It feels weird at first, as did landing on a bent knee(for me). If you catch a glimpse of yourself in a store window you'll notice that your walk looks pretty normal, however weird it feels.
The need for patience referred to how long it's going to take to be able to walk full speed with a new technique and the time it will take to do it without thinking about it or having it feel weird. When I first started changing my walk, I couldn't keep up with my wife anymore. Now it's no problem again. I do still have to think about what I'm doing, but now have a few brain cells to spare for things like talking and getting across the street alive. I actually had to stop walking with her for about six months so that I could walk at a pace that allowed me to maintain better form.
I find that on the rare occasions when I wear shoes(my wife has a gun), it's super hard to walk well. I put on a pair of old running shoes with the high heels one day and found that I couldn't walk well in them at all.
--- In RunningBarefoot@yahoogroups.com, "archinla" <mart@...> wrote:
> Are there any videos of chi walking - OR preferably just regular barefoot walking anywhere? I can find anything useful on YouTube. Descriptions of technique only work so far I'm afraid, and I can't afford to go take lessons from someone.
> I just spent an hour walking with my insole-less Vivo Barefoots. While the technique of sticking the big toe up helped me to land on the ball of the foot, plus I ended up with much less pain upon returning home - I feel like I look like an idiot walking this way. It seems like twice the effort in order to walk half as fast. I'm obviously doing various things wrong and seeing as the entire rest of the world wears cushioned shoes I can't sit in the park and watch people's walking technique to learn posture and technique.
> And please believe me - I have all the patience in the world after 5 years of pampering this damn foot 24 hours a day with all sorts of contraptions and inconvenient procedures...
> And one more thing - how are you supposed to walk downhill with correct barefoot technique? It seems to me that's far more of a challenge than going uphill.