore them as a gymnast, I still can't do beam without them.
 
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