I would be uncomfortable with any of my clients wearing toe shoes. I don’t think they provide adequate protection in a gym setting. You never know when someone is going to decide to throw down some dumbbells. As much as I might try to keep a client safe, I can’t do much to prevent an accident of this kind. It’s a risk, I prefer to minimize the damage if something were to happen.
Toes can’t be replaced.
If you have the opportunity to use toe shoes in the gym, however, consider it! I think there are potentially some great benefits to barefoot, or nearly barefoot training.
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Your not gonna get any more protection from direct impact occurances with tennis shoes. However, many gyms have a rubber floor over concrete and toe shoes do not absorb much shock. Your ankles and/or knees will pay the price on that kind of floor with any bounding (yes, even walking) so be careful.