Originally Posted by potato
I love the must-wear-shoes "safety" policy at the gym. Like a pair of Nikes is gonna do anything if you are creative enough to drop a 400-lb bar on your foot.
Shoes are helpful if you kick anything I suppose. It might be a sanitary issue, people spreading athletes foot all around the gym or something.
But dropping a small weight on a shoed foot vs. a bare one is going to be a bigger difference than you think. I'm more thinking of dropping something when loading and unloading. I was unloading and accidentally dropped a 5 lb plate and nearly crushed by foot. It definitely wouldn't have felt good on a bare foot.