Shoes on a Zombie

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Re: Shoes on a Zombie

Postby UnderDude » Fri May 30, 2014 1:31 pm

Just by the way the walk I'd say the toes and ball. Never thought about the feet being the wettest part,that may make the shoes wear out even faster. The stitches would rot away.
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Re: Shoes on a Zombie

Postby UnderDude » Fri May 30, 2014 1:34 pm

Red Star wrote:Another point though- if a zombie stumbles and falls, does it bother to get back on its feet or crawl on all fours? Slower maybe and wearing down all 4 appendages, but harder to see at a number of times. Don't know how long they would keep walking on bone foot soles since they feel no pain.

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I think they would stand back up if possible. Walking upright is pure instinct for humans.
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Re: Shoes on a Zombie

Postby Bob » Sat May 31, 2014 7:27 am

I believe they would stand to walk whenever possible.
The Romero Zombies tend to stand for locomotion and attack.

So if you strapped 2 pork roasts to the bottom of your feet and walked how long till they were worn away?

How long to wear bone down?

I am thinking in terms of urban environments where the common surface would be pavement.
But what about woods and fields once they get out of the city?
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Re: Shoes on a Zombie

Postby UnderDude » Sat May 31, 2014 3:26 pm

Putting it that way makes me think feet wouldn't last a month.
Asphalt and gravel would be the worst thing to walk on barefoot.
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Re: Shoes on a Zombie

Postby Bob » Sat May 31, 2014 4:24 pm

That's pretty much in line with what I was thinking.
Do you think the bones would last any longer than that?
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Re: Shoes on a Zombie

Postby UnderDude » Sun Jun 01, 2014 1:25 am

I'm assuming ligaments and everything else that holds bones together might last a little longer than the bones.
No telling how far the bones would last. Without the pain Zeds would last longer than us running around barefoot.
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Re: Shoes on a Zombie

Postby Bob » Sun Jun 01, 2014 8:25 am

True without pain they would walk until their feet would not support them any longer.
The advantage we would have is our tissue regenerates and calluses.

My estimate is 2 months after the loss of shoes they would become draggers.
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Re: Shoes on a Zombie

Postby UnderDude » Sun Jun 01, 2014 2:16 pm

Then we could just follow the slime trails to find them.
Every time we discuss things like this I start to smell that dead smell. In a hot climate the stench would be unbearable.
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Re: Shoes on a Zombie

Postby zombreach » Sun Jun 01, 2014 9:46 pm

I agree--the smell would be horrible. I wonder how long it would take before you hardly noticed it. One of my co-workers picked up a dog that had been hit by a car last week. It had been dead for at least a day or two. It was in a thick body bag and as soon as she entered the building I gagged. The smell was so pungent, it wafted right through the bag. It's hard to imagine getting used to that smell, but it is said, that if you are around something long enough, the smell seems to lessen.

As for the foot discussion, I think bare feet would lose flesh pretty quickly on hard surfaces. I think bone would hold up pretty well with a regular walk, but with a shuffling gait, the bone would be sanded down pretty quickly. It's funny that these issues are never addressed in zombies movies--teeth and feet.
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Re: Shoes on a Zombie

Postby Red Star » Sun Jun 01, 2014 11:16 pm

I may be a southerner at heart, but I'm a Nordlander for certain. Snow makes them easier to track, and snowshoes allow us to circumvent them easily. Migration north will lead to cleaner living and easy defenses.
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